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TOPIC: My journey towards PMP

My journey towards PMP 6 years 2 months ago #1595

  • Mahesh Masurkar
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Hello everybody,

Recently I completed my PMP (Project Management Professioanl) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
I thought I should do something to the project management community and PMP aspirants in general. Then this very idea of writing a blog striked in my mind. This is my first post towards this. I dedicate this first post to all my eFriends at PMPExamforum.

Completing PMP is really a achievement for me. I heard it is very difficult to learn once anybody starts working. I felt the same throughout my journey towards PMP. Now I have a feel of satisfaction.

I was introduced to PMP by one of my colleague, Shambhavi in year 2007. I was not sure whether to do it or not. I talked to my then manager Dr. Ravi Guttal and he gave a green signal to me. I got a training from Seed Infotech in September 2007 which gave me the required 35 contact hours for PMP exam application. Ideally, one can finish the exam withing 3 months from the training. But somehow it slipped. There were personal reasons, office work load. I was parallely persuing my Six Sigma Black Belt. There are many more reasons, but major reason was I was not sure whether to do PMP or not. Though there was delay for my exam, I was studying intermittently.

Major focus was obtained once I got audio prepcasts from Cornelius. That was late December 2008. These prepcast, while hearing, gave me a confidence boost that I can now appear for PMP exam. After that I started preparing and was serious enough from February 2009. Why? PMI introduced a new version of PMBOK and exam pattern will be based on this new version from 1st July 2009.

I got my exam date on 5th June. In fact I selected this date purposefully. I selected Hyderabad as my center cause I was more familiar to Hyderabad than Mumbai. The other reason was I can meet my old friends.
Exam was OK. Planned (??) preparations let me pass the exam. I am a PMP now, WOW !!!
I felt relieved while coming out of exam center.
Evening, I celebrated this success with my friends. This was my bday too !!!
Now my (re)certification will be aligned with my birthdate.

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Mahesh Masurkar, PMP

Re:My journey towards PMP 6 years 2 months ago #1596

  • Mahesh M.
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Here is one more LL I put on examgroup forums and at pmsuccess.biz
Hope you will find it useful.
Last year I got a QA login for pmsuccess through PMHub. It helped me a lot understanding the question pattern as well as methodology of how to tackle the questions. The questions were of great quality. I thank Mr. Roger Chou for providing me access to pmsuccess.
Here is my LL for the exam:
I found its very difficult to write LL as I may go off track while writing it.
I was not sure how to write it out and here I took use of one of the PMIsm PMI stresses more. Its called Historical Information.
There are so many LLs available. So I took one out of that big pool and editing it with my experience.

A) Online Membership:-
Internet as usual is a great resource of information. But there is no guarantee of correct information. I am a member of couple of yahoogroups as pmpexamforum, pmpbest, pmpsingapore, pmi_pune_exam_forum.
I am also a member of pmnetwork, pmhub.net and premium podcasts by Cornelius.
Out of that, I'll suggest to go for pmpexamforum as this is a very live group as compared to others.
Be a member of PMHUB.net if you are not. Register yourself for a daily digest question. This is very good. Also daily question from pmexam.com

B) 35 PDUs:-

1) I got training from Seed Infotech, Pune in July 2007. 35 PDU
After that I was studying intermittently. Always Off and sometines On. But I was following pmpexamforum continuously.
Firstly, I was doing my Six Sigma Green belt certification. And then at present about to complete my six sigma black belt certification.
2) The real trigger I got when I bought premium podcast from Cornelius Fitchner.
I used to hear them while going to and fro for office. They are really good.

