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Your timeline to become a PMP in 2017 - before exam change in Q1/2018! (updated for start in May!)

PMP Exam Simulator - why should i use it while preparing for PMP certification?

Limited Time Offer for PMP aspirants: 10% off PMP Exam Simulator in April!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

How To Prep For The PMP® Exam And Pass First Time

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps:

Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.

Organizations with standardized practices attain better results, as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Because the CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard, you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.

Project management is a rapidly growing profession. Through 2020, 1.57 million new jobs will be created each year and qualified practitioners are in demand. With the CAPM, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.

Who Should Apply?

If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.

CAPM Exam Guidance

To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test.

Regardless of how advanced your project experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful CAPM® candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Step 1: Get familiar with the basic resources:

 

Step 2: Start with PMBOK® Guide but be prepared to move beyond

Study additional sources to supplement the PMBOK® Guide.

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Step 3: Took a CAPM preparation course and get your required 23 contact hours of project management training.

Here are our recommendations for some good course options (in no particular order!):

Option 1:

CAPM Prep Cast: https://goo.gl/6RNsrA 


What is The PM PrepCast (for CAPM)? It is a videocast with 140 lessons you can access using a tablet, smart phone, computer, or laptop. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a personal link to download the videos. Each videocast is well presented and easy to follow making it easy to study!

 

Option 2:

CAPM Course by SimpliLearn: https://goo.gl/q4X1LQ


This CAPM® training program is designed to ensure that you pass the CAPM® exam in your first attempt. Based on the actual PMBOK® Guide—Edition, the course delivers knowledge of the five process groups and ten knowledge areas as prescribed by PMI®.

The CAPM® certification is valid across industries and is recognized worldwide. This certification will validate your fundamental knowledge of project management and its processes.

The CAPM® training program is ideal for Project Management aspirants who are keen on taking their newly acquired skills to a new level on a global platform. This certification is best suited for:

    Project Associates and Executives

    Any professional aspiring to be a Project Manager

 

Option 3:

CAPM KnowledgeHut:  https://goo.gl/yYb5Gb

CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013, the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.

PMI® members gain many benefits from being part of the world’s largest project manager member association. They can stay tuned to what is happening locally, regionally and globally in the project management profession by reading all the industry publications delivered directly to their inbox. PMI® members can also access thousands of e-books, articles, white papers, trade publications and more to keep their project skills sharp.

 

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation.

Quiz yourself using a CAPM Exam Simulator, flashcards and study tables, review your notes from course and take lots of practice exams.

CAPM® Exam Simulator

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Prepare for and feel 100% confident to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam by using The CAPM® Exam Simulator.

The simulator gives you access to 750 realistic CAPM exam sample questions (5 exams) in an online environment. Question difficulty and style is very close to any question that you will encounter on your actual exam. A team of certified project managers not only developed all questions to be as close to the real things as possible, but they are also updated them to the latest CAPM Exam Content Outline as well as the most recent PMBOK® Guide.

… and it's the only simulator that offers Live Feedback™!

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 Additional prep material:

 

Step 5: Take the exam and earn your CAPM®!

All the best!

Posted on: March 15, 2017 08:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Your timeline to become a PMP in 2017 - before the exam will change in 2018!

As you may know the PMP Exam will change in the beginning of 2018 based on the upcoming sixth Edition of the PMBoK Guide (release is planned in Q3/2017; for details about the upcoming changes please refer to this article: PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition will be released in Q3/2017 - what will change? - UPDATED! ).

If you plan to become a PMP in 2017 you should assure to obtain this certification towards the end of 2017! You may ask yourself "why that? What is the reason for this pressure?". Well, the changes coming with the new PMBoK Guide Edition will be significant and so the PMP exam changes (the new PMP exam is expected to become valid in the Beginning of 2018!) will be significant too.

We all know that the preparation for the PMP exam needs time and dedication and if you do prepare based on the actual prep material available (which is all based on the actual 5th Edition of the PMBoK Guide!) then you need to assure to obtain the credential toward the end of 2017 and before the new exam will be in place, right?!

