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Questions about the PMP application - help! 2 months 1 week ago #8418

  • Jam Han
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Hi All!

The PMP application process sure is an interesting task unto itself; I think you can learn a bit just by completing it successfully.

I know that PMP expects to see some experience in each of the 5 domain areas. My question pertains to project experience allocation between the 5 domains for an individual project entry.

I was the PM for a some projects which I did not see through to completion. I moved organizations for a better employment opportunity. In such scenarios, is it okay to have zero project hours allocated to the closing domain? Or does one always have to put in a few hours for closing?

I am putting down my current allocation below. Your feedback and suggestions will be highly appreciated.

Project NumInitInit %PlanPlan %ExecExec %ContMonContMon %ClosClos %
1 (1,184 hrs)17615%30025%54446%16414%00%
2 (1,169 hrs)565%33529%64555%13311%00%
3 (652 hrs)16525%24437%6911%17427%00%

Questions about the PMP application - help! 2 months 1 week ago #8422

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Jam,

When I completed my application, I did have one project with 0% in initiating and another with 0% in closing, the latter was only because I left the company before the project ended. I think in general they are probably looking to see that you have had some good overall experience across all the process groups. Have you tried contacting PMI and talk with them about it? Do you really have 0% for all projects in closing? It seems a little odd that you would have all that involvement in all the other aspects of the projects and then just disconnect at the closing phase. You say you were the PM for some projects that you did not see through to completion. I assume that means that there were other projects which you did see through to completion? If so, then you are probably fine. It might be good to give a reason why to were not involved in completing those projects with 0%. Good luck and please let us know how it works out.

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Mark
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Questions about the PMP application - help! 2 months 1 week ago #8431

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Hi Mark, and thanks for your reply.

I am entering 6 projects in the work experience section. For 3, I have hours in each of the areas. For the other 3, as mentioned earlier, I did not participate in project closing as I moved organizations.
All six are tabulated below, would like your opinion if this demonstrates sufficient experience across all areas.

Questions about the PMP application - help! 2 months 1 week ago #8432

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Jam,

What you have looks like it should be fine. Remember that your project descriptions are limited to 535 characters. So, you need to make them count. Keep it simple and concise. Include your role (e.g. Project Manager), project objective and what things you did related to the various process groups. Also, be sure to enter the most important and significant projects first since once you reach the requirement you are not able to enter more. You could go back and delete / replace but that would be a hassle. I would be happy to review your project descriptions if you want to email them to me. I can't guarantee that in doing so your application will be accepted but I'd be happy to take a look. If you haven't completed the descriptions yet then I would enter what you have and make sure you meet the hours requirement. You can then go back into the application and add the descriptions.

Mark
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Questions about the PMP application - help! 2 months 1 week ago #8433

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Mark,
Thanks and understood. I'll change the order of projects from chronological to most significant.

Wow, that would be great! I will take you up on that review offer shortly. I'm almost done with the descriptions.
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