Program Management Professional (PgMP)®
Earned Value Management,
Human Resources Management,
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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.
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.
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 !
PMI 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book
Categories: Agile, Career Development, Communications Management, Construction, Construction Management, Consulting, Education, Ethics, Experience, Leadership, Management, New Practitioners, PMI Standards, Productivity, Professional Development, Program Management, Project Management, Protfolio Management, Stakeholder Management, Talent Management, Team Work
Joy and happiness filled my heart upon receiving a paperback copy of PMI 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book as a Thank You Gift from PMI. What an amazing gift to kick-off the year. It means a lot to me because I was part of those first 50 years of growth.
From cover to cover, the book looks amazing and is very obvious that there was lots of thought put into it. It includes all the story from the day PMI started and with the limited no. of princted copies, this will be a great souvenir to keep forever.
Being part of PMI and this great community for many years, I estabished a strong sense of ownership and commitment towards the profession, PMI, the Community and it's members. I enjoy volunteering and giving back to the profession and as the famous Elizabeth Andrew say:
"Volunteers don't necessarily habe the time, they just have the heart."
Giving back to the Profession and Comunity is a noble thing to do and what motivates me most is seeing the people around me succeed.
Looking forward to be part of PMI during the next 50 years and contribute to their growth and success.
I wish you all a fantastic 2020 full of happiness, health, wealth and success !
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 !
Attitude: Coincidence or Not !
Attitude is the most important value on a Personal Level, Social Level and in Project Management as well. If you do not have the right attitude, you will encounter endless issues with the different stakeholders involved in your project which will definitely reflect negatively on the project.
Even if you have the knowledge and you are hardworking, your achievements can never reach 100% without the right attitude and below is a simple mathematical proof:
IF: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
EQUALS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
KNOWLEDGE = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
HARDWORK = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
ATTITUDE = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
Is this a Coincidence or Not ..... Who Knows !
Always Remember: "Bad Attitude is like a Flat Tire, if you don't change it, you'll never go anywhere !"