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How to get PMP Certified Fast Before the PMP® Exam Changes on 1st July 2020

How to get PMP Certified Fast Before the PMP Exam Changes on 1st July 2020

 

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) conducts a survey every 3-5 years in order to keep the project management certification updated. The changes are made according to the impact of emerging technologies, roles and responsibilities of project managers in different sectors.

In today’s evolving project management profession, the changes in the PMP exam will ensure up-to-date practices, knowledge and skills required for a successful project.

The current PMP exam course outline contains 5 main domains which are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. The new course outline of PMP exam from July 2020 will focus on 3 new domains based on predictive, agile and hybrid approaches.

  • People – Skills and knowledge (42%)
  • Process- Technical aspects of handling projects (50%)
  • Business Environment- Strategical aspects between the project and the organization (8%)

 

Exam Content changes july 2020

Concepts like servant leadership, conflict resolution and retrospectives were previously the domain of the PMI-ACP® exam, but will now be featured more frequently on the PMP exam as well.

The new detailed framework of the content outline is based on predictive (approximately 50%), agile/hybrid e (approximately 50%) approaches.

Exam content outline

 

The updated domains are aligned to real life practices.

 

Exam new content outline PMP Domains aligned to real life practices

For more information about professional certification, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

Download Free PMP® Exam Practice Test with 200 PMP® Questions. 
Full-length PMP sample test with 200 PMP exam prep questions

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What Work Does a PMP® Certification Holder Do?

What work does a PMP® Certification Holder Do?

PMP certification is one of the prestigious in-demand certifications for all project managers across the globe. It validates their project management skills, abilities, expertise and experience they hold.

Organizations across the globe are looking for project management practitioners who are not only skilled and experienced but also hold relevant certifications.

Certified Project Management Professionals play a vital role in the progress of the project and organization.  The advanced skills, tools and techniques help in executing projects in an effective way. Project managers ensure that the project is completed successfully within a specific time.

PMP certification is globally recognized and allows you to carry out the project in the common language of project management.

Target Audience:

  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinators,
  • Supervisor for PMO
  • Team Manager
  • Team Leader

The roles and responsibilities of certified project management professionals are:

  • Active participation in the planning of the project
  • Resource planning
  • Keep the team motivated
  • Organize the project structure
  • Discuss and Execute ideas
  • Time and cost management
  • Analyze risk
  • Manage the records

 

1. Active participation in project planning:

Project managers play a catalyst role in project planning. It ensures the sense of responsibility they have in the project and project development. Proper planning results in many completed task within time and budget.

2. Resource Planning

Resource planning is one of the important tasks of project managers. Identifying team member’s capabilities, skills and talent to assign the specific task is an efficient way for the success of the project.

3. Keep the team motivated

Project managers keep their team spirit high and motivated. They make their team to reach their full potential and work towards a common goal.

4. Organize the project structure

Project manager organize the project structure which means project manager has line management responsibility for the project team members. In this way, teams have strong sense of identity which showcases the leadership quality of the project manager.

5. Discuss and execute ideas

Project managers conduct regular meetings with a team to discuss ideas, challenges and solution. At the end of the meeting project manager along with team members, comes to conclusion and take the project ahead to execute.

6.  Time and cost management

Project managers deliver projects within constrained time and sanctioned budget. The most important skill project manager possess is Time Management and Cost management.

7.  Analyze risk

Project managers identify the risk at an early stage and come up with an alternate solution. They ensure the minimum impact of the challenges on the project.

8. Manage the records

Project managers have updated information about the project and record of all the changes made in each stage.

 

For more information about professional certification, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

Download Free PMP® Exam Practice Test with 200 PMP® Questions. 
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Top 5 Project Management Certifications To Get In 2020| PMP®, CAPM®, PRINCE2®

Top 5 Project Management Certifications To Get In 2020

 

#1 Project Management Professional -PMP® 

 

#2 Certified Associate Project Manager - CAPM®

 

#3 PRINCE2®  (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) -  Foundation

 

#4 PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) - Practitioner

 

#5 PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) - Agile

 

Modern business evolutions have led to rapid changes in the approaches and execution of projects. Therefore, trends and timeliness prove to be critical factors for the success of project management and this includes project management techniques as well.

The conventional methodology is making way for agile to play a big role in how projects are led and managed. There is no taking away traditional project management methodology but tweaking with agile makes it a popular and powerful move.

2019 witnessed the surge in agile methodologies but practices like PMP and PRINCE2 continued to hold ground. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), it is estimated that there will be a demand for 87.7 million project managers by 2027, There will be an acute crunch for project managers given the talent gap, which is grim. The opportunities ahead are plenty with the survey report stating nearly 2.2 million roles will have to be filled each year. Where are the resources to bridge the gap? One of the reasons cited for the talent gap is the retirement of project managers opening up the “requirement for skilled project managers”. You can be one among the many to close the gap.

Let's look at the top 5 project management certifications for 2020 that will help you to become the “project professional” that hiring managers are scouting as top talent.

 

1. Project Management Professional (PMP)®

Project Management Professional (PMP) is one of the most recognized and sought-after certifications with a global following and universal demand. Considered to be the benchmark in project management, PMP (Project Management Professional) is a ‘must’ for Project Managers to prove their professional worth to present employer and prospective clients.

PMP Eligibility Criteria

Target Audience for PMP

  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinators,
  • Supervisor for PMO
  • Team Manager
  • Team Leader

Salary

  • The PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey- 10 edition stated PMP-certified professionals earn 23% more than those without a PMP certification.
  • PMP certification from an organization perspective team managers to beneficial. The PMP-certified managers are competent to complete projects on time, and budget thus meeting organizational goals.
  • PMP equips and empowers professionals to lead and manage complex and high performing projects.
  • PMP is one of the highest paying certifications with a payscale up to $113,766/year.

 

PMP Average Annual Salary

2. CAPM®

Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a great career move for those professionals who lack the required experience and prerequisite but aspire to become PMP certified.

CAPM certification prepares the practitioners who are starting a career or less experienced project managers, to lead and manage complex projects and demonstrate a commitment to the profession.

PMI’s PMBOK (Product Management Body of Knowledge) Guide is the main reference material for CAPM certification preparation. CAPM certified professional can apply the knowledge and skills gained on-the-job to enhance project management proficiency and competency.       

The target audience for CAPM

  • New project managers
  • Team members
  • Project associates and executives
  • Professional aspiring to start a career in project management.

Salary                                                                            

According to ZipRecruiter,

The average annual salary of CAPM Certified professionals is $91,250/year

CAPM Average Annual Salary

 

3. PRINCE2® Foundation

PRINCE2 stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2). Developed by Axelos, it is a process-based approach for project management that is widely used in the United Kingdom and European countries and gaining popularity across the globe. PRINCE2 benefits organizations through controllable use of resources, and manage risks effectively.  PRINCE2 has its project management methodology. PRINCE2 is one of the best qualifications to build a career in Project Management.

  • PRINCE2 Foundation is the basic level of certification.
  • The PRINCE2 method is introduced in the PRINCE2 Foundation Level. The PRINCE2 Foundation certification establishes your credentials in the knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method.
  • The PRINCE2 Foundation qualification will impart knowledge about the PRINCE2 principles, themes, and processes, and terminology and when qualified you will be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology within a project environment supporting PRINCE2.
  • The PRINCE2 Foundation certification endorses your credibility to engage as an informed team member to work on projects in an environment supporting PRINCE2.
  • PRINCE2 Foundation is the prerequisite for PRINCE2 Practitioner examination.

Eligibility

Basic understanding about Project Management is preferred but as such, there is no formal prerequisite for the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification. 

Target Audience

PRINCE2 Foundation certification is recommended for current and aspiring project managers. It is applicable for:

  • Team Managers
  • Project Board members
  • Project Support
  • Operation Managers
  • Professionals who manage projects.

PRINCE2® Foundation Exam

  • The exam will be conducted in a multiple-choice questions format
  • There will be 60 questions per paper
  • The pass mark is 55%. You need to score 33 marks required (out of 60 available)
  • The exam will be for one hour's (60 minutes)
  • It will be a Closed book session.

 

4. PRINCE2® Practitioner:

  • The Practitioner certification validates your knowledge and understanding of PRINCE2  concepts and principles. The Practitioner certification assesses your capability in applying and tailoring the PRINCE2 project management method in different project environments and scenarios.
  • The PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification will enable you to apply PRINCE2 to the leading and managing projects within an environment supporting PRINCE2.
  • According to “PayScale”, the highest average annual salary for a PRINCE2 Practitioner professional can go up to ~USD 100,000

Eligibility

To take the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination you must provide proof of having passed one of the following:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)*
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)*
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).

Target Audience

This certification is best suitable for project managers, professionals involved with managing projects and aspiring project managers. It is also applicable for:

  • Team Managers
  • Project Board members
  • Project Support
  • Operation Managers

PRINCE2® Practitioner exam

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is as follows:

  • The exam duration will be for  Two-and-a-half hours – 2.5 hours (150 minutes)
  • It is an objective-based exam
  • It will be a 68 multiple-choice questionnaire
  • The Pass mark is 55%. 38 correct answers or more out of  68 are required.
  • It will be an open book exam. The official copy of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2017 Edition will be allowed.

Salary

According to payscale,  the salary of a PRINCE2® Practitioner ranges from $97,000 per year.

PRINCE2-Average-Annual-Salary

 

5. PRINCE2® Agile

PRINCE2 agile is a unification of PRINCE2 and agile.

PRINCE2  focuses on the governance aspect of project management but the delivery aspect is not covered in-depth. PRINCE2 Agile certification will help you understand and expedite the delivery of  PRINCE2 projects using agile methods.

PRINCE2 Agile is about using the recognized framework of PRINCE2 and rendering it scalable and more flexible. Being agile, the projects can shift in speed or change direction during development, still retaining the best practices and manage to maximize the returns on investment (ROI).

PRINCE2 Agile certification will teach the core concepts about different agile delivery techniques like Scrum, Kanban, Lean Start-up and PRINCE2.

The PRINCE2 Agile qualification will empower you to demonstrate your ability in applying and tailoring key agile concepts to PRINCE2 projects.

According to the AXELOS PPM Benchmark report, 2019, 84% PRINCE2 agile certified professionals 84% increased their job efficiency, while 79% credited the certification to have made them more satisfied in the workplace and over half say it’s directly increased their salary.

Target Audience

PRINCE2 Agile is best suited for,

  • Professionals responsible for delivering in an agile environment
  • Project Managers
  • Project Support staff

5.1 PRINCE2® Agile Foundation Certification

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for taking the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification.

Exam Format

  • The exam will be Objective testing format
  • It will be a multiple-choice paper
  • The duration will be an hour
  • The pass mark is 55%
  • It will be a Closed book exam.

5.2 PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner Certification

Target Audience

  • Project Manager
  • Program staff
  • Project Support staff
  • Professionals who work within a project environment.
  • Professionals integrating project management with product delivery.
  • Professionals are responsible for projects using agile delivery approaches.

Eligibility

You can take the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certificate if you hold any of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2® Foundation (or higher)
  • PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation
  • Project Management Professional® (PMP)*
  • Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM)*
  • IPMA Levels A, B, C and D® (Certified Projects Director).

*'PMP' and 'CAPM' are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI).

Examination Format

  • It will be an Objective testing format
  • There will be 50 questions each worth one mark
  • You need to score 30 marks or more required to pass out of 50 questions
  • The pass mark is 60% pass
  • The duration of the exam will be Two-and-a-half hours’ (150 minutes)
  • It will be an Open book exam. Only the official printed hard copy of the PRINCE2 Agile® Guidance is allowed.

Salary

The salary of agile project managers is around $90,000/year  in the United States.

Agile Project Manager Average Annual Salary

 

For more information about professional certification, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

Download Free PMP® Exam Practice Test with 200 PMP® Questions. 
Full-length PMP sample test with 200 PMP exam prep questions

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Different Modes of PMP Training - Classroom, Online Live and E-Learning

Different Modes of PMP Training - Classroom, Online Live and E-Learning

The technology is updating at a fast pace. There is a huge increase in technology-based training with unlimited learning opportunities. There are different modes of training according to convenience.

  • Instructor- LED Classroom Training
  • Instructor- LED Live Online Training (Liver Virtual Training)
  • Self-paced Online Training or E-Learning

According to ILX Research report (Digital Learning in Business),

  • 63% of respondents expressed that conducting training improves business capability.
  • 51% of HR decision-makers stated, training increases employee morale, satisfaction and longevity.

 

Training benefits

Image Source: ILX Research report (Digital Learning in Business)

 

1. Instructor- LED Classroom Training

Classroom training is one of the most effective ways of learning. Face to face interaction with the expert trainer will let you enhance your skill, clear doubts and discuss your ideas with fellow attendees.

Classroom training has its own perks. The advantages of attending class training for PMP Certification are:

  • Classroom training allows interaction with fellow attendees and trainers.
  • Face to face discussions and debates clears more doubts.
  • Provides individual attention from the trainer.
  • Scope of learning from peers.
  • Systematic schedule.
  • Practice under supervision.
  • Feedbacks can be given in real-time

iCert Global conducts both In-house and open house Corporate Training Programs. Our PMP expert trainer provides top-notch Instructor-LED Classroom Training for your employees in office premises or at an external location.

 

2. Self-paced Online Training or E-Learning

Self-paced training is based on the learner’s convenience. Irrespective of time, a learner can access to Learning Management System and go through the content.

  • Self-Paced Online Training or E-learning is an ideal mode of learning for professionals with un-defined schedule and organizations with a larger set of employees.
  • It allows anytime, anywhere secure access to the Learning Management System where certain learning duration is set.
  • It includes quizzes at the end of each session for self-analysis.
  • No time pressure.

iCert Global enables you to benchmark your skillset in Project Management in your own way from our E-learning programs. Flexibility and freedom offered to choose the preferred module anywhere and anytime.

 

3. Instructor- LED Online Training

An ideal mode of training for the company spread across diverse locations. The training is conducted through training software such as Citrix GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx etc.

The main advantage of Instructor- LED Online Training:

  • Cost-efficient.
  • Customized Learning.
  • Access to subject experts from distance.
  • Common training for everyone irrespective of distance.

iCert Global conducts Instructor-led Online Class designed exclusively for the "professionals on the move" who are unable to enroll for regular classes given their constraints.

 

For more information about PMP Certification Training courses worldwide, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

Download Free PMP® Exam Practice Test with 200 PMP® Questions. 
Full-length PMP sample test with 200 PMP exam prep questions

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Features Of PMP® Handbook

Features Of PMP® Handbook

PMP handbook from PMI has an overview of the PMP certification program. One can understand the certification process easily with the help of PMP handbook. The PMP credential handbook by PMI is available online for free. The PMP handbook contains details about:

  • The PMP eligibility requirements
  • Guide to complete the online application
  • PMP examination details
  • PMP certification fees
  • PMI audit process
  • PMP exam policies and procedure
  • PMP credential policies and procedure

1. The PMP eligibility requirements

This portion of the PMP handbook explains the eligibility criteria to take up the exam, details of project management education of 35 hours and required project management experience.

 

2. Guide to complete the online application

The step by step procedure to fill the application is explained in detail which also covers experience & educational particulars.

 

3. PMP examination details

The examination format, allocated examination time and exam schedule are presented in detail.

 

4. PMP certification fees

The exam fees are determined according to the PMI membership status, and exam administration type. PMI members get discounts on certification fees.

If PMI membership is obtained after you submit payment for the certification, PMI will not refund the amount.

 

5. PMI audit process

PMI randomly selects the candidate’s profile and demands for the supporting documents for all the education and experiences you mentioned in the application. The details of the audit process are given in the handbook.

 

6. PMP exam policies and procedure

This section of the PMP handbook contains the examination details, exam blueprint, exam administration, examination language aids, rescheduling and other details.

 

7. PMP credential policies and procedure

The certification complaint process, certification appeals procedure, and use of PMP certification is elaborated in PMP handbook.

Note: In order to keep your certification valid, you need to collect 60 PDUs every year.

 

For more information about PMP Certification Training courses worldwide, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

Download Free PMP® Exam Practice Test with 200 PMP® Questions. 
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You may also be interested in Sample PMP Exam Prep Questions before you download the Free PMP Practice Test.

 

 

 


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What are the Requirements for PMP Certification?

What are the Requirements for PMP Certification?

The first step towards your PMP certification should begin by studying the Project Management Professional® Credential Handbook in detail. It is strongly recommended that you visit the PMI.org to read relevant information presented on the site about PMP Certification.

 

Infographics for PMP application

 

The Process of PMP Exam Application:

  • Become a member by registering with PMI.org
    • Become a member by registering with PMI.org
      • The membership brings its own benefits. To become a member, you need to pay It costs $139 to become a member.
      • For PMI members, the examination cost is $405.00. The privileges for a member include access  of  PMBOK® Guide (e-book).
      •  For a non-member, the examination cost is  $555.
  • You need to fulfill PMP’s criteria of 35 hours PDUs (professional development units) as part of the PMP exam requirement.
     
  • You will have to submit the PMP exam application online. For a detailed step-by-step approach for filling a PMP application please visit our blog.
     
  • You need to schedule your exam with Prometric sites near to you.
     
  • Take the PMP Exam
    • It’s a 200 question exam with a 4-hour duration.
    • The outcome of the exam will be disclosed immediately after the submission of the answer sheet. It will be a pass or fail. There will be no score or percentages of the right response.
    • You can take the PMP exam thrice in a year.

PMP Exam Eligibility Requirements

PMP eligibility requirements

Notes:

  • Must submit the application to PMI to take the exam.
  • The application can be submitted online or via mail.
  • PMI provides an authorization letter to make an appointment to take the exam.
  • The application may be audited prior to approval.
  • Exam offered on a computer at designated testing sites.
  • Must take the exam within a year of receiving an authorization letter.
  • Additional information provided in the PMP® handbook on www.pmi.org

 

To know more about PMP eligibility requirements, filling-up the PMP Exam application online, we strongly recommend you spend some time in our article “Process For Filling PMP® Exam Application Form | Step By Step Guide.”

 

For more information about PMP Certification Training courses worldwide, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

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What is PMP?

What is PMP®?

 

Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is a benchmark for project management. The PMP certification validates the experience, knowledge, expertise, capability, competency and required skills to lead and manage projects. PMP certification is the most recognized and sought after project management certification. A  PMP certification is compelling in its benefits and considered to be lucrative as it increases the earning potential. PMI’s PMBOK (Product Management Body of Knowledge) Guide is one of the reference books for PMP certification.

