In 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing and inadequate in defining and explaining these terms. The posts resonated well with the readers and till date are among the most popular posts on this blog. Some copy-cat bloggers also latched on to the idea and churned out similar posts. But more importantly, the people behind the PMBOK® Guide took notice, and made significant improvements to redefine and clarify these terms. The good news is that these terms are much more simplified now, and the folks preparing for PMP and CAPM certifications need not pull their hair out. In this post, we'll review how these terms have changed and fill in some of the gaps that still remain.
PMI-ACP certification is gaining popularity as more and more organizations across the world continue to adopt agile principles, practices, tools and techniques. Project management education providers are also stepping up and developing training programs to cater to the demand. One such self-paced online training program is The Agile Prepcast. I used this program for my own PMI-ACP preparation and passed the exam in the first attempt. This post is a review of the Agile Prepcast and aims to help PMI-ACP aspirants make an informed decision about purchasing this product.
The Head First PMP, 3rd Ed (for PMBOK Guide, 5th Ed) has just been released, barely 5 months after the PMP exam change! Well, better late than never. Sarcasm aside, I’m a great fan of the Head First (HF) series from O’Reilly and have read several titles in the series over the years. For those who are not familiar, the HF series uses a unique method to make even the most boring and dull content, lively and interesting. The HF PMP applies the same method to put the text-oriented project management concepts from the PMBOK Guide into a visually rich and engaging study guide.
For anyone embarking on his/her journey toward the PMI-ACP exam, one of the first hurdle is to get the right study material. Unfortunately, there isn't an AgileBOK per se (a reference standard similar to the PMBOK Guide) for the PMI-ACP exam. The PMI-ACP exam is based on 11 reference books on Agile. Reading those 11 books is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning Agile, but it's not really required for passing the PMI-ACP exam. Fortunately, there are good study guides in the market that can help you pass the PMI-ACP exam. This post is a short review of one such study guide - PMI-ACP Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths.
Most people think that the PMP exam is based on the PMBOK Guide. You might be shocked to hear that it's not true. In reality, the PMP exam is based on the PMP Exam Content Outline, which is defined as a result of an elaborate role delineation study (RDS) conducted by PMI. The content outline defines the performance domains (a broad category of duties and responsibilities that define the project manager's role), as well as the tasks required for competent performance of the role and the knowledge/skills required to perform those tasks.
Most PMP exam prep books are organized by Knowledge Areas or Process Groups/Domains defined in the PMBOK Guide. Recently I came across a book - PMP Rapid Review (by Sean Whitaker) - which takes a unique approach. This book is organized accordingly to the PMP Exam Content Outline. This article is a short review of the book.
Recently I passed my PMI-ACP exam. I had signed up for PMI Membership, which gave me access to PMI's eReads and Reference library, before the exam. This book (PMI-ACP Exam Prep: 1000+ PMI-ACP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions by Tim Bagnall and Christopher Scordo) was the only book on "Agile" in that library.
I spent nearly 12 precious hours before my exam in attempting the questions on this book. In this post, I'm sharing my review of the book, and its usefulness for the PMI-ACP exam.
This page is an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification program from the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. I wish I had access to such a resource when I started preparing for the PMP certification back in 2007. I was literally groping in the dark and had no idea how to proceed. It took me several months and plenty of hardships to finally get on to the right track for my certification. This page is the result of hundreds of hours of effort that I've spent in gathering all the information.
The objective of this page is to help jump-start your journey toward PMP certification.
There's a plethora of information available about the PMP exam on the internet. However, the challenge that faces most PMP aspirants is to figure out where to start. Sometimes, it may take upto 6 - 12 months for an individual to just figure out all the requisite information. This page will help you focus on the essentials by providing you with filtered content.
This page explains my proprietary (*winks*) 6-Step approach on How to become a PMP in a reasonable amount of time, with reasonable effort, and using the most economical means available.
What is PMP Re-Certification?
As per PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR), every PMP needs to re-certify his/her credentials every 3 years. In order to re-certify, a PMP needs to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every 3 years. There are numerous ways to earn these PDUs such as Practicing Project and/or Program Management, attending classroom training, self-learning, attending Project/Program Management related seminars and workshops, doing voluntary work for Project Management communities or organizations.
This article is meant for current Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holders. PMP aspirants are also encouraged to read this information.
People often question the value of Project Management Institute (PMI) membership and ask whether it's really worth the fee, which is $129 per year. I think that most people aren't aware of the benefits that PMI membership offers. Therefore, I decided to address this matter based on my experience. Here's an independent take on the benefits of PMI membership.
Disclosure: I'm currently a PMI member, but hold no other affiliation with PMI.