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  Cool PMP Tag Clouds with Wordle

I came across this super cool website called Wordle that allows you to create wonderful tag clouds with labels of your choice. It can even pull the labels from your websites and blogs. The image fonts, colors, size and layout are selected randomly. However, you can also customize it accordingly to your preference. Go and checkout the application on Wordle. You are sure to love it.

I'm absolutely loving it !

To see what I'm talking about, here's a quick sample of the cloud that I created.


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  Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep, Sixth Edition is Available Now

Good news for all PMP Aspirants, planning to take the exam on or after June 30, 2009

Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep, Sixth Edition is available now. The list price is USD 99.00 (plus $10 S&H). Along with the book, the upgraded PMP Fastrack Exam Simulator and PMP Hot Topics Flashcards have also been launched.

The book is only available on Rita's website. It's not on Amazon yet. If you want to purchase it at a discounted price, you might want to wait till it is available on Amazon. The price on Amazon will definitely be at least 25% less than the list price.

UPDATE (June 17, 2009): The book is available on Amazon now. It's temporarily out of stock but you can still place your order.



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  Launch Promotion 20% Off: 1,750 PMP® Exam eFlashCards


PMP® Exam eFlashCards is one of the first exam prep material for people who want to take the exam on or after June 30, 2009. The flashcards are based on PMBOK Fourth Edition (latest).

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  What does a PMP Certificate look like?

My dear PMP Aspirants,

I know that you are can't wait to get your hands on the PMP Certificate, which has your name printed right in the middle with a nice big bold font. I'm sure your dream will come true if you work hard, and my good wishes are with you. For now, those anxious and curious souls, who want to know what their coveted prize would look like, here's a sample.



Click on the image to see it in full size

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  New PMP Exam Prep Material based on PMBOK Fourth Edition

From June 30, 2009, PMP Exam will be based on PMBOK Fourth Edition. I did a quick survey of new PMP Exam Prep material based on the new PMBOK Guide. As expected, very few publishers have managed to release the upgraded versions of their Exam Prep books and other resources. Many have announced the plans and the books are available for pre-order on Amazon. Surprisingly, there's no word on the upgraded version of the mother of all PMP Exam Prep books - PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy.

Update Dec 3, 2013: Links have been updated for PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition

Here's a list of new books for the PMP Exam:

PMP Exam Prep Books for PMBOK Guide 5th Ed
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  PMP Certification-related Surveys

Here's a recent PMP Certification-related survey featured on this blog. Express your opinion and find out what your fellow Project Manangers think.

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  What if I fail the PMP Exam now and retake it on or after June 30, 2009?

Let's consider a scenario where a candidate takes the exam before June 30, 2009 and fails. Now if this candidate wants to go for reexamination on or after June 30, 2009, he/she would have to take the "new" PMP Exam, which would be based on PMBOK Fourth Edition. However, the good news is that the Contact Hours, which were earned to qualify for the first attempt, would still be valid for the "new" Exam. This information has been confirmed by PMI.

The situation is pretty precarious for anybody planning to take the exam from now until June 29, 2009. You need to have your contingency plan ready just in case the "risk event" occurs.

My advice (or proposed strategy) for PMP aspirants would be this:

1. If you have already started your preparation and feel confident, then speed up your preparation and try to take the exam by May 15, 2009. So, just in case you don't clear it, you may still have some time to go for the next attempt before June 30, 2009. If you don't feel confident, then take approach 2 (mentioned below).

2. If you are thinking of starting your preparation now, then I would say, prepare for the "new" PMP Exam, which would be based on PMBOK Fourth Edition, and take the exam on or after June 30, 2009.

I was in the same boat in 2005, when PMBOK Third Edition was introduced. I started my preparation just 6 weeks before the proposed change in the exam. At that time, I took the decision to wait for the new exam to come out and learn from the mistakes of the "early adopters". However, I waited a bit too long and did not take the exam until Nov 2007 :)

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this matter. I'm sure there are better strategies to tackle this situation.

All the best.
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  Lesser known means to earn 35 Contact Hours for PMP Certification

When it comes to earning 35 PDUs for PMP Certification, most people think that some form of specialized training (such as PMP Exam Prep courses, specialized PMP Exam simulator, or Podcasts-based programs), which is focused on PMP Exam, is the only way to get 35 PDUs. However, this is not true.

I came across an article that very nicely describes various other means to get 35 PDUs, which can help you meet the pre-requisites for the PMP Certification. Some of these means are:
  • PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)
  • PMI Component organisations
  • Employer/company-sponsored programmes
  • Training companies or consultants
  • Distance-learning companies, including an end-of-course assessment
  • University/college academic and continuing education programmes

To read the complete article, click here.

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  Quick Review of PMSoft Webinar

I attended a free webinar (worth 2 PDUs) from PMSoft on "Changes in PMBOK Fourth Edition" today. Here's a quick review for folks who didn't attend the session today but might be interested to attend their webinars in future.

