This post is rather unusual in the sense that I'm not providing you the 'answers'. Instead, I'm posting the questions and seeking answers from you. These questions have been collected over the past 3 years, and many of them were sent to me by PMP and CAPM aspirants from around the globe.
Recently I came across an extremely talented and skilled professional, who was preparing for PMP certification. He came across as a very unique individual, a person with a very visually-oriented mind, who learned things by drawing charts and diagrams. He produced some exceptional work - network diagrams to map PMBOK project management processes and their interactions, charts to help learn formulas, and drawing to explain complex concepts. I was very impressed and inspired by his work. In this article, I'm sharing how the conversations I had with him inspired me and gave me new ideas to further improve BrainBOK.
As I mentioned in the previous two posts, I attended a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class in Singapore, last week. The course was conducted by GoodAgile, and offered by ISS, NUS. One of my colleagues had taken that class back in February and had recommended it to me. It's a 3-day course and is approved for 70% subsidy under the CITREP program of WDA, Singapore. In this post, I'm sharing my experience and feedback on the course for people who might be interested to take similar courses in Singapore and abroad.
Three days of training and a certification exam later, I'm now officially a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). The 3 days spent in the class was time well-spent. It was a good and refreshing experience for me. In the previous post I said I was a skeptic. So, have I bought into Scrum now? Do I like it? Do I think it works? Is it better than the traditional waterfall (or SDLC) approach? Read the full article to find out.
Today was the first day of my 3-day Certified Scrum Master classroom based training here in Singapore. Usually I'm better at self-learning and not quite bullish on classroom training. But when I started reading about Agile practices in software development, and Scrum in particular, I had more questions than answers. I was very skeptical of it and almost sure that this stuff wasn't going to work on my projects. I wanted to challenge it and bring up my problems to an Agile protagonist. Well who better than the co-founder of Scrum Training Institute, Pete Deemer. When I came across Pete's class I decided to register for it, primarily for one reason - asking lots of questions (and hoping to get answers which would convince me one way or the other).
Since I don't have a separate blog on Agile practices, I decided to use this space to document my learning. Considering that I just came out of the class, this stuff is fresh off the oven. It also means that it's somewhat "raw", probably not as well drafted, or as comprehensive, or as well-researched, as some of the other articles that you'll find on this blog.
One of the most frequently asked and hotly debated topics about Critical Path calculation by PMP aspirants is whether to start the forward pass calculation at Day Zero (0) or Day One (1). This has been a topic of debate on numerous forums and blogs, including this blog. But I've not seen a conclusive answer anywhere. The PMP exam prep guides and courses add to the confusion by following different approaches. Some authors prefer to start at zero, some start at one. Each approach yields different results.
While practically speaking, it may be a matter of choice, but from the exam point of view, there's only one correct approach. So, what is that correct approach? Should we start the forward pass calculation at zero or one? Today I'm going to answer that question for you, support it with evidence and put an end to this debate. So, are we ready to dive in?
John visited a doctor for a regular health checkup. After examining him, the doctor asked him to go for a medical test. John took the test next morning, and the report was delivered to him in the evening. As he was reading the report, his body started trembling, heart started pounding and senses went numb. He had tested positive for a dreaded disease. He called the doctor, but the doctor wasn't available. After spending a long night in agony and distress, he got a call from the lab next morning. They told him that the report he received actually belonged to another patient!
Imagine if this had happened to you. What would be your reaction? It would not be an exaggeration to say that something similar happened to dozens of PMP® aspirants last week.