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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 Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® Certification Updates

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Citizen Developer Foundation Course

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® Certification Updates

The intent of this blog is to provide a summarized comparison between the current exam content outline Current ECO August 2021 and the updated Pilot ECO November 2021 in order to facilitate the way forward for future candidates.

DOMAINS and TEST PERCENTAGES

The domains in the new ECO will change as well as the percentages of test questions per domain. The below tables illustrates the difference between both:


PROJECT ENVIRONMENTS AND APROACHES COVERED

In today’s world, risk management practitioners operate in a variety of environments and utilize different project approaches.

The new exam will incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum from Predictive, agile, to hybrid approaches. Questions will be found throughout the five domain areas and are not isolated to any particular domain or task.


DOMAINS, TASKS AND ENBALERS

In the current exam version, each domain is broken down into tasks and at the end of each domain there is a list of knowledge items and skills that candidates need to be familiar with. Moreover, at the end, there is a list of Core Knowledge and Skills that apply to all domains – Refer to the current ECO August 2021 (Pages 4 – 14) for more details.

In the new upcoming version of the exam, each domain is broken down into tasks that are different than those included in the current version and each task is broken down into enablers which are basically examples of work associated with each task. The section for Core Knowledge and Skills required will be removed – Refer to Pilot ECO November 2021 (Pages 5 – 10) for more details.


APPLICATION PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITY

The application process, eligibility and how to record your experience and education remains unchanged.

To be eligible for the PMI-RMP certification, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements. All project risk management experience must have been accrued within the last five consecutive years prior to your application submission.
 

APPLICATION PRCOESSING TIMES AND FEES

The application processing time (Online, 5 Days Processing) and fees remain unchanged. However, processing time may vary if application was selected for audit.


PMI EXAM INFORMATION

  • Number of exam questions, examination time and questions type are changing: 

  • Exam retake policy remain unchanged except for those who take the pilot exam.


PILOT EXAM SPECIFIC NOTES

  • As a limited time offer, participants in the PMI-RMP Pilot Exam will receive a 50% rebate if they schedule and take the Pilot Exam during the Pilot period (December 2021). The rebate will be given approximately 6 weeks from the close of the Pilot Period.
     
  • Between 6 October 2021 – 31 December 2021 (or when 200 candidates take the pilot exam, whichever occurs first), candidates can choose to schedule for the PMI-RMP Pilot Exam. During the scheduling phase, you will see two options: Pilot or Current PMI-RMP Exam. Those who choose to take the Pilot Exam must choose the Pilot Exam on this screen and take the Pilot exam during the month of December. Please note it will take 2 months to receive your score if you participate in the Pilot exam.
     
  • If you do not pass the Pilot exam, you will get the opportunity for a free retake of the exam once the full exam launches in April 2022.
     

REFERENCE MATERIAL

The list of reference for the new version of the exam are updated and can be found on page 17 of the Pilot Eco November 2021 so if you are taking the pilot exam, make sure your study plan is based on those references.

For easy reference, the below table lists the references recommended for each version of the exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more to come ! 

 

 

 

Posted on: November 04, 2021 11:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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 Practitioner (PMI-CDP)



In my last two blogs related to CD, Citizen Development and CD Foundation Course , I dicussed what Citizen Development is, it's benefits, an overview of key roles in Citizen Development and introduction to the CD Foundation course. This blog will be about the Citizen Development Practitioner course which is the second in four planned courses related to Citizen Development. 

Below is some basic information on the course: 

  • 5-Hour Self-Paced course 
  • Course Fee is $249. 
  • 1-Hour Online, non-proctored course-based exam
  • Exam is 40 multiple choice questions 
  • Free soft copy of all templates. 
  • Upon completion of the course, you earn 5 PDU's 
  • Upon successful completion of the exam, you earn a PMI micro-credential and badge (No Expiry)


Feel free to reach out to me for the registration link ! 


This is probably one of the best courses I've taken. It is very well structured and comprehensive supported by case studies which adds a great flavour to the course so I highly advise professionals to take this course as it does add value.

The course will give you the tools and knowledge that you will need to efficiently create effective applications to solve the problems that you and your organization face. It revolves mainly around the "DO" part of the CD Canvas that are related to "Project Delivery" and "Capability Development" which the practitioner is usually heavily involved in. It includes eight modules, as follows: 

  1. Introduction 
  2. Hyper-Agile SDLC 
  3. Ideation 2.0
  4. Suitability Assessment 
  5. Business Analysis and Design 
  6. Project Risks and Enterprise Risk Requirements 
  7. Application Design, Development and Deployment 
  8. Conclusion and Introduction to Maturity Model

 

Stay tuned for more courses and professional development opportunites ! 

 

Posted on: July 28, 2021 12:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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)

Citizen Development from the Eye of a Non-IT Project Manager

Recently, I’ve taken two courses that introduced me to a very interesting and valuable new concept called “Citizen Development”. My passion about this topic started when I took the foundation course after which I participated in the pilot for the CD Practitioner’s course. 
 

Being a new concept to many, I decided to write an introduction blog about Citizen Development before I dive into the details of each course I’ve taken. In this blog, all figures are quoted from PMI Resources. 
 

Citizen Development is a very interesting initiative and concept. In the beginning, I thought that it only applies for professionals with a background in IT but after deep diving into the subject and taking couple of courses, my view completely changed in that Citizen Development can be beneficial for all individuals and organizations.  
 

The Citizen Development Movement



Introduction to Citizen Development

The below slides provides a brief overview of what Citizen Development is, why it is important and what are the benefits of CD: 



Transformative Benefits of Citizen Development


 

Citizen Development Canvas and Maturity Model


 

 

Citizen Development Courses

PMI are working on a series of courses related to Citizen Development: 

  • Citizen Developer Foundation - Released 
  • Citizen Developer Practitioner (PMI-CDP): End of May 2021
  • Citizen Developer Business Architect: Q3 - 2021
  • Citizen Developer Strategist: Q4 - 2021 


What is the difference between a Practitioner, Business Architect and Strategist ?  (The below definitions are quoted from PMI Resources) 
 

CD Practitioners: Those who do the work by creating apps and using them in their day-to-day work. They range from students to project professionals to SME's. They could be but not limited to, the following:

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Business Consultants
  • Sales Executives
  • Marketing Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Finance Analysts
  • Operations Analysts. 


CD Business Architects: Architects manage Citizen Development teams, the governance process and the collaboration between stakeholders in IT and the business. They facilitate access to relevant tools and methods. They can come from IT and may already be enterprise architects or may come from the business as an agile coach or product owner. They could be but not limited to, the following:

  • Lines Manager 
  • Enterprise and IT Architects
  • Demand Managers 
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Agile and Scrum Specialists 
  • IT Managers and Team Leaders 
  • Business Transformation Consultants 
  • Organizations Design Consultants 
     

CD Strategists: Strategists manage and lead the creation of the operating environment that allows Citizen Development to thrive, instilling the cultural practices and mandates that foster adoption and scaling of Citizen Development and drive organizational transformation by harnessing the power of Citizen Development application platforms. The are members of the senior management team and can include, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Strategy Officers 
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Transformation Officers 
  • Digital Transformation Directors 
  • Organizational Designers 


What are your thoughts on Citizen Development ? 

In the next blogs, I will discussing each of the courses separately in details so stay tuned. Meanwhile, feel free to reach out to me for the courses Registration Links. 


Posted on: May 03, 2021 01:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)
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