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  New - PMP Re-certification: Earn PDUs by attending Free Webinars from PMSoft

I came across this new option to earn free PDUs from PMSoft. They are offering several free webinars, each of which are worth 2 PDUs under Category 3. The timings, however, may not suit the folks in the US (especially those on the West Coast).

Feature article: How to get my 60 PMI PDUs for PMP Renewal?

The webinars scheduled for April 2009 are:

Changes In PMBOK Fourth Edition On Apr 11th, '09 Live Lecture (Timings - 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM IST) / (Timings - 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM GMT)
Effective Decision Making On Apr 18th, '09 Live Lecture (Timings - 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM IST) / (Timings - 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM GMT)
Overview of Portfolio Management On Apr 25th, '09 Live Lecture (Timings - 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM IST) / (Timings - 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM GMT)

Some additional details (not available on their website):

Each webinar is dedicated to that particular pre-announced topic. These are Live Online sessions (only audio streaming, not video) for which the participants need to have a good broadband connection & a headset to listen & ask questions as & when need be. After confirmation from PMSoft & receiving their e-invite, they will need to login to the session (the login, password will be provided in the e-invite) at that specified date & time only.
  • The duration of entire session including Q & A session is 3 hrs. There is a 10 minute break (a logical break) in between.
  • PMSoft provides a PDU certificate (2 PDU’s) on successfully attending every webinar session
  • The faculties for these sessions are subject matter experts in their respective areas. They are also PMP’s.
In order to attend the PDU sessions, every participant needs to register before hand at www.pmsoft.com . The dates of sessions & the link to register is provided on the home page itself. Depending on the availability of seats s/he is intimated about the confirmation of participation.

Click here to Register.

They should be having such webinars every month. So, you might want to check their site regularly.

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  PMP Re-certification: More PDU options for PMPs, under Category 4

I found this PM Lecture series, which offers Powerpoint presentation-style lecture series (with audio). Currently, 3 lectures are available, each of which offer PDUs under Category 4. They are certainly not free, but if you've got money to spare, the quality looks quite good. You can have a sneek peak here:

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  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the PMP Exam

Recently I posted a list of about 100 FAQs on the PMP exam.

I believe it will help answer lot of doubts that PMP aspirants might have about:
  • The eligibility criteria
  • Application process
  • Application Audit Process
  • Exam fee and payment modes
  • The structure of the exam
  • The type and domain-wise distribution of questions
  • Passing score
  • .. and a lot more
The list is available here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the PMP Exam

If you have any questions about the PMP exam, post them on the FAQ page. Usually, I would answer them within 24 hrs.

If you have questions, which you would not want to discuss in a public forum (though I can't think of any such scenario), you can email them to me directly using the "Contact Me" form on the left navigation bar of this page.

All the best !
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  Free Webinar: Hear out key contributors talk about PMBOK® Guide 4th edition on Wed, Apr 15, 2009

Just came across this. It's an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about the changes in PMBOK version 4. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this as I'm exactly on the other side of the globe. But for those in the west, this is a golden opportunity.

It's a free webinar but I don't think they are awarding any PDUs for it.

Source: http://www.4pmti.com/seminardetail.aspx?id=156

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Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/863410122


This is the ideal targeted webinar for those project, program, or portfolio managers, corporate training personnel who are confused by the myriad of changes in the new PMBOK Guide 4th edition that is the primary reference for the coveted PMP® certification.

Attend this webinar and hear out:

- Dennis Bolles, Project Manager, PMBOK Guide 3rd Edition
- Joseph Kestel, Key Contributor to PMBOK Guide 4th Edition
- Vijay Verma, Renowned Author/Speaker, Key Contributor, PMBOK Guide 4th Edition

Limited participants. Only first 1000 registrants allowed. Register now before registration closes to avoid disappointment!!

For the first time, they will talk about:

What is the theme of the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition
What changed in the PMBOK Guide from
Dennis Bolles, PMP
Joseph Kestel, MBA, PMP
Vijay Verma, MBA, PE, PMP

How does it affect your projects, programs, and portfolios
How does it affect your PMP Exam Preparation
When does the PMP exam change?
How does the PMP exam change with this edition?
Are you prepared to PASS the PMP Exam with this edition?
Hear it directly from those who made a significant difference to the PMBOK Guide 4th edition. Sign up before it is sold out!! Only the first 1000 attendees are allowed to participate!!

Call +01+(734) 786-0104 or email webinars@4PMTI.com with any questions

Schedule: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM US EST

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  Whizlabs PMP Exam Simulator - Discontinued

Update for PMP Aspirants looking for 35 Contact Hours:

Whizlabs has discontinued their PMP Exam Simulator product for PMBOK version 3. They informed me in an email that as of now they have no plans to launch a newer version based on PMBOK version 4.

Whizlabs PMP Exam Simulator was one of two "economical" options for PMP aspirants to achieve 35 Contact Hours. Fortunately, there is a better (economical) option, which is BrainBOK PMP Exam Simulator.

If you are aware of other good and economical options to achieve Contact Hours, post your comments below and let me know.

Btw, this is not an April Fool's day hoax :)

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