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Advance Your Career with PRINCE2® Certification

We have moved past the times when experience was enough for an audience with the HR, if not an offer.  


Present times have a different kind of poser.  Experience needs to be backed up with a certification. There isn't much of a choice. Credential is a key differentiator.  This paper will discuss the prospects of PRINCE2® shaping up your profile as that consummate project management professional.

PRINCE2® is a major prerequisite for Project Management 

In UK, PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is considered de facto standard for IT project management. PRINCE2 doesn’t define project as temporary endeavor, rather as a project management method it delivers based on a business case. The progress of the project is measured and monitored through periodical review of the business case so as not to deviate from the business outcome, and thus the situation at the ground level is assessed and addressed with a greater control and clarity. PRINCE2 can be used for any kind of project cutting across culture and setting aside geographic barriers.  It is an effective process method, also easy to learn and the ease of use of framework makes it more favorable with newcomers to PRINCE2®. The merits of PRINCE2® are phenomenal that more companies consider as a major requisite in shortlisting and selection process.

PRINCE2® helps the Managing Project Management  

In PRINCE2 methodology, the decision making doesn’t rest with the project manager, rather the functional and financial authority is with the senior executive. The project manager will help in managing and administering he project by directing resources on behalf of the board  and primarily the reason why government sector prefer this program due to its standardized approach.

PRINCE2® improves employment opportunities. 

The mind has never been at such a premium and to those talented, corporate are just waiting to tap to make it a win-win. . It’s very mutual. But how does PRINCE2 can turn out to be an asset? Its world class and widely renowned and increasing number want to be certified, especially the PRINCE2 Practitioner. You can go global for opportunities and show you got it what it takes with your PRINCE2 credential.  Just check the stats at the top which is a clear indicator in the surge for the demand for qualified and PRINCE2® certified project managers. 


You can reach us at info@icertglobal to know more PRINCE2® certification program.


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What’s New In Tthe PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?

Project management as a discipline is evolving, and so is PMP® exam. PMBOK®  is changing its version, from PMBOK® fifth to Sixth edition.  Some of the leading lights in project management and active practitioners from around the world underscored the need to introduce agile approach based on research carried out by PMI. This led to the release of PMBOK® Sixth edition last September 2017, ensuring PMP® certification stays relevant to the changing trends of present times.

For the first time, implementation in agile environment is included in PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. This is an important announcement weighed in the context of how waterfall and agile approaches can be bridged. As a result PMBOK®  is aligned with Agile Practice Guide. PMI partnered with Agile Alliance® for developing the Agile Practice Guide. 

So, will this impact the PMP® certification exam?  When will the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition be released? When will the PMP® Exam change in 2018?
For the uninitiated, please be informed that PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition was released on 6th September, 2017, and books are available in different formats. If you are a PMI member, please visit the website and download relevant study materials in pdf format.

PMP® Exam will change on 26 March, 2018. Candidates who take up the exam before 25th March, 2018, the exam reference material will be PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. And, for those who take the exam on or after 26 March, 2018, the exam reference material will be PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Kindly note that that the PMP® certification exam is not solely based on PMBOK® Guide. It is one of the key reference materials to prepare for the exam.

You might want to know what are the other changes in PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
The role of Project Manager is studied more prominently. A dedicated chapter deals  Project Manager focusing on leaderships, skills, competency, and experience in effectively leading and managing a project. 
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There will be 49 processes. 3 new processes have been added and one deleted. The newly inducted processes are:
"Manage Project Knowledge"
"Control Resources"
"Implement Risk Responses"
Close Procurements process has been removed.

Two Knowledge Areas have been renamed. 
Time Management is renamed as Schedule Management 
Human Resource Management is renamed as Resource Management

The Knowledge Area will feature four sections, namely,
Key Concepts
Trends and Emerging Practices
Tailoring Considerations
Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments

Other additions include:
Trends and emerging practices
Tailoring considerations
A greater emphasis on Strategic and Business Knowledge


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Balance Work and Life |Time Management

There seems to be early burn-out in IT professionals.

