Student Profile: Todd Bauer, PMP
I am a 40-year old Project Manager and Business Analyst for Security MicroImaging. We are a top-tier Hyland reseller and provider of ECM solutions. I have been technical for many years and evolved into the Project Management sphere, eventually arriving at a point where experience wasn’t enough and I needed a serious education and credentialing to move forward.
The PMP Certification was originally suggested by my supervisor. I was not previously familiar with PMI.
The most difficult part of the studies was determining an effective study method. IE, the best way to eat the elephant.
I learned about the PM PrepCast through my manager. I used it in combination with a series of classes at Baldwin-Wallace and the Rita PMP Study Prep book (7th edition).
I wouldn’t say that anything is missing. As an audio study program with slides, it’s very effective for those who learn best that way.
Ultimately, I settled on the Rita PMP Study Prep book as my primary preparation resource.
My #1 recommendation is to determine what study method works for you and create a project plan for obtaining the PMP. For me, it was a great way to incorporate the material as I studied.
PS: I didn’t read the PMBOK. Based on my planning research, I identified that it wasn’t necessary and thus didn’t need to budget the time required to read it.