PMP® Study - Self-Direct vs. Team Approach

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The road leading towards a PMI certification is filled with good intentions: working with a tutor, working with only one curriculum or simply going ahead by themselves. In my experience, there are two types of people: The Self-Directed individual and the Team-Approach member.


The Self-directed person gravitates to the idea of flexibility in the location, time and available materials. However, the reality can be time lost because this person looks for study materials, phone apps, and self-improvement quizzes. One person told me they had researched for six months before they were “ready”.  

Team Approach:

The team approach connects working together to understand, articulate and apply the concepts. This option provides accountability, direction and subject matter expert access – an effective time management resource.

The PMI exam is expensive and will require a plan of action to be successful. But let me leave you with this thought: One approach over another is not inherently evil – both options require a plan of action and an active participant. The question is this: What is the best use of your time and your money?

Written by Dan Ryan, MBA, PMP

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