The gap between skilled project management workers and the availability of project management professionals is widening. There is a shortage in terms of skilled professionals to fill the roles. Hence the demand for certified PMP professionals is growing.

The survey made by PMI.org reveals that the PMP certified professionals draw 23% more in salary as compared to their non-certified peers [source: PMI’s biennial report, Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 10th edition]. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), at least one-third of project managers have a PMP certification.

PMP number

 

Prerequisites for PMP Certification:

PMP eligibility criteria

 

How to fill the PMP application?

The step by step procedure to fill the PMP application form is given in our blog post: The process of filling the PMP application form.

 

What is going to change in PMP examination from July 2020?

The main change to be considered from July 2020 is the course outline. The number of domains will be reduced to three from five. The main domains will be aligned with real-life practices. Know more...

 

Benefits of getting PMP certified:

PMP Certification is highly beneficial to all the project managers irrespective of the field they are in. To know more about the benefits of getting PMP certified, go through our video

 or our blog post Top 10 reasons to get PMP certified.

 

Demand for Certified PMP professionals

According to the PMI-commissioned talent gap analysis by Anderson Economic Group (AEG), by 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-oriented roles.

Through 2027, the project management-oriented labour force in seven project-oriented sectors is expected to grow by 33 percent or nearly 22 million new jobs.

The Talent shortages in the profession can potentially create risks of nearly US$208 billion in GDP over the 2017-2027 period. The opportunities for project management practitioners are tremendous given the widening talent gap and the project talent required to close the gap.  These project managers are expected to take up challenging and complex projects to translate the organization's vision into tangible goals.

 

Salary of Certified PMP Professional:

PMP certification made into the 10 Highest-Paying IT Certifications for Tech Pros.

According to ziprecruiter.com, Project Management Professional's salary can go as high as $172,000.

PMP - Average Annual Salary in the United States

PMP average annual salary

For more information about PMP Certification Training courses worldwide, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com or call now on +1-713-287-1213 / 1214 or e-mail us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

 

For more information about our PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep certification training courses, visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

 

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What Is PMP Certification And What Does a PMP Certified Professional Do?

What Is PMP Certification And What Does a PMP Certified Professional Do? 

Project Management Professional (PMP®) is a globally recognized certification created and administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

PMI established in 1996, is a leading non-profit organization based in the U.S and has nearly 3 million members from all around the world. They are provided with continuing education, a strong network and a common project management standard. With PMI membership, you get

The PMP certification is aligned with the reference handbook ‘The Project Management Body of Knowledge’-6th edition.

How to get PMP certified?

The prerequisites for the PMP exam is:

Meet the eligibility requirements and fill the application form.

 

In order to keep the credentials level high, PMI conducts audit process randomly to validate the prerequisites such as project management experience and project management education. The PMP examination contains 200 questions in which 25 questions are pre-test questions. The PMP certification exam is one of the toughest exams.

According to the 10th edition of PMI salary survey, PMP Certified professionals earn 23% more as compared to Non-PMP Certified project managers.

What do Project Management Professionals do?

The projects are run all over the world. With this globally recognized certification, you can understand and manage the complex project with a common language of project management.

The key responsibilities of the project manager strongly include:

  • Active participation in the planning of the project
  • Resource planning
  • Keep the team motivated
  • Organize the project structure
  • Discuss and Execute ideas
  • Time and cost management
  • Analyze risk
  • Monitor the progress
  • Manage the records

In which field project managers work?

Project managers play a vital role in the progress of the project. There is a huge demand for project managers in all the industries.

According to PMI’s Project management Job Growth and Talent Gap (2017-2027),

By 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles.

Attrition, particularly as seasoned practitioners reach retirement age, is creating many project-related job openings. Leading sectors with job openings due to attrition are shown in the image below:

(Source: Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027)

According to ziprecruiter.com, Project Management Professional's salary can go as high as $172,000.

PMP - Average Annual Salary in the United States

 

Description: PMP Average Annual Salary in the United States

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How Difficult Is PMP Certification?

How Difficult Is PMP Certification?

What makes PMP certification so valuable? It is decided by the relevance, demand, and trends in the market. What makes PMP so popular? Because PMP  is considered as the gold standard of project management certifications and applies to project management in general. Therefore PMP commands the same reverence in any industry.

Did you know?

As much as being the most sought out and lucrative certification, PMP is one of the more difficult projects management exams.  It is certainly not a cakewalk and calls for an intensive effort in preparation to clear the exam in your first attempt.

Is PMP that difficult? Let's help you to understand more about it and find out means and ways to face the challenge.

First, the basics.

The PMP exam covers the basic principles of the 5 Project Management Process Groups. Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.  It is based on the content in PMI’s PMBOK (Product Management Body of Knowledge) Guide.  Please note that PMBOK is one of the reference materials for the PMP certification exam. You need to spend time on other study materials to better prepare yourself.  For your information, the reference for the current PMP exam is the sixth edition of the PMBOK, published in 2017.

The PMP exam covers the following five domains. The focus on the domains is not equally spread and going by the details presented below, the emphasis on some domains is higher than others in the exam.

  • Initiating — 13%
  • Planning — 24%
  • Executing — 31%
  • Monitoring and Controlling — 25%
  • Closing — 7%

Challenging Course Outline

The difficulty of the PMP exam lies in your ability to become acquainted with the concepts and course of study.  While the domains cover the fundamentals of project management, there are 10 knowledge areas considered the core of project management. For a detailed breakdown of the domain, please check the PMP exam content outline

Complicated Exam Structure - Pretest Question

Next comes the exam. The PMP exam is multiple choice and consists of 200 questions. Not all the 200 questions are counted. Only 175 out of the 200 are graded. The balance 25 are “pretest questions” which will not be counted for scoring. The pretest questions are another challenge.

Does the Pretest Question affect exam performance? Yes, it does affect the  following way:

The answer is YES PMP® candidates are affected by the pretest questions in the following way:

  • The 25 questions are spread across the 200 questions and you will not know which is the “pretest question”.
  • You might spend too much on a “pretest question” for which there is no score.
  • If the pretest question happens to be difficult, it might adversely impact the morale and confidence in your overall performance.

So, that’s a known risk.

Next is the time limit. You will only 4 hours to answer all the 200 questions.

The PMP exam evaluation

Unlike in the past, PMP does not reveal the score. The exam outcome is presented with a pass or fail grade along with the performance rating of the domains and overall exam.

Do you know how the questions are graded? PMI uses “sound psychometric analysis” to calculate the passing figure. For each question, a point is awarded, and the subject matter experts selected by PMI will decide the number of right answers to pass the PMP exam. The difficulty with regard to the lack of the ‘pass mark’, candidates do not know how much to score in the practice tests to feel confident about cracking the PMP exam. The understanding from the SMEs across the globe is that 80% in the preparatory exams has consistently been good enough to appear for the final exam.

How to clear the PMP exam in your first attempt?

By now, you would have gained some insights about the difficulty with regard to PMP exam. Don't feel discouraged as this article aims to highlight the pain points and possible difficulties while dealing with preparation for the PMP exam.

You can pass the PMP exam on your first try. It needs dedication and devoted study. Enroll in a PMP preparatory course that will help to refresh all the major topics, and attempt as many practice tests and mock exams, till you gain the confidence. Study and practice (preparatory tests) are the keys to success in your PMP exam, and certainly, you will pass in your first attempt.

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CAPM® or PMP® - Which Certification Is Right For You?

CAPM® or PMP® - Which Certification Is Right For You?

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) and Project Management Professional (PMP®) both are Project management credentials accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Both the certifications are aligned with the official handbook A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition published by PMI.

Prerequisites -CAPM and PMP

Eligibility requirements in CAPM are comparatively low as it is an entry-level certification than professional-level PMP certification.

Prerequisites for CAPM:

CAPM Eligibility criteria

Prerequisites for PMP:

PMP Eligibility criteria

Certified project management professionals are highly in demand in all the industries.

According to PMI, Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027)

By 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles.

 (CAPM®) - It is an entry-level certification in the field of project management.  If you are a junior level Project Manager and want to set the stage for a remarkable career, then CAPM is the right credential to pursue.

(PMP®) -  PMP is an industry-standard globally recognized professional-level certification for project managers which validates their project management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients.

There is a lot of difference in both the certifications in terms of prerequisites, cost, level of difficulty, and demand according to the person’s intended career goal.

The below table shows the brief comparison of CAPM® and PMP® :

comparison between CAPM and PMP

CAPM exam fee is comparatively lower than the PMP exam. Discounts are available for both the exams for PMI membership.Cost of Examination:

Cost of CAPM certification:

CAPM Certification fee

Cost of PMP certification:

PMP certification fee

Exam question pattern

PMP examination contains 200 multiple choice questions (MCQ) in which 25 are pre-test questions. CAPM exam contains 150 MCQs in which 15 are pre-test questions.

Difficulty level

The difficulty level of CAPM is comparatively lesser as it is an entry-level certification. Candidates are more likely to pass this exam if they have studied PMBOK® Guide well.  The fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of project management aligned with PMBOK guide will help you to clear the exam.

The difficulty level of the PMP exam is quite higher compared to the CAPM. Along with the knowledge of the PMBOK guide, candidates have to apply skills of project management acquired in their working experience. The question asked in the PMP exam is based on the situation.

Industry-Wide benefits

CAPM is an entry-level certificate which acts as an excellent stepping stone to grow in the field of project management. CAPM certification is more accessible, more affordable, and requires less time to possess the certification but PMP holds global recognition,  industry-standard and is highly valued in all the industries.

Organizations prefer PMP certified professionals as the credentials validate the ability to handle complex projects in a more efficient way.

Certified professionals earn more than non-certified professionals.

According to ZipRecruiter,

The average annual salary of CAPM Certified professionals is,

CAPM Salary

 

According to ZipRecruiter,

The average annual salary of PMP Certified professionals is,

PMP Project manager salary

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An Introduction to the PRINCE2® Project Management Methodology

An Introduction to the PRINCE2® Project Management Methodology

What is PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 is an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments and the "2" refers to its relaunch in October 1996. It is the non-proprietary process-based project management methodology. PRINCE2 is mainly focused to establish,

  • Control at the commencement.
  • Progression of the project.
  • Termination of projects.

Why PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 is one of the most globally accepted project management method. It can be applied to any kind of project irrespective of scale, type, geography, organization or culture.

PRINCE2 focuses on the delivery of products rather than carrying out activities. Every project must have a business case and plan that is periodically reviewed.

The PRINCE2 method is in the public domain therefore, users are not tied to any single organization for consultancy, training and support.

PRINCE2 is widely regarded as a common standard which enables projects in the public or private sector to be executed with a common understanding of the processes and terminology used.

The advantages of PRINCE2 are:

  • It is a known proprietary method
  • It’s not provided by or associated with the company
  • It was actually created by the UK government and is administered by a couple of other companies now

You can also apply to any type of project. It's a generic method.

Key Features of PRINCE2:

  • Focus on business justification.
  • Defined organization structure for the project management team
  • Product-based planning approach.
  • Emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages.
  • The flexibility that can be applied at a level appropriate to the project.

The structure of PRINCE2 includes:

Project environment structures

7 Principles of PRINCE2

  • Continued business justification.
  • Learn from experience.
  • Defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Manage by stages.
  • Manage by exception.
  • Focus on products.
  • Tailor to suit the environment

7 Themes of PRINCE2

  • Business case.
  • Organization.
  • Quality.
  • Plans.
  • Risk.
  • Change.
  • Progress.

7 Processes of PRINCE2

  • Starting up a project.
  • Directing a project.
  • Initiating a project.
  • Controlling a stage.
  • Managing product delivery.
  • Managing a stage boundary.
  • Closing a project.

PRINCE2 is a certification programme owned by AXELOS and this method is sustained by a scheme that offers four levels of certification: PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Roadmap:

There are four levels of certification in PRINCE2:

PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

PRINCE2 Foundation certificate validates your fundamental knowledge on principles of PRINCE2 and terminologies used in PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 Foundation certificate can be prerequisite to PRINCE2 Practitioner course.

PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification

PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate validates your knowledge on relationships between principles, themes and processes of PRINCE2.

Once you get PRINCE2 Practitioner certified you will be able to apply PRINCE2 techniques to solve the problems associated with the running project.

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation Certification

PRINCE2 Agile foundation teaches you the fundamentals and the purpose of combining PRINCE2 with agile methodology. 

It introduces PRINCE2 governance and teaches a broad range of agile concepts and techniques. PRINCE2 Agile Foundation can be prerequisite to PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner course.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Certification

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner validates your knowledge on how to blend PRINCE2’s structure, governance and control with agile methods, techniques and approaches.

Benefits of PRINCE2 :

  • PRINCE2 is a globally recognized certification which validates your knowledge on techniques of project management.
  • PRINCE2 provides step by step guidance to manage the project and delivers confidence for internal and external stakeholders.
  • It broadly focuses on techniques related to project management.
  • Enables you to execute any kind of project with great ease.
  • Highlights on both project and process.
  • PRINCE2 helps you to strategize your plans more skillfully.
  • It enables you to solve the problems associated with the project more effectively.
  • Enhance your project management skills.
  • PRINCE2 enables you to control resources and risks effectively.
  • It ensures focus on the continuing sustainability of the project.

Demand for PRINCE2 Certified Professionals

PRINCE2 certification proves to be an asset as it accelerates your career in the field of project management.

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Average annual salary of PRINCE2 Certified professionals

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Process For Filling PMP® Exam Application Form | Step By Step Guide

Process For Filling PMP® Exam Application Form

Filling the Project Management Professional (PMP®) application form for PMP Exam Application is quite a complex process. In this blog, we will go through step by step procedure to fill the PMP® exam application form.

  • Step #1: Meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Step #2: Create an account at PMI.org
  • Step #3: Fill the online PMP® application form.
  • Step #4: Wait for confirmation of receipt and completeness of the application.
  • Step #5: Submit Payment.
  • Step #6: Wait for confirmation of acceptance of the application.
  • Step #7: Schedule Test Appointment.

1. Meet the eligibility criteria

Before you apply for PMP® Certification, it is mandatory to meet prerequisite domain experience levels and education levels.

PMP Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility criteria for applying PMP® certification:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education OR CAPM certification

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education OR CAPM certification

2. Create an account at PMI.org

The first step is to create an account at PMI.org to apply for PMP® certification.

  • Go to http://www.pmi.org/ and click on “Login / Register” at the top-right corner and create an account.
  • Wait for the follow-up mail from PMI, confirm your registration and login to your account.

Note: It is highly recommended to get PMI® annual membership to get discount on PMP® Certification application fee and access to free electronic copies of the PMBOK® Guide and the Salary Report.

3. Fill the online PMP®  application form

Once you login to your PMI account, click on Certifications and select PMP application.

PMI certification 


The application requires certain information such as:

  • Contact Address- Fill in your contact address in the block as shown below.

Contact address

 

  • Contact Information: Fill in your E-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Contact Information in PMP application form

 

  • Attained education: Fill your education details and other required information.

Attained education in PMP Application form

 

  • Requirements
  • Overview: Read the eligibility criteria carefully and proceed further.

Requirements overview in PMP application form

 

  • Eligibility worksheet: Use eligibility worksheet to track your progress on number of hours required to fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility worksheet in PMP application form

 

  • PM Experience: Fill the details of project management experience using Experience Worksheet.

PM Experience in PMP application form
 

  • PM Education: Fill the details of the training in Project Management.

PM Education in PMP application form

  • Optional Information: Fill in the details of referral source (not mandatory) and the course presented by PMI chapter.

Optional Information in PMP application
 

  • Certificate: Mention your name exactly as it should appear in the PMP® certificate.

Certificate in PMP application
 

  • Agreement: Read the agreement carefully and go further to review your application form.

Agreement in PMP application form
 

Agreement in PMP application
 

  • Review and Submit

Note: Before directly filling the application form, it is advisable to gather all the information and documents required to fill the application.

The important details to be focused on before you start the application process:

  • List of all the projects you worked with brief description using PMI terminology.
  • Hours worked on each phase: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & control and closing of the project.
  • Names and contact information of the references that can validate the hours and experiences you are submitting in the application.

Once you start filling the application, you have 90 days to complete it.

During those 90 days, PMI will send you reminders to complete the application process.

4. Wait for confirmation of Receipt and completeness of the application

Once you submit the application, PMI will review it. You can check the status of your application by logging in to your PMI account. Generally, it takes 5 to 7 business days.

PMI will notify you through e-mail to move on to submit payment.

5. Submit Payment

After receiving the approval of application from PMI, submit payment to schedule test appointment. Payment fee varies with PMI members and non-members.

PMP certificate fee

6. Wait for confirmation of acceptance of the application.

PMI will send notification either with instructions to schedule your exam along with eligibility ID or for the audit process. A specified percentage of applications are randomly selected for the audit process. PMI audit process can take up to 7 business days.

PMI will send you the requirements for the audit. You need to send audit materials such as Proof of education, proof of 35 hours of project management education certification and details of your project management experience. Along with the documents, you need to submit the form filled by your references to validate your experiences.

After completion of the audit process, if you pass the audit with all the requirements then PMI will send you instruction to schedule the exam along with eligibility ID.

If you are unable to pass the audit, PMI will refund your money.

7. Schedule Test Appointment

With the provided eligibility ID from PMI, you can schedule your exam. The test is offered at various Prometric testing centres across the country.

Immediately after completing your exam your result will be presented to you as ‘Pass or Fail’.

You can take 3 tests in one year.

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The Benefits Of Getting a CAPM Certification

The Benefits Of Getting a CAPM Certification

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is a globally recognized entry-level certification accredited by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®).

If you are a junior level Project Manager and want to set the stage for a glittering career, then CAPM is the right credential to pursue to take you on the path of success and progress.

CAPM provides the fundamental knowledge on all the aspects of project management including Project Management Phases, Knowledge Areas and Processes.

Why get CAPM Certified?

There is a huge demand for Project Managers in all sectors.

Did you know, according to PMI’s Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap Report (2017-2027),

by 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented role.

Poject Management Jobs Cemand in Different countries 2017-2027

(Source: Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027)

To meet this demand and skill gap, many professionals are taking up industry-recognized Project Management certifications to enhance their skills and stand out from the crowd.

What is the eligibility criteria for CAPM?

CAPM Eligebility Requirements

What is the CAPM Certification Exam Fees?

CAPM Certification Fees

What is the CAPM certification course outline?

CAPM certification is designed based on the PMI framework and follows the standards as mentioned in the PMBOK Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge). 