Job pressure, peer pressure, management pressure – the stress is too much ‘burning the midnight oil’ used to be cited ion critical context. Today, it has become the order of the day. Procrastination or poor time management is the primary reason.

Working long hours isn’t productivity. In fact, it is to the contrary. Freeing up bandwidth to take up additional tasks makes a professional resourceful reflective of commitment and management.

Devotion to work should be willful otherwise its leaves one dissatisfied and disgruntled. Everything ought to be balanced – including work.

If you can’t get the work done in the given time, either the estimation is incorrect or the resource incompetent.’  People do tend to procrastinate.

 

The 40 hour week

 Any project manager with appreciable knowledge and experience will not estimate more than 8-hours in a day. Remember time is money and hence any inflation in your estimation will have an adverse implication on your cost estimation. So balancing the 40-hour and keeping the project within cost calls for a skilled and smart time management.


Performance and productivity

No matter how many hours you clock, its 4 hours spread across 8.  The body might be willing but the mind simply is not up to it. Exhaustion, fatigue leads to failure. Your ability to concentrate ebb s with passage of time. Sources from public domain cite that working fewer hours increase productivity and thereafter tend to wane.


Work-life balance

“I am too busy at work” is the usual refrain. You start before the kids awake and return after the fast asleep. Many professionals itinerary falls in to this pattern. Genuine cases of work chewing and even gobbling time is a possibility but that can’t become the norm. Its not family first or work at any cost. One has to strike a balance to do justice to both – stakeholder management.  And its important to attend on everyone, and if possible content.

 Work-life balance is not pitting work against family, as it is usually misunderstood. Work-life balance is giving your 100% wherever you are occupied – with family or work. 


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2018 – Is Yours. Believe. Blossom.


When the clock chimed 12, and crackers burst open ushering the new year , greetings galore and goodies strewn around, it was a moment to reflect about the past and look right ahead with renewed hope.  How did we fare and what’s the forecast for 2018? This probably is deliberation of many a minds both from a personal and professional perspective. 2017 witnessed some great happenings which will make a geek beam with pride – gadgets, gizmos, apps and what not. The World observed with heightened expectation the numerous startups, the growing number of entrepreneurs, the tectonic shift in technology that makes the ground beneath the feet shake: ‘happening today, history tomorrow’ proved so plausible. And in all these, the overriding factor and dire demand proved to be the digital presence and exceptional soft skills. Just as we are increasingly online and extremely mobile, the medium and means have changed dramatically. 

As much as technology is becoming the key differentiator, technologists are the game-changers. Brick and mortar gave way to online offerings and our niche product offerings to professionals saw a surge in Live Virtual Class and e-Learning. The  corporate accounts in our clientele upsurged in number. In all it was a successful year, having posted results close to the projections. So the ride was bumpy sometimes and smooth as well. 

Farewell 2017.

The road ahead is full of opportunities if one knows how to count and capitalize. There is going to be exciting and engaging times ahead. ‘Education never ends’ – it’s for a lifetime.  Knowledge is the key and Technology-enabled services will be the touchstone.

There is indeed a growing gap – from both the employers and employees standpoint. The fitment is really a hard-find. Hence, grooming the greatest asset – human capital – is the critical need as exponential growth in technological developments makes it a mandate to embrace existing and emerging technologies. 

We will have to rejig our offering by stacking with latest technologies that was announced yesterday  or this morning and impart  with a conviction that we communicated the message across. Training cant be 'touch and go'. It is telling by the performance of the participants long after they have completed their course. So, their success is our saving grace.  The focus will be on serving a new age courses that will enable developing new skillset to compete in the market and tap opportunities successfully. The spotlight will  be mainly on  cloud, Big data, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Automation, and Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC).

2018 – is ours to make it big. Let us get ahead.

