All the best!
I am pleased to announce that I am now a Project Management Professional. Passed the exam on 21 September 2019. All process groups except Closing were passed with no exceptions.
My journey began in April when I chose the carrier path of Project Manager over Test Manager. My initial intention was to learn so that I can plan and execute projects more efficiently. Then, I decided to take the exam.
If you’re a bachelor, you can only manage office/business work and prepare for PMP. However, if you are married with children, you can do a lot more. It was difficult to find the time for PMP in the past, but I created a plan.
Here are some important milestones in my preparation
On April 1, 2019, I was appointed Project Manager.
On LinkedIn Learning, Sandra M Mitchell filmed Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP).
June – 5 Days Class Room Training on PMP Preparation
July – Received PMI membership and ordered hard copies of PMBOK & RITA.
August through September 20th – PMP is the main focus
PrepCast was purchased on the 1st of September. From 2nd to 20th September, I took 5 mock tests. They were 57%, 70% and 75% respectively. 65%, 76%, 65%, and 76%.
Strategy and Learning Plan
First, read chapter X in PMBOK. Then, the same chapter in RITA.
RITA and free mock tests: Solved exercise
You should read at least 2 hours per day and answer questions on WhatsApp in tea/Lunch breaks or whenever you have the time.
Tips to help you choose the right answer to your questions
You can start by reading the last line of the question. This will give you an idea of what to look for in other parts of the question text.
Look for keywords in question i.e. Whether you are looking for tools/techniques, processes, or documents.
Search for keywords that are unlikely to be used or not likely to be used.
Search for keywords “not”
No matter what, follow the process. If you are told to skip a step by a choice, it is incorrect.
Communicate with your client immediately.
Remember that you are responsible as a Project Manager. Don’t let others take the blame.
Always choose the option that solves the problem.
Before you take any action, make sure to document it.
The majority of questions were between 3-4 lines.
I received 30-40 questions regarding Change requests.
3-4 questions from the critical path
Many questions that expect PM to take next action based upon current circumstances.
It is important to understand the differences and importance of Business Case, Benefit Management Plans, and Project Charter. They asked me some questions.
I would like to thank Sandip sir and Vidhi madam and Vidyesh sir as well as the WinningPMPlan group for their support. Best of luck to all PMP aspirants.
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