Knowledge Areas Covered

Percentage of Exam

Introduction to Project Management

6%

Project Environment

6%

Role of the Project Manager

7%

Project Integration Management

9%

Project Scope Management

9%

Project Schedule Management

9%

Project Cost Management

8%

Project Quality Management

7%

Project Resource Management

8%

Project Communication Management

10%

Project Risk Management

8%

Project Procurement Management

4%

Project Stakeholder Management

9%

What are the Benefits of getting CAPM Certified?

  1. Professional Credibility: Thorough Understanding of the fundamental concepts through CAPM makes an individual highly proficient and boosts professional credibility.
  2. Global Recognition:  Credentials from PMI is considered as industry- standard in-demand certification which validates the knowledge on project management.
  3. Stepping stone for PMP Exam Preparation: The familiarity with PMBOK and the experience you gain after implementing the skills acquired from CAPM Certification will act as a strong footing for PMP examination preparation.
  4. Enhance Project Management Skills:  CAPM Certification not only enhances your knowledge of Project Management, but it also helps to attain leadership quality and team management quality.
  5. Career Advancement: CAPM accelerates the scope of your career as a Certified Associate Project Management professional with career advancement, professional growth, increase in salary and earning potential. 
  6.  Higher Recruiter Visibility: Getting globally recognized professional certification captures the recruiter’s attention for a potential hiring requirement. The certification at the early stage of your career will make a path for better job opportunities.
  7. Higher Pay:

CAPM Average Annual Salaries in United States as per Payscale.com

8. Get more lucrative assignments:  Certified professionals are more likely to get challenging Projects and opportunity to handle valued projects.

9. Professional Versatility: As a certified professional you might get a chance to lead the team, work in different projects and enhance your project management skill.

10. Recession-Proof your career:  CAPM certification helps you stand out as an accomplished professional as compared to other non-certified peers in your field. During an economic crisis or in a period of slow growth or recession, non-certified project managers are more likely to come in the line of fire than their certified peers. 

What next?

  1. If you are planning to crack the PMP Certification exam in the first attempt, then having CAPM Credentials will prove to be an asset and help you for PMP exam preparation.
  2. The job profiles that CAPM certified professionals can apply for are:
  • Consultants
  • Business Analyst
  • Relational Administrator
  • Operational Support associate
  • PMO
  • Senior Project Manager in IT
  • Marketing Coordinator for Communications

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Key Features of PMP Certification Training

Introduction

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What will you learn in this PMP Course?

What will you learn in this PMP Course

5 Phases of Project Management Lifecycle

  • Project Initiation
  • Project Planning
  • Project Execution
  • Project Monitoring and Control
  • Project Closure

10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

49 Processes in Project Management

Integration Management Processes:

#1 – Develop Project Charter process

#2 – Develop Project Management Plan process

#3 – Direct and Manage Project Work process

#4 – Manage Project Knowledge process

#5 – Monitor and Control Project Work process

#6 – Perform Integrated Change Control process

#7 – Close Project or Phase process

Scope Management Processes:

#8 – Plan Scope Management process

#9 – Collect Requirements process

#10 – Define Scope process

#11 – Create WBS process

#12 – Validate Scope process

#13 – Control Scope process

Schedule Management Processes:

#14 – Plan Schedule Management process

#15 – Define Activities process

#16 – Sequence Activities process

#17 – Estimate Activity Durations process

#18 – Develop Schedule process

#19 – Control Schedule process

Cost Management Processes:

#20 – Plan Cost Management process

#21 – Estimate Costs process

#22 – Determine Budget process

#23 - Control Costs process

Quality Management Processes:

#24 – Plan Quality Management process

#25 – Manage Quality process

#26 – Control Quality process

Resource Management Processes:

#27 – Plan Resource Management process

#28 – Estimate Activity Resources process

#29 – Acquire Resources process

#30 – Develop Team process

#31 – Manage Team process

#32 – Control Resources process

Communications Management Processes:

#33 – Plan Communications Management process

#34 – Manage Communications process

#35 – Monitor Communications process

Risk Management Processes:

#36 – Plan Risk Management process

#37 – Identify Risks process

#38 – Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis process

#39 – Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis process

#40 – Plan Risk Responses process

#41 – Implement Risk Responses process

#42 – Monitor Risks process

Procurement Management:

#43 – Plan Procurement Management process

#44 – Conduct Procurements process

#45 – Control Procurements process

Stakeholder Management:

#46 – Identify Stakeholders process

#47 – Plan Stakeholder Engagement process

#48 – Manage Stakeholder Engagement process

#49 – Monitor Stakeholder Engagement process

Below image represents the Project Management Process Group and Knowledge Area Mapping.

PMP Knowledge Areas and Process Mapping as per PMBOK Guide - Sixth Edition

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  1. Learn from certified subject matter experts: Acquire knowledge from PMP certified Subject Matter Experts with training and consulting experience. Our instructors have the credentials and experience to impart training that not only prepares you for the PMP Exam, but also shows you the big picture of the benefits of obtaining the Project Management Professional certification.
     
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  5. Earn 35 Contact Hours from our PMP training, which is a pre-requisite for applying for the PMP Examination.
     
  6. Guidance for PMP Exam Application Process: We help with PMP Exam Application Form to enable you to navigate the Exam Application Process.
     
  7. Choice of Classroom or Live Online Training. We also provide instructor-led On-Site training for enterprises interested in project management training in their office premises. Programs can also be customized as per your requirements to achieve your company’s learning and development goals and enterprise workforce development objectives.
     
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iCert Global is conducting 4-day PMP® Certification Training courses in Montreal, QC. Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.

  

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Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in Montreal, QC.


- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class

- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp

- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor

- 35 Contact Hours Certificate

- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions

- 5 full-length PMP practice exams

- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning

- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition

- Help with PMP Exam Application Process

- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday

- Chapter-wise practice questions

-  Instructor-led Live-Online Training also available on demand


Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:


- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients 

- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion

- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification

- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification

- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification

- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide


The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project lifecycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. 


We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:


1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP Boot Camp in Montreal, QC for $1699 - Project Management Training Classroom Course


This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in Montreal, QC will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions, and free e-learning.


The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination. 


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This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership of the Project Management Institute, Inc. 


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This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.


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4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course. 

Live Virtual Class (LVC) is ideal for those working professionals who are unable to set a fixed schedule to attend a classroom training session. Learn from an expert trainer in a live online environment and prepare for the PMP Examination. 


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We also provide complimentary PMP e-learning access through a Learning Management System for learners that book their seats for our PMP Classroom certification training courses.


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iCert Global is conducting 4-day PMP® Certification Training courses in Brisbane, Australia. Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.
 
Register Now! for this PMP Exam Prep Certification Training course in Brisbane, Australia and expand the scope of your career.

Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in Brisbane, Australia.

- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class

- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp

- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor

- 35 Contact Hours Certificate

- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions

- 5 full-length PMP practice exams

- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning

- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition

- Help with PMP Exam Application Process

- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday

- Chapter-wise practice questions

- Instructor-led Live-Online Training also available on demand


Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:

- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients

- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion

- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification

- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification

- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification

- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide

The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project life-cycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:

1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP Boot Camp in Brisbane, Australia for $1699 - Project Management Training Classroom Course

This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in Brisbane, Australia will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions, and free e-learning.

The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination.

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This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.

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4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course.

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iCert Global is conducting 4-day PMP® Certification Training courses in Chicago, IL. Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.
  
Register Now! for this PMP Exam Prep Certification Training course in Chicago, IL and expand the scope of your career.

Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in Chicago, IL (NYC)

- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class
- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp
- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor
- 35 Contact Hours Certificate
- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions
- 5 full-length PMP practice exams
- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning
- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition
- Help with PMP Exam Application Process
- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday
- Chapter-wise practice questions
- Instructor-led Live-Online Training also available on demand

Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:

- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients 
- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion
- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification
- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification
- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification
- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide

The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project lifecycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. 

We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:

1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP® Boot Camp in Chicago, IL for $1699 - Project Management Training Classroom Course

This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in Chicago, IL will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions, and free e-learning.

The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination. 


2. PMP® Training and PMI Membership for $1899 - Project Management Training and PMI Membership

This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership of the Project Management Institute, Inc. 



This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.



4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course. 
Live Virtual Class (LVC) is ideal for those working professionals who are unable to set a fixed schedule to attend a classroom training session. Learn from an expert trainer in a live online environment and prepare for the PMP Examination. 


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We also provide complimentary PMP e-learning access through a Learning Management System for learners that book their seats for our PMP Classroom certification training courses.

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PMP® certification is the most prestigious and premier certification in Project Management that is widely acclaimed and globally renowned. Let’s face it – the PMP exam is the perhaps the toughest to pass in the first attempt and hence calls for a great commitment and rigorous preparation through study and practice tests.

The preparatory questions presented below can be attempted by project management professionals, aspirants including those who are already PMP certified. 

1. Aspiring Professionals who plan to take up the PMP® Exam
This test of Project Management skills in a 30-question format will serve as a prelude to the PMP exam you plan to take up in the immediate future. It’s a test of your proficiency with project management concepts, methodologies and practices. Make an attempt to find out how you fare in the first try and figure out your strength and shortcomings. This will prove to be a stepping stone for the success to come in becoming PMP certified.

2. Professionals who wish to sign-up for PMP® Examination
Candidates considering to crack the PMP exam based on 6th edition will find the preparatory questions listed below as a curtain raiser as the questions are framed more in the lines of the actual PMP Exam. The structure and severity of questions are very similar to the final PMP exam conducted by PMI. Treat these 30 questions as a preview to the 200-exam PMP exam that will help you to identify your core strength and weakness with Project Management. Forewarned is forearmed. So when you know what’s that lacking and wanting will help you prepare the gap analysis of your project management skills to both sign-up and sit for the PMP exam.

3. Professionals who are already PMP® Certified
Chances are that you might have appeared for the PMP Exam based on the PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition, or earlier and hence might be a bit rusty. This test will help you to assess your standing with regard to the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. You can brush up your skills and sharpen the saw by upgrading yourself with the latest project management practice as prescribed in the PMP training.  Professionals armed with a PMP certification can treat this questionnaire as a revision and the results will reflect your competency in being conversant with the current trends and practices in Project Management.  

PMP Exam Prep - 30 Sample PMP Exam Questions based on the PMBOK Guide - Sixth Edition

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1. Project management is:

A. The integration of the critical path method and the Earned Value
Management system.
B. The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project
activities to meet the project requirements.
C. The application of knowledge, skills, wisdom, science, and art to
organizational activities to achieve operational excellence.
D. A subset of most engineering and other technical disciplines.

2. A Project is:

A. A set of sequential activities performed in a process or system.
B. A revenue-generating activity that needs to be accomplished while
achieving customer satisfaction.
C. An ongoing endeavor undertaken to meet customer or market
requirements.
D. A temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product,
service, or result.

3. Portfolio management refers to:

A. Managing various contents of the project file.
B. Managing the levels of the levels of financial authority to facilitate
project decision making
C. The centralized management of one or more portfolios to achieve
strategic objectives.
D. Applying resource leveling heuristics across all the organization’s
strategic objectives.

4. All of the following are true about projects and operations EXCEPT:

A. Operations are ongoing endeavors that produce repetitive outputs,
with resources assigned to do basically the same set of tasks
according to the standards institutionalized in a product life cycle,
whereas projects are temporary endeavors.
B. Projects require project management activities and skill sets,
whereas operations require business process management,
operations management activities, and skill sets.
C. Projects can intersect with operations at various points during
the product life cycle. At each point, deliverables and knowledge are
transferred between the project and operations for implementation
of the delivered work.
D. Because of their temporary nature, projects cannot help achieve
an organization’s long-term goals. Therefore, strategic activities in
the organization can be generally addressed within the
organization’s normal operations.

5. A Program is a:

A. Group of related tasks lasting one year or less.
B. Group of related projects, subsidiary programs, and program
activities managed in a coordinated manner.
C. Large projects with significant cost and resource requirements.
D. Sequence of activities constituting a major project.

6. All of the following are questions that the key stakeholders and
project managers should answer to develop the project success
measures EXCEPT:

A. What does success look like for the project?
B. How will success be measured?
C. What are the communication requirements?
D. What factors may impact success?

7. Your job responsibility is to align components (projects, programs,
or related operations) to the organizational strategy, organized
into portfolios or subsidiary portfolios to optimize project or
program objectives, dependencies, costs, timelines, benefits,
resources, and risks. This is known as:

A. Components management.
B. Process management.
C. Program management.
D. Portfolio management.

8. The collection of generally sequential and sometimes overlapping
project phases, whose name and number are determined by the
management and control needs of the organization or
organizations involved in the project, is known as the:

A. Project waterfall.
B. Project life cycle.
C. Project life stages.
D. Project Management Process Groups.


9. The PMBOK® Guide (The Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide) is the standard for:

A. Managing all projects all of the time,
B. Managing all projects most of the time.
C. Managing most projects most of the time.
D. Managing some projects some of the time.

10. All of the following are true about project phases and the project
life cycle EXCEPT:

A. Stakeholder influences, risk, and uncertainty are greatest at the start
of the project. These factors decrease over the life of the project.
B. The ability to influence the final characteristics of the project’s
product, without significantly impacting cost, is highest at the
start of the project and decreases as the project progresses toward
completion.
C. The cost of changes and correcting errors typically increases
substantially as the project approaches completion.
D. Cost and staffing levels are generally steady throughout the project
life cycle .

11. You are managing a project in which you intend to respond to high
levels of change and ongoing stakeholder involvement. The most
suitable project life cycle for your project is the:

A. Predictive life cycle.
B. Adaptive life cycle.
C. Waterfall life cycle.
D. Configuration management life cycle.


12. All of the following statements about the project life cycle and the
product life cycle are true EXCEPT:

A. In the project predictive life cycle, the project scope and the time
and cost required to deliver that scope are determined as early in
the project life cycle as practically possible.
B. In the project iterative and incremental life cycles, project phases
intentionally repeat one or more project activities as the project
team’s understanding of the product increases.
C. The product life cycle is the series of phases that represent the
evolution of a product, from concept through delivery, growth,
maturity, and to retirement
D. The product life cycle is contained within the predictive project life
cycle.

13. Project Management Processes:

A. May be overlapping activities that occur throughout the project.
B. May be overlapping activities that generally occur at the same level
of intensity within each phase of the project.
C. Are generally discrete, one-time events.
D. Are discrete, repetitive events that occur generally at the same level
of intensity throughout each phase of the project

14. The five Project Management Process Groups are:

A. Planning, Checking, Directing, Monitoring, and Recording.
B. Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling & Closing.
C. Planning, Executing, Directing, Closing, and Commissioning.
D. Initiating, Executing, Monitoring, Evaluating & Closing.

15. For a project to be successful, the project should generally
achieve all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Achieving stakeholder satisfaction.
B. Striving to obtain acceptable customer/end-user adoption.
C. Appling knowledge, skills, and processes within the Project
Management Process Groups uniformly to meet the project
objectives.
D. Fulfilling other agreed-upon success measures or criteria.

16. The project business case is all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Documented economic feasibility study used to establish the validity
of the benefits of a selected component lacking sufficient definition
and that is used as a basis for the authorization of further project
management activities.
B. A document that lists the objectives and reasons for project
initiation.
C. A document that serves as an important input to the project
initiation and is seldom used after the project is approved.
D. An important document that may result in a go/no-go decision for
the project.

17. The key elements of the benefits management plan are all of the
following EXCEPT:

A. Work Breakdown Structure.
B. Benefits owner.
C. Assumptions.
D. Strategic alignment.

18. The linkages between project management processes are best
described by the following:

A. The work breakdown structure links processes.
B. Processes are linked by their planned objectives-the summary
objective of one often becomes the detailed action plan for another
within the project, sub-project, or project phase.
C. Processes are linked by the outputs that are produced-the output
of one process generally becomes an input to another process or is
a deliverable of the project, sub-project, or project phase.
D. There are no significant links between discrete processes.

19. Project tailoring is an important consideration for most projects.
Which of the following is the least likely project consideration?

A. Project manager’s skills and competency.
B. Each project is unique.
C. Addressing competing constraints.
D. Level of project governance varies.

20. A significant amount of data is collected and analyzed throughout
the project. All of the following are examples of project data and
information EXCEPT:

A. Work performance data.
B. Work performance analysis.
C. Work performance information.
D. Work performance reports.

21. All of the following are true about the statement of work (SOW)
for a procurement EXCEPT:

A. It describes the procurement item in sufficient detail to allow
prospective sellers to determine if they
B. Are capable of providing the products, services, or results.
C. It should be as ambiguous, incomplete, and wordy as possible to
allow for future negotiations.
D. It can include specifications, quantity desired, quality levels,
performance data, period of performance, work location, and other
requirements.
E. It can be revised and refined as required as it moves through the
procurement process until incorporated into a signed agreement.

22. Source selection criteria are developed and used to rate or score
seller proposals. These criteria generally have all of the following
characteristics EXCEPT:

A. They are often included as a part of the procurement documents.
B. They can be objective or subjective.
C. They may be limited to only the purchase price if the procurement
item is readily available from a number of acceptable sellers.
D. They generally require specification of the name of the
transportation organization responsible for delivery of procured
products.

23. All legal contractual relationships generally fall into one of the
following broad categories EXCEPT:

A. Request For Proposal (RFP).
B. Fixed-price contracts.
C. Cost-reimbursable contracts.
D. Time And Material Contracts (T&M).

24. All of the following are tools and techniques of the Conduct
Procurements process EXCEPT:
A. Interpersonal and team skills.
B. Bidder conferences.
C. Expert judgment.
D. Proposal evaluation techniques.

25. Which of the following is NOT a process in Project Stakeholder
Management?

A. Identify Stakeholders.
B. Control Stakeholder Engagement.
C. Monitor Stakeholder Engagement.
D. Manage Stakeholder Engagement.

26. In developing a stakeholder register, you need to include all of the
following EXCEPT:

A. Identification information.
B. Assessment information.
C. Stakeholder classification.
D. Project risk information.

27. All of the following are external environmental factors EXCEPT:

A. Legal restrictions.
B. Organizational values and principles.
C. Competitive movements.
D. Economic conditions.

28. All of the following are potential information in organizational
knowledge repositories EXCEPT:

A. Metrics used to collect and make available measurement data on
processes and products.
B. Configuration management.
C. Tacit knowledge of previous projects such as project performance
data and lessons learned.
D. Issue and defect management data.

