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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tips to get PMP Certified

Below are some tips I picked up from various books about taking the PMP Certification Exam.

1. PMI has a very formal way of naming processes, process groups, knowledge areas, and even documents. However, just like in real life, do not expect that the exam will always refer to these names in a formal way. Try to know both the formal and informal representation of each key term. To help you further, I will try to obtain both those terms and use them in this blog.

2. The questions in the PMP exam can be wordy and might include unnecessary information to distract you from the real question/information related to the real question. So, you need to read the questions carefully and patiently and figure out what is relevant and what is nonsense.

3. Get comfortable with the idea that there will be some questions that you will not be able to answer correctly. In such a situation, just believe in yourself and your experience, and select the answer you feel would be the nearest match. If you are still not sure, just leave it for now and proceed to the next one. you can always come back to review them if you have time in the end.

Remember - Dont get frustrated.

4. There will be tricky questions to weed out candidates who might have project management experience, but who do not have an in-depth understanding of the discipline of project management from the perspective of PMI. Make sure you are cautious and catch hold of such questions and answer them appropriately.

5. There will be questions for which you will need to choose between an innocent way of skipping the formal process to save time and following the formal project management process. In almost all cases, the correct answer will be to follow the process.

Remember - Never ignore the process, atleast from the certification point of view.

6. There will be questions for which you will need to choose between facing the problem head on or taking an easy way out, such as dodging a thorny issue, ignoring a challenging problem, or postponing a difficult decision. Almost always, the correct answer is to meet the problem head on in a professional manner.

Remember - Ignoring a problem today might cause the same one to magnify and it will for sure come back to haunt you at a later date. So it is always better to handle problems then and there

7. To answer some questions correctly, understand that in the world of project management as seen from the perspective of PMI, project managers communicate directly and clearly and do not say things between the lines. For example, if you have a problem with a team member, you talk to the team member face to face rather than going to the member’s manager, which you might need to do eventually if you can’t solve the problem by directly dealing with the team member.

8. Understand clearly the roles of the key stakeholders of any project, such as the project manager, project sponsor, and customer. Especially understand your responsibilities as a project manager. You need to be proactive to make decisions and manage the project, influence the factors that contribute to changes rather than waiting for the changes to occur, and have up-to-date information about the project.

All the very best for your exam!!!

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