Of course all the providers for the PMP preparation material will update their materials to be aligned to the 6th Edition of the PMBoK Guide, but like we know from the past it will take some time for those updates and we can expect that the new courses/simulators/books/flash cards and so on will not be completely ready in time. Some may need towards the mid of 2018 to completely align their materials to the new PMP Exam version. This can cause you to start your preparation later in 2018 then you might have planned to.

The generic timeline in our picture at the top of this article shows you an example of a rough study plan and it shows you also, that you should not loose any time to start your preparations know!

Yes, there is some time buffer involved, but you will need this, trust us!

Well, a wise man said sometimes: "Always start with the end in mind!" and so let's do it this way:

 Exam Date:

While creating this timeline we had assumed that you want to have the option for using all of the offered three attempts (of course we hope that you just need the first try but you will never know). This is also kind of a backup plan in the case you may fail the first or even the second try.

Between the exam dates we have 4 weeks left to re-focus and additional practicing. Of course we could shorten this time frame later when the available time is getting short. But from our perspective there should be at least 2 weeks between the trys.

Ok, now let's switch back to the start of your PMP journey.

First of all you should

prepare your learning environment:

You should take your PMP preparation as a project on it's own and as you are a professional already (otherwise you wouldn't fulfill the PMP Exam requirements, right?) you should be professional here as well. That means that you would prepare your learning environment and create all the preconditions (including your personal learning strategy!) for a successful undertaking.

You can find detailed instructions and guidance for creating your learning environment within the first section of our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program.

If you do not want to participate in the complete program you could alternatively download the Section 1 out of the program from here (of course for free!):

 > Download Section 1 <

If you have finished this task you will

start your preparations (KA1 - KA10):

Now you will start deep diving into the several "knowledge areas" (KA's) mentioned in the PMBoK Guide and your prep books. Of course you could follow the PMBoK Guide structure here (and most PMP exam prep books are structured in the same way), BUT we would highly recommend NOT to start with "Project Integration Management" (what would be the first KA in the PMBoK Guide!

In our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program we do follow another sequence and we do also explain why this makes a lot more sense from our perspective (but in the end it is your personal decision of course!).

To support your studying you should utilize a complementary training course which will also help you to fulfill the PMP exam application requirement regarding the 35 "contact hours"!

You can do this either by joining a live class/boot camp or alternatively by using one of the available online training courses (mostly much more less expensive than live classes!)

Here are some recommendations for such online training courses:

Prep Cast:http://goo.gl/KUPFBG
Izenbrigde PMP Course: http://goo.gl/9kjrXK

 

If you have worked through all the content you should start

intensive practicing:

We can't underline this more: The key to PMP exam success is: practice, practice and practice! And to maximize your chance to succeed we do always strongly recommend using a professional online exam simulator. Yes, this may need to invest some bucks, but this will definitely pay off, trust us. We know this from our own experience!

Of course you should also practicing while working through the several KA's (i.e. by doing the end of chapter questions provided in every good prep book). But know is the time to really simulate the PMP exam situation. This does mean that you should do several (at least three!) full timed and full loaded exam simulations (200 Questions/4 hours).

And professional online exam simulators are designed and optimized to do exactly this!.

By utilizing such a simulator (or may be even two different ones) you will be able to assess your exam readiness by analyzing your mock exam results intensively (and those simulators will provide you the tools for this analysis!).

Here are our recommendations for the best available PMP exam simulators available out there:

 

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And if you feel ready finally it has come the time to go for your first try.

We wish you all the best for your PMP exam preparation journey and much success for your exam taking in 2017!

 

PS: This post and of course the timeline will be updated on a regular basis over the course of 2017; at least monthly.

Posted on: February 23, 2017 10:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition will be released in Q3/2017 - what will change? - UPDATED!

This is an update to my previous postings regarding this topic.

First of all the most important information:

When will PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition be released?

According to PMI, we can expect the following release dates:

  • Final Release is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017 (July-Sept 2017)

 

When will The PMP Exam change?

