The purpose of this site is to provide information and share personal experiences, from multiple viewpoints of the every changing world of the Project Manager. Through multiple media delivery methods, I will bring you new, unique and interesting perspectives of current and aspiring PM’s and give you a glance at their experiences both in the profession and in the process of becoming a certified PMP®.
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Today is the best day to start on your journey to be a certified PM.
First, your must identify what Certification is right for you. If you found your way to this blog I have to assume, you have determined the PMP® is your goal.
The best thing you can do is start today. If you have not already been to the PMI website, please follow this link and familiarize yourself with the prerequisites of obtaining the PMP® here. Once you are familiar with the requirements, the next step is to compile your experience into an hourly breakdown for your application. This exercise is a great way to get yourself into the mindset you will need to obtain this certification. Speaking for myself, I did not keep an hourly breakdown of how my hours were spent on each discipline for each project I had completed for the last 7 years. At least not broken out by the knowledge areas and process groups that are defined by the PMI. Putting my past history into this specific context was a great way of beginning to understand the PMI methodology. I strongly recommend that you review the PMBOK guide for the first time, before beginning the application process. Doing this will help add real world (your past experience) situations to the PMBOK framework. It will help you relate to the process groups and knowledge areas, from the basis of your own experience. This is the best foundation to understanding the PMI perspective on the knowledge areas and process groups. Without a backdrop to reference against, studying will be more difficult and time consuming. If you review the PMBOK guide, will asking yourself ‘in my past experience, which process group was that part of my project?” I am confident you will come to understand the concepts behind the process groups much more quickly.