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  Why do people fail the PMP Exam?

Common reasons for failing PMP Exam and mistakes to avoid Why do people fail the PMP Exam? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by PMP aspirants. According to popular guesstimates, the failure rate on the PMP Exam is as high as 40%. If this figure is to be believed, what's the reason behind such a high failure rate on this exam? I don't have an answer, but I do have an opinion.

In my opinion, most people who fail the exam don't have real Project Management experience. Either they lie on their application or they think what they do on their job is Project Management, when it actually isn't. In my view, not having real Project Management experience is the no. 1 reason why people fail the exam.
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  To-Complete Performance Index (TCPI) for Cricket Fans

TCPI is an Earned Value Management (EVM) term introduced in the PMBOK Guide, Fourth Edition. When I first read the description of TCPI in the PMBOK Guide, I couldn't make much sense of it. After reading up more on the subject, I was surprised to realize that the concept is really simple to understand, especially if you are a Cricket (sport) fan. I can explain the concept to you in just 3 words. Yes, it's really that simple. The concept is exactly the same as that of Required Run-Rate in Cricket.

If you are not familiar with Cricket, the most intellectual outdoor sport, skip the Cricket match example and read the remainder of the post.

Cricket Match Example



Let's take an example of a 50 over One-Day game between India and Australia. Assume that Australia batted first and scored 299 runs in 50 overs. So, India needs to score 300 runs in 50 overs. What's the required run rate for India? It's exactly 6 runs per over (rpo) at the start of India's innings.

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  PMI PMP Application Audit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

I have been doing a series of posts on the PMP application audit process. Here's a list of additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the PMP Audit process.

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  Best PMP Exam Prep Book - Survey Result

I had been running a survey on the best PMP exam prep book, on this blog for the past several weeks. The survey received a total of 531 votes.

The book that received thumbs up from 65% respondents and is a runaway winner is (no marks for guessing this) Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep. This should not come as a surprise to anyone. The distant second is Head First PMP with 18% votes.

Best PMP Exam Prep Book Survey Results

PMP Certification - Best Book / Study Guide Survey Results
The results of the survey are pretty much in-line with expectations. However, from what I learned over the past several months, Andy Crowe's The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try is at least as popular as the Head First PMP book. Unfortunately, Andy's book wasn't an option on my survey (call it my ignorance).

If you have other recommendations for good PMP exam prep books, do post your comments. Thanks to all who voted on the survey.

Related Post: 10 Reasons to buy Rita Mulcahy's Exam Prep Book.

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  PMP Application Audit Processing Time


The PMP application audit processing time has 3 main components:

  1. The time you take to complete the audit package. The sooner you complete the package, the shorter the overall processing time is.

  2. The shipping time for the package (to PMI). You can expedite the process by using a good courier service.

  3. The time PMI takes to process your audit package. PMI takes about 5 business days to process your audit documents after it receives them.

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  How do I Comply with PMP Application Audit?

In the previous article, When do I know my PMP Application has been Selected for an Audit?, we looked at where the audit fits into the PMP application process. In this article, we'll review the steps to comply with the audit.

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  Which Documents do I need to Submit for PMP Application Audit?

To comply with PMP application audit, you would be asked to submit:
  1. Signatures from your supervisor(s) or manager(s) from the project(s) and/or program(s) documented in the experience verification section of the application.
  2. Photocopies (not originals) of your diploma/degree certificate.
  3. Photocopies of certificates and/or letters from the training institute(s) for each course documented on the application to meet the required (35) contact hours of project management education.
This information is a precursor to my next post - How to Comply with PMP Application Audit?

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  Total Float vs. Free Float in Critical Path Method (CPM)

Total Float vs Free Float in Project Management (PMP) When I was preparing for my PMP exam, I was very confused about the difference between Total Float and Free Float in Critical Path Method (CPM). I understood Float, but not the two types. So, I did some research and finally made-up an example to understand the concepts myself. Today I'm sharing the example that I prepared almost 2 years ago. I hope it will help in PMP Certification aspirants on their exam.
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  When do I know my PMP Application has been Selected for an Audit?

PMI PMP Application Audit FAQ PMI PMP application audit is probably the most feared part of PMP Certification. Most fears are uncalled for and probably stem from the confusion around the audit process. If you understand the process well, it will take away some anxiety and help you concentrate on the exam.

So let's step back and understand the PMP application process first and then see where the audit fits in.

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