The PMP Exam is largely based on the content found in the PMBOK® Guide. The exam changeover from version 5 to 6 is scheduled as follows:

  • PMP Exam update to PMBOK 6 will happen in Q1 of 2018

 

What are the major changes that will happen?

 

Agile and other iterative practices

As some of us already heard there will be some new content to emphasize the importance and relevance of agile and other iterative practices.

Different from previous editions, the PMBOK®Guide –Sixth Edition will contain numerous references to adaptive and iterative practices, including agile. This decision was made in response to the requests of PMIs stakeholders. This content will include:

  • The practices often used in an adaptive environment in the front of each Knowledge Area section (Sections 4–13).
  • An appendix to The Standard for Project Management on agile and other iterative practices.

 

PMI Talent Triangle™

Will the new PMI Talent Triangle™ find its reflection in the upcoming PMBoK Guide Version? Of course!

The PMBOK®Guide –Sixth Edition will contain a new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the skill sets organizations demand that make project managers more competitive and relevant—technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management.

 

Key Concepts

Many key concepts addressed in the first three chapters of the PMBOK® Guide are covered, in abbreviated form, in Section I of the Standard. Section II of the Standard contains a description of the project management processes, organized by Process Group, along with their key benefits, inputs and outputs.

 

Processes; Process Groups and Knowledge Areas

The Process Groups remain the same in the Sixth Edition, although two Knowledge Areas have new names:

Project Time Management is now Project Schedule Management, emphasizing the importance of scheduling in project management. This aligns with PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling.
And Project Human Resource Management is now Project Resource Management. We discuss both team resources and physical resources in the processes of this Knowledge Area.

There are three new processes in the Sixth Edition:


  • Manage Project Knowledge is part of the Executing Process Group and Project Integration Management knowledge area.
  • Implement Risk Responses is part of the Executing Process Group and Project Risk Management knowledge area.
  • Control Resources is part of the Monitoring and Controlling Process Group and Project Resource Management knowledge area.

Estimate Activity Resources is still part of the Planning Process Group, but it is associated with Project Resource Management processes instead of Project Schedule Management processes.

Since there will be one process be deleted - "Close Procurements" process has been removed. Its functionality has been consolidated into the "Close Project or Phase” Process - the total number of processes will count up from actually 47 to 49!

In addition, some processes have different names. For example, to align with research showing that project management is more about facilitating and managing than controlling, several processes are shifted from a Control function to a Monitor function. In other cases, the process name was aligned with the intent of the process. The chart below identifies the overall name changes.

 

PMBOK 5th Edition

PMBOK 6th Edition

Perform Quality Assurance

Manage Quality

Plan Human Resource Management

Plan Resource Management

Acquire Project Team Acquire Resources

Control Communications

Monitor Communications

Control Risks

Monitor Risks

Plan Stakeholder Management

Plan Stakeholder Engagement

Control Stakeholder Engagement

Monitor Stakeholder Engagement

 

The function of the Close Procurement process has now been captured within Control Procurements and Close Project or Phase. Research shows that few project managers have the authority to formally and legally close a contract. Project managers are responsible to determine that work is complete, records indexed and archived, and responsibilities transferred appropriately. Thus, they have now included work associated with Close Procurements within the aforementioned processes.

 

Project Management Plan Components and Project Documents

Please note the following changes to the project management plan components and project documents:

  • The components of the project management plan that are inputs to a process, or that are updated as outputs from a process, are not listed individually in the inputs or outputs. Rather, the project management plan is the input and project management plan updates is the output.
  • Beneath the input/output table, a list of potential project management plan components is identified. However, the components of the project management plan that will be inputs or updated depends on the needs of the project.
  • Project documents are listed as an input and project documents updates is listed as an output, as appropriate. Beneath the input/output table there is a list of potential project  documents that may be inputs, or may be updated as an output. The needs of the project will determine the actual project documents that should be inputs or updated as an output.

