Student Profile: Nikhil Madan, PMP
I am a B.E. in I.T. with a total of 4.6 years of experience out of which 3.6 years as a Project Coordinator, Project Analyst and Project Manager and currently I am working as a Project Manager with KeySight Technologies and hoping to enhance my project management skills with the understanding gained through PMP.
I would recommend to start the preparation with the PMI lexicon and relax in the last couple of days.
My Leasons Learned:
1) Study Consistently : Make a plan and follow it. It's better to study 2 hours daily then to study 8 hours in a single day.
2) PMP Lexicon: Before you start studying, have a look at PMP lexicon from PMI's website. It will help you to grasp the PMP concepts quickly and easily.
3) PMBOK : There is no match to PMBOK. Read it and absorb it.
4) Quality of study material: I went for Prepacast and it was really helpful.
5) Practice as much as you can: Practice is the key to success. I bought Mock test from Prepcast and that was really helpful. This gave me a good flavor of the real PMP exam.
6) Those who have an Android phone, can also download a free application from Google Play Store: PMP ITTOs. It helped me as it was with me all the time and secondly, it comes with details like what is the knowledge area and a brief overview of each ITTO.
7) I divided the PMBOK in 5 different parts :
a) General overview, and
b) 4 categories of knowledge areas:
i) Scope, Schedule and Cost
ii) Quality, HR and Communications
iii) Risk, Procurement, Stakeholders
I felt easier to read the book this way.