Thursday, December 8, 2016

How to Pass the Project Management Professional Exam on First Take?

Many engineers would like to advance their career by becoming a Project Management Professional. However, before one can be considered as such, he or she has to pass a rigorous computer-based exam. 

If you are among the engineers who will take this exam, then you have two options. The first is you can sign up for a formal review classes while at the same time you can earn Professional Development Units (PDU's). The second option is to conduct self-study if you have already met the required PDU's. 

Assuming that you can choose the second option as you have already attained the required PDU's, then my advise is for you to buy this book. 

This book is highly recommended for those
self-reviewing for the PMP Exam. 

The book will help you in your game plan for acing the exam. The book was updated based on the revised exam format and it contains complete information every project manager needs.

The book has wider coverage as I encountered there management concepts I have not learned of before. In its early part, there is a checklist which can help you assess your project management knowledge. This will point your focus on areas which you are weak at. Anyhow, the book provides ample exercises for you to practice on.

I am not guaranteeing, but if you buy this book, you will have a higher chance of passing the exam on your first take. 

All the best on your PMP exam!  

1 comment:

  1. Tag: PM202A51. Let me share all of you about #5 Tips for Project Management Success,, I hope you enjoy it

    1. Plan your day using time management techniques

    As a project manager, time management skills are essential because you are dealing with a wide range of tasks that demand a quick turnaround time. Planning your day will go a long way in keeping you organized and increasing your productivity. Assist your task planning by using project management software which helps you track the work of you and your team.

    If you are not very tech savvy, a simple to-do list can also be a great organizational tool. Prioritize your most important tasks by putting them at the top of the list and less important ones at the bottom. Having a visual plan of your daily tasks helps to keep you on track and aware of time.

    Related post: Free ebook 104 secrets to become a great project manager

    2. Include stakeholders in important project conversations

    While you will have plenty of responsibilities regarding the project, don’t neglect your clients.

    Good communication is essential is keeping both parties informed of project progression, curtailing scope creep, and apprised of changing requirements. Some clients may have different expectations when it comes to communication, so make sure to establish the frequency and type of communication (like emails, phone calls, and face-to-face conversations) at the beginning of your project.

    Establishing communication expectations early helps alleviate stakeholder uncertainty about communication frequency and delivery.

    3. Regularly communicate with your team

    Daily team communication helps keep misunderstandings and unclear requirements under control. Keeping your team informed in every step of the project is essential to project management success.

    For example, a study published by Procedia Technology found that good communication skills were the cornerstone of project management. The study examined over 300 “construction project managers, architects, construction managers, engineers and quantity surveyors” and their successes and failures on various construction projects.

    4. Anticipate project setbacks

    Even the best-laid plans often go awry.

    Remember that even with a high amount of planning and attention to detail, your project may still encounter some challenges. Pay attention to complaints from stakeholders or colleagues, and other warning signs, like a missed deadline or cost overrun, that there may be a problem.

    Preventing a crisis will keep your project running smoothly, save you a lot of time, and keep you, your team, and your stakeholders confident in progressing with the project.

    Unfortunately not every complication can be avoided. Crisis management skills are essential for dealing with the unexpected. Project managers need to be flexible and pragmatic. Improvise and make sharp decisions when needed.

    Related post: 92 free project management templates

    5. Stay focused on the details

    A common problem project managers encounter is having the project aims not aligned with the organization’s objectives. A great project manager will strategize a plan for the project to lead back to the overall success of the business.

    Know your project’s scope by heart and avoid wandering outside of the project’s requirements. It’s too easy to get lost in minor details and forget what your focus is, so a well-planned project scope is essential for success.

    And final, you should use KPI to measure effectiveness of the project, here are full list: 76 project management KPIs