Tuesday, 18 July 2017

PMP certification is expensive but worth throwing on it ...

To become PMP certified, you would need to toss some dollars. It definitely costs money to take Project Management courses. In order to apply for the PMP exam, you should have taken 35 hours of formal project management education from a training organization. Presently PMP exam costs few hundred dollars (i.e. $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-PMI members) to apply at a formal testing center.
We should note here that majority of PM’s join PMI before applying to take the exam, which costs $129 to join, and $119 to renew every year. PMI membership offers assured benefits, such as access to many PMI resources that could help you formulate for the assessment and access to permitted copies of all of the PMI standards; in precise, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Courteous update is that if you’re by this phase working as a PM there’s an upright chance that your establishment will pay for you to appear in project management classes and take the PMP exam. Several organizations are starting to see the importance of certifying their PM’s as Project Management Professionals.
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How to file your work experience on the PMP application

Though some project manager’s dispute the certification’s worth, it does seem to help project managers land project management jobs or at least get their feet through the door. In general, we feel that if you’re a project manager, and you’re interested in continuing your career in project management, it is worth the go ahead. Finish your PMP prep course, apply, take the PMP examination and pass to become a certified Project Management Professional.

One of the most frequent (if not the most frequent) questions I am asked by potential PMP hopefuls is about the PMP examination application process. In particular, project managers would like to know how they should go about filing their work experience: how to document their hours of project management experience, how to report it to PMI, and how to prepare for the dreaded PMI audit, should it occur.

As suggested by one of our senior instructors…

I followed a process of my own devising to file my own project management work experience in preparation for my application to take the PMP exam that seemed to work pretty well. I’ll share it here in case you would like to try it during your own application process.

Recording your PM work experience

In order to apply for the PMP examination, you need to have amassed 4,500 hours of project management work experience. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, the work experience requirement is greater at 7,500 hours of experience. You need to have completed 36 months (three years) of unique, non-overlapping project management experience, that is to say that if you’ve completed all of your 4,500 hours of project management experience within a 12 month window, that is not sufficient to apply to take the PMP examination.

For each project that you have worked on during your career, you need to document the hours you have spent in each of the five PMI Process Groups listed below:

·      Initiating the Project
·      Planning the Project
·      Executing the Project
·      Monitoring and Controlling the Project
·      Closing the Project

After calculating the hours per Process Group for each project, you will arrive at a total number of project hours for that individual project. Once you have completed tallying your work experience for all of the projects you have worked on, you can then figure out the total hours that you have worked for all of the projects in your career. At this point, if you don’t already know, you will be able to figure out whether or not you have the requirements to apply to take the PMP examination.
To figure this total out, please use an Excel spreadsheet that tally’s up all of your work experience hours per Process Group, per project, that you had worked on in my previous roles. Then use built-in Excel functions to figure out how many hours total that equalled to tally your own project management work experience.

You can download the template here.

Preparation for a possible PMI audit

The next and perhaps most important step you need to take before you submit your PMP application is to prepare yourself in case your application should get audited by the Project Management Institute (PMI). In order to do this, you will want to contact those managers who you have worked for in the past and send them the hours that you have indicated that you worked on projects while under their management in your Excel spreadsheet. You will then ask these managers: Should my application happen to get audited by PMI, would you attest that I worked the hours as indicated on this spreadsheet?

If your managers agree to vouch for the hours you have indicated, then you’re in good shape! Should PMI decide to audit your application, you can simply have your former managers sign off on the hours that you have already passed by them. Any conflicts or disagreements about the hours you have worked while in their employment should have been resolved before you submitted your PMP application.

Some special audit scenarios

There are a few difficult scenarios that you may encounter when preparing for a possible PMI audit. These may include the below:

·      What if your manager no longer works for the company you’ve filed hours for, and nobody at the company can vouch for your hours?
·      What if you worked for your own company and did not report to anyone?
·      What if the projects you worked on were top secret, government or military contracts for which you cannot disclose any information?

In these cases I recommend collecting as much collateral as you can about the projects you’ve worked for in the past – project charters, work breakdown structures, project schedules and the like – to demonstrate to PMI should they ask for it; unless, of course, this information is classified by the companies you’ve worked for. In that case, I should go in armed with the truth – that these hours that you have indicated, you have worked but cannot vouch for, and the reasons that you cannot vouch for them. I am sure that PMI has received many applications from project managers working in military or top-secret organizations who cannot disclose information about the various projects that they have worked on. In that case, I imagine that you can work with PMI to find a way to approve your application without your having to deliver any separate artefacts to prove your experience.

We hope that this article and accompanying spreadsheet will come in handy when it comes time for you or someone you know to file your project management work experience for the PMP application. Good luck with your application, PMP exam preparation, and the exam!

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Monday, 5 June 2017

CAPM – the Certified Associate in Project Management.

If you are considering applying to get CAPM certified, you might be wondering whether or not it is worth the time, cost and effort to do so. Let’s look at a few important things one should know about CAPM.

The CAPM is the Project Management Institute (PMI)’s entry level certification for project managers or people who are interested in entering the field of project management. CAPM does not require the project management work experience that the PMP does. The multiple-choice test that candidates must pass in order to become CAPM certified is not as difficult to pass as the PMP exam.

