My PMP® Journey: Francis A

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My PMP journey started on August 2015 when I signed up for my PMI membership. I became interested to become a Certified Project Manager after working on multiple projects. I knew getting certified will validate my experience and knowledge in Project management

For my preparation, I used several materials for my PMP exam but relied mostly on PMBOK. I read 2 to 3 hours on workdays and 5 to 6 hours on weekends for 2 months. I read the PMBOK twice, Rita Mulcahy once, used Headfirst to answer all questions after every chapter and if I scored less than 80%, I read the PMBOK again for clarity, I also used PM training for daily practice questions, and I listened to PMP Exam Prep by Joseph Philips every day at work.

Two months before the exam, I signed up for Dan Ryan’s PMP exam coaching class and Savage (PMP Exam Bosses Study Group) on Saturday by Phil C. Akinwale to fill in the knowledge gaps. Dan and Phil’s explanation were golden because during the exam, I felt like their...

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PMP® Essay 1 – EEFs versus OPAs

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If you are preparing for the PMP Exam version 6 you will most certainly come across the subject of Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEFs) and Organizational Process Assets (OPAs). These two items fall within the category of ITTOs, which stands for Inputs, Outputs, Tools and Techniques. Currently there are 49 project management processes in the PM framework ranging from things like ‘Develop Project Charter’ to ‘Identify Risks’ to ‘Manage Stakeholder Engagement’ to ‘Close Project or Phase’.

Well, for every one of these 49 processes there are things that are supplied as inputs into them. For example, the Develop Project Charter process takes an input called the business case. That makes sense, right? If we are ramping up a new project and creating our charter document, we sure as heck better understand the business case for taking the project on!

Alright, so how does all this relate to EEFs and OPAs? Well, for nearly all of the 49...

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The components of a project management plan

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One of the things that seems to confuse the heck out of my students is understanding how the project management plan is assembled and what are all of the components that are included. 

Most people know that the project plan is comprised of subsidiary plans, but they don’t really know which they are – or – how it is that these plans roll up into the overall project management plan.

So lets start with the facts, the Project Management Plan is comprised of a number of subsidiary plans and project baselines;

The most important subsidiary plans:

  1. Scope Management Plan - This plan establishes how we handle all of the subsequent scope processes including defining, monitoring and controlling scope and eventually working with the customer to validate the scope (deliverables)
  2. Requirements Management Plan - If you don’t have the requirements done just right on your project it is likely your project will be a dud. This plan makes sure that we work with the...
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How to simplify your PMP ITTO study - should I memorize?

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One source of major consternation for PMP aspirants are a category of the Project Management Framework called the ITTOs. “ITTOs” stand for Inputs, Outputs, Tools and Techniques. The framework currently is comprised of 49 project management processes that span five domains or process groups -- Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitor and Control, and Closing. So, for all 49 of these processes there are items that go into the process (inputs), things we do while executing the process (tools and techniques) and results that come out of the process (outputs).  For example, let’s take one of the very first processes we do called “Develop Project Charter.” For this process an input would be the business case for why we are taking on this project. One of the tools used would be meetings, and, no surprise here, but the output is the Project Charter.

 

That’s simple enough, but when you consider that all 49 processes have multiple ITTOs, you...

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PMP Exam Version 6: Procurement Make or Buy

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Thanks for stopping by, my name is Dan Ryan and I am PMP and PMI-ACP certified and I have been helping people pass the PMP Exam since 2011. This is a regular series of Project Management coaching videos that I am producing and sending to my followers. If you like it, please register to continue to have them sent to you weekly.

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PMP Exam Version 6: Risk Management Planning

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Thanks for stopping by, my name is Dan Ryan and I am PMP and PMI-ACP certified and I have been helping people pass the PMP Exam since 2011. This is a regular series of Project Management coaching videos that I am producing and sending to my followers. If you like it, please register to continue to have them sent to you weekly.

Join for FREE:

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PMP Exam Version 6: How to Develop Project Charter

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Thanks for stopping by, my name is Dan Ryan and I am PMP and PMI-ACP certified and I have been helping people pass the PMP Exam since 2011. This is a regular series of Project Management coaching videos that I am producing and sending to my followers. If you like it, please register to continue to have them sent to you weekly.

Join for FREE:

https://www.pmexamcoach.com/store/J24PEmBK

 

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https://www.projectmanagementcoachingpodcast.com

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What type of learning style do you have? Let me guess you are a visual learner

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2018

Over the years of coaching and training people for the PM Exam, I have come to understand that people are really quite intrigued by the concept of different learning styles.  There are some different classifications out there but basically we are talking things like; Linguistic, Kinesthetic, Visual, Interpersonal and so on. 

I have found that the overwhelming majority of people really, really want to consider themselves ‘visual’ learners.  If my research is accurate (and I have asked thousands of people) visual learning is the only way people learn!  As I looked into this topic I started asking myself, why is it that people feel like visual learning is so cool that they have become enamored with it? 

In the effort of fairness I may have tilted some people towards this answer by asking something like “You know a lot of my students are visual learners, what about you”? Practically, 100% of the people agree when asked that way. 

I...

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I failed the PMP® whats next?

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Are you someone who has failed your PMP® exam and you are wondering what to do next?
You have come to the right person, as I am the PM Tutor and have helped a number of PMP® students with good advice and beneficial tools and techniques.


Just as when learning to ride a bicycle, someone may fall and usually, right away they get right back up to continue to learn how to ride that bicycle.


Your timing is great you can attend my last 6 hour live comprehensive PMP® exam preparation webinar session “The Last Mile”, which will be conducted on Saturday, March 10th, for 3 hours and Sunday, March 11th, for 3 hours, from 9 a.m. (EST) to 12 p.m. (EST). You should sign-up right way, as the materials covered, slides, workbooks, and amazing tools will provide what you need to build up your determination and commitment to pass your PMP® exam.

The link to this live webinar is: Dan Ryans The Last Mile Live PMBOK Fifth Edition Webinar on March 10 and March 11


Besides...

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What if I can't get a seat in the testing center before 3/26?

Okay so you have studied very diligently for the PMP® exam according to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, and maybe you have paid for and attended excellent professional sponsored webinars that provided great supporting materials, as well paid for and received a number of valuable professional coaching sessions, which were of tremendous value!


Maybe you have also taken many practice PMP® exams as instructed and scored very well, and now you are very confident of your knowledge of the Project Management Framework, as based on the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.


But then suddenly you have a dilemma which is that you cannot find any availability at any nearby Prometric Testing Center, to schedule the PMP® exam based on the PMBOK Guide® – Fifth Edition, before March 26th, and you do not want to take the PMP® exam based on the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition, which starts on March 26th.


What should you do?


As a the PM Exam Coach, I can...

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