Category: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

How to Get PMP Certification Using Four Study Techniques

How to Get PMP CertificationIf you are just beginning or are in the middle of studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam, you probably already know that in order to pass, you need to fully understand both A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics. You have probably spent some time thinking about the many study techniques available to you. In this article, I examine four PMP® Exam study techniques, their effectiveness, and some possible alternatives, you may not have considered.

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7 Questions Students SHOULD Ask PMP® Coach for the PMP Exam

The 7 Questions Every PMP Student SHOULD Ask Their CoachIn our previous article we discussed the 7 questions that most of our Project Management Professional (PMP)® coaching students ask us as they start out their journey. However, over the years we have identified a second set of 7 questions - the questions students SHOULD be asking us but they don’t. Here they are:

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The 7 Questions Every PMP® Student Asks Their Coach

What are the 7 Questions Every PMP Student Asks Their Coach By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM and Dan Ryan, MBA, PMP

When students start their Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam prep (for the first time, or again after having failed the exam), there are a number of questions that come up time and time again. In this article we share the top 7 questions that every student asks us in our role as their PMP® exam coach. Whether you have a coach or not, knowing the answers will help you get started more quickly with your own exam preparations.

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The Three R's You need to Pass the PMP® Certification Exam

The Three R's You need to Pass the PMP Certification Exam As part of the process of preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam you have most likely read about the use of a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM), Roles and Responsibilities, and the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS). Each of these tools & techniques are discussed within A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the globally recognized standard and guide for the project management profession. In this article, we not only look at each of these tools & techniques individually but also how they interact with each other.

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Why You Failed PMP® Exam and Missed that PMP Certification

We recently released a new and much more in-dept article in which we included more than a dozen tips and suggestions about what to do if you failed your PMP exam. Please click below to read it:

Failed PMI: How to Recover.

Why You Failed PMP Exam and Missed Your Chance to Being a Certified Project ManagerWhile I hope it doesn’t happen to you, some people fail the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam 3 times. If you do find yourself in that situation, you will have to wait a year from the date of your last exam before you will be able to apply for your PMP® certification again.

Over the years, I have found several reasons why someone continues to fail the exam. However – and as hard as it may be to hear this – if it happens to you then you have to acknowledge that you are part of the problem! You are the one taking and failing the test and you should carry some responsibility for not being able to pass because many, many other people do manage to get through it each year.

But on the other hand Project Management Institute (PMI)® has made this exam extremely difficult, and by sitting for the exam multiple times you have proven that you are serious about passing the exam, getting your PMP Credential, and distinguishing yourself from your peers. You can still keep your head up high!

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10 Use of PMP Exam FlashCards as a PMP® Exam Study Material

10 Reasons To Use PMP exam FlashcardsStudying for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam can be a long undertaking that at times may seem overwhelming.

One known effective method for studying for the PMP® Exam is using flashcards. Flashcards are compact, quick and easy to use study aids that typically cover one question, formula, or tidbit of information per card. Flashcards can be used just about anywhere; waiting in line, on the bus or train, or even when you just have a few moments between meetings.

In this article, we are going to discuss 10 reasons why you should use PMP exam flashcards as a PMP exam study material.

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You Must Know The PM Plan for Your PMP® Exam Success

You Must Know How Important The PM Plan for Your PMP Exam SuccessAre you in the process of studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam? Have you read through what the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) says about the Project Management Plan? Confused? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are in the right place. In this article we are going to discuss what the Project Management Plan is, why fully understanding the Project Management Plan is essential to both project success and PMP® Exam success, what subsidiary plans and documents are, and once approved how changes are made to the Project Management Plan.

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6 Myths About The PMP® Exam Debunked

pmp exam myths debunkedYou have read the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® publication, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), from cover to cover; studied other Project Management-related texts; and you feel you are preparing well to take and pass the Management Professional (PMP)® Exam.

There are, however, a number of myths related to the exam process and the exam itself that you are not sure are valid.

In this article, we are going to take a look at six myths related to the PMP® Certification Exam process and bust them so you can quit worrying about what is true and continue with studying for and taking the exam.

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PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Certified PMP, Scott Coonrod

PMP Exam Lessons Learned from certified PMP, Scott CoonrodIs studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification one of your personal or career goals? Are you wondering about things such as where is a good place to start, what materials might be the most helpful in studying, or how many practice tests are just right or too many? Are you interested in the experiences and insights of those who have been there, were once also wondering many of the same things, and who have recently passed the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam?


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Study Project Management Process Groups and Knowledge Areas

Knowledge Areas, Process Groups, and Processes-Oh, My!One of the most discussed tables in the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)  is the “Project Management Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Mapping” matrix, found in Table 3-1 on page 61. This table maps the 47 project management processes to their corresponding Knowledge Area, as well as to their corresponding Process Group.

 At first glance, the table seems quite complicated, so let’s break it down and uncover why a solid understanding of the relationships between processes, Process Groups, and Knowledge Areas is important to anyone preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. It’s so important, in fact, that we suggest you memorize this matrix and the relationships it calls out. Memorizing the table will prove to be a valuable asset to you during your PMP® Exam.

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PMI® and the PMP® Exam to Construction Professionals

PMI and the PMP Exam to Construction ProfessionalsI was recently interviewed on the Construction Industry Podcast and asked to introduce Project Management Institute (PMI)® and the PMP® exam to construction professionals. Cesar Abeid, the host of the show is himself PMP certified and one of my students. We discuss the following topics:What is the PMI®?

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