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Mnemonics for PMP and CAPM Certifications


PMP and CAPM aspirants use mnemonics heavily to memorize everything from Process Groups to Knowledge Areas, Process Names to ITTOs, and much more. According to Dictionary.com, Mnemonics are something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula. Most of us have used mnemonics in some form or another, for exams, work, or other purposes. I still remember the mnemonic - B B Roy of Great Britain has a Very Good Wife - that I learned during my engineering degree program more than 15 years ago. It was used to recall color code sequence for resistors. And who doesn't remember the acronym (a form of mnemonic) VIBGYOR for the seven colors of the rainbow.

Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports


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.

Agile Prepcast Review for PMI-ACP Certification Exam


The Agile PrepCast is a podcast-based audio-video program for PMI-ACP exam preparation. 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.

Book Review: Head First PMP Third Edition (for PMBOK Guide 5)


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.

Book Review - PMI-ACP Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths


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.

Book Review - PMP Rapid Review by Sean Whitaker


PMP Rapid Review by Sean Whitaker photo PMP-Rapid-Review-Sean-Whitaker.pngMost 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.

Book Review - PMI-ACP Exam Prep by Chris Scordo (1000+ Practice Questions)


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.

PMP FAQs: 100+ FAQs about PMP Certification Exam for PMBOK 5


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about PMP Certification: With thousands of sites dedicated to Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, it shouldn't be hard to get detailed information on PMP certification, correct? Wrong. While most websites are able to provide basic information about PMP certification, it's extremely hard to find a comprehensive and authentic resource on all matters concerning the certification. This page is an attempt to answer almost all the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the 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.

PMP Certification: How to get PMP in 6 Steps


How to become a PMP in 6 StepsStep-by-step Guide for PMP: 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.

PMI PDUs: How to get 60 PDUs for PMP Certification Renewal


PMI PMP PDU Certification RenewalWhat 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.

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