To apply for the CAPM all you need is a secondary education (high school or the equivalent). This means that people who are currently enrolled in college or university and want to have project management certification before they graduate, and can start applying for jobs can get CAPM certified before graduation. This might help these individuals score entry-level project management jobs upon graduation.

Criteria to take the CAPM,

You must have:
ü  A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)
ü  At least 1,500 hours experience OR 23 hours of project management education.

If you study PMI’s framework to take the CAPM exam, you will also be studying the same framework that is needed to pass the more difficult PMP exam. In order to study for either exam, you will need to know PMI’s framework according to the PMBOK. This means that time and effort spent on studying for the CAPM will not be wasted if you also eventually want to become PMP certified.

If you already have a way that you can get those 4,500 hours of professional experience leading and directing projects that you need in order to take the PMP exam, you should wait until you have that experience, then go for your PMP. There is no reason to get the CAPM if you can see a clear path toward getting your PMP.

If you do not have the work experience to attain PMP certification, that certainly does not mean “it’s the CAPM or nothing”. There are numerous other options available to you if you are interested in learning about project management. In fact, many people believe PMI’s framework, which is based on the waterfall methodology of project management, is quite dated and not as effective as other current project management frameworks.

One such option is Scrum Master Certification, where you will learn about Agile Development using Scrum. Agile is a very popular methodology where projects are completed in iterations. Agile has an agreed-upon Agile Manifesto to which Agile project management principles are based. I have used this project management methodology myself and found it both effective and scalable.

The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a set of practices for IT Service Management (ITSM) that offers a wide range of certifications. While these certifications are currently more popular for practitioners in the United Kingdom than they are in the United States or other parts of the world, they are also worth investigating if you are interested in a career in information technology.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

10 benefits of Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

Gone are the times when seasoned technicians or senior people were handpicked as project managers. In today’s fast changing business world where only success counts many organizations are reconsidering this approach. Many businesses are now designing standardized project management policies. This has led to a big increase in demand of certified project management experts who have considerable experience and sound knowledge in project management.

And that is where PMP certification comes in handy. Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally acknowledged professional certification offered by the PMI (Project management Institute) in Pennsylvania. According to the institute the certification is an application of techniques, knowledge and skills so as to ensure various projects are executed efficiently. Still not sure if you should take up the course? Here are more reasons to do the certification:

1. Greater Job Opportunities
Just like any other profession, project management too has some opportunities that are only available to people with Project Management Professional Certification. In fact there are about 30 percent more opportunities than there are qualified professionals available.

2. Gives weight to your resume
Many organizations today are making the certification a per-requisite for any project management opportunity. This typically means that having the skills and the credential will definitely make it easier for you to find a job as a program manager or a project manager.

3. Acquire new skills
You will acquire a wide array of new skills once you are done with the course. You will also know what was wrong with your previous projects and how to avoid such mistakes in future.

4. PMP certified professionals get paid well than non-PMP managers
Project Management Professional Certification is one of the most valued certifications currently because PMP certified managers are one of the best paid project managers. According to a PMI survey conducted in 2010, PMP managers in 6 different countries had a $10,000 remuneration advantage over their non PMP counterparts.

5. Better networking opportunities
According to PMI, there are over 350,000 PMP certified professionals worldwide and the number is growing very fast. The institute usually organizes meetings in metropolitan centres where members earn PDUs (Professional Development Units). Members require the units to renew their certification every 3 years. This meeting is also used as a way of providing members with new career opportunities because they usually have time slots allocated for people to share any opportunities that are available in their organizations.

6. Globally recognized certification
The certification is an accepted credential by many companies and organizations worldwide. This means that when you gain a PMP credential from the Project Management Institute, you will be considered as a skilled and certified professional in the project management field.

7. It enhances the way you work and manage projects
Having the credential basically means that you qualified in the 5 main project management process: Initiating, Planning, executing, monitoring and controlling which are the set standardized skills of project management. Also if an individual spends money and time acquiring a certification, it clearly shows that he or she is committed to Project Management as a profession. In addition, the certification is not just achieved by studying theory, it improves your skills and gives you an edge.

8. Helps you keep up with the sector
The certification continuously gives you the motivation to stay up to date with the current sector standards. In other words, it helps to be a leader in the industry.

9. Clients demand PMP certification
Today many established organizations and companies generally demand and like that their work is done by a PMP certified professional. In such scenarios the credential can give the leverage and the chance to handle projects of prestigious clients.

10. Social Impression
When it comes to social impression this credential also works miracles. People look up to you, you become an idol and the respect that comes with it is totally out of this world!

Closure: It Challenges You
Although getting the Project Management Professional Certification will not be one of the easiest things in your career, it will challenge your skills and knowledge in a positive way. You will gain knowledge, self-confidence and connections you would not otherwise have. Moreover, the PMI credential is valid across all fields and industries. Whether you are in Information Technology, commerce, finance, business processing unit, research or telecom, it is will be very valuable to you.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Six Sigma Certification is beneficial to you as an individual or an entire organization. If you are looking for training that will help you in your current career path, then a Six Sigma certification is definitely a step in the right direction. If you are currently in a position and you want to better your skills, Six Sigma Certification is ideal.  Six Sigma courses will teach you how to see the big picture of an entire organization or of your department. You will always be an asset to any company you apply for with a Six Sigma Certification.

