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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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Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

 

I am glad to announce that I passed the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) Exam on November 29, 2021 with Above Target in all domains and very proud to be join this elite group of professionals. 

This credential was on my radar since 2019 but with the pandemic, some priorities changed and I had to postpone it. However, now achieving it marks an important milestone in my professional development journey as I did complete all 8 Main PMI Credentials and 9 Micro-Credentials. 

As usual, I am happy to share my lessons learned with the community members hoping that future candidates will find value in them. 

STUDY PLAN

PMI Resources: PMI Standard for Program Management - 4th Edition. If you are a PMP and/or PfMP, the  Standard will be more than enough provided that you read it several times in details. You will be surprised, but every time you go through the standard, you will discover something new in between the lines. 

Exam Content Outline: I can't emphasize the importance of the ECO. You need to deep dive and understand every single task, why and how you do it. 

Course: There is no course required as a pre-requisite for the application. However, it does not hurt to take a course if you feel the need to do so but I personally did self-study. 

Application: The application was very lengthy and rigorous unlike any other PMI Certifications Applications (Except for PfMP). It took me a while to complete my application (A total of 15 Hours of work). After submitting my application, I got initial approval in 5 days time, I paid the dues ($800) and the application went for Panel Review which took around 3 more weeks before receiving final approval (This was in 2020). 

Study Time: It took me a bit more than a month to study. One month might seem light but I used to study 4 hours a day and 6 hours on weekends in addition to that I took a few days off work to study extensively so it was more of a Bootcamp Personal Plan. At a normal pace, I would say 2 - 3 months (2 - 4 Hours / Day) should be reasonable. 

Simulation Exams: I purchased a couple of simulation exams available online on Udemy and others for training purposes. They were good in terms of boosting your level of confidence but again, the key is to deeply understand every aspect of the standard. 

Colleagues Advice: I connected with a few PgMP's who gave me solid advice and boosted my confidence a lot for which I am very thankful. They are a good example of people who share knowledge without boarders. 

EXAM EXPERIENCE

I am going to talk about my personal exam experience (Without going into details or specific questions). In general, I found the exam to be somehow easier than other PMI exams. I might have found it easier given how much experience and credentials I have or maybe not. Either way, below was my experience:

Level of Difficulty: The exam was not very difficult. In general, 75% of the questions were short in nature but I have to say that some were tricky so again, you need to have an absolutely excellent grasp of every word in the standard.

Exam Questions (General): Most of the questions were situational (Short Questions). You need to understand which artifact gets updated in every phases or change, what happens when and by whom, and above all you need to have a deep understanding of all tools, techniques and program activities. It is worth mentioning that you will encounter around 10% questions from outside the standard related to PMP. 

Exam Depth: The exam tests your understanding of every single aspect of the standard and the program management in general.

Exam Language: The language of the questions and answers was moderate. You might end up reading some questions twice but for the majority of the questions, it took me 30 seconds on average to read the question and answers and if you have a good grasp of the material, once is enough. 

Exam Time: The timing was  than enough. I finished the exam well ahead of time including the review of the questions I marked. 

Elimination Strategy: Surprisingly, and unlike other PMI exams, I was able to easily eliminate 3 answers for many of the questions. 

Exam Experience with Pearson Vue: Unlike my experience during the PfMP exam which was not very pleasant, this time, it went much smoother and I had no issues at all except for some difficulty in exam booking but this is totally understandable given the current pandemic situation. 

Good Luck to all future Aspirants !

 

Posted on: December 02, 2021 01:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (19)

Organizational Transformation Series

Organizational Transformation Series of Courses and Micro-Credentials was recently launched by the Project Management Institute and Brightline Initiative . The series is divided into three courses:

  • Organizational Transformation Foundation (OTF)
  • Organizational Transformation Implementation (OTI)
  • Organizational Transformation Orchestration (OTO)

Before jumping into the specifics about each course, below are some general information related to the courses / micro-credentials: 

  • Self-Paced courses (5 to 10 Hours per course) 
  • Courses Fees range between $199 to $299 for members
  • Each course has 1-Hour Online, non-proctored course-based exam
  • Exams are 30 multiple choice questions
  • Upon completion of the course, you earn 10 PDU's 
  • Upon successful completion of the exam, you earn a PMI micro-credential and badge (no expiry)
     

Organizational Transformation Foundation (OTF)

Organizational Transformation Foundation (OTF) Micro-Credential is suitable for professionals who wish to expand their knowledge on the basics of organizational transformation from the fundamentals of navigating change in transformation projects to the five building blocks of successful transformations with a focus on the human-centered approach to enabling change.
 

Organizational Transformation Implementation (OTI)

Organizational Transformation Implementation (OTI) Micro-Credential is about the "Doing" part of the Organizational Transformation which concentrates on:

  • Managing rapid response teams
  • Building core capabilities

It goes through the domains of:

  • Understanding Transformation Strategies
  • Assessing Transformation Readiness
  • Building Capabilities
     

Organizational Transformation Orchestration (OTO)

Organizational Transformation Orchestration (OTI) Micro-Credential is about the "Leading" part of the Organizational Transformation which concentrates on:

  • Capturing Value
  • Driving Continuous Growth and Prosperity 

It goes through the domains of:

  • Leading People-Centered Transformation
  • Achieving Organizational Outcomes
  • Market Awareness and Strategic Response 
  • Assessing Capabilities 

Being one of the first few professionals who completed the whole series, I can attest that the series added lots of value and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Organizational Transformation. It is very well structured, and supported by case studies and online resources.

Stay tuned for more to come ! 

 

Posted on: November 02, 2021 07:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Citizen Developer Foundation Course

 

In my last blog Citizen Development from the Eye of a Non-IT Project Manager , I discussed what Citizen Development is, it's benefits and an overview of key roles in Citizen Development. This blog will be about the Citizen Development Foundation course which is the first in four planned courses related to Citizen Development. 

Below is some basic information on the course: 

  • 90-Minute Self-Paced course 
  • Course Fee is $79
  • Upon completion of the course, you earn a PMI Certification.
  • You earn 2 PDU's (1 Technical + 1 Leadership)
  • No exam, no expiry date


My passion for CD started after taking this course. I highly recommend everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and take this course.


Feel free to reach out to me for the Reigstration Link


The foundation course is mostly about what CD is with an introduction to the CD Canvas. It includes three modules, as follows: 

A) Basics of Citizen Development

B) Citizen Development Canvas

  • Project Delivery
  • Capability Development
  • Operating Model
  • Organizational Alignment
  • Maturity Model

C) Ideation 2.0 

 

In the next blog, I will go into the details of the CD Practitioner Course, so stay tuned ! 

 

Posted on: July 09, 2021 02:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)
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