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  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 12 reference books on Agile. Reading those 12 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.
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  Book Review - PMP Rapid Review by Sean Whitaker

PMP Rapid Review by Sean Whitaker photo PMP-Rapid-Review-Sean-Whitaker.png 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 PMP Rapid Review (by Sean Whitaker), which takes a unique approach. It is organized according to the PMP Exam Content Outline. This article is a review of this book.
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  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.
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  PMP FAQ: 100+ Frequently Asked Questions about PMP Certification Exam for PMBOK 5

PMI PMP Certification Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification: With thousands of sites dedicated to 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.
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  PMP Certification: How to get PMP in 6 Steps

How to become a PMP in 6 Steps Step-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.
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  How to get my 60 PDU's for PMI PMP Certification Renewal?

PMI PMP Means to Earn 60 PDU's for Certification Renewal 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.
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  PMI Membership Benefits: 10 Benefits for PMP Certification Aspirants

Benefits of PMI Membership for PMP Certification aspirants What are the benefits of PMI Membership? PMI Membership offers great benefits for PMP certification aspirants. Unfortunately, most people aren't aware of the benefits that the membership offers. People often question the value of membership and ask whether it's really worth the fee, which is $139 per year. I'm going to address this matter based on my experience. Here's an independent take on the benefits of PMI membership.

About Project Management Institute (PMI) The , USA is the leading global association for the project management profession. PMI's primary goal is to advance the practice, science and profession of project management throughout the world in a conscientious and proactive manner so that organizations everywhere will embrace, value and utilize project management and then attribute their successes to it.

Disclosure: I'm currently a PMI member, but hold no other affiliation with PMI.

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  PMI-ACP Exam Lessons Learned - Do NOT Underestimate it!

PMI-ACP Lessons Learned: I'm pleased to inform you that I PASSED the PMI-ACP exam yesterday (Oct 28, 2013), couple weeks earlier than my original estimate. Passing any exam is a matter of satisfaction and relief, but more so when you have invested big dollars and time into it. I’m relieved that it’s done and over with, and I can reclaim my life now.

I had some real nerve-wracking moments during the exam yesterday. Five minutes into it, I had 6 out of the first 10 questions marked. I had to almost look up at the exam title just to confirm that I wasn't taking the wrong exam. At that point, my mind had already started developing excuses for failing the exam, and thinking about the next attempt. Negative thoughts were making things even more difficult.
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  PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Exam Study Material [Updated for 2015]

PMI-ACP Certification Exam Courses and Sample Questions Updated for PMI-ACP Exam 2015: I wrote this blog post in Oct 2013 when I was preparing for the PMI-ACP exam. As I was going through process, I was collecting and documenting the list of study resources that I was using or came across during the course of my preparation. I passed PMI-ACP exam on Oct 28, 2013, about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. I shared my PMI-ACP lessons learned after the exam. The PMI-ACP exam changed in 2015. I have updated this page to reflect the changes and updated all the links. Hope you find this page useful.

Here are study resources that I used for my PMI-ACP and found useful.
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  Download PMBOK Guide 5th Edition (PDF) - FREE for PMI Members

PMBOK Guide 5 PDF Download for PMP and CAPM Certification PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition (PDF) is available for download to all PMI Members for free. You need to login to the PMI website with your PMI user ID / password, to download the PDF. The file is password protected. When you try to open the file, it will prompt you for a password. In order to open the file, you need to enter your PMI (www.pmi.org) password.

Note: PMI User ID is different from your PMI Member ID (printed on your PMI membership card).

Links to PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition


PDF (soft copy) download link: Download PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition

You can also purchase a hard copy here:

If you have any questions or difficulty, post them as comments.

If you are serious about PMP Certification, I can help you get a free and 100% legal copy of the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition and also save $11 on your exam cost. Read 10 Benefits of PMI Membership to find out more.

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  Can I Print the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition PDF legally?

Many Project Managers, PMPs and PMP aspirants are not sure whether they are legally allowed to print the PDF version of the PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition? Some of them might have already printed it and living with the guilt of violating the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. So, is it legal to print the PMBOK Guide?

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