The economy has taken its toll on many people and caused them to be unemployed looking for work or afraid they might be the next in line to lose their jobs.  People are nervous and want to hang onto their jobs.  Many people are going back to school to learn new skills in order to improve themselves and their resumes.  The best way you can do this is through Six Sigma training.  Organizations recognize what an asset you are to them if you have been through Six Sigma courses and have a certification. 

Six Sigma courses can help you make positive changes with your current organization, improve your skills, and help you achieve success in your career in the marketplace.

You will learn how to identify problems within the business that cause a slowdown of production, a decrease in efficiency, and even ways the company might be overspending.  Having the capability to identify these things is an asset.  You will also learn how to troubleshoot and come up with creative ways of resolving these problems, resulting in saving the company money, improving productivity, and improving overall processes.

If you are unemployed looking for training to make yourself look like the best candidate on your resume, Six Sigma training will help.  Employers like to see Six Sigma courses on a resume because it tells them that you are the perfect person to come in and act as a consultant, a team leader, or someone that can help the company achieve success.  In addition, you will have skills to motivate other employees in their current positions.  Companies want a leader who is capable of motivating others.  Six Sigma certification shows a company you are motivated and you have the skills they need to make changes for improvement.

Companies want change today and many are downsizing because they think they have to.  Six Sigma training will teach you ways to reduce cost without eliminating employees and improve overall processes with your company.  This can help you to be sure you aren’t next on the lay off line and Six Sigma certification will also benefit you with your career goals in the future.  

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

6 changes to the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition, You Should Know

It is that time for project managers. It comes every 4 to 5 years when Project Management Institute (PMI)® makes a new release of the PMBOK® Guide. It causes fear and anxiety to some, excitement and eagerness to others. PMI released an exposure draft of the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition in July 2016. 

In this article, let's learn what PMBOK® Guide is? Why does it change, what is the reason PMI makes these changes, what specific changes have occurred in the PMBOK® Guide in the 6th edition and most importantly, how do these changes affect the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.

Global Teq recommends that you get PMP certified before the official launch of the exam. The goal of project managers must be to expand their knowledge. PMI's new PMBOK® Guide will provide extra fodder to expand your horizons and continue learning. Even if you have a PMP certification now, we recommend, that you enroll in our PMP certification training courses if you want to stay current with project management standards and guidelines.

When is PMI launching the new PMP Exam and how should I prepare?

·         PMI released the exposure draft (beta version) of the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition

·         PMI has tentatively planned to launch the official PMBOK® Guide 6th edition in the 3rd quarter of 2017 in English and 10 other languages. This usually addresses the largest segment of PMP exam takers.

·         The PMP Exam is expected to be updated to the new PMBOK® Guide material sometime around the 1st Quarter of 2018.

Note: This timeline also applies to the CAPM exam!

When will Global Teq update their material to reflect the new PMP Exam content?

Global Teq has already started updating their course material based on the exposure draft of PMI. The fine-tuning and refinements will continue through the end of 2017 to ensure the course continues its ability to produce the 98% pass rate.

What has been Global Teq's experience with PMBOK® Guide and PMP Exam changes?

At Global Teq, we are highly experienced in recognizing patterns of change and effect of such change. Our instructors have taught using the third, fourth, fifth editions of the PMP exam and have thus, phenomenal experience in dealing with major changes in content, structure and philosophy as it relates to the PMP exam.

We totally understand the fear and anxiety that accompanies such a major change and that is why, we created this document to build the confidence in you that you can indeed pass the PMP exam in five days by trusting the most recommended
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Why should you go for PMP®_Certification in 2017?

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If you are looking to appear for the PMP certification exam in 2017, then you are highly recommended to take action NOW:
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Although PMI has not made any declaration, but considering previous experience, it is presumed that the PMP® exam will be based on the current edition of PMBOK® Guide 5 throughout 2017. We can see the effects of the PMBOK Guide sixth edition on the PMP® exam in January 2018 onwards. PMP® aspirants who have started preparing for PMP® certification now will be able to get certified based on the current PMP® syllabus and PMBOK® Guide 5th version.
6 reasons for considering PMP® certification now:
  1. The PMBOK® Guide 5th edition (current edition) and the PMP® exam are common and you will get lots of study materials and resources readily available.
  2. It has been predicted that the exam fee for PMP® may see a hike in 2018.
  3. You may witness changes in the format of the PMP® exam.
  4. The difficulty level may be high after adapting to PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition
  5. The PMP® online courses and exam preparation books may not be available immediately to be released on the updated versions for PMP® exams.
  6. The new prep materials based on the new PMBOK® Guide 6th edition will be expected to have lots of errors in terminology and project management processes.
Hence, if you don’t get PMP® certified in 2017, there are chances that you cannot get PMP® certified in the first or even second quarter of 2018, which may affect your career plan.

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