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Reskill to get Ready

When automation posed solid threat to ‘manpower utilization’ endangering jobs, the concern was to stay reliant in rising up and above the order of the day. Present times prove to be even more critical often confronting competencies, by checking “are you relevant to the changing times by reskilling”.  It is this alignment that is becoming worrisome. From neutralizing the threat from robots to our career, times have changed when we need to think about managing the robots alongside with human resources. 

Robots were introduced to solve complex industry challenges. The reach of robots slowly extended freeing up human resources to be reassigned. It also removed them from service. Robots were associated with niche technologies. Unemployment as a result of automation disrupted lives and livelihood. Softskills and augmented AI took over. The road ahead is full of opportunities if one knows how to count and capitalize. Knowledge is the key.  Technology enables. The barrier begins to blur. Reskilling is required for the transition with the existing and emerging technologies. 

Reskill or get replaced. 

Talent acquisition checks on core competencies.

“robobosses” will increasingly make workplace decisions that previously could only have been made by human managers.
-https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/could-your-next-boss-be-a-robot/

Robots could become your boss. Are you ready? In a world where machines and AI will reign, the smartest move is to recalibrate. Upskill is to anticipate  and accommodate by shifting gears and changing lanes. The preparedness will reflect on performance. Machines means measurement. Will machine power eliminate manpower?   Not everything. At the same time, retainer on certain jobs have to be relinquished.

One of the way to reskill: Stay focused on soft skills. 

The landscape will soon change. What holds good today may not be required or relevant. Stay abreast with changes. Expand knowledge base by studying the trends. For instance,  Gartner in its study revealed “six billion connected things will be requesting support.” 

Training with educational institutions and partner progams in skill development  who offer flexible learning methods will help realigning in in personal goal and organizational objectives.


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Agile Complements Waterfall | Project Management

One of the major inclusions in the release of the recent PMI-PMP Sixth edition is Agile.

Agile doesn’t trade places with traditional project management which is centered on water-fall methodology. Hence Agile doesn’t counter against PMI®, long known for its project management credentials through PMP®, rather it complements… Let’s get the insight on why do we recommend Agile. It is to be noted that PMI features PMI-ACP® as one of its flagship certification which is fast gaining grounds, if the traction is any indicator. 

Cost/Schedule Creep…
Agile talks about how we can be adaptive for changes for the projects which doesn’t have clear scope or which has evolving scope. However Agile doesn’t address about how one should manage the cost/effort against the change and in nutshell Agile talks/encourages the changes of the scope, Cost, effort and in reality as the project runs based on the budget and cost in most cases.  Agile can complement within the schedule/cost however there needs a cap for the cost and schedule to avoid the major creeps on the same. PMI standards protect the projects from these variances or it gives us the better predictability on the same.


Big Picture Vs Progressive evolution
One should have big picture in mind which is very important to achieve the final goal. While agile emphasize on changes and adaptations, it doesn’t define the boundary wherein PMI plays a key role . We can be adaptive to changes as long as it is within the final goal of big picture. Without having final frame in mind, one cannot evolve in the right direction which means PMI gives you the right direction to evolve rightly. Without high level plan in hand, running the project in agile may never predict any time. We need a high level plan to assess ourselves on where do we stand in terms of goal achievements.

Agility within the project (Scope, Cost & Schedule) is always recommendable so that we always have grip on the project. Project should aim for success and that success is defined based on Scope achievement within agreed time and cost factors. 


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The Sixth Edition of PMBOK | Project Management

PMI (Project Management Institute) was expected to roll out the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition by the third quarter of 2017.  AND IT IS OUT. 


What are the changes in the Sixth Edition?


>> Approaches to Agile.

Every knowledge area will be inclusive of approaches to Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments’. This section will detail the integration of agile practices in project backgrounds.

 >> PMI Talent Triangle™.

PMI spells the details about the technical skills, business intelligence, and leadership considered the key skills for success. It is also known as Talent triangle. 

>> The size of the book.

