How long does it take to prepare for the PMP Exam?

You know, I have seen some PMP® ‘experts’ out there that give a strong recommendation that you will need to allocate no less than six months to prepare for the PMP® exam. These are big companies with reputable training materials - and a respectable number of customers. Then there are others who offer 4-day boot camps where they will supposedly have you ready to take the PMP® exam after four days. 

How are these recommendations so far apart? I know from experience that the truth lies somewhere in between.  

A 4-day course is going to cram too much material in a too-short amount of time. Sure, they may present all the material over four days, but it will still be up to you to take it home, digest and learn it.

On the other hand, six months is a long time - there is a too big risk a student could eventually fade off from their study routine. Then you’re back in the same boat - cramming at the end, frantically trying to sort...

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PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition vs PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition: What has Changed in the PMP® Exam?

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2017

The Project Management Institute performs a role delineation study every five to seven years. The study focuses on what a project manager does day-to-day and relates this to the qualification. The recent RDS has revealed that the role of a project manager has slightly changed and so, the PMI® is releasing PMBOK® Guide 6th edition that reflects the new changes in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

It is worth noting that American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognizes PMBOK® Guide is recognized as an American National Standard. This article will focus on the how the PMBOK® Guide 6 is different from the PMBOK® Guide 5 (current version).

The PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition is currently a work in progress. The first draft of this edition was released in March 2016 for feedback and comments. Note that the PMP® Exam will be updated in the first quarter of 2018 and it will be based on the PMBOKGuide 6.

What has Changed in PMBOK® Guide 6?

Here are the changes you...

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The experienced PM meets the PMP®

In the years that I have been helping people pass the PMP® exam, I have come across a small number of seasoned Project Managers that were unable to pass the exam. More often than not, these people were either referred to me or reached out to me because they had recently failed the PMP® exam and didn’t know where they had gone wrong. The typical profile of this person was someone who was a savvy PM, who had maybe between 10 and 20 years’ experience running projects. For many of these folks it seemed completely meaningless that they should have to, at this point in their career, have this career-blocking exam placed in front them. They’d been successfully running projects for decades, and couldn’t understand why they needed the exam, or why it was proving so difficult to pass.

The truth is, the PMP® exam has become a de facto standard — globally — for Project Managers, and in most industries it’s accepted as a standard bearer for...

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The 5 Things that an organization gains when they hire a PMP® certified Project Manager

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2017

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam provides the successful candidate with a very valuable certificate stating they are PMP® certified – oh – any they also get a lapel pin from PMI®. Those are the two tangible things that the successful PMP® aspirant gets and I think it’s safe to say that one is really important and the other is well, a lapel pin. What about the other side of this equation? What about the employers? You know these are the organizations that shell out handsome salaries to these freshly minted PMP®s and what do they get for it? Many arguments can be made for all the value that a resource like PMP® brings to an organization but I have spent some time mulling my 20 years’ experience in corporate America and I think the PMP®s value to a company boils down to the following 5 things:

1. You know they have been trained – The first requirement The Project Management Institute (PMI®) makes the student...

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