 

additional Changes (as known yet):

Chapters Re-alignment:

There will be chapters re-alignment in Chapters 1 to 3. The information in Chapter 1 to 3 will be combined into 2 chapters and a new Chapter 3 will be devoted to “The Role of the Project Manager” where many aspects of the Project Manager’s role will be mapped to the PMI Talent Triangle.

 

Process Tailoring:
Which means analyzing the project to determine how much emphasis to put on each process (based on the scope & size of the project).

 

“Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes”:

There will be various notations throughout the new PMBOK differentiating between processes which are “Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes.” This concept will be emphasized for the first time in PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition.

 

"Project Scope vs Product Scope":
concept will also be emphasized for the first time in PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition.

 

"Earned Value tool kit":
supported by the PMBOK will now include “Earned Schedule Management".

 

Communication:
There will be distinction between "Communication" (as in communicating between two people) and "Communications" (artifacts, such as published emails).

 

"Escalate Responses":
The new strategy, “Escalate Responses” provides for a PM escalating a risk to the appropriate party so that the risk is no longer his/her responsibility. Once escalated, the PM will now have the option of either:

a) Removing the risk from the project’s risk register if desired, or

b) Keeping it in the risk register, but classifying it as “Escalated/Assigned To.”

 

"Lessons Learned Register as new ITTO:
The new Lessons Learned Register is now part of the set of ITTOs. Project Managers will now be encouraged to update on a frequent basis (not just at the end of the project). Updates can be done at any time throughout the project, especially at the end of project phases.

 

New Appendix Information:

  • Summary of Key Concepts
  • Summary of Tailoring Considerations
  • Summary of Tools & Techniques
  • Adaptive & Iterative Approaches

 

This is what we know about the upcoming changes yet. There may be additional changes until the final version will be released.

We will inform you accordingly.

 


first published @ projectmanagement.plus

Posted on: October 26, 2016 09:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

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Actually this offer is unfortenatly only availble in german language, therefore this posting is also in german and target all german speaking professionals here on pm.com.

An english speaking version may be availbel autumn this year; if so i will let you know:

"PMP myWay" ist eine Kombination unterschiedlichster Lernelemente, mit dem Ziel, die Vorbereitung zum PMP-Examen stressfrei und alltagsbegleitend durchzuführen.
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Sie werden betreut durch Ihren Lernprozess geführt und können sich mit vertretbarem Aufwand - auch während ihres Vollzeit-Jobs - auf die PMP-Prüfung vorbereiten!


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Posted on: March 02, 2016 09:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

What is the current edition of the PMBoK Guide and when will the new edition be released? - Updated!

http://www.pmchampion.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PMBOK-Combo-Small1-300x207.pngEvery five to seven years, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® performs a “Role Delineation Study (RDS)”. This is basically a big survey among project managers like you and me from around the world with the goal to identify what it is that we do on our projects. As a result of the most recent RDS, PMI now has a pretty accurate picture of the tasks that we project managers perform, as well as the knowledge and skills required for our job.

PMI has used this information to update the PMP Examination Content Outline. This document is the basis for the PMP Exam. And because this document changed, the PMP exam also had to be updated.

The update to the PMP exam was scheduled for 11 January 2016. For information about these changes and what the mean to you in detail, please refer to this article: "The PMP Exam Changes After 11 January 2016. Here’s What This Means For You." 

In the run-up to this date and also after the changes took place a lot of people are asking me: "Is there also a new version of the PMBoK Guide released?" or "When will the new PMBoK Guide reflecting these changes coming?".

Well, short answer is: No! There is no new PMBoK Guide version coming along with those changes! The PMBoK Guide 5th Edition is and will still be valid. So, next question would be: "And when is the next Version of the PMBoK Guide being released?"

Well, according to the history of PMOBK Guide, PMI® would release an updated version of the PMBOK® Guide every 4 to 5 years.

Since the most current PMBOK Guide update was on December 2012, it could have been guessed that PMBOK Guide 6th Edition will be released at around end of 2016 or early 2017.
Meanwhile PMI has published the information that the new PMBoK Guide 6th Edition will be released in the end of 2017 as an online version, while the printed version will be available in the beginning of 2018.