The fifth edition PMBOK® Guide, has 13 chapters that spans 415 pages. The sixth edition is expected to be quarter the size of the 5th edition, which means it should be close to 84 pages and the number of chapters too have come down to 10. So, sixth edition should be 10 chapters with 84 pages in the draft version.

>> Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs (ITTOs).

The sixth edition will not dwell deep into ITTOs, rather it will be covered at a high level.

>> Alignment with Process Groups.

The sixth edition will be divided based on the 5 process groups, and not the 10 knowledge areas. This is considered as a major change. The Role Delineation Study (RDS) conducted by PMI has presented its findings and proposed the changed to be aligned with process groups.

>> Combination of first three chapters.

In the sixth edition, the first three chapters  combined as one – the interpersonal skills of the project manager and organizational skills will be merged in to one.

>>Two processes are expected to be deleted.

The Close Procurement process and Estimate Activities Resources are more likely to be deleted.

>>Two knowledge areas to be renamed.

Time Management  and Human Resource Management to be renamed.  Time management will be renamed Schedule management, while Human Resource Management becomes Resource Management.

 >> Knowledge Areas to feature four section.

Every knowledge areas will have four new sections, namely, Key Concepts, Trends and Emerging Practices, Tailoring Considerations and Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments.

 >> An exclusive chapter on role of Project Manager.  

This chapter on Project Manager will cover the key concepts about core competencies, expertise, leadership skills expected in leading a project.


 Reference source: http://www.examspm.com/2016/07/16/pmbok-6th-edition-release-date-changes/

https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/about/current-projects

http://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp/update

https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/foundational-standards-exposure-draft

https://www.pmi.org/learning/training-development/talent-triangle


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eLearning - the Gateway to Growth

First, it’s an efficient educational system, and inexpensive as well.

It’s self-driven and hence the sense of admission and accountability is all-time high.

It’s not bound by anything – be it place or time. So you can do-it-yourself anytime, anywhere.
The freedom is unrestrained and unhinged. You are absolutely free in apportioning your time according to your convenience.  The same is applicable for both the employers and employees.

Many are well-acquainted with e-Learning, and the positive highlights.  The rapid rise in technology removes any hassles with regard to the reach. Access is not the issue. It’s the approach. Just because it can be accessed anytime, there is a tendency to procrastinate. Since there is no one to monitor, complacency creeps in making one lethargic and even lazy and listless. We expect self-discipline, and regretfully, the instances of utter disregard to discipline are just incredible. 

So, what makes e-Learning as an important tool for  learning and development?

Transform your training 
Think Technology, think mobile. Empowering your employees in enriching their education in the way forward would be, naturally, mobile. You can choose your training modules and create it in an interesting and engaging manner to make the learner more involved and absorbed. It increases the attention span and greatly improves retention.  The present and the future belong to mobile.  Highly advanced companies, as much as 18% of all training is now delivered through mobile devices’.

Close the gap
It is often the case of ‘learn what we want you study’ without much emphasis on the content and packaging.  Learners prefer a more personalized content that’s relevant and fast paced. Instead they are made to study subjects that best befits classroom setup. So there clearly exists a gap – that needs to be closed. E-Learning will help you in customizing to the crowd, and also identify and individual needs. That’s the flexibility made possible – kind of custom made or made to order. Its basically “to get them on your side”. And for that ‘you need to see their side.’

Promote a strong learning culture
For a company to report growth, it is imperative to nurture talent and promote a platform for knowledge acquisition and upgrade. Companies need to look beyond the conventional classroom and look for means that can effectively leverage technology in advancing the workforce skills.  E-Learning should be viewed as complementing knowledge and development. 

Technology is the trump card, and you play smart to emerge triumphant. 