29. A primary function of a Project Management Office (PMO) is to
support project managers in a variety of ways, which may include
all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Intervening in project execution directly and without involving the
project manager.
B. Managing shared resources across all projects administered by the
PMO.
C. Identifying and developing project management methodology, best
practices, and standards.
D. Coaching, mentoring, training, and oversight.

30. The types of Project Management Office (PMO) structures in
organizations include all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Supportive PMOs that provide a consultative role to projects by
supplying templates, best practices, training, access to information,
and lessons learned from other projects.
B. Controlling PMOs that provide support and require compliance
through various means.
C. Harmonizing PMOs that strive to reduce conflict and improve
harmony among project team members.
D. Directive PMOs that take control of the projects by directly managing
the projects.

Please provide your answers in the Comments section below. 
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Top 10 Reasons to get PMP® Certified

Project Management is an integral factor which decides the success or the failure of a project. Organizations across the globe are looking for project management practitioners who are not only skilled and experienced but also hold relevant certifications. There are multiple project management certifications available in the market and the PMP® credential is a leading project management certification that is in-demand and recognized across the globe. This Project Management credential is offered by the reputed Project Management Institute, Inc. to professionals who qualify in the PMP Exam conducted by the (PMI®).

What are the Top 10 Reasons to get a PMP® Certification?

Here is a list of Top 10 Reasons you should consider to get PMP® certified.

1. Accelerate your career. 
2. Get a global in-demand certification. 
3. Get more lucrative assignments. 
4. Increase your job prospects and earning potential.
5. Stand out from the crowd as a PMP® Certified Professional. 
6. Demonstrate superior project performance skills.  
7. Get more challenging projects.
8. Enhance your leadership skills. 
9. Make the world your marketplace. 
10. Invest in your future and be recession-proof. 

1. Expand the scope of your career and increase your salary – A PMP certified professional earns up to 20%* more salary as compared to a non-PMP. The average salary of Project Managers having PMP certification is around 109,000* USD a year which will increase the scope of career growth with time and performance.

2. Showcase your proficiency in Project Management with a global certification – The expectation of a project manager might vary with the change in culture, demographics and work sector. PMP® Certification is considered to be a great sign of professional achievement globally. The certification gives you the freedom of working anywhere in the world. It manifests the expertise and skill-set level in project management which will immediately capture the attention of the employer. 

3. Explore More Job Opportunities – A PMP Certification opens up better career avenues and provides professionals with greater job opportunities in the project management world. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, 80% of high-performing projects use PMP credentialed project managers. According to the PMI Pulse of the Profession study, organizations with more than 35% PMP certified project managers demonstrated much better project performance than those without a certification. 

This also leads to increased remuneration and better career opportunities by enrolling in a Project Management Certification Course leading to PMP certified status making it highly likely for an individual to get a raise in the existing job. It also opens the doors of other employers looking to fill managerial positions in their companies.

4. Get opportunities of spearheading challenging projects - The PMP Certification earns a challenging and important role since the certification demonstrates an individual’s strong grasp of project management skills. It also defines a person’s knowledge and experience in handling challenging projects. The PMP Certification validates one’s skills and experience in leading and directing projects. As a certified PMP® professional, you can stand out from the crowd and have an edge over your non-certified peers who are competing for the same project. 

5. A Great Investment for Your Future - The PMP certification is recognized across the globe and it is one of the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. 

As a certified PMP project management professional you have a significant advantage when it comes to earning potential, employability, and enhanced salary, as compared to non-certified project management professionals. 

The PMP credential puts you in an elite list of Project Management professionals who are recognized worldwide and have earning opportunities around the world. 

For project management professionals, this certification is one of the best choices and will prove be a great investment as well.

6. Higher Recruiter Visibility –The PMP certification is an established standard. It shows a professional’s expertise and skillset level in project management and it immediately captures the recruiter’s attention for a potential hiring requirement. A PMP Credential makes your profile stand out from non-certified project management professionals and enhances your chances of getting job offers and lucrative assignments.

7. A PMP credential is a means to recession proof your career - Leading international surveys have found that PMP professionals would retain their value even during a recession due to their strong and highly transferable core competencies. This certification separates you as an individual from other non-certified Project Managers in your field. During an economic crisis or in a period of slow growth or recession, non-certified project managers are more likely to come in the line of fire than their certified peers. 

8. PMPs adopt enhanced Project Management skills and demonstrate superior project performance – More often than not, a PMP credential holder is likely to be more efficient at handling project tasks and executing them than a non-certified Project Manager. The PMP exam tests professionals on a holistic level. The professionals are tested on all the five project management processes from initiation to the closing of a project. Not only that, a professional will need to be completely aware of the nine areas of project management comprising of all the skills required for handling projects from project scope management to project procurement management. 

A certified PMP professional must obtain at least 60 professional development units, or PDUs, every three years, which requires a high level understanding of project management skills and its application at the work place.

9. Upgrades your leadership skills and potential – An experienced project manager holds responsibility to bring the team members together as a single entity to work in synchronization for achieving the project’s desired objectives. 

A PMP credential prepares you to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses in order to make your team work like a well-oiled machine. The Project Management Certification will help you learn an advanced set of leadership skills, which you can apply according to your project’s requirements.

10. A PMP Credential Expands Your Market Reach and Scope – As a certified PMP professional and a member of The Project Management Institute, Inc., you can gain access to a global pool of professionals willing to share their advice and insights gained from years of project management experience. This will help you as a project management professional to keep abreast of the latest happenings and developments along with the latest trends in project management.

Your PMP certification showcases your standing as a global project management professional and provides you an opportunity to network with a vibrant and thriving community of project management professionals, related organizations and experts worldwide. 

To Summarize:
 
Top 10 reasons to get PMP certified- 

- Accelerate your career
- Get a global in-demand certification
- Increase your employability 
- Get more challenging projects  
- Invest in your future and be recession-proof
- Get more lucrative assignments
- Stand out from the crowd 
- Demonstrate superior project performance
- Enhance your leadership skills
- Make the world your market place

For more information about our PMP Certification Training courses worldwide, please visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com 


Source:

According to the Global Survey conducted by the Project Management Survey:

Project Management Institute - www.pmi.org.in/


Disclaimer: PMI®, PMP®, PMBOK® are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc



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Free PMP Practice Test Download | 200 PMP Questions | PMP Full-Length Mock Test | PMP Exam Prep Practice Test

iCert Global is a leading provider of Professional Certification training courses worldwide. Our endeavor is to enable working professionals to expand the scope of their career through professional certification training courses.

Please follow link below to download full-length PMP Exam Prep Practice Test with 200 questions. The duration of this test is for 4 hours and ideally, request you to take this test in one continuous 4-hour sitting. 


Notes for taking the PMP Practice Test:

This Free PMP Practice Test contains 200 PMP Exam preparation questions.
Questions: 200 | Duration: 4 Hours
Please take the test in one continuous 4-hour session.
This test is based on topics covered in "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition) of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
E-mail your answers to info {at} icertglobal {dot} com with the following Subject Line: {PMP Practice Test Answers - Your Name, City, Country}

On receiving your Answers to the PMP Practice Test, our training consultant will contact you and provide you the Answer Key and also a summary of the scope for improvement based on your PMP Practice test results. Our training needs analysis will benchmark your existing PMP Practice Test score and suggest areas for improvement based on existing programs available at a location near you. 

We provide the following modes of PMP Certification Training: 

- 4-day Instructor-led classroom training at a location near you (both weekday and weekend batches available)
- 4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training classes
- E-Learning 


This PMP Practice test contains 200 PMP questions and will enable you to test your level of preparation for the PMP Exam.

Note: The PMP Exam is changing after June 30, 2020.

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PMP Exam Prep Certification Training Classroom Course in Baltimore, MD

iCert Global is conducting 4 day PMP® Certification Training courses in Baltimore, MD Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.
  

Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in Baltimore, MD.

- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class
- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp
- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor
- 35 Contact Hours Certificate
- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions
- 5 full-length PMP practice exams
- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning
- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition
- Help with PMP Exam Application Process
- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday
- Chapter-wise practice questions
- Instructor-led Live Online Training also available on demand

Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:

- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients 
- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion
- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification
- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification
- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification
- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide

The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project lifecycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. 

We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:

1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP Boot Camp in Baltimore, MD for $1699 - Project Management Training Classroom Course

This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in Baltimore, MD will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions and free e-learning.

The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination. 


2. PMP Training and PMI Membership for $1899 - Project Management Training and PMI Membership

This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership of the Project Management Institute, Inc. 


3. PMP Training with PMI Membership and PMP Exam Fees Included $2299 - PMP Training, Membership and PMP Exam Fees

This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.



4. PMP Training Weekend Batch $1699 - PMP Boot Camp – Special Weekend Batches for Working Professionals 

Weekend batches provide working professionals the time to enroll for intensive PMP training without compromising on their existing work commitments. This 4-day PMP certification training classroom course is spread over two weekends and includes interactive sessions by an expert trainer along with mock tests, practice questions and free e-learning. 


5. PMP Training Live Virtual Class (LVC) Live Online Training $1099

4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course. 
Live Virtual Class (LVC) is ideal for those working professionals who are unable to set a fixed schedule to attend a classroom training session. Learn from an expert trainer in a live online environment and prepare for the PMP Examination. 


For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with a Project Management Professional certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355.

We also provide complimentary PMP e-learning access through a Learning Management System for learners that book their seats for our PMP Classroom certification training courses.

For more information about out PMP Exam Prep certification training courses in Baltimore, MD please fill-in the form on this page to contact our team or Call Now! on +1-713-287-1213/1214/1053/1355. You may also email us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com.

PMP Exam Prep Certification Training Classroom Course in Baltimore, MD, United States. 

About iCert Global:

iCert Global is an Education Technology company providing certification training courses to accelerate careers of working professionals worldwide providing training through instructor-led classroom workshops, instructor-led live virtual training sessions, and self-paced e-learning courses. The organization has successfully conducted training sessions in 108 countries across the globe and enabled thousands of working professionals to enhance the scope of their careers. Our enterprise training portfolio includes in-demand and globally recognized certification training courses in Project Management, Quality Management, Business Analysis, IT Service Management, Agile and Scrum, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies.

Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com for more information about our professional certification training courses in your location.

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PMP Exam Prep Certification Training Classroom Course in New York City, NY

iCert Global is conducting 4-day PMP® Certification Training courses in New York City. Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.
  

Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in New York City (NYC)

- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class
- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp
- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor
- 35 Contact Hours Certificate
- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions
- 5 full-length PMP practice exams
- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning
- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition
- Help with PMP Exam Application Process
- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday
- Chapter-wise practice questions
- Instructor-led Live-Online Training also available on demand

Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:

- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients 
- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion
- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification
- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification
- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification
- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide

The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project lifecycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. 

We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:

1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP Boot Camp in New York City for $1699 - Project Management Training Classroom Course

This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in New York City will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions, and free e-learning.

The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination. 


2. PMP Training and PMI Membership for $1899 - Project Management Training and PMI Membership

This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership of the Project Management Institute, Inc. 


3. PMP Training with PMI Membership and PMP Exam Fees Included $2299 - PMP Training, Membership, and PMP Exam Fees

This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.



4. PMP Training Weekend Batch $1699 - PMP Boot Camp – Special Weekend Batches for Working Professionals 

Weekend batches provide working professionals the time to enroll for intensive PMP training without compromising on their existing work commitments. This 4-day PMP certification training classroom course is spread over two weekends and includes interactive sessions by an expert trainer along with mock tests, practice questions and free e-learning. 


5. PMP Training Live Virtual Class (LVC) Live Online Training $1099

4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course. 
Live Virtual Class (LVC) is ideal for those working professionals who are unable to set a fixed schedule to attend a classroom training session. Learn from an expert trainer in a live online environment and prepare for the PMP Examination. 


For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with a Project Management Professional certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355.

We also provide complimentary PMP e-learning access through a Learning Management System for learners that book their seats for our PMP Classroom certification training courses.

For more information about our PMP Exam Prep certification training courses in New York City please fill-in the form on this page to contact our team or Call Now! on +1-713-287-1213/1214/1053/1355. You may also email us at info {at} icertglobal {dot} com. 


About iCert Global:

iCert Global is an Education Technology company providing certification training courses to accelerate careers of working professionals worldwide providing training through instructor-led classroom workshops, instructor-led live virtual training sessions, and self-paced e-learning courses. The organization has successfully conducted training sessions in 108 countries across the globe and enabled thousands of working professionals to enhance the scope of their careers. Our enterprise training portfolio includes in-demand and globally recognized certification training courses in Project Management, Quality Management, Business Analysis, IT Service Management, Agile and Scrum, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies.

Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com for more information about our professional certification training courses in your location.





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Scope of Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)

CBAP® is one of the most in-demand and globally recognized business analyst certifications. It empowers you to develop the skills to be proficient in business analysis. 

Business Analysis is a rapidly growing profession and getting yourself certified as a CBAP professional will provide multiple benefits. Earning this certification will build confidence in your business analysis skills and leads to a higher salary or promotion.


According to the IIBA 2018 Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey Summary Report, CBAP professionals earn 13% more than their peers.

Let’s take a look at the Top 3 Areas Business Analysis (BA) Professionals perform their work and top 5 related practice areas where Business Analysis professionals work. 





Benefits of CBAP Certification:

-         Globally recognized business analysis certification

-         Showcases your professional competence and expertise in multiple business domains

-         Enhances your chances of promotion at work and improves your earning potential

-         Demonstrates your knowledge, professional competency, and experience as a highly effective business analysis professional

-         Enables you to get recognized as a senior BA professional with practical business analysis work experience

-         Increases your marketability and employability and demonstrates your ability to tackle complex projects

-         Improves business processes and identifies opportunities to achieve better business results

-         Propels your career on the path of success and leadership in the field of Business Analysis

-         Allows you to stand out to employers and peers by showcasing your dedication to your career and the profession of business analysis


Source: Scope of CBAP® Certification – IIBA® 2018 Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey Summary Report


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PMP® Exam Is Changing from July 01, 2020 | New PMP Exam Content Outline

Every 3 to 5 years, The Project Management Institute, Inc (PMI®) conducts research to understand how the Project Management Profession has progressed, the impact of emerging trends and how the responsibilities of project managers have changed.

The profession of project management is evolving and keeping that in mind, the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam is changing from 1st July 2020. This will ensure up-to-date practices and equips project managers with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s modern project environments.

Project management professionals need more diverse skills and approaches than ever before. The Project Management Professional (PMP) exam is evolving just like the Project Management profession – and the new PMP exam will focus on three new domains:

Content that spans the value spectrum, including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains.

The number of domains will be reduced from five to three.


PMP Exam Content Changes 2020


The New PMP Exam Content Outline will focus on providing a better reflection of real-world work experiences and practices across the value delivery spectrum to ensure PMP certified professionals are equipped with the tools they need to deliver results. 

The new PMP Exam Content will cover both predictive (approximately 50%) and agile/hybrid (approximately 50%) approaches to project management.


PMP Exam Content Outline July 2020

Domains aligned to real-life practices. 

PMP Exam New Domains Real Life Practices



For more information on PMP Examination changes please email us at info@icertglobal.com or visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com.

As an Education Technology company we are providing certification training courses to accelerate careers of working professionals worldwide. We impart training through instructor-led classroom workshops, instructor-led live virtual training sessions, and self-paced e-learning courses. iCert Global has conducted training sessions in 108 countries across the globe and enabled thousands of working professionals to enhance the scope of their careers. We provide access to globally recognized certification training courses in Project Management, Quality Management, Business Analysis, IT Service Management, Agile and Scrum, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies.

                                              


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PMP Exam Prep Certification Training Course in San Diego, CA

iCert Global is conducting 4 day PMP® Certification Training courses in San Diego, CA. Our PMP certification training course is created by subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers. Enroll now for this PMP® Exam Prep Certification training course and accelerate the scope of your career as a certified project management professional.
  

Key Features of PMP® Certification Training in San Diego, CA

- Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep Class
- 4-day full-time intensive PMP Boot Camp
- PMP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor
- 35 Contact Hours Certificate
- 2000+ PMP exam prep practice questions
- 5 full-length PMP practice exams
- Complimentary access to PMP E-learning
- PMP® Program Handbook based on PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition
- Help with PMP Exam Application Process
- Interactive PMP training workshop - Weekend and Weekday
- Chapter-wise practice questions
- Instructor-led Live Online Training also available on demand

Benefits of PMP® Certification Training includes:

- Demonstrate your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers and clients 
- Provide professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion
- Command higher salaries than non-certified individuals by showcasing competency in leading and directing projects with a PMP Certification
- Accelerate your career to greater heights with a globally recognized Project Management certification
- Improve your chances of growth by demonstrating your Project Management knowledge through an international certification
- Get a globally recognized Project Management Certificate that is in-demand worldwide

The PMP Certification Training is an approach towards providing training for the project lifecycle, process groups, providing functional knowledge, business insights and techniques of managing projects effectively. 

We provide the following options for you to choose your PMP Certification Training:

1. Instructor-led 4-day PMP Boot Camp for $1699 - Project Management Training Boot Camp

This 4-day instructor-led classroom training course in San Diego, CA will be conducted by an expert trainer with mock tests, practice questions, interactive sessions and free e-learning.

The course also provides 35 contact hours, which is a mandatory requirement for applying for the PMP Examination. 


2. PMP Training and PMI Membership for $1899 - Project Management Training and PMI Membership

This 4-day instructor-led PMP training classroom course includes annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc. 


3. PMP Training with PMI Membership and PMP Exam Fees Included $2299 - PMP Training, Membership and PMP Exam Fees

This PMP training course includes 4-day PMP classroom training session, annual Membership to the Project Management Institute, Inc and the PMP Exam Fees. This is ideal for those that are looking at taking the PMP Exam at the earliest and this combination package provides access to 4 days of PMP training along with PMI Membership and PMP Exam fees and support for filling the PMP application form.



4. PMP Training Weekend Batch $1699 - PMP Boot Camp – Special Weekend Batches for Working Professionals 

Weekend batches provide working professionals the time to enroll for intensive PMP training without compromising on their existing work commitments. This 4-day PMP certification training classroom course is spread over two weekends and includes interactive sessions by an expert trainer along with mock tests, practice questions and free e-learning. 


5. PMP Training Live Virtual Class (LVC) Live Online Training $1099

4-day Instructor-led Live Online Training course conducted through Citrix GoToMeeting. This live virtual training class prepares you for the PMP Exam without the need to be physically present at a location. You can enroll for this training from the comfort of your home or office as per your convenience. Training is imparted by an experienced trainer in a live virtual setting through Citrix GoToMeeting with facilities for asking questions, clearing doubts, taking practice tests and learning in an interactive session without the compulsion of physically attending a classroom course. 
Live Virtual Class (LVC) is ideal for those working professionals who are unable to set a fixed schedule to attend a classroom training session. Learn from an expert trainer in a live online environment and prepare for the PMP Examination. 