Based on the history PMI will allow current PMP® Certification aspirants to continue taking the PMP Exam based on the current version of the PMBOK Guide for up to half a year. Therefore it is safe to begin your PMP Exam preparation based on PMBOK Guide 5th Edition as of now.

PMI has already started the review of the PMBOK 6th edition draft with volunteers and industry experts and since Monday, 07 March 2016, the PMBoK® Guide—Sixth Edition is open to the public for review and comment.

For further information or if you want to participate in this exposure draft review process (PMI login will be needed) please refer to this page:

http://www.pmi.org/PMBOK-Guide-and-Standards/foundational-standards-exposure-draft-process.aspx


The PMBOK Guide

PMBOK is an acronym for “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”. It is the single most important publication by the PMI for PMP Certification aspirants to study and prepare for the PMP Exam.

Most PMP Certification aspirants have the misconception that the PMBOK Guide is the syllabus for the PMP Exam. In fact, the exam syllabus for the PMP Certification is outlined in the PMP Exam Content Outline. While there are many exam topics in the PMP Exam Content Outline covered by the PMBOK Guide, PMI has made it clear that the exam syllabus is “not bound by the PMBOK Guide”.

PMBOK has been considered as a primary source of preparation for all the PMP exam takers and industry veterans to acquire Project Management related knowledge and wisdom. PMBOK also has been a primary source to bring common understanding on the Project Management Lexicon being used by project management professionals across the globe.

PMBOK Guide 1st Edition [1996]

The first ever edition of the PMBOK Guide was first published in 1996 by PMI. PMI saw a need to put together an official document and guide to advance the development of the project management profession. It initiated a project in 1981 to develop the procedures and concepts necessary to support the development of the project management as a profession. In 1983, a special report titled the “Ethics, Standards, and Accreditation Committee Final Report” was published and the guideline for the Project Management Professional Certification was also created (the first ever PMP certification was awarded in 1984). The special report underwent further development and expansion during the subsequent years and in 1987, “The Project Management Body of Knowledge” was published as a standalone document. It was an attempt to document and standardize accepted project management information and practices. Finally after extensive consultation and revision, the PMBOK Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) was published  in 1996 to supersede the previous documents. This was known as the PMBOK Guide 1st Edition.

PMBOK Guide 2nd Edition [2000]

It was based on the work in the PMBOK Guide 1st Edition. New materials reflecting the growth of the project management profession were included in the new edition. It aimed to include knowledge and practices that were generally accepted in the field of project management that were useful and valuable to most projects. Errors in the previous edition were corrected.

PMBOK Guide 3rd Edition [2004]

After the publication of the PMBOK Guide 2nd Edition, thousands of recommendations for improvements of the PMBOK Guide were received by the PMI. The PMI formed an editorial committee to review each recommendation and tried to incorporate the suggestions into the new PMBOK Guide as appropriate. One major change to the PMBOK Guide in this edition is to evaluate project management practices based on “generally recognized as good practice on most projects most of the time”. This essentially means that the project management practices included in the PMBOK Guide would be useful to most projects.

PMBOK Guide 4th Edition [2009]

This edition aimed to make contents the PMBOK Guide more consistent and accessible. Clear distinction between the project management plan and project documents was made. The widely recognized “triple constraints” for project management were expanded to six, namely, scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk. New processes were added while obsolete processes were deleted.

PMBOK Guide 5th Edition [2013]

As usual, PMI received quite a lot of comments and recommendations to the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition and the 5th edition represents PMI’s continual efforts to update and upgrade the body of knowledge for the project management profession. The update team of PMI tried very hard to achieve consistency and clarity of the PMBOK Guide by standardizing the terms, processes, inputs and outputs. This edition also attempts to include advancements in the field of project management, in particular, rolling wave planning and adaptive lifecycle, in its contents. 

Posted on: February 11, 2016 10:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (39)
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