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PMP® Study - Self-Direct vs. Team Approach

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 a free PMP® course and other 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 with group PMP® coaching (usually with a tutor) 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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