For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with a Project Management Professional certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355.

About iCert Global:

iCert Global is an Education Technology company providing certification training courses to accelerate careers of working professionals worldwide providing training through instructor-led classroom workshops, instructor-led live virtual training sessions, and self-paced e-learning courses. The organization have successfully conducted training sessions in 108 countries across the globe and enabled thousands of working professionals to enhance the scope of their careers. Our enterprise training portfolio includes in-demand and globally recognized certification training courses in Project Management, Quality Management, Business Analysis, IT Service Management, Agile and Scrum, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies.

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10 Steps To Becoming a PMP® Certified Professional

10 Steps To Becoming a PMP® Certified Professional

Companies and organizations across the globe are looking for skilled project managers to contribute to the success of their business. PMP® certification offered by PMI is structured on standards and benchmarks  so as to enable the professional  deal with real-time challenges.  Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is the gold standard for  project management certification that’s is designed and developed by practitioners for fellow practitioners.


Step 1 – It all begins from the  PMP® Handbook 

The PMBOK®-version 6 is your principal book and you need to refer other sources like case studies, journals, white papers pertaining to project management. This will be useful to you for preparing for the PMP Certification exam. This book will instruct you about the process, procedures in applying for the PMP examination and cover all the knowledge areas in enabling you to become a project management professional (PMP).

 

Step 2 - Fulfill the prerequisites in becoming a PMI certified project manager

The criteria stipulated by PMI ®  clearly states the education background and number of hours of experience required in order to become eligible to apply for PMP ®  exam.


 


Step 3 – Enroll as a Member of your local PMI Chapter 

Become a member of a PMI and get a bigger discount on the membership fee. You will also receive a free version of the PMBOK® -version 6 copy and discount on the PMP® exam. Additionally, you will be updated about the PMP workshops by virtue of the your PMI membership. Furthermore, you get chances to interact and network with the new and experienced PMPs, which in turn will drive your chances in clearing your exams in the first attempt.


Step 4–Fill up the PMP Application form

Once you have registered an account on the PMI website, you will be able to find the online application form for the PMP® Certification under “myPMI” section.

As per PMI, Complete Application
Once you’ve determined you meet the eligibility criteria, it’s time to apply. Collect the following information and then use our online certification system to guide you through the process.
Contact information — email, address, phone number
Education attained — school attended, level of education attained, degree date
Domain experience — details of the projects, programs, portfolios you’ve worked on including qualifying hours, dates of employment, role, organization details, reference, and experience summary
Domain education — names of courses completed, institutions attended, dates, qualifying hours

Once you open an application, it will remain active for 90 days after which time it will close.


Step 5- sign up for your PMP Exam

There is nothing definite like a deadline. So ,  begin by registering  in project management institute  and then start filling up the PMP Credential Application. Once you have filled, kindly recheck. You need to submit to PMI  for verification and further approval. PMI will post you a confirmation number, subject to your documents are in order, and then you may please plan your calendar and schedule a date and book your exam on Prometric website.


Step 6 - Study the PMBOK® Guide

The PMBOK® Guide is your principal book. So study and master it. It is the key source but not the only source. You can consider PMBOK® Guide as primary reference.

This guide has answers to most of the questions posed in the final exams and hence be thorough. Expert opinion has it that close to 75% of PMP®  exam questions are from PMBOK® Guide.


Step 7 - Get study materials for self-study

As stated before PMBOK® guide is only the principal source. It is not the only source, so try to get study materials that you can access with regard to project management. Try to read as many as possible – the depth matters. With tons of information in the internet, you can make the most of the opportunity to your personal growth and benefit.

You need to earn PMP-stipulated 35 contacts hours or PDUs (Professional Development Unit)  which cant be earned by self-study.


Step 8 - Attend a PMP® Workshop

To get the 35PDUs, you can enroll in a PMP® workshops for 2 to 6 days are conducted by PMI Chapters, universities, and training companies around the world.  You will learn, engage, participate and knowledge transfer in these 4 days of intensive training programs conducted by professionals who are experts in their domains. These sessions are very interactive with instructors and fellow participants that instills confidence and gets you ready to take up the challenge in the form of  PMP® certification exam


Step 9 – Attempt as many Sample PMP® Exam questions papers

Try to attempt as many as possible. There are lots of dumps available for free in the internet – go for it. Crack the question dump. Whenever you could, grab the opportunity and try it out. It is all about practice and keep practicing. The advice given by experts is that sample papers scores should be always 90% and above. If you can get that kind of score in your practice test consistently, you will clear in the first attempt.


Step 10 - Take the  PMP® exam

Now, that all is done, its time to wrap up and appear for the exam on the scheduled date and time for your PMP® certification exam. Don’t skip the short tutorial on how to use the computer and the software at the beginning of the exam to avoid a blunder.



PMP®  Certification: Why should you get one?

PMP® does equip you with the knowledge considered essential and emboldens with a positive spirit to take the ‘corporate bull by its horn’. ‘Certified PMPs earn 25% more than non-PMPs’

Possessing a certification is not just a cosmetic facelift; it’s all about cognizance. It stamps your understanding of PMP concept in measurable data good enough for interpretation and thereby allows validation of your profile that’s close to correct. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® certification course as an accreditation clearly demonstrates your experience, education, competence and confidence to lead, manage and direct projects. PMP is a definite differentiating factor to distinguish you from peers. Very seldom an advertisement these days is placed without mentioning PMP as a mandate of skill and talent acquisition. A certified professional, on an average earns 10k per more year dollars as compared to an uncertified one. You are better with it than without.

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Why PMP is a MUST-have certification for all Project Managers?

Project Management is not just a skill well recognized, but also a profession much valued and demanded.  Also, only an adequately qualified professional can give justice to the critical responsibilities of a project manager. 

So, out of so many training programs available, why should anyone opt for PMP® ?  To answer this question, one needs to perform a detailed study of how the certification will sharpen your saw of knowledge and help you nurture skills required in this discipline.  This article is a result of one such detailed understanding of the training program.


Why PMP® ?


1.Global Existence :

PMP® Certification has no geographical restrictions and is recognized worldwide. This certification brings in concepts and standards that are not specific to any industry and so any professional aspiring a career in project management (who also fulfills the eligibility criteria discussed further in the article) can decide to invest time and money in this certification irrespective of which industry they are planning to get employed.

Further, according to the latest survey by Wikipedia, PMP® is considered as a global language spoken by more than 800,000 project management professionals. PMP® certified professionals use the same terminologies, concepts and methodologies in their work.  For this reason, it becomes very easy for professionals to change jobs without any further certifications or upgrades.


2. Win-win in employment :


Employers prefer giving job to PMP® certified professionals rather than non-certified professionals for following reasons:

a)      PMI’s certificate gives a reliable proof that the candidate applying for the project management position, possesses the required skills, experience and knowledge to handle different projects.

b)      PMP® certified professionals save time and cost to the company by application of most effective methodologies in the projects assigned to them.

c)       Also, you can deliver the best quality work when you have not just studied the methodologies but also learnt about the practical implications of the same.


Employees get the following benefits by getting certified in PMI’s PMP® training program:

a)  According to PMI’s Salary Survey PMP® certified project managers tend to get 23% higher salaries than other professionals having similar experience and exposure.

b)  Job seekers with PMP® certification are given preference over other competing candidates, while selecting them for hiring purposes.

c)  Not just does the chances of getting your dream job increases with the help of PMP Certification, but it also helps in opening doors to many other job opportunities as there are many multi-national companies who quotes PMP Certification as a mandate for any Project Manager working with them.


3.  Networking with other PMP® Certified Professionals :

After registering with PMI, you become a member of their professional group and you get an opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences with other professionals within the same discipline.

There are also networking sessions / symposium  arranged by PMI on a regular basis, where every PMP® certified professional gets an opportunity to meet such elite group of other PMP®  certified professionals and build enriching professional relationships with them.


 4. PMBOK® – 6th Edition :

PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) – Sixth Edition, released in September, 2017, is upgraded from its earlier version to include a lot of techniques, processes and terminologies that are in alignment with current industry needs and standards.  It has also removed outdated techniques for better execution of the processes.

Along with other changes like addition of notations and new sections in knowledge areas, a very crucial topic has been introduced in the sixth edition; i.e. introduction of agile methods along with other traditional project management ways.

So, PMBOK® – sixth edition is not only just an upgrades, but also one more important reason for enrolling  with PMP® training program at the earliest.

After considering the benefits of having the PMP® Certification, let’s find out who is eligible to get certified.


Who is eligible for PMP® Certification?

Following are the eligibility criteria for registering with PMP® training program.

Project managers planning to get started with PMP® training, should possess the following:

Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent), and

7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and

35 hours of project management education

OR

Four-year degree

4,500 hours leading and directing projects

35 hours of project management education


Conclusion:

If you are a project manager and are aspiring to develop your career in this same discipline, investing into and developing your skills is the most appropriate and the quickest way to achieve your goals.  The best way to achieve this is to get certified from PMI for PMP training program.

According to a research, PMP® is a ‘gold standard’ in project management certifications.  It is also one of the most rated project management courses  in a popular question-answer cum discussion platform.

After so much of research on the effectiveness of PMP® training program, any minute further spent will be a minute less spent on the exciting and absolutely resourceful certification  journey of PMP.

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What in PMP attracts the People?


We offer a comprehensive PMP® certification program for participants with diverse professional background and different levels of education and experience. 

PMP® is consistently ranked as one the top five most valuable certification for IT professionals and is broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. 

A PMP® certification builds the skills needed to succeed and opens new doors for those with the certification. 

PMP® Certification is very much relevant to all those who are into Project Management irrespective of the fields specialized. Contrary to popular belief that PMP is related to IT/Software Project Managers, it is very much relevant indeed to people who are managing the projects in the fields of Civil, Production or any other domain or industry. That is one of the reasons why people from any field who want to run/execute the project in organized way, want to be training and certifying in PMP®.

Professionals who are still uncertified find themselves at a distinct disadvantage as compared to those who are PMP certified.

What in PMP® attracts the People?


Following the PMI standards help to have the better predictability. This is one of the reasons why many organizations encourage their project management professionals to go through the PMP Training and certification.


Risk Management is applicable for all projects irrespective of field or domain. Risk management is one of the key areas which connect all people from different walks into Common Project Management Methodology.


Communication Management & Stakeholder Management aren't applicable for Project Managers alone but or non-project managers as well . People who know the project management principles defined by PMI are employed across different domains.

The introduction of agile agile practices  in the  traditional approaches  will present the professionals the opportunity in creating an integrated approach to leverage.

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Project Management Certification - Successfully Manage Projects Of All Types

When you are already a qualified professional, why the need for an accredited certification is the intellectual stew brewing in most the brimming minds. Some are even audacious to declare that no one gets to tell them ‘what they already know’.

You have probably heard it, and I for sure can testify about the lament of a senior manager in the construction industry who managed some awe-inspiring structural creations to his credit as the chief architect “can you believe the boss pushing me to get the PMP certified?”, whilst I was a bystander in that conversation then [2 years before]. Today, employed in the education space, I marvel about that man’s predicament and feel miserable in not empathizing with his plight. The opposite of love is not to hate. It's apathy. Sometimes, we veer off that direction showing total lack of concern or conventional wisdom. If a civil engineer feels the pressing need for a professional certification, try imagining the IT professionals. In all fairness, accreditation makes you suave, savvy and surges your career.

Surely and certainly, PMP® does equip you with the knowledge considered essential and emboldens with a positive spirit to take the ‘corporate bull by its horn’. 

Project Management certification courses provide you the best platform to highlight your expertise and place your profile in the spotlight.

Market sentiments reek stronger of the smell that emanates with headlines like *Certified PMPs earn 25% more*.

This message has a ripple effect and resonates all over the valley.
Today project management certified professionals are expected to manage projects of all types. And of course, any methodologies. In fact, PMP certification per se is domain agnostic.


The Egypt Pyramid is a classic example of an excellent project management in the days of Pharaoh when none of the modern tools were available, yet that project is a testament to phenomenal project management.

Presently, the industry with technological advancements and tools and techniques have multiplied in number, and still, there are struggles and hurdles faced managing a project. This article doesn't highlight the pain point in project management, rather it underscores the expertise required for a project manager to manage different projects - which is the minimum expectation.


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Why you should consider a PMP certification?



source: KPMG CIO SURVEY 

Exploring New Avenues
The latest version of PMBOK-version 6 is a mix of traditional practice and agile methodology It explores ways by which the blended model can be leveraged. Is it possible to have an agile methodology within waterfall? The theory of agile in waterfall in put into test and tried and probably the reason to introduce agile is in all the 10 knowledge areas. The upgrade is both from  technology and technical front.


Talent is Top-line
PMP’s exam eligibility criteria are a clear indicator about your prowess and proficiency.  Clearing the exam and certifying yourself as PMP professional is is a distinct differentiator. . That’s the kind of talent the industry is scouting. Companies are on the lookout for such professionals who are professionally certified, and PMP stands in the top 5 ranking certification. So, you become the talent that the company wants to tap.

Close the Skill Shortage
Recruiters are finding it increasingly painful in on-boarding the right resource.  PMP proves handier in screening and shortlisting. The latest PMP certification acts as a catalyst. There are only 833,025 active PMP certified individuals when the demand far exceeds the supply. Hence, it does make the PMP certified professionals most eligible and elite. On a global scale 833,025 active PMP certified individuals doesn’t really add up to the requirement. And PMP certification has become even more difficult. So, the latest certification will have its own shine and significance.

Earning Power
The PMI global survey clearly states that the median salary of U.S.-based respondents holding a PMP certification was$111,000 versus a median salary of $91,000 for participants without PMP certification.  And the difference is obvious. And don’t miss on the perks.

Diversified Platform
The PMP call is not confined o the Information technology space. In fact, any project undertaking would want qualified professionals. So long there is a need for project management professional,   be it civil or architecture or IT, PMP certification holds good and commands respect.

Its time for you take up the exam.




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What Is a PMP Certification Worth in 2018?

We were classmates since kindergarten.  And hung around together. Its our individual pursuits that led us into different league – and today as working adults we catch up good old times and reminisce about the days of yore. He is a seasoned professional, and the very title of ‘Director’ made me size him up and down. As small talk whittled and we started discussing about professional journeys embarked, certain details shared with me were just startling.

He is employed in a fortune 500 company, and has a dedicated recruiting team. For reasons known best to him, the discourse focused on the frustration of a recruiter. Now that beats me!! With the talent in the market, it must be a breeze in the park to shop – in fact, ‘pick and choose’.  “Far from it. Reality is grim my friend. I give a mandate to the recruiter team and from the heap of resume they receive, and after vetting with due diligence, I only get to pick 30. A number I set for myself so that the scrutiny is really stiff”. Engrossed, I didn’t realize the tea was getting cold but questioned “what’s the pain point?”

“It’s the fitment. The candidate must be primarily from our domain to be completely conversant, independently handle client, responsible for end-to-end to project implementation, and toss in portfolio management….” And I was muttering “be read to go to moon or mars in a days’ notice”, but he completes “and must be PMP certified.”


Though he kept PMP certification to the last, it was very apparent that without PMP, the candidate wouldn’t even be considered. The resume cast away as one among the many who couldn’t make it despite the experience bereft the PMP certification.

Catching up from where we left last, this article will present our findings of the advantages with a PMP certification in terms of recognition and compensation and to summarize, the jump 0f 20% increase in salary.  Consider these pointers and the infographics [sourced from Payscale, Glassdoor, salary.com, careerbuilder, Angel List, robert Half company],

By now, its evident  every aspirant or practicing professional project manager knows what really makes the cut above the crew – PMP® certification. 

  • Check your earning and see your salary soar. PMP certified professionals command a distinctive lead that’s difficult to catch up in terms of salary. Easily a PMP certified professionals earns 20 % more than a no-certified

  • PMP® plays a pivotal role in marketing your profile. It matters much a how can grab the eyeballs and retain the attention. PMP is more than a selling point. When complemented well, it will be a slam-dunk.



  • PMP® Certification holders are largely presumed to be conversant with the subject matter because of the stiff eligibility criteria, random audits and the tough exam wherein passing at the first attempt is deemed a major accomplishment.

  • PMP®   proves you are a qualified professional and hence eligible to be counted as a prospect to lead projects and groomed to take up larger roles and responsibilities 


  • PMP® provides job opportunities that are terrific because the number of certified PMPs is just a small number and hence you are in great demand

  • You get to work in challenging projects by virtue of the certification as it is a testimony to your education, experience and expertise.

  • It broadens your horizons given that PMP is globally acknowledged and instantly recognized. With every engagement, you broaden your skills and upgrade your learning.



It benefits your employers who are keen about their ROI with an eye on the bottom-line. Remember, you are a true asset to your employer as you enable the company to complete the project within time and cost, of course leading a team and as a team player. 


Now that you are become a part of the exclusive global community of PMP holders, the future is all yours. Steer your way through and chart your own course.



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Boss or Leader | Leadership Style


Usually, Boss is used as a moniker about the one who lords around or tries to throw the weight by trying to herd. 

The Boss, in the titular role, doesn’t have to be bossy as mostly misunderstood. Our perception of ‘Boss’ is more about command and control. The Boss is synonymous with Leader. The line that does the round is that Boss ‘tells you what to do’, while the Leader ‘teaches you why and how to di it.’ This is still in theory.  Somehow that title of Boss is very unsettling. 

But just like different times calls for different actions, and sometimes different actors, a leader turns more as a boss in cracking the whip should the situation mandate. It is often confused being a Boss is bad, and the leader truly benevolent. It’s a very fine line between being a boss and leader. In fact the line blurs. How does one define autocratic leadership then?

There are many leadership styles: Autocratic, Democratic, Strategic, Transformational, Laissez-faire. The boss can follow any such leadership style or may be all but applicable to the audience 9read as employees).


Are all employees the same? 

The 80/20 is very much present as inferred from the performance – meaning, 80% of the workload is usually assigned to 20% of staff. Why? Because they are ‘the’ performers. Notice carefully and you will find it hard to dispute that the one who is hardworking and consistent on deliver is always assigned more work. Why? Because of the delivery. Company needs employees who are able, reliable and consistent in performance. Employees are always a mix and match . while some perform, some outperform and some don’t perform at all. Accordingly, the Boss has to adopt different leadership styles.

