Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Benefits of getting PMP certified within this year



If you would like to get your PMP® Certification this year (2017), we suggest you to take action NOW as a kind of risk management:

Across the globe, thousands of PMP® Certification Aspirants begin their exam prep journey in the hope of getting PMP® Certified (in their first attempt, hopefully!!!). This year is certainly no exception. However, 2017 is also very different.

The current edition of the PMBOK® guide and the PMP® exam are very familiar and PMP® certification aspirants can find study resources/materials readily available. (Read - no changes to the PMP® exam this year, 2017). As the PMBOK® guide is not changing until the 3rd quarter of the year and the PMP® Exam will be based on the current PMBOK® guide 5th edition until 1st quarter of 2018. This means, there is still time to study and prepare for your PMP® Exam based on the existing PMP® exam.

1)   Format of the PMP® Exam could change and the PMP® Exam fee MAY see a hike in 2018.
2)   The PMP® Exam may get tougher as there are quite a few complaints that the quality of PMP® holders is decreasing over the previous years, as getting PMP® Certified is becoming easier
3)   Publishers of the PMP® online courses and PMP® Exam Prep books may not be ready to release the updated versions of their PMP® resources with the introduction of the new PMP® Exam (this happened in 2016 when PMI updated the PMP® Exam Content Outline and the new PMP® Exam was forced to defer)
4)   Some PMP® study resources/materials highly recommended earlier, may not live up to expectations of the new PMP® Exam as the depth of their understanding of the new PMP® Exam may not be the same as before (owing to change of the authors/editors, etc.)
5)   Major PMP® Exam prep books will take time to get published — if you would like to get PMP® certified in the first quarter of 2018, you may not be able to find a book for your exam study and you would be forced to delay getting PMP® certified for 3 months or more
6)   The PMP® Exam results for the first few weeks after the introduction of the new PMP® Exam may not be released immediately after the submission of the exam paper answers, as PMI needs to adjust the passing marks.


For the new PMP® Exam version, all the PMP® Exam prep books, mock exams and online training course will see a price increase for sure (maybe over 15% or more), it is not known if the PMP® Exam fee will also see a hike — if you begin now, you can lock in the current price level without worrying about requiring to spend more for the same PMP® title

Talking about the push factors:

Lots of tried and tested exam preparation materials (based on PMBOK® Guide 5) are around now, with many available for FREE. It really takes time to build up such a wealth of resource for the new PMP® Exam version

According to many PMP® aspirants, it usually takes around 2 to 3 months to complete the PMP® Exam preparation. If you begin now, you will almost certainly get PMP® certified in 2017

Don’t worry and take action NOW, if you are qualified for the experience requirements, why not get the required 35 contact hours of project management education right away? (As a bonus, the 35 contact hours are VALID FOREVER — meaning that you will not be required to take another project management course even if the PMP® Exam has changed). Your very first step of PMP® Journey is to take a PMP® online/onsite course

The conclusion is: if you don’t get PMP® certified in 2017, it is highly likely that you cannot get PMP® Certified in the first or even second quarter of 2018 — your career plan may be adversely affected.

According to the experiences of many PMP® Certification Aspirants, the average duration of PMP® study is around 2 months (between 1 – 3 months for most of us). Our suggestion to PMP® Certification Aspirants in 2017 is:

If you can devote at least 2 hours of daily study continuously for 2 months, you are highly advised to begin your PMP® Certification journey before September 2017 as there is still plenty of time for you to succeed!

Is September 2017 a bit too late? I would consider the time to be quite enough. If given the chance for my own PMP®, I would rather begin to prepare for my exam at the beginning of the year rather than have to wait several months. You know the psychological burden.

However, if you are quite uncertain about your time (I have personally known someone who took over 2 years to complete their PMP® Certification owing to sudden surge in workload from their daily jobs and personal emergencies), you may better have to wait for the new PMP® Exam which is based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.

If it is already October 2017, then it is more prudent to wait; otherwise the money spent on PMP® Exam prep courses or exam prep books would be wasted when the new Exam becomes effective.


If you are taking your exam before January 1, 2018, you should continue to study from and prepare for your examination using the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide along with the examination content outline PMI makes available. If you are taking your exam after January 1, 2018, the PMP® Exam will be changed and you should plan to study from and prepare for your examination using the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition to be released?


According to PMI® the Final Release is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2017 (Jun-Aug 2017)

When will the PMP® Exam expected to change?

The PMP® Exam is largely based on the content found in the PMBOK® Guide. The exam changeover from version 5 to 6 is scheduled as follows:

PMP Exam update to PMBOK® Guide 6 will happen in Q1 of 2018 (could as early as January 2018)

Major changes that will happen?

1)      There will be 49 processes from 47.
2)      Three new processes will be added and one process will be deleted.