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ITIL® - Define IT Success Through Service

A gaze into the future. That sounds exciting in terms of prospects and expectation. We seem to be advancing at an incredible speed.  Technology is spearheading and impacting our lives in ways we would have imagined. According to Gartner’s prediction for 2016, some interesting insights that probably upped the ante would be

By 2018, 6 billion connected things will be requesting support.
In Gartner's IoT forecast, by 2020, more than 35 billion things will be connected to the Internet 
by 2021, 1 million IoT devices will be purchased and installed every single hour. 

Of course, we expect smartness not just from people but in the products made by the people. When a solution is proposed, we pay attention and give equal weightage to the service aspect as well.   Going by the statistics presented, there is going to an increased dependence on human intervention. 

The stress on system and humans is significant to assess the way things will turnaround tomorrow. And that suggests the need of qualified professionals in ITSM. If the numbers in the forecasts  are mind boggling, think about the demand that will be generated as a result and in terms of readiness what it takes to be prepared to face the challenges ahead. Looking forward, specialization and skills in service management will prove crucial and critical.

The advice to aspirants, especially those engaged in handling and managing of IT systems is to  step out of the comfort zone and step up their credentials, wherein training and certification will establish credibility. ITIL and COBIT come across as commendable certification that should bolster your candidature.  The digital divide is blurred and soon the switch to digital is expected to be complete attributing to the spike in the number presented. 

By 2018, 2 million employees will be required to wear health and fitness tracking devices as a condition of employment.’ From a service perspective, for the system to be up and running, downtime is just unthinkable and SLAs charted will determine the uptime expected, which should be '200%'. So where are we heading? And how are we placed should the prediction come true? It might be baffling but to disbelieve would be disastrous.  

It’s a clear indicator that systems would go up and so will the coordination to streamline. IT Services would hold a prominent portfolio. And if you are service personnel, its time to roll up your sleeves and start preparing to face tomorrow.

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Effective Communication - Clarity With a Purpose

All us will agree to the need for greater clarity in communication – be it any form, verbal, or written.

A sales person to software analyst - communication is critical and crucial.

Despite a set agenda, meetings, at times, drag for hours not deliberating the issues tabled. When a stray thought entertained finds resonance with someone seated and soon the discussion veers off in a direction that’s tangential. When the meeting is concluded, everyone leaves learning a lesson not to get distracted but fall into the same trap that was supposed to be safeguarded.

Likewise, a client call to collect requirements goes nowhere because of the lack of connectivity. The stakeholders are not in the same page for the lack of understanding. It’s as if the conversation is taking place in a foreign tongue that the attendees in the call are absolutely clueless.

Or, the instance when a simple mail intended to communicate a message can be so misleading.
You don’t have to be poetic. Just be precise.

There is no need to compose an essay. A 2-liner will be enough if the message can be conveyed.

Be verbal, not verbose. Compose crisp concise message that usually are shorter sentences.  Rather, simplify. Make it easier for the reader to understand. It should not be a test on IQ.  Is your message universally understandable? Clarity means simplicity. We often confuse that word as a business jargon. The challenge of a learned mind is to communicate to a third-grade kid or a professor with absolute clarity. There should not be any confusion at all; nor the need to refer the dictionary. Prose that is polished, professional and stay simple, correct in its context brings out greater clarity in communication. 

It can be challenging. So is communication. 

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Fast Track Your Career | PRINCE2® Certification

The market is flooded with jobseekers yet headhunters are flummoxed with the failure to find the right fitment. The case is no different with Project Managers. We have moved past the times when experience was enough for an audience with the HR, if not an offer.  A veteran armed with 20 years of experience is pitted against someone who is at the start of professional leg with 5 years under the belt. It isn’t fair-play? Well, the rules of the game have changed. Experience should have to be backed up with a certification. Take it or leave it. You cannot wallow in self-pity with “I have so many years to my credit.” Fine, show the credential.  The most popular project management certifications are PMP®, PRINCE2®. This paper will discuss the prospects of PRINCE2® shaping up your profile as that consummate project management professional.