It will be very unfair to portray the boss in a poor light just because he/she is unfairly and unreasonably demanding. Some Boss scream “I want it and want it now” without realizing the magnitude of work or plainly pushing their luck. But it can go as far as possible. If shouting and screaming works, then work place will be a street fight so chaotic that your differentiating factor as a Leader will be your decibel level.

Command and Control

This IS required to the ones who need jumpstart. They can’t do it by themselves and some push to move forward. In the worst case, push becomes a shove. That’s where the ‘Command and Control’ is exercised. “if you don’t do it, then..” might sound as a threat but with some staff this works. Whipping works. These are poor in self-esteem, lack confidence and hang in there for survival. And they know well, that getting another job or alternatives is hard to come by and hence respond to the command. It is the fear of getting fired that somehow extracts the work. Hence, it is useful to such work force – usually new  joinee, entry-level ,  fresher or experienced hires who are yet to adapt to the new surroundings.

Democratic 

Leadership through consensus by winning confidence and gaining ‘buy-in’ of the team. This team is mature and self-starters. They don’t need someone to be behind their back to get the job done. Once delegated, they are on their own and ensure it is done with minimal intervention and supervision. Accountability is usually high, and the team takes pride in its performance. 

Laissez-faire

This is not commonly practices and usually associated with researches and their ilk. Such resources are very independent from the start and don’t need any intervention or monitoring, mostly, the engagement will be time-bound and hence the Boss will have very less scope with regard to delegation or follow-up.


So what kind of a Boss are you?

Brutal, demanding, ruthless, callous, difficult, tough, harsh and aggressive? Just look around and how many faces can your eyes meet and count. The Boss is responsible for the cycle of business with the feet on the pedal. At one stroke the boss has to face so many faces. Possible? That’s why that person is the Boss. And yes, it takes some aggression and ruthlessness to get the job done weighing in the 80/20 rule. ‘The one who shows mercy on others denies oneself’ – doesn’t mean callous in attitude. Though caring, they appear callous else the workforce becomes complacent. 

Agreed, some Bosses are obnoxious, petty-minded, self-centered and can’t think beyond business. But then, it’s unfair to stereotype the Boss in such fashion. Some bosses are gentle, willing with en ear to hear, and simply wonderful.  The Boss, too, is a human with family to tend and friends to catch up. It is just that they burn more hours and sacrifice so much so that can draw a salary.

Don’t bother. A boss is as much a leader with a different kind of flavor.


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Leadership and Learning | Resource Management


Its not the frustration over failures.

Its not the mistakes. Its not even the repeated mistakes.

Incredibly it’s the repeat of the repeated mistake – like typos in a perfectly proof-read post. Darn! How did the error creep on?

Well, a pilot missed his destination by messing up the co-ordinate, and this is not without precedent. Imagine the shock of the passengers and the people in general “how could he possibly goof up on the guidance? Isn’t the computer on?”

Incredulous.

That’s how we are sometimes.  Knowingly doing things wrong is inexcusable, but knowing well and still getting things wrong is indefensible. That’s where we go weak on our knees. Tensions run high. Anger flare up. Heated arguments and bruised souls.

Now that the pilot has landed in the wrong destination, will all the fury unleashed help in recovering from the loss and land in the right spot?

May be get more processes in place. More check and balance. Make it foolproof that alerts can’t just be missed, so that mistakes won’t be repeated. As much as plans and process are prepared, we can’t absolve ourselves of the blame citing causes or excuses. Negligence is negligence. It can’t be negated, and only corrected. 

We need to learn from our mistakes, or from others’ mistakes, and of all repeat mistakes.

A True Leader Never stops Learning. Their call to actions is always influenced by their learning and they constantly try to improvise in thought and act

Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other – John F kennedy.

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The Role of a Project Manager

Who makes a good project manager? A technically sound, rich in experience with exceptional soft skills? 

How much of a value-add is thrown-in with the ‘technical’ tag. End of the day its Management - be it technical or non-technical. 

Management role is very dynamic wherein one should know where to reach and how to achieve the same. For anyone to be a successful Manager at senior level, build a team having right skill. It is important to note that empowering next-level managers decides the success of their Manager. 

Of course, the Manager needs to have big picture and good clarity on the vision to give the right direction to the next- level. Manager should have right people to execute the same vision and position at the right place. But how does one identify ‘right’? Call it acumen or something gained from experience or inner calling or instincts – or sum of all. Subjective as ‘right’ might be, it does prove critical for the success of the Manager in any organization. 


Know Self/Team:
 

Any Manager should assess and evaluate his/her strength and team’s strength as well.  The clarity should be crystal clear for the Manager / team to achieve the mission/vision of the team. 


Know the gap (Self/Team): 

And it is imperative to know what the gap within the current team setup – be it technical, functional & behavioral. 


Fill the Gap:

Gap can be filled in multiple ways depending on the scope and width of the gap. Managers always should try to work on people’s strength and enhance/sharpen to bring the best more out from his/her team. That will help the team to be engaged fully. 

If the gap is on technical/functional aspect, team can undergo the required training if there is enough time for learning curve.  When the need to address gap is critical or urgent, it’s better to hire people with right skills. 


Find the ‘fitment’

When Manager decides to fill the gap by hiring new resources, the ability to assess about the new hire to deliver is a one of the key clincher. If not, nothing wrong in seeking the opinion of peers’ help to connect with the right fitment.  It’s very important that we choose the right people for any opening as most of the cases it’s the fitment that’s diagnosed as the pain point – and that too late in the project.Screening and selecting suitable candidates who are sound technically can cut out most of the spillage and increase the turnaround time. 


Technically sound professionals have an appreciable head-start as compared to the less informed as the learning curve isn’t that steeper and with a minimal time spent in training the crew can be inducted in the team and start contributing.  They are ‘the professional with practice’. 


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Professional Certification Is Becoming The Benchmark

Professional certification is no more an alternative; it’s the benchmark. Professional certification is no longer restricted to a domain; its across business. 

Professionals need certification today,

To be counted;
To stay competitive;
To possess intellectual capital;
To present credentials.

Be certified  to  expand career path.

Whatever be your chosen field, unless you excel and exceed expectations, your talent remain unharnessed. Certifications help you to amplify your skills and counts as key differentiator.

Topline is the Talent.

The HI-B visa creating a ruckus and protectionism playing it out in the front  with full force. the parity in the pay that reckoned to be lopsided, the crunch now will be on the talent as the metric has been set for ‘indispensable expertise’. Still, there exists a gap between the available with the desirable. The numbers simply don’t add up to it.

The question is “are you resourceful?”

As one of the leading online education service provider, we regularly conduct boot camps, workshops and training mainly to equip the professionals/participants in enriching their knowledge base, and boost confidence level in order to become capable . The grind is difficult. Its talent alone that takes you to the top of the heap. Remember, there is no shortage of resume, it’s the skill that suffers a shortage. The demand-supply is always skewed and very rarely have we witnessed the demand surpassing the supply. More often, vacancies remain vacant for want of the talent.

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PMP® Certification Exam – Don’t Delay. Get Started Today.

Some of the professionals interviewed cited reasons that might sound unbelievable, but then that’s their version. We have listed some for your reference as a precautionary note not to delay or defer in taking up the exam. Every single day you lose is something lost forever. In case your mind is set in appearing for the exam and obstacles of any kind can appear as stumbling blocks, you still can overcome the odds and crack the exam. 

Here are some reasons listed for pushing the date to ‘another day’:

“It’s too tough” - of course, it’s tough. PMP® actually moderates from average to tough and calls for dedicated study and determined efforts. The view from the top is terrific but you got to toil to get to the top.

“I AM BUSY. I don’t have time” – No one has the time to spare. Try checking with anyone and a volley of reasons backed with rationale will be thrown in return. MAKE TIME. You can always apportion time. You really don’t consume all the 24 hours. So late nights, early mornings, and of obviously, the weekend is all yours to prepare for PMP. We do find time to make ourselves available for occasions and get-together by freeing up bandwidth. Studies are a struggle since childhood and in adulthood with more responsibilities stooping the shoulder, and hence it’s no easy feat to sit and burn the midnight oil. ‘Nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices.’

“The Job Pressure is too much” – agreed. We all have gone through the grind and it’s difficult to focus when your mind is constantly analysing multiple scenarios and multitasking. Despite the pressure, can you rise up to meet the challenge? Determination. When the traffic is too much, do you just reverse the vehicle and go back home or maneuver to find way to office? Most succeed because they are determined.

“May be next month” – the worst excuse. If something is to be done, better do it immediately. Tomorrow never comes, so how will next month? We only avoid accepting to spell the truth and instead pretend using the pretext of ‘another day’.  As it is written, ‘If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives’. 

“I am not good enough” – that’s accepting defeat even before the fight. How would you know unless you attempted. So, all those appear for the PMP exam pass? There are no failures? Wrong. Even those failed should be applauded for their audacity to make an attempt, and failure will push them further to fare better. So long you qualify with the prerequisites set by PMI, you are as good as any applicant. Just that you are poor on confidence. Build self-confidence and go for it. You will emerge triumphant.

The reasons to slow you down or stop may be innumerable. Bear in mind that it’s the strong that survives and succeeds. SO DO IT NOW.

“Its not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary


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Can I apply for the PMP® Exam even if my title is not “Project Manager”?

This is a very common question heard in the corridors treaded too often by the Information Technology professionals, while other verticals and domains are following suit. And the answer is: Yes, you can.

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. You must possess the major prerequisite in terms of education and experience:  Secondary degree (High School) and 60 months spent  leading and directing project tasks [or] Four-year degree(Bachelor's) with 36 months unique, non-overlapping professional project management experience  leading and directing project tasks.

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 as careful analysis has defined the hours to be dedicated to a particular module and they greatly differ from one to another.

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. It’s to be noted that PMBOK will be offered by the PMI (Project Management Institute). as part of your registration exam fees as a soft copy.

How the 4-day training can be taken 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 pass PMP, and this is the differentiator 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 schedule classroom or LVC {Live Virtual Classroom] 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. Hence they bring tremendous inputs 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 to enhance improved communication. They can create as many opportunities at every turn to learn in as many forms 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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Understanding Stakeholder Management


The success of any project is attributed to the successful management of Stakeholders. If you don’t know all your stakeholders, that implicitly states an inherent risk already in your project. For every aspect of the project, identify the key stakeholder(s).
 
 
Stakeholder Management
 
Stakeholder Management is vital part of Project Management. Communicate the right things at the right time which will make the stakeholders in line with progress made in the Project. Last minute surprises are the least expected and any delay that’s visible should be informed well ahead. The worst would be an irate customer who might become bellicose. Good news can be deferred but bad news should never be delayed.
 
Clear communication with respective stakeholder(s) about their role in the project in terms of expectation – the expected and what’s expected of them - will provide clarity on their stake. Fair to set the right expectation – don’t go overboard or unrealistic. It’s far better to buy time than fall behind schedule.’
 
By managing the stakeholders throughout the project life cycle, ensure that risks are managed well. Some of the risks can be mitigated  through effective stakeholder Management
 

How do you do Manage Stakeholder?
 
Normally 90% of the stakeholder Management can be done with proper communication. By Proper Communication, we lay open the door and become transparent to earn the trust. So long there is nothing to hide, then nothing to fear about backlashes. More often considerate clients offer counseling and even settle for trade-off in the good faith that goods delivery will happen with some delay.
 
Another important aspect of Stakeholder Management is to handle/address key stakeholder expectations formally in the projects. What do we mean Key Stakeholder?  People who have authority to change the Project Scope, Cost or Schedule or who can influence in any of these three are considered as Key Stakeholders and they need to be consulted for every change in Scope, Schedule or Cost.
 

Engage your Stakeholders
 
Another important aspect of Stake holder Management is to engage them throughout the project life cycle. If we fail to engage them, then they may get disconnected from the project and it will turn out to be a risk at a later point in time.  Communication is significant but that is not sufficient for the successful stakeholder Management. Engaging the stakeholders is considered as Successful Stakeholder Management.
 

How do you engage your Stakeholder?
 
Involve the Stakeholders in all the decision making
Get  periodical feedback or review from key Stakeholders
Incorporate the actions items into the project plan with the required changes recorded and necessary approvals from the concerned stakeholders.
Get their wish list/and future expectations and add it in backlog
Anticipate their expectation and get concurrence for due incorporation

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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. 


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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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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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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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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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' I Love My Job' | Employee Engagement


What is the challenge today? To keep stakeholders interested and engaged. Stakeholders are wrongly read as customers. Employees too are stakeholders, and earn the respect as  any actor in the eco-system  eco-system.

 

Why is it so difficult to engage? That’s not much as an issue, rather keeping them engaged. It’s the attention span. For instance, observe the consumer behavior – a person visiting your website. More than 5 seconds, nothing on screen, the person fidgets, and 10 seconds later seeing nothing, the person moves on to something else. So, whatever drew the person to your place was whittled in that 10 seconds to feel withdrawn, and shutdown. You just blew away a prospect – blame the bandwidth, or the brainstorming that sat on the site design, nothing can be done to salvage the damage. 

 

If you want to dismiss it as ‘website issue’, then remind yourself of your beating to the personal branding. The site is your reflection. If you weren’t able to sustain the interest, how do you probably expect people to engage? Like that a letter starts with a single dot, which often is either ignored or overlooked, we miss out on the basics and begrudgingly admit after the deck is done.  Most companies do the product first and then look for customers. Apple did and succeeded. So, is that the template for achievement or tried model for accomplishment? Then its own iterations were based on the consumer behavior and customer response. You just can’t get everything right in your first attempt. Alright. But neither can you create something and then create a demand. It’s not reverse engineering. 

 

The ground reality.

 

The challenge today is all about expectations and engagement. Attrition or exodus of talent is the direct impact of engagement management. 

 

Why should I stay in this company? What must I do to find a fitment? Read it again and you will observe the difference in terms of perspective. 

 

The company questions your existence and you question the company’s prudence. Win-win alone can survive and sustain this eco-system.  So long one needs to survive and thrive, then it’s by challenging oneself. Keep raising the bar.

 

It takes two to tango. So validation in isolation wouldn’t be fair. How come an individual with an accomplished track record failed to deliver in the present organization? One cannot shine selectively, and that too when he nature of job demands excellences, yet we are witnessing burn-outs and drop-outs. So, an organization is as much accountable, just like the individual to meeting deadlines and delivery.

 

Sounds like a leaf pulled out of employee management?  Richard Branson quoted “take care you employees and they will take care of your business.”

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The Reputation and Recognition…….| Stakeholder Management

Reputation management is critical to business interest. Customer experience is THE differentiator in moving the needles. Ensure the user experience in the superlative, lest your business interest would be superseded. Bad user experience is more than a frown. It can beat your bottom-line so hard to mark it purple and bleed crimson. You don’t need others to wreck your image: your action or inaction will do the damage, sometimes beyond repair.

Googled is an acceptable word today replacing ‘searched’. Adults to kids are aware and even decided that the search engine has an answer for every query posed. Remarkable, more than a search engine, it becomes kind of a genie ‘to fetch the answer at your beck and call’. It’s no more an illusion of the Alibaba ‘open sesame’. But every tidbit pooled as and served as ‘information’ – whether phony or perfect, anything on the net leaves a digital imprint. So it is imperative to be on your toes when it comes to customer service –regardless of the domain or industry as a customer is a customer. In as many languages possible. Period.

What rattles a service provider – it’s the review. For 100 positive reviews, it just takes one nasty one to make you feel so negative. Like a pin-prick to a blown-up balloon. Why? Is it because bade vibes spread fast and leaves distaste? From your personal experience, checks out how many time you have searched for ‘any negative comments’. Because we tend to believe others’ experience. Because we lend credibility to the bitter cry of wrong customer, without even validating the statement, assuming everything typed by an individual is true to the last letter. Because we are too lenient to offer ‘the customer’s experience the benefit of doubt’ rather than question the authenticity of the statement.

If one cares to notice, more than ever new business boom big with growing interest and alarming consumption of the internet that people’s lives are impacted by internet, Google and social media – which seem inevitable and indispensable. Gone is a single day without a shy at the social media and as consumers, our appetite is insatiable. Our hunger to know is fuelled all the more. Our thirst for knowledge is never quenched. It’s for the good? No one is competent to address that poser, but admittedly inadequate to come out with a convincing answer.

When business depends on the customer, then make sure the deal is fair, engagement positive and memories pleasant, else it will boomerang and knock you out of your senses. For the best brand out there, their best ambassador is the customer. The unofficial spokesperson. Any word spoken out of place from that spokesperson can erode your company’s credibility and cast you into infamy , We weigh in too much about the personal experience and too much reliance on anecdotes, which can be figment of imagination or statement of exaggeration or just someone settling scores. Words can be far from the truth, but who validates before your reputation is already in ruins. 

Modern economy is way much different as plastic money and e-wallets are highly innovative when it comes to transaction. It’s a huge leap from the barter system, but what happens if there is a shutdown of services, including the internet. And growing dependence on the internet also makes it vulnerable for cyber-attacks throwing the reputation on the line. The best adocates are the rocogntion and repuation, so protect and preserve it.


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Big Games and Big Data



There is a funny exchange as seen in a native movie wherein a vagabond takes shelter in a temple and manages to employ a runaway teenager to run errands for him to get ‘free’ breakfast, lunch and dinner from temples that provides food as religious offering to be consumed by worshippers after worship. Initially, the starved teenager assents and accepts to do the rounds by collecting food and shares with his ‘master’. One day, frustrated to be at the beck and call of the ‘vagabond’ who just sits and does nothing but instructs him to go to a particular outlet to collect ‘that day’s food offering’, the teenager puts his foot down and refuses to move a muscle. “Why should I have to share with you when you don’t as much lift a leg? Why can’t I just eat it all?” The vagabond smiles “son, I agree you can eat it all yourself. What about the next meal? Who will offer where? You see, that’s where my value-add comes into play. I don’t merely sit on my bottom. I alone know on which day, what time, who will offer you what? How is that?” Tapping his head, he smirks “the database is right here and that’s why I sit and you sweat. Got it?  Now get going.” 

Big Data – some insights.

The precursor to Big Data analytics undoubtedly is predictive analysis. The Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball, which went to become a box-office hit, employed empirical statistical analysis using to analyze the potential of a player, and also predict about performance. As they say every picture has a story behind, and now every second is snapped when you factor that in the blink of an eye the ball gets passed, thrown, kicked or creamed.

Big Data provides that window to analyze in any role one may choose - player, coach, fan, viewer, stakeholder, analyst, economist and the list goes on. We live in this digital age where there is a downpour of data that is ‘humungous’ in size and count keeps climbing.

