Project Management Professional (PMP)® Student Profiles:

Student Profile: Brian Fink, PMP

Brian Fink PMPCurrently I work for a communications company called Vocera.  They make devices that are modeled after the Star Trek communicators.  I manage these for the Boston Veterans Hospital system. 

I began working on simple projects approximately 10 years ago and become a part-time project manager for a healthcare software developer about 5 years ago.  It was at that time that I began looking into the PMP® certification.

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Student Profile: Kirby Brafford, PMP

Kirby Brafford PMPI am a management consultant with over 22 years in the industry, having spent the last 10 mainly in project and program management.  I decided since I have been doing the work, I should also get accredited with the PMP® certification.

The first week, I only listened/watched the PrepCast podcasts.  I did a little bit of surfing on the internet as well to see people's experience and strategies with length and approach to the preparation, but I didn't buy any other books as part of my training.

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Student Profile: Rui Konno, PMP

ruiI am an engineering manager at a software company in Silicon Valley to lead product globalization. I have been working for a large scale business performance management product for 8 years that many products get involved and all need to be appropriately managed and successfully internationalized and localized for global market.

Collaboration with program management and portfolio management in organizational project management framework are great fun for me to achieve a big goal for my deliverables.

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Student Profile: Yamuna Nair, PMP

Yamuna NairI have more than 10 years of experience as a technical project manager at Technology Company. I am currently working in a fast-paced and innovative software company, Mopro.  Able to manage stakeholder expectations and willing to take full responsibility for the delivering of project objectives.  Oversee multiple projects across all phases of development, monitor workflow and make adjustment to timeline adjustment as needed.

It is really important to read PMP® handbook start to the end at least once. Afterwards, you can listen to The PMP PrepCast and take the simulator exams as much as you can.

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Student Profile: Ravikant Totade, PMP

Ravikant TotadeI am Contract Manager with 21 years of experience working for Oil and Gas EPC Projects ranging from USD 300 million to USD 3 Billion. As a Contract Manager I have to manage end-to-end Projects from stage of tendering (Business Case) to handover (closing) involving review and analysis of Business case before starting of the Project, drafting / reviewing / modifying various types of precise, clear, specific, and focused Contracts and all Project management activities during the course of the Project. After PMP®, I am pursuing for PMI-PBA certification.

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Student Profile: Michael Bartlett, PMP

Michael Bartlett PMPI’m originally from the UK, now living in the beautiful Ozarks in Missouri, where my focus in on User and Customer Experience.  My exposure to Project Management began in 2001, using Agile (Back then we called it Evolutionary Prototyping) to build software systems for a Space Agency.  I have applied my knowledge not only across industries, but also outside of the software world – producing feature films.  The skills are amazingly transferable.  The most recent film I made – “Treehouse” – was shot whilst working a full time job.  Project Management is all about the art of balance, and that was certainly quite the balancing act!

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Student Profile: Emily Warmann, PMP

Emily WarmannI have been in project management for over 10 years within varying industries.  I started my career in the entertainment industry, then transitioned to Government, overseeing Capital Improvement projects at a Federal agency, then to Process Improvements within the Operations/Engineering arm of a major Biotech.  Currently, I am a Project Manager within the Commercialization and R&D Compliance group of the same major Biotech company.

In the first week of PMP® exam preparation, I recommend obtaining a copy of the PMBOK, reading through the table of contents and first chapter, taking the practice exam, then listening to the first/introductory modules of the PrepCast.  The first chapter is fairly easy but the content quickly gets complicated.  Don't get hung up! 

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Student Profile: Jideofor Ebeogu, PMP

Jideofor EbeoguSince after graduating from the school of architecture, Jideofor has been engaged in architectural practice and has worked with prominent architectural firms and property development companies in Nigeria, where he actively participated in design projects and project implementation processes. With his exposure to established architectural best practices, he has garnered valuable years of experience in various design and building projects, including residential homes and apartments of varying types, industrial and commercial buildings, and renovation projects. His specific skills include conceptual design proposals, construction detailing and documentation, construction supervision and project management. Over time, I developed interest in project management and have been privileged to manage various projects from initiation to practical completion.

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Student Profile: Phil Schuyler, PMP

Phil Schuyler PMPMy Name is Phil Schuyler, I am 33 years old, and I work as a Sr. Controls Engineer in the Augusta, Ga area at Starbucks Coffee Company (Manufacturing). Most of my job consists of developing software applications related to my industry and manufacturing business intelligence. I have recently began managing capital projects with my organization as well as my previous employer so I only had about four years of experience managing capital projects prior to sitting for the PMP® exam. I knew that the PMP® credential would allow me to be more competitive within my organization so I went for it! A quick online search revealed that the PM PrepCast seemed to be the most cost effective approach to a successful test and I happen to learn better with some type of video delivery whereas traditional classroom coursework didn’t fit within my schedule.

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Student Profile: Joel Ogden, PMP

Joel OgdenI am currently broadening my business acumen as a Business Development Principal with Jacobs, primarily working in the public and defense sectors. I have over 15 years of management and IT consulting experience working with Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting, and now Jacobs. Recently, I was the deputy program manager for a multi-million dollar software development project for a government customer. It was in this role that I pursued my MBA in Project Management and began the quest for PMP certification. I never saw myself becoming a PM, but as my responsibilities grew, I became acutely aware of the need for solid project management across the various projects I supported. This led me to pursue the PMP beginning last summer (July 2015), and achieving the certification in December 2015.