PRINCE2® is a major prerequisite for Project Management

In UK, PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is considered de facto standard for IT project management. PRINCE2 doesn’t define project as temporary endeavor, rather as a project management method it delivers based on a business case. The progress of the project is measured and monitored through periodical review of the business case so as not to deviate from the business outcome, and thus the situation at the ground level is assessed and addressed with a greater control and clarity. PRINCE2 can be used for any kind of project cutting across culture and setting aside geographic barriers.  It is an effective process method, also easy to learn and the ease of use of framework makes it more favorable with newcomers to PRINCE2®

PRINCE2® helps the Board oversee Project Management 

In PRINCE2 methodology, the decision making doesn’t rest with the project manager, rather the functional and financial authority is with the senior executive. The project manager will help in managing and administering he project by directing resources on behalf of the board  and primarily the reason why government sector prefer this program due to its standardized approach.

PRINCE2® improves employment opportunities.

The mind has never been at such a premium and to those talented, corporate are just waiting to tap to make it a win-win. . It’s very mutual. But how does PRINCE2 can turn out to be an asset? Its world class and widely renowned and increasing number want to be certified, especially the PRINCE2 Practitioner. You can go global for opportunities and show you got it what it takes with your PRINCE2 credential.  Just check the stats at the top which is a clear indicator in the surge for the demand for qualified and PRINCE2® certified project managers. 

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Discover Your Strength | Skill Management

The human capital, with the exponential growth in population, is immeasurable huge. Today the talent pool is just terrific. Paradoxically, the skill gap persists despite the overwhelming numbers of resource. The issue, as always, is the fitment. The question is: do you fit? An organization needs vary from time to time, and that’s why the insistence of skills upgrade. Stopping at a place in today’s pace Is walking backwards. That spells something about the competition – which means you have to have always in your guard, keep your eyes and ears open and be ready on your toes. The physical attributes aside, the mental faculty needs to be brushed up and stepped up. Now comes the key question? What are your skills? Everyone is gifted with a primary skill. Problem is we don’t know what we are good at. We just follow the crowd and flow with the tide and knock on doors that have good opportunities – that pays you well offering good positions. So it’s more about aligning your skills towards the direction of boom and bucks.

Have you ever tried to identify your own talents or primary skills and pursue a career where you can flourish given your natural abilities and gifted talents? Today, most of us want to try our hand in IT. Why? Because it pays handsomely, and the scope is just superb. What if you are good at writing? Or painting or fixing wheels or sort or any other vocation? Sense of job satisfaction is a far cry these days because our occupation is marked by demand in the market. What happened to your skills? Either untapped or unaware. 


So how to identify your skills?

       -         -  Whatever you can do with relative ease and keep motivating you keep going.

·              -  Whatever you enjoy doing

·             -  Whatever people come to you often for aid/assistance/assignment

Once you know what you are really good at, nurture. Try getting advice from peers and superiors. Mentoring helps. Remember, there are primary skill and secondary skills. In today’s competitive world, you need to don more than one hat as a performer. So learn more skills. Become multi-talented. Versatile. And that’s makes you more in demand, rather than following the demand of the market. Make them come to you, instead of you approaching them. You know well where lies the bargaining power. The one to give the most job satisfaction is the one you really enjoy.


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WE HELP YOU SUCCEED | PMP® EXAM

Enroll for Project Management Professional (PMP®) with a reputed education provider to earn 35 Contact Hours which is mandatory as prerequisite for taking up the PMP® exam. The 4-day program will enable you to become proficient with the Principles of Project Management, mainly the 47 project management processes and 10 knowledge areas – this will be the curriculum or syllabus. The trainer, at best, can take you through the topics by apportioning time required to spend on modules. careful analysis has defined the hours to be dedicated to a particular module, which greatly differ from one to other.

The basic training must be supplemented through self-study by diving deep into the 10 knowledge areas as detailed in   ‘PMBOK Guide- A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ as key reference,  and the course materials provided by the education provider.