Big Data and Sports

Remember the good old days of  Tennis, when hard heavy wooden racquets.  Bjorn Borg vs McEnroe matches at Wimbledon are truly legendary, and in fact holds the record for tie-breaker,  and check the latest play and notice the racquets are the most advanced lightweight  carbon fiber composites with powerful guts. Its more power play now. Times have changed and so has technology. 

The  comments made by Cynthia Rudin, associate professor of statistics at MIT condenses the essence of Big Data and its impact in sports “Sports are watched by millions and millions of people - yet, pretty much all of the strategic decisions are made by humans in a split second. These decisions could definitely be enhanced by learning from past data, but humans can’t keep large databases in their heads. I wanted to build predictive analytics tools to help teams make these decisions,”.

“If we know, for instance, that in certain circumstances, a particular coach on the opposition team tends to make a particular decision, then we can be ready for it,”   “Another example - we can place sensors all over a car while it is in training for a race, and use the sensor data to help a driver learn how to race better.”

It couldn’t have been said better. 

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Work-life Balance with Discipline | Project Management


There seems to be early burn-out in IT professionals. Doctors are appalled at the heart-risks and related ailments that when wheeled a young person into the emergency ward, the first question invariably is “are you working in IT?” why is too so? Job pressure, peer pressure, management pressure – the stress is too much. a number of factors collide and contribute to this havoc wreaked on youngsters. Heart attack in the forties or fifties doesn’t shock or surprise but in late twenties and early thirties psyches the physicians, who are perplexed dealing with the predicament. Such is the severity, and cut-throat the companies, work force either by choice or force end up staying late at their desk ‘burning the midnight oil’. 

Does the number of hours clocked or the contributions made in fewer count. The misconception in the market is one who spends long hours in the office is deemed ‘hard working’. Anything less and your talent is questionable or the workload is not just enough to justify your paycheck. So some just pretend to stretch or ‘kill’ time by indulging in other activity instead of freeing up bandwidth to take up additional tasks. “If I do this task or accommodate more chores in addition, will the amount in the salary credited change?” this reflects not just the individual lack of commitment, but reflects poorly on the leadership as well. 

Devotion to work should be willful lest its leaves one dissatisfied and disgruntled. Once resourceful, now turned rebels are primarily due to poor people management. Hours makes one hardworking? Then at what cost? Tradeoff at the cost of health? Everything ought to be balanced – including work. 

A project manager, whom I used to report, will sit beside me and plan the ‘tasks for the week’ taking my inputs for the ‘hours allocated’ and sometimes let me estimate the ‘number of hours’. Effort estimation is both critical and crucial. Bagging the project by heck or crook, and later slogging the days, night and weekend are typical signs of burnout. It’s like cutting the foot to match the boot. That’s not project management. Weekends usually act as buffer and my manager maxim of “if you can’t get the work done in eight hour, either you are inefficient or incompetent.’  People also tend to procrastinate – another malaise with no medicine in sight. Hence there is blaming the managers. There has to be a middle ground. 

The 40 hour week

Any project manager with appreciable knowledge and experience will not estimate more than 8-hours as man day in the project plan. How many hours do the team work is another question but for the record its hours, and usually the weekends are not factored – and mostly serve as buffers. Remember time is money and hence any inflation in your estimation will have an adverse implication on your cost estimation. The budget balloons and the project just slipped out of your hands. It’s a typical trapeze act or skating on thin ice. 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. There should be a reason why Henry For came out with the brilliant strategy of ‘weekend’ so as to boost morale, improve productivity and increase time spent with family.  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.  Your internal and external client included family too is part of stakeholders. And its important to attend on everyone, and if possible content.

A gallup study revealed that we work 47 hours – which is 7 hours more. What will all the dollars, incentive, promotions and perks amount when the people you value the most – your family aren’t there to share your moment to happiness and bask in glory. 




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The Significance Communication | Project Management


Records reveal that 90% of the productive time engaged by Project Managers is on communication. The PMI’s 2013 Pulse of the Profession report states that effective communications to all stakeholders as the most critical in project management.



The report further cautioned about the high risks due to poor communication, which is a shocking figure of 56% percentage. 
 
 One of the reason attributed to this rise in risk is the negligence to proper communication as project managers, at times, tend to take it for granted.  Communication during the inception, especially about requirement walk-through can prove critical and impact the outcome of the project. It’s important all the stakeholders well informed and educated about the expectations. Capturing the requirement correctly – usually exchanging notes and drawings or prototype – is again typical communication management. If the start is good, it’s as good half the battle won. Most of the failures when analyzed point to the requirement analysis when the customer and vendor’ understanding failed to match. For the scope of this article, let’s look at key aspects that stress the need for effective communication in a business project.

Understanding stakeholders’ expectation: it’s easy to misread as ‘requirements’. Stakeholders always have an expectation as to how the project should evolve and shape up. It will be difficult to gauge the expectation in the first call and hence it’s iterative. The back and forth exchange is a necessity till all involved are able to read and interpret the message in voice – unanimous.  The objectives agreeable mutually should be engaged as the mission of the project. 

Risk Mitigation: Any undertaking will have its share of risks. Black and white is almost picture perfect. There will be some grey area, which is expected in a business engagement. . When the communication is free and frequent, chances are good in ironing out the difference and closing the gaps. The worst of risks are the assumptions made in the absence of valid or required information. Correspondence between different stakeholders will cut down the clutter and enhance understanding. The better the understanding, lesser will be the assumptions.  Assumptions are inevitable, but efforts should be made to keep it to the minimum with least impact.

Transparency breeds trust. Communication helps to earn the stakeholders confidence. Much depends on the matter and manner which is being communicated and the manner. Its time bound and information critical to build a good rapport in order to build credibility. When there is nothing to hide, why will be the need to doubt? Open and transparent communication always clear results in garnering goodwill and establishing trustworthiness. An honest response that conveys an unpleasant message might be difficult to savor but that’s how integrity is build. Trust deficit or erosion can create serious conflicts in slowing or stopping project. On the other hand, earning stakeholders’ confidence will help in better understanding within both the parties to allow some leeway or latitude. All said and done, it boils to the trust – how reliable you are, and more importantly, truthful.

Precise and concise communication. Prompt, punctual and proper exchange of information using appropriate channels defines communication.  How many actually acknowledge a mail receipt – though it’s the best way to assure.  It doesn’t need to be rich in prose or sound poetic – a simple message using simple language is enough as long it communicates the required and desired information. Besides, stakeholders, especially decision makers are always short of time and may not be read the length of the letter. Hence it’s recommended to keep it precise and to the point.

Regular and frequent communication. It’s never construed as disturbance when it comes to the messages affecting the commitment. Free and forthcoming communication that’s scheduled or unscheduled is always welcome and never understood as an intrusion specifically about project updates. The daily status report, weekly status report and similar reports are scheduled ones that are expected. And any alerts, warning or clarification exchanges are unplanned or unscheduled. Frequent communication will help in project navigation and better understanding of the actual progress made as accountable stakeholders will confirm or raise flags as concern to undertake remedial measures, if required.

Communication Management features as one the knowledge areas in PMI’s PMBOK® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). If you have a comment, please drop by and we can discuss it further. 

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Scope Creep | Project Management

(A personal account of the perils of scope creep)

As Jobs puts it ‘we can only connect the dots afterwards’. That’s the benefit of hindsight? Well, if you have that as foresight, it makes you a visionary. Las Vegas was just a desert till one guy redrew the map toasting success on the sand dunes, and Vegas couldn’t have been just conjecture then.  

When I took over the reins, the project looked promising. Communications were open and the client very forthcoming in comments. One look at the team composition and my hopes were inflated: a trusted hand, a familiar figure and a total stranger, rest of the crew comprised of tester, Us Ex, web developer. The lead developer is more of a man-Friday as we have engaged in couple of projects and hence a tried and tested chap. It looked good and should have soared to great. We could spot the shore. If wishes were horses then beggars would ride!

We prepared the plan, sized the effort, scoped the requirement, and swung into action. The progress too was pretty much in line. We built a good rapport with the client and the stinkers were sporadic. The plan and progress almost matched with some slippage. A qualified tester got onboard and it was a shot in the arm. I had several sessions with the team and joint calls with client in understanding the requirement.

The long evenings, late nights, brainstorming sessions, soaring rhetoric and sizzling arguments, and not to miss the cat-fights, we saw it all as a team. The phone would suddenly scream followed by a volley of questions growing in decibel, and my team mate would politely hush her husband ‘I will be leaving in 5 minutes’. Remarkably, she taught me what I can never achieve no matter how much ever I aspire – that patience and politeness in answering an agitated call.
  
Perplexingly the problems and posers kept piling, and from then on, we prioritized issues as critical, major and minor with color red, yellow and orange respectively. An open document was created and shared with client. And the bug count closely monitored with status reports both at start and end of day. The fixes left me vexed; flummoxed by failure after failure as I knew for sure that the bugs will be reopened.  I chewed my finger nails all the way to my knuckles and went bone dry when the count refused to climb down. We dragged out weary souls and worn-out soles day-in and day-after licking defeat in the hope that ‘we lost the battle but will win the war’.

The client is not to be blamed completely as for the team goofed up pretty bad in managing the scope. A little here and a little there and the result wasn't scope creep but a bloated scope with too many ‘bells and whistles’. It wasn't the foot in my mouth but the whole leg. Chewed more than we could swallow? It wasn't time to wallow in self-pity. But I couldn't help feeling sorry for the team; for myself and then DH Lawrence hit me hard where it hurts the most ‘I have never known a wild animal feel sorry for itself’. May be I am ‘domestic’ – heck, man is a social animal, if it can be used as a disclaimer. The client squeezing hard and the management make it clear about the climbing cost, the noose was tightening. The stakeholders had a simple mandate – the timeline. Problems and philosophy are a pair. When you muck-up big time, be prepared for your back to be blackened. But as they say if the progress is as per the plan, then there is something wrong with the plan. Then why plan? [we will discuss as a different thread]

Tell me something, only Results count? Is it? I checked this quote by Jacob Riis who, it seems, coined it for me.

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before” - Jacob Riis. 

Results count but efforts can’t be discounted.

We narrowed down the action-items as in-scope’ and passed it around, armed ourselves with facts and figures as counterweight.  We managed to complete the project but not in the prospect and promise we had pinned our hopes, rather it was mixed-feeling of bitter-sweet that the final handover happened. Post the delivery, when we did the causal analysis, the scope creep sank our boat. Expectedly CRs (Change Request) were raised but they were either counted in as ‘courtesy’ or ‘cost-free’ who didn’t treat it binding as billable.

It was a lesson learnt about clearly recording your scope and securing a sign-off on the deliverables and we became more conscious and cautious about the creep in succeeding projects. It was indeed a slippery slope!

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PRINCE2® 2017 – The Latest Release And Updates

PRINCE2 – Managing Projects in a Controlled Environment, is one of the well-known, widely acclaimed, and globally recognized certification in Project Management.

Those familiar with Axelos-PRINCE2 (2009) don’t need any introduction. By Mid-2017, Axelos decided to roll out an enhanced edition, which they named as PRINCE-2017.

Recently PRINCE2 has evolved further with changes incorporated in its syllabus, Examinations for both Foundation and Practitioners. The changes reflected are only in English language and for other language supported by Axelos, the release is expected in 2018.


Now you may ask, why Axelos got this change done? What is so different in this new edition?

AXELOS regularly seeks feedback from the international community about the standard and usage of its Certification programs in enhancing the ability of the PRINCE2 certified professionals to manage and deliver projects successfully. The feedback over a period of consultation from 75% of Accredited Organizations (AOs) concurred the need and agreed for an update of the program syllabus and exams. Not only the AOs, but Industry experts and stakeholders were consulted in improving the content to align with the work-environment that’s fast-paced and ever-growing to reap more benefits for the practitioners, customers and other associated benefactors.  

Answering the second part of the question, as to what is so different in this new edition, the themes chapters have been restructured to enhance flow and readability and to accommodate important new material on how to tailor projects.

Besides, The update is characterized by an emphasis on:

● tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of organizations and project environments

● the principles that underpin PRINCE2

● greater clarity on the link between the themes and principles

● the restructuring of the themes guidance to accommodate specific examples of tailoring


Now the next question expected would be, ‘why so much stress on Tailoring’?

As you know, PRINCE2 is extremely flexible, versatile and completely scalable., which  have  always been a key factors in the success of PRINCE2: the method is readily tailored to the needs of any organization. The philosophy and practice of tailoring is a thread that now runs throughout the guidance and the training programme. In fact, it permeates the entire thinking of the PRINCE2 2017 update.


Summary of the changes in PRINCE 2017

With regards to the syllabi: 

In the Foundation level, Addition of chapter 2, 4 and 21;  

Chapter 2: Project Management with PRINCE2

Chapter 4: Tailoring and adopting PRINCE2

Chapter 21: Practical considerations for organizational adoption (Tailoring & Embedding)

Notably the old Chapter 19 (PRINCE2®: TAILORING PRINCE2® TO PROJECT ENVIRONMENT) removed.

Now, there is much emphasis about Tailoring.


In terms of Exam, the changes include:

Foundation Exam

 – Focus is clearly on the core of PRINCE2

- Elements of the exam that are not part of the core have been removed 

- Assessment criteria around tailoring have been added

- The emphasis on different parts of the syllabus has been readjusted


The Practitioner exam 

The major changes include:

● The Practitioner exam will now test candidates on all parts of the PRINCE2 method

● The emphasis on different parts of the syllabus has been readjusted

● The candidate is now tested on the general application of the core of each theme and process and on their practical ability to assess, in a particular context, whether an approach to project management is effective and fit for purpose

● Improvements to the exam design have been made.


In our next blog posting, we will dive deeper about the exams, especially the format, number of questions, duration, pass mark, - and more importantly how does it differ from the previous version.

Watch this space for more information. For any queries, please write to info@icertglobal.com 

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Managing Successful Programs – an overview.


Quick rundown on what are key skills & expertise that helps to manage the programs successfully. First and the most important aspect is how well we connect with our customer and how soon we speak the language of our customer, which really helps to get the connect with customer and their stakeholders.

Business Context/Knowledge: The person who is in charge of the program should have the complete knowledge on the Customer Business in terms of revenue generation model, and their customer base etc.

Broader View/Vision: Scope of the program is much larger than the project and in most of the cases program contains more than one project stream in it. Hence it’s inevitable for the program manager to have the broader vision of the program that would help to streamline the projects in it.

Antedate Customer Needs/Solutions: We need to provide solution upfront before even customer identify the problem. Fierce market condition deprives the luxury of attention. Customers are not interested to wait anymore for wireframe. They instead ask for prototype for which they might prepare their business specifications.

Effective Communication: What do we mean by effective communication? Everyone communicates and people who communicate effectively influence the people with less time. Communication is not only speaking/presenting but also formal and informal mail communications and how effectively facilitates the meetings etc.

Stakeholder Management: Stakeholders are groups, organizations or individuals who can affect, get affected, or perceive themselves to be affected by a programme. The stakeholder response is critical as some may oppose and some support. So the threat can come from within and hence it’s important to have the buy-in of the stakeholders as some may stand to gain or lose, some may see the program as a threat or some will support. It cannot be a mixed bag. What about the human resources? They too can become stakeholders Resources given their competency and skill.

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The Sixth Edition of PMBOK® Guide Will Be Soon Out


The Sixth Edition of PMBOK® Guide Will Be Soon Out | Project Management


PMI (Project Management Institute) is expected to roll out the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition by the third quarter of 2017. It is expected that the draft version of the Sixth Edition is ready by the first or second quarter, and the final version of the Sixth Edition should be available by mid-2017, if things go as planned.


What are the changes expected in the Sixth Edition?


>> The size of the book. Presently, 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. By the time sixth edition gets published, PMI  possibly will add more pages. The final number of pages for now is unknown.


>> Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs (ITTOs) – the sixth edition will not dwell deep into ITTOs, rather it will be covered at a high level.


>> The first version of the PMBOK 6th edition is ¼ the size of the PMBOK 5th edition. The 6th editions currently has 10 chapters and 84 pages, while the 5th edition had 13 chapters and 415 pages.

>> 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 a major change as 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 will be 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 Procurements 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.


>> Approaches for Agile  : every knowledge area will be inclusive of a section with  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.


 

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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CONFLICT AND STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT


The biggest challenge in any corporate or company [big or small] is conflict management. Most of the professionals as part of the human capital are admittedly millennials and the most worrisome aspect is their psyche. This generation is simply intolerant or less tolerant. However talent they might, being a bigot is the last thing a Project Manager want in the team, the delivery is not going to happen. No project has ever delivered by one person. It’s a team effort. The team has to be open to each other and are to criticize the ideas but criticize the person. That’s a very line as differentiating a person from their thought isn’t easy as put. Many tend to take it personal.

Another challenge is that most of the people don’t have common objective.  Or the vision is not the same for everybody. The same thought can be perceived differently – just like half full and half empty. We tend to see things differently looking at the same object. So this lack of sync in project members adds to the conflict. Hence people at different layers in a project need to be in the same and understand one another. This, of course, is easier said than done because there is something called residual anger that becomes a huge bottleneck. There could be a bitter rub in the past project or some engagement and human by nature are egoist. Hence, in a professional environment, we have to conduct professionally setting aside personal differences.

How to fix when we have multiple stakeholders [internal stakeholders]?

People should know their boundaries. [It is already mentioned that they must have common objectives,]. There might be a QA manager in the development team. Though the QA Manager identified some issues in the development, it will not in in the person’ premise to fix as part of the common objective. Rather, the QA manager must escalate to the Dev Manager who must attend on the fix. The conflict arises when the QA Manager tries to solve the Dev manager’ problem out of enthusiasm or interest or urgency or reason conceivable. But this is unacceptable.  This will cause chaos and conflict in the system.  Unless they are the owner of the problem, they should not solve the problem. In a professional environment, if every profession tries to solve every other problem, that itself will create conflict because different people will different strategies to deal with problems and manage project. The need of the hour then is people at al layers must be organized – they should their mission, vision, boundaries and roles & responsibilities.

In a complex project, conflicts are common, and this where the project plan plays a critical role. The project plan helps in communication plan – as how as stakeholders – must communicate with each other and the frequency of communication and manner in which information can flow back and forth. The moment people start to respect their project plan, then there is less chances for conflict. Sometimes we may need to set back and view what the plan states. T There might be moments when you may have to listen to your instincts. Before the project started, you might have agreed to do, and by now looking the project plan, you may not be on track and even lag. Whether you are over boarding or under. Whether there burn rate is more as compared to the efforts or within control. Going by experience, the burn will be more. That’s why you may have to sit back and look back at the rule of engagement drafted at the start of project initiation for greater clarity.

