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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.

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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. 


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I failed the PMP® whats next?

failed pmp® pmp® exam Mar 08, 2018

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


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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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When you are the guy that writes the Mock PMP® Questions - By Brian Fink

My name is Brian Fink and I have been involved in some kind of project management for most of my career, nine years as a chemical engineer and the last eighteen years in IT. I earned my PMP® certification in 2015 and one of the keys to that success was taking multiple simulation exams. Now that I am writing questions for simulators, I work hard to understand the way that PMI® wants someone to think about project management. First, I pick a concept that the question will be about. I come up with the core question and the correct answer. I then expand the question to include a situation and complete the answers with the explanation. What I enjoy most about this is seeing how people work to get to the correct answers especially if they are working to understand a new concept that they have not encountered in their previous experience.

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My PMP® Journey - Joe

After working as a digital project manager for fifteen years in the fast-paced dot-com world, I made the decision to apply for certification, broaden my horizons so-to-speak. Had it figured out at this point, right? After all, I should be teaching these courses, not attending. I knew how to manage, how to implement, execute, monitor, and close. Oh, and here comes the yet. Yet, I did not know the philosophy, the standardization, the why to the how. That is what I learned. And here’s how I did it, passing the exam on the first pass, above target in three out of the five processes, target on the other two.

Aside from the PMI-requisites, I went right to the source and took one of Dan Ryan’s weekend coaching cram sessions. While the instructions were direct and dead-on, what truly helped were access to the resources provided. Spreadsheets filled with the ITTOs (and you got to know these, brother), PowerPoint decks and PDFs breaking down the ins-and-the-outs of the...

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My PMP® Journey - Naudia

On investigating on ways to pass the PMP® exam, in a short space of time, I came upon Shiv notes and how to pass the exam within 5 weeks. A free webinar was introduced and I watched it. I did not understand the integration concept and how quality and scope was tied in initially and the way it was explained I was in awe and was sold.
My preparation from then was following the 5 week plan from Dan and Shiv’s Last Mile Program. This I completed within 4 weeks. During this time I also practiced writing down the ITTOS daily after completing each knowledge area. I understood most of them, but practicing them daily made it easier to remember. I then reviewed each topic with the Rita Mulcahy Book. I did not read the entire book, I just read the notes and did the questions on each topic. I utilized the free simulators that were recommended and I was consistently scoring in my 80s. I also downloaded a PMP® App on my phone that provided PMP® questions on each knowledge area. I...

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My PMP® Journey - Rosemary

Started my PMP® journey with attending an accredited PMI® Course. This lasted about 8 weeks and was a refresh on everything I learned about Project Management in a one year course I took with University of Irvine/SCE in 2014. In retrospect, I should have taken the test at that time, when all the information was fresh.

I knew obtaining the PMP® Certification (official accreditation) was necessary due to changing qualifications at work and also, to make myself more marketable in the future. I have felt the last two months working with Dan Ryan and Cornelius and all their tools, has actually made the difference in being ready for the actual test in the Prometric Center. I had never taken such a test and the timing, intensity, strategy and overall knowledge learning with all the tools, weekend class, simulator, newsletter, presentations, tips and practical practice has made me a very strong Project Manager, not only to pass the PMP® Test, but in my in my future...

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My PMP Journey - Tim K

I decided that after many years of running projects, I was going to become PMP certified. My belief was that with all of my experience, achieving certification would be a relatively easy endeavor. Wrong!! Attending my PMP prep class, I quickly realized that my plan to utilize my previous job experience as the foundation for passing the exam, would lead to certain failure.

I determined that if I was to be successful in passing the exam, I needed to learn and to start thinking of project management according to the PMBOK standards. I committed to learning and understanding the material, and also focused on what approach to use to prepare and pass the exam.

There are so many suggested approaches to preparing for the PMP exam. How do you determine what is the best method to select? Understanding that my preferred learning style is a blend of visual, verbal, and social learning helped me identify and select education components that would facilitate my exam preparation.

After evaluating...

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PMP® Process of the day - Develop the Project Charter (4.1)

The project charter is a crucial element to your project. A properly created one saves time, energy and resources during the lifespan of your project.

Definition: The Project Charter is a formal document, usually written by the project sponsor or project initiator such as a buyer, that authorizes the project and gives the project manager authority to start. It is the first step in the initiating group that contains targets, wishes and constraints.

Where it is found:

·         Part of the Initiating Process Group

·         Free Standing process (not a parent or child)

·         In the Knowledge area: Project Integration Management

Inputs: The project sponsor collects information from current high-level research, previous projects, project manager input or PMO office to outline the restraints, success criteria and high level- milestones from...

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