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Just passed the PMP: Open to giving tips/insight for those interested.
After a lot of hard work and study, yesterday I passed the PMP.

A Board member of my local PMI Chapter asked me if I would give tips to the next PMP prep course to students on my experience.

Going through it about the halfway point I knew I had it so I made mental notes on how I prepared vs. what I saw and jotted them down for anyone interested - be it an instructor or aspiring PMP
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William -

Thanks for offering! Having such recent experience will be very helpful to the many candidates who visit the Community.

One question I would like to ask as a PMP Prep course instructor is if you had to estimate the percentage or actual number of questions which related to agile or hybrid lifecycles or practices what would that be?

Thanks!

Kiron
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1 reply by William Washinski II
Dec 13, 2019 5:03 PM
William Washinski II
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The I saw on it was a question related to Rolling Wave Planning.

Agile - which is something that will be implemented in the test come July, thus wasn't on my exam. I wouldn't advise spending too much time with preparing for it.
I passed my PMP exam on Dec 5, 2019 after two previous tries. I would document my journey through out the entire process at some point. What worked for me really was that i was able to evaluate why i did not do well in my previous exams.
first of all, congrats for passing the exam. the Board member asked you for your experience, thus I suggest that you provide them with your personal journey experience.
Dec 13, 2019 3:46 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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William -

Thanks for offering! Having such recent experience will be very helpful to the many candidates who visit the Community.

One question I would like to ask as a PMP Prep course instructor is if you had to estimate the percentage or actual number of questions which related to agile or hybrid lifecycles or practices what would that be?

Thanks!

Kiron
The I saw on it was a question related to Rolling Wave Planning.

Agile - which is something that will be implemented in the test come July, thus wasn't on my exam. I wouldn't advise spending too much time with preparing for it.
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2 replies by Kiron Bondale and Rami Kaibni
Dec 13, 2019 7:37 PM
Rami Kaibni
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This is surprising but good to know though. I thought there would be at least 15% Agile Questions.
Dec 14, 2019 4:08 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Thanks for the feedback on my agile content question, William!

Here's another couple for you:

1. Roughly how many calculation questions would you estimate - EVM, EMV, Lines of Communication, PERT estimate, etc.?

2. Were there any questions asking about calculating anything related to CPIF or FPIF contracts including Point of Total Assumption?

Thanks!

Kiron
Congrats William. It's been a while since you were last on the forums. I'd suggest writing up your experience as a blog entry. Again, kudos to you!
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1 reply by William Washinski II
Dec 14, 2019 2:40 PM
William Washinski II
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Again, yeah, I wasn't on the Forums because I was focused on studying.

One of the things I would share -- I did the practice exams through Rita, but sought out other exams that I could take which might give questions worded differently.

What I discovered was Rita gave a great example of how the questions were asked, with the same format and structure.

A lot of "Free" tests were particularly hard by comparison. It actually through me off thinking I wasn't ready. One of which I advised to my study group to find the nearest black hole and drop it off. It was outrageously hard -- but those were given away for you to actually buy their product by making you think you were unprepared. Questions that found obscure points of the PMBOK and asked them word for word. There was nothing that detailed on the actual exam, because it wasn't about memorizing, it was about understanding.
Congrats William, great Achievement. I agree with my fellow colleagues, it would be beneficial for future aspirants if you write a detailed blog.
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Dec 14, 2019 2:32 PM
William Washinski II
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That is a good idea, I've got the bullet point notes to do a live presentation. I will write one up next week.
Dec 13, 2019 5:03 PM
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The I saw on it was a question related to Rolling Wave Planning.

Agile - which is something that will be implemented in the test come July, thus wasn't on my exam. I wouldn't advise spending too much time with preparing for it.
This is surprising but good to know though. I thought there would be at least 15% Agile Questions.
Congratulations William! Looks like lot of changes to the exam since I took in 2003. Please do share your journey so that the future candidates will be benefited.

Welcome to the PMP world!
Congratulations William! It's very useful for future PMP aspirants to read about the experiences of persons who have passed the exam. I think everyone has his personal experience. For me, the most useful thing was to practice with simulators, that help us to adapt to the type of questions presented in the real exam.
Congratulations William !!
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