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Student Profile: Madhusudan B. Prativadi, PMP

Madhu SudanI am Madhu (Mr.Madhusudan Prativadi Bhayankaram), an Indian, working in Malaysia since 2002, till the month of April 2016. After passing PMP Exam,I migrated back to India (my home town Hyderabad) to start a fresh life as program manager in a projectised software company by name “Magnaquest Techonologies India Limited “.  My education was in Mathematics, Accountancy, Economics and computer sciences. I am surviving with three generations of ladies (my mom, wife and 8 years old pretty daughter).

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Student Profile: Meena Kumar, PMP

Meena Kumar PMPI live in Sacramento, California where I have spent all of my adult life.  Currently, I work for the California Department of Technology, but I have been employed for approximately 25 years with the State of California.  My biggest enjoyment is writing so I am always tasked with writing impact analyses, concept documents, project documents, and requirements.  Once upon a time, I also worked in drinking water so I wrote permits, inspection reports, and issued citations.  In my private life, I own a solar business where I have really been able to use my project management skills. During the course of my studies, I spoke to several others looking to take the PMP exam.  My first recommendation was always that they purchase the PM PrepCast through OSP International, LLC., which also comes with the PM Exam Simulator (a 90-day subscription).  Not only are the podcasts with Cornelius Fichtner amazingly helpful and engaging, but the price for the entire purchase is so economical! 

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Student Profile: Magroud Noreddine, PMP, CSM

Magroud Noreddine PMP CSMMy name is Noreddine Magroud, I have a background in Electronics and I worked for the past 5 years and half for a trading company in China specialized in tailored LED products. We also launched a customized website in fashion accessories to sell products in Europe. It was a great experience for me to step into the field of project management.

For the first week of study I would recommend before starting the videos to take the pre-course self assessment, then start the videos ( 3 chapter ) with the PMBOK guide only.

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Student Profile: Paul Faucher, PMP

Paul Faucher PMPI am a senior systems professional focussing on managing technology based projects. I work as an independent consultant helping organizations manage the development, implementation, and change management of enterprise systems in both private and government sectors.

I would recommend students first read the PMBOK and the PMP Exam Overview in order to prepare an effective study plan with focus on the process groups.

My next step would be to review the OSP International Study Plan. I subscribed to this material and found it quite helpful in preparing for my exam.

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Student Profile: David Kornaros, PMP

David KornarosI’m a father of 3 teenagers and have been married 21 years. Why is that important? I could not have passed the PMP without the support of my family. In my work life, I’m a Business Operations Manager currently in an Account Management role for a major telecom managed service provider.

In the first week of exam preparation, I suggest focusing on developing a plan for how you want to execute your studies.  I strongly recommend studying the PrepCast material (chapter by chapter) alongside the PMBOK guide and following it up with Rita Mulcahy’s study guide.

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Student Profile: Narendra Karambelkar, PMP

Narendra Karambelkar PMPMy name is Narendra Karambelkar & I live in Goose Creek, SC (USA). I have a Masters degree in Science (specialization in Physics). I am into IT field for 30 years. I started as a Trainee Software Engineer and then later held various managerial positions such as Director, Project/Program Manager and Engagement/Account Manager. For the last 8-9 years I am into Oracle E-Business Suite as a Functional or Change Management Consultant in the Distribution area. I travel extensively to wherever my client sites are based. Currently i am Consulting Project Manager for Implementation of E-Business Suite modules in the Order to Cash & Procure to Pay Areas for a Multi-Million dollar Berry Grower based in Ventura County, California.

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Student Profile: Vivek Gupta, PMP

Vivek Gupta PMPI live in Torrance California working as a Technical Project Manager in Infosys Limited and managing one of premium client (Broadcast) in USA.I obtained masters in Software System at BITS PILANI INDIA.I passed PMP on Dec 2015.

I read Rita Mulcahy one time to get good understanding on scenarios and concept.I read two times PMBOK guide and purchased PMP prepcast solution. I made my own notes in simple manner and learnt all "tricks and tips" which is being sent by PMP prepcast through email. which actually helped me a lot. PMP Prepcast gave me a lot of confidence as the exam's question were similar to PMP exam. I have corrected and understood all the concept where I was lacking in knowledge area using PMP prepcast.the exams provided by PM PrepCast were extremely similar to the actual exam and of course with good quality.

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Student Profile: Benjamin Smith, PMP

Benjamin Smith, PMPI am a Project Manager for a manufacturing company in the Aerospace industry and over 20 years of experience in consulting and manufacturing operations.

The best course of action that I can recommend for exam preparation, is to first read the PMI book this takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Next take a PMP prep class maybe one to two weeks after completing the book. The Prep class should be one that provides online questions and tutorials. Once you have worked through all questions and completely understand then sign up and utilize the PMP Exam Simulator! This tool was invaluable to me in my preparation and took my understanding of the material to the next level for PMI exam. The questions were aligned with the actual exam and in some cases added a higher degree of difficulty.

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Student Profile: Patrick Gauthier, PMP

Patrick Gauthier PMPLike many of us, I’ve been working in and around projects my entire career.  I began as a hardware technician on large scale rollouts in the late 90s, managed server and infrastructure projects in the 2000s, and eventually switched to marketing operations program management in 2010s.  My current position is to apply my experience in building successful delivery teams for Fortune 100 clients via my consulting firm’s worldwide delivery centres.  

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my baby daughter, playing with my 11 year old son, vegging out on the couch with my wife and experimenting with new culinary delights.

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