Student Profile: Henry Ogbu, PMP
I have 9 years experience in the information Technology, emphasis on Enterprise Software Architecture, Design, Implementation and Support. Business and Process Analysis, Development and Alignment to Technology. Team Development and Leadership. Versed practical experience (Technical and Functional) on Oracle Flexcube core banking implementation and support. I obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.Eng) honours from University of Benin, Nigeria in 2003.
Projects Experiences: Enterprise applications design, training, implementation and support in various Bank locations. These include: African Finance Corporation – Nigeria; Ecobank – Nigeria; Access Bank – Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Voir, Rwanda, Zambia; Skye Bank – Nigeria; Union Bank – Nigeria; Intercontinental Bank – Nigeria, Ghana, Energy Bank - Ghana; African Development Bank – Ghana; Nedbank - South Africa etc.
My strategy en-route becoming a PMP was to get enough materials but not too much of it considering I was to prepare and pass the exam within my ongoing project. I had only 2 Months to accomplish my mission of becoming a PMP.
1. I got the Free PMBOK Guide 5th Edition as a registered member of PMI.
2. I bought the PM Prep-cast
3. I bought the 3 month pm-exam-simulator access.
I started to study the PMBOK Guide up to the 2nd chapter before I got my prepcast with the plan to complete it before getting to the prep-cast however, after listening to the first episode of the prep-cast, i had to update my plan.
I eventually got back to PMBOK Guide after completing the entire prep-cast lessons and at that time PMBOK Guide was now making perfect sense and comprehension was very easy and also fun to read.
The prep-cast brought the concepts home and eventually I did not need to memorize the ITTOs. Even the fomulas became second nature with constant practice.
I practiced all the formulas sample questions from OSP at least 2 times and made sure to practice all the questions at the end of every lesson.
Before the exam, I had practiced 4 of the simulation exams within the 4 hour duration and carefully revised each exam to understand why I passed the ones I passed and much more why I failed the ones I failed.
I also exercised myself with other online sample questions. In all I sure did more than 2000 practice questions and answers before getting into the exam hall.
I pulled out the ITTOs in the PMBOK Guide and studied them in details especially the flow of the processes and how the inputs and outputs originate and used in various processes. It was very interesting knowing the reasons for the Inputs, Tools &Technics and the Outputs. After 3 time studying these, I could almost get all the questions around ITTO.
Two days before the exam, I called the center to confirm what I must come with and other relevant questions concerning the exam and fortunately for me the center was a walking distance my hotel.
The exam itself did not fail to live up to expectation. It was very detailed and scenario based as expected. I only got a 5 minute break for the convenience as I must pass the exam the first time. My refreshment eventually got home with me. There was no exam day revision or need for last minute review.
I thank God, Cornelius and entire OSP team for helping me not only through the exam but also with knowledge which I am already applying on my day to day job.