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Crunching numbers for PMO = countable project time for PMP?
Anonymous
Hello, pardon the anonymity; I'm looking to keep the discussion theoretical in the forum, and not have it become personal in the office.

I am a CSM, with no college degree, a strong IT background, and I am now working for the IT PMO for a large company.

I am not a project manager or a coordinator, though. I work on monthly reports and dashboards for the portfolio directors, so they can quickly see information on projects.

I am interested in gaining PMP certification, and I understand that requires claiming 7,500 hours of project experience (4,500 if you have a college degree). I don't think I am close to that amount.

My (secondhand) understanding from PMBOK is the hours leading and directing projects count as project hours. If I help the portfolio directors see where projects are at, might that be counted?

I am interested in increasing my income, and I am also concerned that what I am currently doing might become outsourced or automated.
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Hmm... As I see it you are analyzing and structuring project information, but you're not leading or directing a project. If you were ‘leading or directing’ you’d do such things as tell resources what to do and when to do it, hold stakeholder meetings regarding the project, make decisions regarding the project (including financial, resource, go or no-go, etc.), create project documentation, and be acknowledged as a PM in a project charter.
Since you’re seeking experience, can you get the PMs in your PMO to give you various bits of their work, such as hosting meetings, creating documentation, and perhaps some risk management as well?
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May 30, 2017 9:16 AM
anonymous
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Thanks for the reply, Eric!
If I understand the path you're describing, I would first seek out project managers within the office, and see if I can spend some of my time taking on some of their tasks. This would not count as PMP hours, but it would lead to me being considered in the future to lead projects that would count as PMP hours. Is that the path? If so, it does make sense.
Anonymous
May 27, 2017 8:19 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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Hmm... As I see it you are analyzing and structuring project information, but you're not leading or directing a project. If you were ‘leading or directing’ you’d do such things as tell resources what to do and when to do it, hold stakeholder meetings regarding the project, make decisions regarding the project (including financial, resource, go or no-go, etc.), create project documentation, and be acknowledged as a PM in a project charter.
Since you’re seeking experience, can you get the PMs in your PMO to give you various bits of their work, such as hosting meetings, creating documentation, and perhaps some risk management as well?
Thanks for the reply, Eric!
If I understand the path you're describing, I would first seek out project managers within the office, and see if I can spend some of my time taking on some of their tasks. This would not count as PMP hours, but it would lead to me being considered in the future to lead projects that would count as PMP hours. Is that the path? If so, it does make sense.
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There must be some sort of bug. Although the question was asked and replied to anonymously, I can still see the replier's name - Jon P. Perhaps it makes sense to contact the administrator to fix this bug?
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1 reply by Jon Pederson
Jun 01, 2017 6:06 PM
Jon Pederson
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I have sent them some feedback, and the URL to the post.

If that were me, I would be blushing at the indiscretion. :)
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Jun 01, 2017 9:03 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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There must be some sort of bug. Although the question was asked and replied to anonymously, I can still see the replier's name - Jon P. Perhaps it makes sense to contact the administrator to fix this bug?
I have sent them some feedback, and the URL to the post.

If that were me, I would be blushing at the indiscretion. :)
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You can use your earned project hours toward applying for PMP. Nothing to worry about outsourcing or automation. In any field, if you are strong and passionate about your work, you should be fine. However, expect unexpected curves in the work amount or style for a PM unlike other IT jobs. Because no matter how diligent you are, sometimes, you have to go through firedrills...:-)
Anonymous
Earned project hours - at this time I am not working on a project. At least I don't think I am. When I think of a project here, I see a line in a spreadsheet, with a Project manager, a coordinator, and money budgeted toward it for the next many months. When someone tells me to update the SharePoint site, and I make the change an hour later, I do not see that as a project.
Do I need to be leading or directing a project?

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