C) Books:-
1) Herold Kerzner - A Systems approach to planning ......
You can find that on books 24X7 .. Free for PMI members.
This book is very good. Its indian edition costs only Rs. 260/-
2) Headfirst PMP. This is a good book for begineer. (No need if you are not a begineer)
3) Kim Heldman's book for PMP. Available on books 24X7.. Free for PMI members.
4) PMBoK v3.0 The GOSPEL for PMP exam.
5) Rita Mulachay. This book is a must for PMP preparation.
6) Vijay Verma's book Vol. 1. Available on books 24X7.. Free for PMI members.
7) PMBoK Q & A. 200 questions. Available on books 24X7.. Free for PMI members.
8) The goal - Eli Goldratt
9) TOC - Eli Goldratt
10) PMIs code of ethics and professional conduct. (this is not a book though)

I read book # 4 and 5 three times each. (or may be more as I was doing it intermittently)
All the books are not required for PMP exam.
I want to cover all the aspects and not wanting megre certification.
I am sure even if my company is among fortune 100 company, it will not recognise PMP exam as expected.
For PMP exam only, books # 4,5,7 are important.
Book #6, chapter 4 on delegation. And Book #3, all questions after each chapter.

D) Questions:-
1) Daily digest from crosswind (pmhub) and pmexam
2) PMBoK Q&A
3) Questions at the end of chapters from Kim and Headsfirst book.
4) www.thesciencereporter.com
5) Obviously, pmexamforum
6) www.pmsuccess.biz
Last year during August, pmsuccess announced QA login for testing their questions.
I got that login and did couple of sets for that. I really thank Mr. Roger Chou for the same.
7) PMP Prep course exams after each chapter.

E) Exams:- All free exams.
1) Headsfirst 200 Q exam - Level easy
2) PMStudy 200 Q - Level Medium
3) www.pmsuccess.biz 100 Q and 200 Q - Level Medium to hard
4) Oliver Lehman 75Q and 175 Q - Level Medium to hard
5) PMP Prep course 200 Q exam. - Level easy

I was scoring 75% and above in each exam above.

F) 2 weeks before exam:-
1) 1st week:- PMBoK and Rita together. (Yes in 7 days)
2) last week:- Delegation, Raja-Rani notes (pmhub), pmstudy exam. Rita's process chart. Code of ethics and professional conduct. Glossary.
3) Day before exam:- People say do not study, but I did. Only ITTO and PFD for each knowledge area.

G) Exam day:-
My exam was at Hyderabad, India on 5th June. I reached there at 8:45 am while exam was at 9 am.
Presented my passport and driving license which was accepted as valid docs.
They gave me one locker and asked to keep everything (even kerchief) in the locker.
Then I was allowed to go in. Gave me 2 pencils, and a set of blank papers.
I went to my comp allotted to me. Completed the 15 mins tutorial in 7 mins.
Then as suggested by others, tied to do brain dump, but did not.
I just put few numbers on the papers. (If anybody would have seen that they might assume that I like betting !!)
Exam was quite easy. I completed 200 Q in 2 hrs 50 mins with one break of 6 mins.(total 5 breaks of 10 mins each are allowed)
I marked almost 40 Qs. Then I cheked all the 200Q again. In between I took a break of 9 mins. I did lots of stretching in this break.
Questions were from all the areas. I think I got around 30-40 Qs direct or indirect on ITTO, 5 Qs calculation based. Few questions I thought were like psychology test. Same question asked in different way. I was not able to figure out which 25 questions were of pre-test type. They were mixed so correctly :)

I was confident that I had scored more than 75%. So when 5 mins were remaining, I clicked on Finish.
Then as usual a survey of 9 questions came.
Aftre finishing this survey, within a minute I got a msg saying "Congrats. You have successfully completed your PMP exam."
And then the final score. I got Proficient in 4 areas and moderately proficient in 2 area (Closing and Professional Resp).

H) Celebration:-
Celebration of success is very very important.
I planned my exam on my birthday. So after the exam, combined celebration was due.
Went with friends and family in a restaurant and celebrated the day !!!
One more thing is, now my PMP certification (or recertification) date is aligned to my birthdate)

I) Whats next :-
I gave exam based on PMBoK v3. Now I want to complete my reading of PMBoK v4.
That way, I will be in a good position to answer any queries based on v4.

Mahesh Masurkar, PMP
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