Student Profile: Farhiyo Igal, PMP
I am a wife and a mother of four. My family is a huge part of my success and the lead support of my career, I wouldn’t have accomplish this if it wasn’t for their unlimited dedication in my pursuit.
I have been managing projects for ten years for Technology & Telecommunications research and developments and other engineering products. I have come to believe that better project managers are those who can properly execute the PMBOK and make their decision based on what’s better for the project and not their own interest. Thus getting certified was icing on the cake.
The most difficult part of my PMP® studies was to study consistently. I was using PrepCast exam simulator before the coaching which I found to be helpful. I received one free lesson then I was also offered an outstanding deal for PrepCast and PMP® Exam Coaching together. It was a great investment for my study purposes and future use. I was exposed to coaching techniques that is essential to real world applications and to prepare for the exam. The coaching was a great tool that made me look at all the angles of the processes and their knowledge areas. Not only is that it also allowed me to point out which ITTOs is necessary to complete each knowledge area.
I would encourage anyone who wants to understand in a simpler way to analyze why project management tools and process are iterative and why the same tools are used in multiple knowledge area and their purposes.
My number one recommendation is to read and understand PMP® Exam prep material before the PMBOK then see how the PMBOK relates to the material. Also to do a lot of exam simulation questions. Make sure you understand why your choice is either right or wrong until you can easily distinguish the correct answers from the others. I should also mention that trying to memorize will not be beneficial for the real world and certainly not the exam, so learn to apply knowledge. The best way to do that is analyzing the PMBOK itself and understand how things fit together, why would you need inputs?, what happens if you don’t have or used some of them?, why are you using this set of tools and techniques?, why are that the tools and techniques described in many ways and what are the outcome?
Farhiyo Igal , PMP