The 4-day training is matter of choice and convenience, be it classroom or virtual classroom or e-Learning. End of the day, much depends about your competency and capability in cracking the PMP® certification examination.  So far the answer is academic. 

Now from a practical perspective, your performance in the final exam boils down to the preparation. The better prepared you are, best are chances of making it big at the first attempt. Every institution’s bet is to equip their participants to successfully clear the PMP® certification exam, and this is the differentiation for iCertGlobal to be one of the most sought after destination in preparing for professional certification.

We offer, in addition to the well-planned and well-structured classroom or LVC training, other notables that prove to be the key ingredients to our immense success and popularity:

Exemplary course materials prepared by Industry experts, who are PMP® certified with hands-on experience in project management and training. Their value-add is in terms of experience and expertise in carving out the course related resources like Books, Quiz, Practice Questionnaire, Case Studies, and real-time scenario analysis.

Exam Simulator with more than 6000 questions. The questions are created in the same complexity as it would be in the final PMP exam. The pattern and population of questions drawn for various modules will be of the same density as expected in the PMP exam.

Refreshing sessions are for those, on request, to brush up the lessons already learnt to brace for the final race.

Participants are encouraged to stay in touch and maintain contact through the 24x7 support channel.

Participant ar urged to create as many opportunities at every turn to sharpen the skills in gaining the edge. A repository of resources is available for online access anytime, more as a supplementary link.

Moreover, we follow-up with every participant to sense their progress, understand and offer services wherever struggle is detected or discovered.

Of course, the growing testimonies speak for itself!!

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Unlearn and Relearn.| Upskill

How long can you dwell in the past? Dust up and wipe the cobwebs for the mind needs fine-tuning and freeing up the bandwidth these cobwebs occupy.  It’s going to be a hard-shell.  We need to step up to sync with the trend that’s fast changing like shifting sands. Steam engine won’t work in 2000 and electric engine will be powerful enough to pull a bullet train.  Just as we change with times and arise to the calling, learning is no different.
 
We have an understanding about illiteracy. But, ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn’ – Alvin Toffle

The threat of robots replacing jobs looming large just like the long shadows on an overcast skies. This is not the challenge per se. This is just a part. For the algorithm in the robot can be reworked to make it more intelligent. But what about you?  If much is expected from a robot, the expectations for sure will surge when it comes to man. We are stepping into an era which mandates man to be more dispensable. The endeavor is to eliminate the dependence on human – for instance, the driverless car, self-engaging instruments,  even flying cars in the future.  We are speaking the language of artificial intelligence with robotics gleaning away the role meant for humans. If the sky is no longer the limit, then those fancied becomes a possibility. That’s the philosophy now. 

It is challenging times – critically and constructively. Lethargic, lackadaisical, and laidback attitude won’t carry an inch forward. To be on your toes, you need to stay abreast with the rapid changes all over.  360 degrees. 

Your ‘value add’ for the day can be contested. Companies are extremely competitive that they only want ‘A’ players. How can you become the part of the A team? Confrontation with such uncomfortable poser might sound uncivilized, but then that’s inevitable. If not today, it’s going to pop tomorrow and you better brace yourself. You have to be significantly superior to justify your hire.

 How?

Unlearn and relearn. You will realize that your learning will help you winnow the wanted from unwanted. Its about reskilling and upskilling. When a product needs an upgrade, the mind needs more of it. 

So start enrolling for the latest workshops, boot camps, certifications, knowledge hubs. Pursue knowledge. Stay relevant.

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‘Handful of employees and few thousands’- an Entrepreneurial Journey by the founder and CEO,

iCert Global is the fastest growing Education Industry, both as an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) and Accredited Examination Centre (AEC).