New processes:

"Manage Project Knowledge"
"Control Resources"
"Implement Risk Responses"

Deleted process:

Close Procurements process has been removed. Its functionality has been consolidated into the 

"Close Project or Phase” Process

3)      Two Knowledge Areas will be renamed:

From Project Human Resource Management to "Project Resource Management"
From Project Time Management to "Project Schedule Management"


4)      Some Processes will be renamed:

From Perform Quality Assurance to "Manage Quality"
From Plan Human Resource Management to "Plan Resource Management"
From Acquire Project Team to "Acquire Resources"
From Control Communications to "Monitor Communications"
From Control Risks to “Monitor Risks“
From Plan Stakeholder Management to "Plan Stakeholder Engagement"
From Control Stakeholder Engagement to "Monitor Stakeholder Engagement"

5)      Chapters Re-alignment

There will be chapter’s re-alignment in Front End (Chapters 1 to 3). The information in Chapter 1 to 3 will be combined into 2 chapters and a new Chapter 3 will be devoted to “The Role of the Project Manager” where many aspects of the Project Manager’s role will be specifically mapped to the PMI Talent Triangle.

6)      There will be Process Tailoring which means analyzing the project to determine how much emphasis to put on each process (based on the scope & size of the project).

7)      There will be various notations throughout the new PMBOK® Guide differentiating between processes which are “Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes.” This concept will be emphasized for the first time in new PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition.

8)      The Project Scope vs Product Scope concept will also be emphasized for the first time in new PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.

9)      The Earned Value tool kit supported by the PMBOK® Guide will now include “Earned Schedule Management".

10)  There will be distinction between "Communication" (as in communicating between two people) and "Communications" (artifacts, such as published emails).

11)  The new strategy, “Escalate Responses” provides for a PM escalating a risk to the appropriate party so that the risk is no longer his/her responsibility. Once escalated, the PM will now have the option of either:

A) Removing the risk from the project’s risk register if desired, or
B) Keeping it in the risk register, but classifying it as “Escalated/Assigned To.”

12)  The new Lessons Learned Register is now part of the set of ITTOs. Project Managers will now be encouraged to update on a frequent basis (not just at the end of the project). Updates can be done at any time throughout the project, especially at the end of project phases (similar to the “Retrospective” in Agile).

13)  The PMBOK® Guide itself is taking on more of a voluntary instead of mandatory tone in some areas. For instance, for Requirements Collection, they might now say something to the effect that, “Here is a list of possible choices of tools. Choose any of these that best might fit your current project.”

14)  ITTO Bundling

There will be simplification of Inputs and Outputs in ITTO table. Tools & Techniques will be grouped under common headings.

15)  New Appendix Information

Summary of Key Concepts
Summary of Tailoring Considerations
Summary of Tools & Techniques
Adaptive & Iterative Approaches

Which version of the GUIDE should I use to study?

That's easy:
Are you taking your exam before Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition.
Are you taking your exam after Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.

Please note that the above recommendation is based on the expectation that the PMP® exam will probably change to the new standard in January of 2018. We will update this recommendation once more data becomes available. But in the meantime you should plan on passing your PMP exam in 2017, so that you can take it based on PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition.

