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PMP friends, is boot camp training worth it?
Friends, I bought a simulator too late before my exam was scheduled. Did not make it through the first exam, which killed me. I have purchased another simulator with an extension from PMI to take the next exam, and I plan to be very prepared.

My boss ( a fellow PMP) is willing to pay for boot camp training, but I am not sure of the need for it. I do not need the 35 education hours from boot camp training, as I have already provided proof of these hours through my formal education. Is there any other redeeming need for boot camp, would it be worth it, would you guys recommend it? Thanks so much in advance for taking time to help.
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Dear Joshua
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

What do you lose if you spend 35 hours from boot camp training?
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 10, 2019 12:56 PM
Joshua Hestand
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Hi Luis,
Thank you for your response. Just trying to be as efficient as possible.
Dear Joshua,
Any additional trainning is good
Thanks
Hamid
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:00 PM
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Thank you, Hamid.
I teached PMP and other certification course from years. With that said, I have to say that the only thing a bootcamp will give you is the possibility to debate the answers to questions with other people. That´s because the answer must be what the PMI expect as an answer in the framework of the PMBOK, not what people do in their daily work that could be exactly the opposite. That interaction could help. But, at the end, if you ask me, it is not needed.
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:01 PM
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Noted, with thanks, Sergio.
In addition to Sergio, which is spot on for having an opportunity to interact with fellow professionals and preparers, the boot camp will provide help on how best to tackle the exam; time, questions, strategy, etc.

Also, you will come out of the boot camp with additional study materials and potentially newfound confidence.

My experience with boot camp was positive. If your manager is willing to support and expense, then no reason not to take advantage. GL!
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:02 PM
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Yes sir, wise words. Thank you for your insight, Andrew!
Joshua -

A lot will depend on your learning style - a boot camp might expose you to the underlying content in a manner which is different than you learned before and that might help.

However, there is a wide range of quality of boot camp offerings so make sure you do due diligence in identifying a good provider and product.

Kiron
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:03 PM
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Hi Kiron. Thank you for your response. Not sure which boot camp is better than the next, but am looking into it.
The recommended steps to prepare for PMP are understanding PMBoK and exercising sample questions.

If the bootcamp instructor is good (not only reciting PMBoK), you may get insights in understanding some of the key principles. Your co-learners may bring up questions that help your understanding.
So how is your understanding now?

Overall, you will need about 200 hours of effort to prepare, depending on your risk attitude. Many need more. Some are OK with 80.

Maybe it is better to invest these 35 hours in individual learning.
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:07 PM
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Hi Thomas. My understanding is intermediate, I would say. I have years of experience along with a formal education (MBA), but the terminology and methodology to the PMP is specific. I underestimated my understanding and blew it on the first attempt, which is very difficult for me to admit. So, just looking for a better approach and feeling more confident every day. 200 hours of preparation, check. I may have half of that now, so... onward! Thank you very much for responding.
Joshua

Which simulators did you buy ? Good resources are:

RMC Fast Track
PM PrepCast

Boot camp might help but it depends on your learning style. I, for the most part, like self study.

Hope this helps.

RK
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:11 PM
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Hi, Rami, thank you for responding. I bought the PMtraining simulator, which was recommended by fellow PMPs in this group. I also like self study, but am wrestling with taking a bootcamp as well (boss will pay for it). Going over the simulator, re-reading the PMBOK areas, doing test questions.
A bootcamp if conducted properly, is a time boxed and focussed approach to gain exam prep momemtum.

Fastest way to gather max knowledge
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:12 PM
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Excellent. Thank you for your response, Komal!
If your company will pay for the Bootcamp, then I would recommend going that route. The benefit is that you have face time with the instructor and can collaborate with others attending the course that may be in the same position you are in today. Additionally, you would have the week's training in a condensed period of time.

If you do take the Bootcamp, make sure it addresses the 'learning objectives in project management'. That is, it must be recognized by PMI as qualifying for 35 contact hours (regardless you saying you already have these hours).

Good luck, Joshua!
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1 reply by Joshua Hestand
Dec 11, 2019 11:13 PM
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Yes sir, great feedback. Thank you so much for the response, James. Much appreciated.
Dec 08, 2019 4:39 AM
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Dear Joshua
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

What do you lose if you spend 35 hours from boot camp training?
Hi Luis,
Thank you for your response. Just trying to be as efficient as possible.
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