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TOPIC: Passed PMP::My Lessons Learnt

Passed PMP::My Lessons Learnt 6 years 3 months ago #1622

  • Bindiya Aggarwal
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Often I used to see lessons learnt from various people in this group...and wonder when will I be writing my LL..
n 2day my dream came true....
I would like to thank PM Prep for all the help...
I didnt had any study group while I was preparing but podcast didnt make me feel like I dont have one.

Below is my 3 months journey for PMP::
1st month was like on n off of studying but next 2 months was quiet serious..
I got my 35 hrs from PrepCast, Cornelius Fichtner
This is where I started understanding and got interested in knowing about ITTO's

Materials I referred::
1) Study material from my 35 hrs PMP training, PrepCast, Cornelius Fichtner
2) Rita Exam Prep
3) Andy Crowe - How to Pass PMP in first try (twice)
4) Read PMBOK (3 times) and tried to understood line by line
- Got a good hold on ITTO's...
- This helped me to a great extent is solving exam questions
- Formulas(typical/atypical, EAC etc, a must)
- Page 70 table ...the must to know..
This book is a must for anyone to pass this exam and dont forget to do the glossary at the end.
5) Delegation - (By Vijay Verma)...this link has been already floated on this forum

Question banks which I solved
1)PMStudy.com - all 4 exams ....800 questions
2)Oliver Lehmann (175 Qns and 75 Qns)
3)Ritas fast tract (1500 questions)
4)Andy final exam and end of chapter questions(But its very basic and very far from what is been asked in exam)
5)http://thesciencere porter.com/ (chapterwise questions)
6)1000 questions from TechFAQ360
7)Head first exam

Totally I did more than 4000 questions from various sources in the last month

Before 2 days of the Exam, I reviewed the following :-
- Quality Planning & Control tools
- Quality Assurance & Quality Control,
- Product Scope & Project Scope
- ITTO of all the Processes,
- Schedule Development TT (remember it by understanding)
- Procurement Process & Contract Type and its calculation
- EV,PV,CV,ETC, EAC,BAC,SPI, CPI etc (there are all easy)
- NPV,Payback, IRR etc
- difference and/or relation between Contract Administrator, Contract Closure, Project Closure,
- Procurement Documents
- Scope Verification & inspection
- Prevention, inspection
- Forecast
- Leadership Style, Power of the PM
- Conflict resolution techniques
- Team Building stages
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
- Herzberg’s theory - Hygiene factors, Motivating Agent
- Critical Path, Crital Chain, Resource Leveling, Resource Pooling
- Free floot,Total Flot,Project Floot, Lag, Lead
- Fast Track, Crashing
- Performance Report, Earned Value, Trends Analysis,Work Performance Information
- EMV,Decision Tree,
- Milestone Chart,Bar Chart, Status reports
- Organisation Structure & PM Authority
- WBS, WBS Dictionary, Work Package & Activity, Control Account
- Reserves
- AON,AOA, Hammock, Dummy Activity
- PERt,GERT,CPM
- Control Chart,Run Chart,Pareto, Histogram etc
- Mante charlo Analysis,
- Ishikawa diagram

My advice is dont get worried if you dont know the first few questions while writing the exam.
In first 30 mins of exam, I had done 40 questions but out of that had marked 20 ....
Dont panic....just concentrate on each question as it comes and dont spend much time on any of the questions the first time.
Once you finish with all 200 , come back to the marked ones....so that You can calculate how much time you can spend on the remainign questions
This way I was able to finish all 200 questions in 2 n 1/2 hr and concentrate on the marked say around 50-60 questions in rest 1 n 1/2 hr..
Last but not least, just belive in urself....and the world will start believing in u...
Once again a big Thanks to PrepCast, Cornelius Fichtner

Best Regards
Bindiya Aggarwal, PMP
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