Recollection
It was a humble beginning in a 1 BHK flat. A simple flat for soaring ambition, is by itself too ambitious. The founder and CEO, Irfan Sharief, recollects being very independent as a child, and quips “I guess it’s the self-reliance more than independence - the resolve to live on my own legs. That attitude perhaps strengthened my determination in the days to come. “.
He funded his own education by moonlighting and also gained a first-hand experience of the financial hardship in educating oneself. “Surely, there has to be some other alternative to college.” That was a nagging thought that trailed him long since he successfully graduated and got to work in the education domain.
Life, in a way, is more comfortable if you are salaried because you are taken care, well-fed, sheltered and most of the needs attended. Hence this guaranteed life is a good deal for many who just settle down pushing paper and changing chairs.

On my own
Entrepreneurship is about getting out of the comfort zone and come to face those insecurities and uncertainties with grit and gumption. Irfan always wanted to go on his own, and that nagging thought turned out to be the idea incubation. He aimed at providing alternate to brick and Mortar College by enabling the internet as the medium for knowledge transfer so that education is affordable and accessible.

He decided to break free and took the plunge. Soon he checked into a 1BHK flat which would be office cum home for months. Finance was from friends and family – it was not a gamble but a tug on the back or call of the hour that he decided to pursue his passion of ‘empowerment through education.’

Vital Statistics and Vision statement
The HBR 2012 stated in their survey done globally of managers and leaders, a compelling 67% felt the need to update their middle level management programs. Alarming was the talent gap even at graduate level with only 15% of potential students emerging out successfully. What happened to the remaining? So brick and mortar colleges won’t suffice and education space offered good scope and space to grow and scale.

Present day’s statistics of the surplus funding seen in the education stream almost to $208 million dollars might appear to connect the dots but 3 years back it was sporadic, with investors hard to come by. So the first statement to be written was the vision ‘To become most preferred organization in training, consultancy.”

The target market being educated professionals, the mission was to ‘enrich education and empower professionals’. And the mission was not just to retain talent but reach out to the unemployed or fresh graduates and train them to bolster their confidence in employment pursuits. Complementing the physical classroom, online or virtual classrooms found traction and the demand for organizing classes started to grow in numbers – for primary reasons of cost and access because comparatively the cost was much lower and the flexibility to plan study more convenient.

Handful of employees and few thousands
Registered in 2013, operational by mid of 2013, with a handful of employees and few thousands in funding, the company today caters to the education needs of both corporate and individual, offering their services across 3 continents and 150 nations.

With headquarters in Houston, United States, the Company is primarily into online Professional Certification training programs and successfully trained and transformed the lives of more than 50,000 professionals.

Industry experts with years of experience and domain knowledge design and develop the course ware, ably delivered by our capable Trainers, who themselves are renowned and recognized in their sphere of work.

The most significant aspect in this business is to understand the context and customize the offering. To make the engagement more meaningful and not business-like. The takeaway of the customer should make them reconsider. That’s the bottom line.

Different People, different Demands
Not everyone who walks in wants the same, and there were instances when a group enrolled for the same course. So, different people make different demand and the ability to rise up the ask calls for a kind of agility that sets one apart.

The market is ferocious, cut-throat and competitive. It’s the fighting spirit and survival instincts that enable to keep the head above the water. The endurance and perseverance in pursuit of excellence in any engagement is the differentiating factor. “The benchmark is set by the customer or consumers of our services and we find the yardstick rising, which in a way is healthy as it increases appetite and inspires to scale further. The world today has no boundary, and competition can crop from anywhere. We have seen some rough weather and sailed smooth. So those roaring waves and soothing water are nothing new to us. If anything, they grow in intensity and gear us to be more prepared,” remarked Irfan about the competition.

He added, “Other names in the industry make us to acknowledge they too have a space to share but our uniqueness is underscored by our competency and capacity to deliver as testified by the success rate of 99% with more than 50,000 professionals from various industry verticals all across the receiving quality tutelage in clearing certification” acknowledged the founder, who is still in his late twenties and already rich in work experience with more than 8 active years to his credit.


Irfan is buoyant about the market performance and the company’s growth has been positive and quite steady at the rate of 15-20 percent and sales forecast has climbed in numbers with the coming months expected to pick up steam and move the needles.


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