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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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Wicked Problem Solving Practitioner (WPS)

Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

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

Organizational Transformation Series

Citizen Developer Practitioner (PMI-CDP)

Wicked Problem Solving Practitioner (WPS)

 

Have you heard of Wicked Problem Solving (WPS) ? This is a new course offering by PMI and I have to say, it is one of the best courses I’ve taken. 

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Practitioner Badge and 18 PDU’s. 


What does this course come with  ?

This course will deep dive into the three most important skills of today as per the World Economic Forum:
 

  • Complex Problem Solving 
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity 


WPS is a confluence of Agile, Lean, Design Thinking and other modern ways of working with the goal of helping you improve how you work with your team by focusing on:
 

  • Asking the Right Questions
  • Making Ideas Visible
  • Engaging with Forward Actions
     

While it is a self-paced course, you will also be using Miro, the digital white-boarding Tool. 

 

Stay tuned for more to come ! 
 

Posted on: January 27, 2023 12:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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)

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)
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