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Managing any project successfully is all about Team Work combined with years of Accrued Expertise. It is an asset to have an educational background that compliments your field of expertise but "education" without "experience" is like an "arrow" without a "bow." You can never make a perfect shot with a temporary arrow unless you have a permanent bow called: "Life's Experience." Remember, you can never teach experience but you can always teach from experience.

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PMI Schedueling Professional (PMI-SP)®

I am glad to announce that I passed the PMI-SP® exam on April 16, 2018 from the first attempt with Above Target score and I would like to share with you my  adventure as it might be helpful for new apirants who are preparing to sit for the exam. 

How did I study ? 

1- Study Time: 2 - 4 hours daily (6 Days a week) for 5 Weeks. 
2- References:

  • PMBOK 5th Edition - Detailed and in depth study of the Time Management Knowledge Area in addition to reading through the Scope, Risk, Communication & Stakeholder Management Knowledge Areas.
  • Practice Standard for Schedueling (Second Edition) - Very Important especially chapters 2 & 3. 
  • Exam Outline Domains & Tasks - Very Important 

3- Simulation Exams: Very minimal simulation exams. The aren't much resources available for simulation exams.

How was the Exam ? 

I can only discuss the exam in general without going into details or specifics as it is against the Code of Ethics: 


1- The Exam was tough, not easy at all. 

2- Not too many lengthy questions. Most questions are 2 - 3 lines but the answers are not straight forward. It does test your depth of understanding for the schedueling process and many other processes outside of the scheduling knowledge management area. 

3- The exam definitely tests your knowledge and experience beyond any textbook. 


4- I finished the exam in 3:20 Hrs and I was reasonably fast between reading, analyzing and answering. I had 10 minutes left to review some questions.

What is my advise ? 

Study very well and make sure you understand every single aspect properly and how to do it in real life and in what exact sequence - The sequence is important and how you and what you update in case of changes is very important too. If you are experienced, you should rely 60% on your studying and 40% on your expertise in applying those skills in real life and the EXAM. 

What is my Point of View ? 

Just like the RMP, finding the exam to be difficult is a positive thing that PMI made the exam that way so that it can maintain the value of this certification and only people who really deserve it and have the required skill level can earn it. I believe this is a plus for everyone who is certified as when you mention you are a PMI-SP certified, people will react "Oh Wow, Great" which makes you feel proud and feel the value of this certification if compared to people saying : "Oh everyone can get it, it is easy".


I am glad to have finally earned this certification and join the very elite global group of 1,800 certified schedueling professionals. I wish all the best of luck to all future candidates.

Always Remember: Such Adventures are definitely worth taking ! 

Posted on: April 17, 2018 12:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (50)

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

I passed the RMP exam on March 13, 2018 from the first attempt with Above Target in all Domains and would like to share with you my RMP Adventure as it might be helpful for new apirants who are preparing to sit for the exam. 

How did I study ? 

1- Study Time: 2 - 4 hours daily (6 Days a week) for 1.5 Months. 
2- References: PMBOK 5th Edition and Rita's Prep Exam 8th Edition Updated (Read through all chapters with a concentration and detailed study of Risk, Communication & Stakeholder Management Knowledge Areas).
3- Read in details the Practice Standard of Risk Management along with Appendix D. 
4- Reviewed some external articles about specific topics like Monte Carlo & Latin Hyper Cube. 
5- Purchased a simulation exam on Udemy & I also registered on PMSTAR.COM for their eSim and both were good quality questions and contained some good ideas. 

How was the Exam ? 

I can only discuss the exam in general without going into details or specifics as it is against the Code of Ethics: 


1- The Exam was much harder than I anticipated: I thought I was over prepared but I actually was rightly prepared. 

2- Lots of lengthy and medium length situational and scenario based questions. 

3- The exam definitely tests your knowledge and experience beyond any text book. 


4- I finished the exam in 3 Hrs and I was reasonably fast between reading, analyzing and answering.

What is my advise ? 

Study very well and make sure you understand every single aspect properly and how to do it in real life. If you are experienced, you should rely 60% on your studying and 40% on your expertise in applying those skills in real life and the EXAM. 

What is my Point of View ? 

Finding the exam to be difficult is a positive thing that PMI made the exam that way so that it can maintain the value of this certification and only people who really deserve it and have the required skill level can earn it. I believe this is a plus for everyone who is certified as when you mention you are a PMI-RMP certified, people will react "Oh Wow, Great" which makes you feel proud and feel the value of this certification if compared to people saying : "Oh everyone can get it, it is easy".


I am glad that I have finally earned this certification, glad to be part of this community and I wish all the best of luck to all future candidates.

Always Remember: Such Adventures are definitely worth taking ! 

Posted on: March 15, 2018 07:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (22)

Happy New Year 2018 !

On Behalf of all of our Project Management Team at Field & Marten Associates, I would like to wish you all in this community and your loved ones a Blessed Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year 2018.

Years go by fast so may this year & all the coming years be full of Great Expectations, Good Health & Collaborative Working Relationships. 

It was another great year being part of this growing community. It was full of challenges, learning opportunities and contributions. I look forward for another year full of achievements & giving. 

Happy Holidays Everyone ! 

 

 

May 

Year.

Posted on: December 21, 2017 03:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Say "Yes" to Project Success

I am proud to be one of the Global 108 Project Management Experts who participated in the recently published book: “Say Yes to Project Success” which is now one of the best sellers on Amazon !

A Great Book by Karthik Ramamurthy   &  Priya Narayanasamy.

Thank you for this opportunity and for your efforts. A Great Project Management Effort ! 

Posted on: December 20, 2017 01:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (21)

Teamwork Works !

We were interviewed for a podcast by M Powered Strategies a while back and now it is online - The main subject was about Teamwork (Below is the link): 

Influencers Part V: Teamwork !

What is your personal experience with Teamwork and what strategies proved to enhance teamwork in your projects ?

Posted on: June 26, 2017 02:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)
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