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Monday, 3 April 2017

10 Best JOBS for GOOD PERSUADERS


Personality plays a big role in the types of job/s one is best suited for. A new research from CareerBuilder and Emsi found that "PERSUADERS" - employees who are confident, outgoing and comfortable with risky situations – are usually found in business-oriented careers.
If you’re competitive and love the thrill of the hunt, if you were the kid who could convince your parents to get a pet — you probably have some strong persuasive genes," Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer of Emsi, said in a statement. Fortunately, there are several jobs where this ability is key.
To help those looking for work, CareerBuilder and Emsi compiled the 10 best persuader jobs the labor market needs based on their current number of jobs, growth over the past seven years and high annual salaries. All of the positions on the rankings have more than 200,000 current jobs and average annual salaries of at least $88,000. 
Nearly all of the jobs on this year's list are leadership positions and require at least a bachelor's degree. Of the 10 best jobs for persuaders, eight have a manager title.
Let’s take a look at this year's 10 best jobs for persuaders:
1.       Operations Manager: 
Operations managers form policies, manage daily operations and plan the use of materials within a business. There are currently 2.25 million operations manager jobs in the U.S., making it the 11th largest occupation group in the country. There are nearly 250,000 new operations manager jobs since 2011. Operations managers earn between $68,000 and $151,000 a year.
2.       IT Manager: 
IT managers plan and coordinate computer-related activities, determine company IT goals and implement computer systems to meet those goals. There are currently 366,000 IT managers in the U.S. There are 56,000 new IT manager jobs since 2011. They earn between $106,000 and $167,000.
3.       Financial Manager: 
Financial managers produce financial reports, direct investment activities and develop strategies to reach the financial goals of a company. There are currently 565,000 financial managers in the U.S. There have been 43,000 new financial manager jobs added in last six year. They earn between $89,000 and $163,000.
4.       Sales Manager: 
Sales managers oversee the sales representatives within a business: assigning sales territories, setting sales goals and establishing training programs. There are currently 381,000 sales managers in the U.S. and they’ve grown by 38,000 since 2011. Their annual salary is between $80,000 and $163,000.
5.       Personal Financial Advisor: 
Personal financial advisors use analytical skills to sort through various money matters, and persuasive skills to help people with things like investments, mortgages and taxes. There are currently 215,000 personal financial advisors in the U.S., and since 2011, 36,000 new jobs have been added. They make between $61,000 and $152,000 a year.
6.       Construction Manager 
Construction Managers plan, coordinate, budget and oversee large building projects. There are currently 254,000 construction manager jobs in the U.S. Over the last six years, construction manager jobs have increased by 35,000. Their annual salaries are between $69,000 and $116,000 a year.
7.      Sales representatives (wholesale & manufacturing), technical and scientific products: 
There are currently 350,000 of these sales representatives in the U.S., with 32,000 new jobs added since 2011. They earn between $55,000 and $109,000 a year.
8.      Medical and Health Services Manager: 
Managers are in charge of planning, directing and coordinating medical and health services. There are 332,000 medical and health services managers in the U.S. These positions have grown by 31,000 since 2011. They have annual salaries of between $76,000 and $123,000 a year.
9.      Administrative services managers:  
Administrative services managers run the administration side of a business. They buy supplies, monitor records, budget for equipment and make sure the facility stays secure and well maintained. There are 290,000 of these managers in the U.S., with 28,000 jobs since 2011. They make between $66,000 and $114,000 a year.
10.  Marketing managers: 

Marketing managers estimate demand for an organization’s products, identify potential markets and generate interest in those products. There are 207,000 marketing managers in the U.S., with 27,000 new jobs since 2011. Their annual salary is between $97,000 and $174,000.


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Friday, 31 March 2017

Benefits of CAPM Certification


CAPM® certification provides you with a globally recognised project management credential. CAPM® will automatically indicate to prospective employers that you are well versed in global project management processes and terminology.

It doesn’t matter, if you're new to project management, changing careers, or already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, the CAPM® can get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

The knowledge a practitioner gains from earning the CAPM® certification can be applied to on-the-job experiences which help develop growing levels of competence in the practice of project management. As per PMI, there are huge benefits by gaining CAPM Certification. Some of them are mentioned below:
  1. Professionals will gain skills to initiate a project.
  1. CAPM® certification will enable professionals to monitor, execute, control and complete a project efficiently.
  1. Proficiency in Project preparation and planning.
  1. Estimating activity costs
  1. Proficiency in hiring, leading and managing a project team
  1. You can motivate your project team by foreseeing and planning for the unexpected.
  1. It helps in maintaining the Quality of the product at every stage of the project and also helps with performing quality assurance.
  1. If you are new to the Project Management, CAPM® certification help you to grow your career and take you in the right path.
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

About CAPM



The CAPM exam is your first step in project management. CAPM exam is designed for entry-level professionals or professionals who have very little project work experience.

The eligibility requirements of this exam are more lenient than the PMP exam because of the above reason.

If you are a diploma holder with no experience you will have to attend the training. If you have worked in project management for at least 1,500 hours you won’t be required to attend any training.

This post is all about the eligibility of the CAPM certification exam requirements.

Eligibility Requirements for the CAPM Certification Exam?

To apply for the CAPM certification exam, you will have to fulfil two eligibility conditions defined by PMI. If you do not fulfil these requirements, you cannot apply for the CAPM exam.

These two eligibility requirements fall into two categories:

1)  Education

To be eligible for the CAPM exam, you must hold at least a high school diploma or any global equivalent education.

2)  Experience/Training

If you have project management experience for at least 1,500 hours. You can apply for the CAPM exam right away. You don’t have to attend any training program.

However, if you are a fresher or have no experience in project management, you will have to attend 23 contact hours of formal project management education. Once you earn these contact hours, you can apply for the CAPM certification exam.

Two pieces of advice here:

1)  The first advice is to try to get your contact hours training program, through any reliable/registered education provider. Please verify, if they are following the course content as per PMI.

2)  The second advice is to get 35 contact hours instead of 23 contact hours. Although the CAPM requires you to attend only 23 contact hours, if in the future you decide to apply for the PMP exam, you will have to attend another program to complete the 35 contact hours.

Therefore, it is in your best interest to attend a 35 contact hour’s program and prepare yourself for both certifications.


**Please refer to the CAPM Handbook for the latest updates.

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