Monday, February 12, 2018

PMP Success Story: Keep Things Simple

By Manu Devadas, PMP



Introduction
I am working with Imtac India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore. I have over 14 years of experience and presently responsible for Project management. As my professional world revolves around projects and project management, I decided to become a PMP®. This certification is unique and perhaps the most values project management certification. As a professional also you make better contribution by applying the tools and techniques learned knowledge gained and skills acquired.

PMP Coaching Experience
I am connected to Satya sir, though the provider. On my first day of class, Sir told us: most of the people fail PMP examination. And do you know what is the reason? As a PMP aspirant at that day, like others I was also shocked. The reason for high failure rate was, most of them after the class, won't even attend the examination.

While undergoing my study, I realized that and make myself calm and cool and come out of the thought of "I can't spare too much time for study due to my professional commitments." I believe, you get time for everything in life, if you consider that as an important thing and I made myself there. 

Four days class is very less time. But each moment in the classroom, Satya sir was making us understand the concept. Sir make me clear the process groups and knowledge areas and their interrelationships. Our discussions were insightful and deep. The tips and techniques provided were very useful for clearing the PMP Exam and I realized while writing the exam.

Most interestingly on last day Sir told, how much time I may require clearing my exam. It was 6 months, today it’s my 6th month.

Own Study
I took 6 Months to clear my PMP Exam after his coaching. I spent 2 hours daily and write sample exams on weekends in the last one month. I had access to the PMBOK guide and Satya Sir’s “I Want To Be A PMP" book in my mobile, which was my companion throughout the study. Whenever I get time, I do read this online. 

Please note "There is no alternative to the PMBOK Guide". You must read it at least 3 to 4 times. When I read the PMBOK guide for first two times, I didn’t understand anything. But Satya sir said that the book adds value. Try to get your concepts clear and read again. You will start liking. In fact, I did enjoy it in my subsequent readings.

Books Referred
  • PMBOK (Again No Alternatives)
  • "I Want To Be A PMP" - Read at least three times.

Mock Exams
  • Mock Questions from the provider - First four sets are useful. The remaining two sets have a number of commonalities in questions.
  • "I Want To Be A PMP" Mock Exams - First two sets are very useful. The third set is quite tough, but it will make you mentally prepared for attending complicated scenarios in the exam. You will realize when you write the real exam.
  • PMP Exam Prep Questions from Christopher Scordo - There are 18 set of questions and each set has 50 questions. I recommend this book as well based on my experience in the exam. 
Based my experience, any aspirant, who tried all the above, must pass the exam. 

Book Review - I Want To Be A PMP
The process groups, overlapping processes within the process groups and the iterative and integrative nature of project and project management – you will clearly know while going through the book.

The 5 process groups, 10 knowledge areas and 47 processes are clearly explained and in simplified English, which makes it easy to understand. The iterative nature of project management plan development, i.e., progressive elaboration and flow of processes among the knowledge areas and process groups you will understand as you proceed. There are also a number of Flow Charts. 

There are many Yogic Tips and Yogic Revision Tips, which keeps you focused as they are highlighted. The videos attached in the book are very useful and helps you quickly understand the concepts.

PMP Exam Experience
I scheduled my exam at Bangalore. The questions were relatively simple but situational. You should be clear on concepts to crack the right answer. You should know all process inputs and outputs and their interrelationship. 

I had several mathematical questions along with Earned Value Management (EVM) around 15 in total. Few questions on finding the number of communication channels. There were no questions related to project selection techniques and procurement related mathematical questions. 

For me, the questions were less lengthy and no twist in question wording. I scored overall “Above Target” in my PMP exam.

Suggestions for PMP Aspirants
Dos 
  • Keep things simple. Make yourself calm when you write exam.
  • Select the right source of material for your study.
  • Do practice as many exam questions as you can from the right source. Always refer PMBOK for any mistake if you done in Mock exam.
  • Draw the process flowcharts yourself.
  • Do practice all mathematical questions.
  • Make your own strategy for study rather than following others.

Don’ts
  • Don’t be overconfident that the exam seems to be easy and can crack the exam.
    The third set of questions in Satya Sir’s book will make you realize this.
  • Don’t make false attempt without preparing.
  • Don't say, you don't get time, the time is based on your importance on what you pursue.
  • Don't take too much break in between the exam. I didn’t take a single break. But then, I also got spare time of 5 mins only before completing the exam.

Conclusion
The team will respect your leadership only if you are an expert in your area. I believe in this. For me gaining the PMP credentials is a big accomplishment. As a continuous learner, there are still miles to go.

Brief Profile: 
Manu Devadas, Working as Project Manager at Imtac India Pvt Ltd. I have 14 years of experience in the IT industry.





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