The boundaries for the stakeholders too must identified, well documented, and respected. Thus will avoid inference, intrusion and encroachment. Thus when there is greater collaboration and cooperation within the team is paramount to keep the stakeholders satisfied. 


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Management Styles


Coercive Style – This style if project management is possible when the project manager is technically and functionally knowledgeable enough to give the detailed direction to the team. Though there is not much risk to the project in this style, as the project manager has all the details to the last very point, many may not agree with this style. As the solution is provided  by Project Manager, team may lose interest after some time with this project Manager. In this style of project management, there is no or less chances for innovation. This style will fit in some mission critical projects in water fall methodologies however this may not go well with Agile methodology as everyone should own the responsibility and accountability of the delivery made by the project team

 

Authoritative Style: In this style project Manager gives the direction to the team however team has space to come up with the solution and implement the same. Project Manager has complete vision of the project and helps the project team to understand the vision and let them to execute the same. In this style project team gets assistance and guidance. In this case project Manager needs to have very good functional and some technical expertise to exercise this type of management style

 

Affiliate Style: In this style project manager is more friendly with the project team and also takes care of they needs including the career goals and personal needs. In most cases when the team has right set if technical and functional skills where the team needs very less guidance from the manager on the project delivery this style will fit aptly.

 

Democratic Style: In this style everyone in the team has a say in the project execution and planning. In this case to arrive at the proper project plan, it takes longer time as everyone in the team involves in the planning and at times its very hard to come to a conclusion when more than one people have different opinion.

 

Coaching Style: Any project Manager is required to play the role of coaching at some point in time of the project execution. This too comes along with democratic style where project manager encourages the project team even in their times of failure. This skill/style is more required when the project team is inexperienced and needs more hand holding.

We have gone through the different styles of project management, and its clearly visible that we may need to exercise different styles at different phases or times of projects. Depends on the complexity, maturity of the team, stakeholders we have to decide what type of style we should exercise..

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Role of Project Manager

Role of Project Manager Vs Different Cases of Project Types



 Here I would like to share some of the project management styles that would be effective in certain environments. We can consider some of the common project environments and what type of project management style will go well with those situations

 

1.       Customer is well organized (Clear Scope, fixed time line & Efficient project Teams)

This is very ideal scenario however this may not the case in most cases but there is some challenge if the project team is not engaged well, there is high chance they will lose the interest which will damage the work. So in this type of environment Project Manager needs to be more organized and more people -centric to manager for the project to be successful as the focus needs to be there on the people more (in terms of engaging them well)

 

2.       Difficult Customer (Scope changes, Demand fixed timeline & Efficient Project Teams)

This is most common scenario which we can see in most of cases. Here challenging part is stakeholder management and clear communication mechanism should be in place. In this case Project Manager needs to be commanding and have control over all the stakeholder to ensure that all commitments from different stakeholders are honored on time. All communications to be strictly followed and any deviation to be communicated and rebaseline accordingly upon the approval of the respective stakeholders

 

3.       Difficult Customer (Scope changes, Demand fixed timeline & Unorganized Project Teams)

When both Customer and Project Teams are not as expected, then project manager’s role become even critical and Project Manager needs to implement almost all the project management principles strictly in all phases of project execution so that he/she can bring the predictability of the project to the stakeholders. So in this case for sure Project Manager needs to be trained in Project Management thoroughly to reduce the risk to the project.

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Temperament – Tame Your Tongue | Human Resources Management



The tongue has no bones but it can break bones. You heard it before, now hear it again.
"Three things that never come back; the spent arrow, the spoken word and the lost opportunity” said William Gregory Paige. So we ought to be careful with the choice of words and its utterance as well. The tone and modality matters too.

At junior level, when cant brook no dissent, seniors must even be even more careful when wielding with words, a word spoken out of line can mar and make matters worse.

When tempers flare, this is expected when people of different opinions are around, even the put a leash to your tongue so that you don’t end putting your foot into your mouth.

An agreement that has be signed didn’t see the ink on its paper because there was a someone said something. Eventually, business suffers?  People suffer.

In a fit of anger we throw a volley or words only to become remorseful for what was spoken cannot be swallowed not the hurt inflicted become can be reverted to normalcy. Something in life are irrevocable.  At some point in time, we all have been guilty.

Recently a co-worker walked away because the superior screamed at her in full force on the floor with everyone watching. Human dignity won’t allow its self-respect to be stepped like a door mat. Collecting herself and whatever leftover on the table, she quit on the spot and walked out. That’s a typical lose-lose situation. She was a performer always ahead of her timeline and never failed to deliver, something she made or said sent spark flying and the senior manager just lost it. The composure crumbled like pieces of cookies. It would be unfair to say that a replacement is impossible after all no person or position indispensable.  But when you are in a team, and develop a rapport build a reputation and there is chemistry when you know ell to count on the performer, find another one to fill that chair is just impossible. Let’s accept that.

You can do the ‘what went wrong’ will be more as post-mortem, but there are two bruised souls licking up their wounds, corporate or conglomerates – they are still humans  bundled with emotions and touch a raw nerve and there is an explosion. In this case, had the superior handled with more care checking the temperament, that’s questionable, the firecrackers could have been avoided. Instead of giving into your emotions, rein in and even reason. The employee that walked was was someone on whom the company had invested time and money in the form training, mentoring, grooming and upskilling, and with one word that turned toxic, would torment the superior no end. Eventually, all things pass but some take quite a bit of time. Like the say there is light at the end of end of tunnel but no know how long is the tunnel. Like, this will pass but the timeline cant be put in days or hours.

To become a better you, take note of what gets you offended quickly and never go there or let it come to you.” 
― Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

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Learning And Learners Knowledge Management

Learning is for a lifetime. Learn from your mistakes. Learn, learn and learn. Do you ever stop listening to such suggestions or at times, sermons? Be it office or home, professional or personal, the aspect of learning never ceases. Unbeknown to us, don’t we learn?  We do. But do we apply? That’s questionable. Take it from day-to-day life; there are many facets of learning. In fact, we are shocked at the level of our learning and also of ignorance. ‘My son’s sixth grade teaches me a lot many things which I didn’t know it existed’ remarked a colleague. ‘I was ignorant until this moment, but no more’, said another.        

Learning Passionately

Some have never-quenching thirst to learn – willfully, without any constraints. They spend the time liking what they do - the kind of people who are passionate and take pride and personal ownership in their engagement.  There is self-investment in the form of time, energy and other utilities. The one interested to learn won’t mind the investment. For the learned and informed are more equipped and well-prepared to make good of opportunities. In the best-seller, ‘Corner Office’, the same subject is taken up the author while asking some 700 leading CEOs about their success and the response amazingly was “passionate curiosity.”

There are the kinds that can view ‘failures’ as part of learning. Nothing succeeds like success but there can be no better trainer than failure. To take failure in your stride and move on with learning is the mark of an experienced mind. It is easier said than done. All it takes is just a stone to break the glass ceiling. There are many examples of the most successful when stricken with failure to fumble and fall down. And there are some who can still stand up and face it – the notables. Check with them and they will attribute learning as key takeaway.
 “Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will do in the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant… One of the main features of human existence is the capacity to rise above [our] conditions, to grow beyond them.”  -Victor Frankl
The Reluctant Learner
Not all have the same interest or inclination. Not all are interested in reading, which doesn’t discount their abilities. But there are some poor learners- failing to learn from mistakes and past experience. Some need to be enticed with incentives, for instance, ‘promotion’, ‘pay hike’ and other perks. Some companies, these days, are making it a mandate for working professionals to be ‘professionally certified’ to be ‘eligible’. Some companies make certification a prerequisite in screening resume – this type of pruning can be observed when there exists a skill gap, whereby the supply greatly exceeds the demand. For want of better profile, certification is set as a criterion, failing which you don’t make the cut. The typical carrot-on-top method employed by some companies is to ‘make them learn’ by enlisting for programs or become certified in some practices. PMP is one typical example for companies of repute to insist as a minimum requirement for their Project Managers or only hire those who are PMP certified.
To their defense, not all are reluctant. "Show me the space to allocate bandwidth for learning and I will gladly enrol." And to some extent, it cannot be denied that those wanting to pursue higher education or professional certification that might burn efforts, unless there is time to follow educational quest, 'how to' will dangle as a huge question. And that's fair an expectation and also proposition.


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The Art Of Poor Communication

 When you are in a commanding position – from a Lead to a CEO or Stakeholder, much is expected in terms of communication. Someone said ‘giving is the best form of communication’. What do you give? Information.

And what exactly is communication? Transmitting thoughts that can be read and understood. It’s not the mastery of the language or the command of the vocabulary that makes your communication good. These are of course required, if not good to possess, but the essence of communications gets down to the basics. The simpler the content, easier the read, and greater the understanding – it applies to both verbal and written form. We tend to assume speakers who can speak for hours are good communicators. Some of the greatest communicators, like Former President Ronald Reagan, who was known pen his own drafts, is hailed one amongst the best in connecting with the audience. That is the ultimate objective. Exchange of thoughts in manner there is no misunderstanding.

So what are the pitfalls in communication that makes it poor? There are many, and we have selected some of the most recurring and repeated mistakes.

Occupation Hazard:
It could be an occupation hazard or the work backdrop, that communication suffers – though unintentionally. A Marketing professional uses some jargon frequently used at the work place which subconsciously influences the fluency. “So, what is the bottom line?” can have many interpretations and mostly misunderstood. It can mean as the ‘most fundamental aspect’ or ‘the balance sheet’. So how does a kid understand? ‘What is that you want to say finally?’ that’s why the disclaimer ‘occupational hazards’. It happens. Take for instance, the acronyms. MSP can stand for “Managing Successful Programmes” to “Medicare Secondary Payer “and several more expansions. So the context is essential. Set the context, and even the jargons will fall in place. Else Mandarin and Cantonese become Chinese languages but totally different.

Follow the 5-minute rule:
this happens with mind boggling frequency at the senior level when they have to go through hundreds of mail in a day that some get missed out of oversight but the sender feels slighted and, at times, insulted. It is a good practice to post a return mail within 5 minutes, even if it’s just a line. “I am busy right now. Can I get back by the end of the day?” and let’s say you miss by the end of the day, the sender will give you the benefit of doubt that something caught up and put the response on hold.

Avoid condescension
; another bane when mail or phone calls are deliberately given a pass because of any reasons, mostly personal. Or even the gap in the ladder? “Oh, that person is just a junior”. To shake your head sideways to proclaim ‘I never did that’ is sanctimonious, at least, you would have delayed and assigned lower priority. To say the least, the very act is unprofessional. So avoid. Effective Leaders are known to make others feel exceptional, especially at the grassroots and above. Treat everyone alike actually commands respect that they salute your spirit.

Beating the bush:
Time is money, and when time gets wasted, the loss is colossal. This happens mostly in meetings when the speaker meanders, wandering around the world or circling around the centerpiece without ever approaching the subject. Agile standup meeting is cited as an example for its effectiveness in communication as there is an agenda and a time limit. Carry an agenda and stick to it without deviating much. There is a difference between brainstorming and team meetings. Let’s not confuse and get carried away. Sometimes, even after hours of deliberation, attendees have stepped out of the room scratching their head “what really went inside?” this is the reason ‘Minutes of Meeting’ helps.

Listen and let the other talk
. There is no need for dominate but carry the conversation. Don’t pretend listening or don’t listen with intent to ‘give it back’. There is a streak of self-righteousness in all of us and hence we feel right in our sight and assessment and most unwilling to entertain an alternate or opposing perspective. You learn a lot by listening f only there is patience and willing to hear out till the end without interrupting. Preempting or try to prove ‘I am always right’ only weaken your stance. Rather let the other speak and hear.  ‘The less he spoke the more he heard.’ Business conversations ought to be professional.


No Communication.
This is the worst form of communication. A meeting scheduled for a face to face interaction gets postponed or deferred or doesn’t happen at all.  A response to a mail is delayed, deferred or plainly ignored. This can be both discouraging and demoralizing. It is poor in etiquette, and pathetic to note that willful negligence can only resulted in wasted hours.

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Steven Covey s Management Matrix on Urgent and Important

This blog is part of Steven Covey’s Management Matrix on Urgent and Important. 


Quadrant 2, as highlighted is the one highly recommended where the Project Team should ideally spend. More than 80% of our time on this quadrant indicates that it’s a self-organized people/team. What does it require to get us there in to Quadrant 2? Priority of the Tasks/Activities. We tend to spend our time on trivial and insignificant activities. This happens when the priority and critical of the work/tasks is unknown. Well defined plan. One should know when each task needs to be delivered and what exactly to be delivered and how much effort is required to deliver the same. When a resource knows what needs to be done and by when, it makes management more organized to commit about deadlines and deliverables. Blockers which could potential reasons for not being in Quadrant 2? People – Behavioral. (Important to get the team’s buy-in in any mission. Also avoid unnecessary distractions. Inculcate self-discipline and accountability for the hours spent. Otherwise your burn rate can bring down the work.) Lack of Tools When people are not equipped with proper tools or system, it will be difficult for them to be organized, which could potentially lead them towards other Quadrants. Vision/Objective – Person or Program or Project Whether it’s individual or Program/Project, one should have a clear understanding about mission/vision - be it short term or long term, which will help them to plan the calendar and apportion hours accordingly. The short term generally addressed as milestones will help the team to plan in line with scheduled scope and work, to make the most in Resource utilization and execution. How PMP can help to bring the team or Program move to Quadrant #2? * Project managers can be proactive in their roles as decision makers, marketers, problem solvers and team builders. * Beginning with the end in mind is analogous to starting a project with a good requirements definition. * Putting first things first relates to proper task prioritization. * Think win-win means that project managers need to understand the sources of conflict in order to best resolve them. * Seek first to understand, then to be understood (#5) highlights the importance of communications. * Synergize relates to the project manager's coordination skills, and * sharpen the saw reinforces the project manager's drive toward continuous process improvement. (Courtesy PMI.org)

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PMP One of The Possible Pitfalls is Procrastination Project Management

Many talented professionals who are capable of cracking the PMP® exam at their first attempt fail to do so for a number of reasons ranging from domestic to demand of the day. But the most common amongst the reasons attributed is ‘Procrastination’. “No Time” is the often heard refrain. Whether they develop cold feet or deeply immersed in their work to take shift their attention, the PMP Exam is given a pass and pushed to another day. Some of the professionals interviewed cited reasons that might sound unbelievable, but then that’s their version. We have listed some for your reference as a precautionary note not to delay or defer in taking up the exam. Every single day you lose is something lost forever. On case your mind is set in appearing for the exam and obstacles of any kind can appear as stumbling blocks, you still can overcome the odds and not use or search for excuses.

Here are some reasons listed for Procrastination:

 “It’s too tough” - of course, it’s tough. PMP® actually moderates from average to tough and calls for dedicated study and determined efforts. The view from the top is terrific but you got to toil to get to the top. “I AM BUSY. I don’t have time” – No one has the time to spare. Try checking with anyone and a volley of reasons backed with rationale will be thrown in return. MAKE TIME. You can always apportion time. You really don’t consume all the 24 hours. So late nights, early mornings, and of obviously, the weekend is all yours to prepare for PMP. We do find time to make ourselves free for occasions and get-together by freeing up bandwidth. Studies are a struggle since childhood and in adulthood with more responsibilities sagging the shoulder, and hence it’s no easy feat to sit and burn the midnight oil. ‘Nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices.’ “The Job Pressure is too much” – agreed. We all have gone through the grind and it’s difficult to focus when your mind is constantly analysing multiple scenarios and multitasking. Despite the pressure, can you rise up to meet the challenge? Determination. When the traffic too much, do you just reverse the vehicle and go back home or maneuver to find way to office? Studying despite the hardships is likewise. Most succeed because they are determined. “May be next month” – the worst excuse. If something is to be done, better do it immediately. Tomorrow never comes, so how will next month? We only avoid accepting to spell the truth and instead pretend using the pretext of ‘another day’. As it is written, ‘If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives’. “I am not good enough” – that’s accepting defeat even before the fight. How would you know unless you attempted. So, all those appear for the PMP exam pass? There are no failures? Wrong. Even those failed should be applauded for their audacity to make an attempt, and failure will push them further to fare better. So long you qualify with the prerequisites set by PMI®, you are as good as any applicant. Just that you are poor on confidence. Build self-confidence and go for it. You will emerge triumphant. The reasons to slow you down or stop may be innumerable. Bear in mind that it’s the strong that survives and succeeds. SO DO IT NOW.

“Its not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

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PMP Did You Know About the Demand Project Management

Did you know the rise of the demand for qualified project managers? 12%* Did you know number of jobs expected to be created in the global industries like IT, BFSI, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Construction? It’s about 15 million jobs.* Did you know the median salary of a project manager in the U.S? $108,000* Did you know how much more a PMP credential holder earns? 16% more* Did you know the number of number of PMP credential holders at the beginning of 2014? 600,000 (723,067 as of May 2016.)* * The data presented about is sourced from PMI’s Industry Forecast – “Project Management between 2010+2020”, March 2013. 

So it is interesting to note that the PMP certification has not lost its sheen. If anything, things are brighter for the PMP holder who commands immense respect in the market. The syllabus after Jan 11, 2016 has been upgraded and the exam is tougher than before , thus clearing the certification is matter of pride and prestigious as well. As a certified professional you are an inch taller, and for sure head over shoulder amongst your peers, who are uncertified.

There are some impressive infographics about project management – in terms of need, importance, growth and salary

Source: PMI’s Pulse of the Profession: The High Cost of Low Profession 2014’ PMI’s project Management Talent Gap Report 2013 Payscale.com PwC’s Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Practices’

The trends forecast job-openings all over the map and the salary structure seems to be growing in pyramid. But the most important insight from the infographics is the 'losing of 109 Million Dollars for every Billion spent on Projects and Programs'. 

You can create a difference. Do you want to do PMP and imprint your own footprint?

What are you waiting for? Do it Now! 

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How to Prevent Scope Creep Scope Management

Continuing from our previous post of containing creep, we have listed 10 pointers as useful reference to amplify your project management skills. Scope Creep management is primarily handled by a PM and hence it’s a fair expectation to observe the call taken to neutralize creep. Scope Creep is a way of practical life, and hence one can, at best, contain and thereby control. Team management must ensure some overzealous team member overstepping in reach by getting in touch with the customer, who might influence changes that might sound simple like ‘bells and whistles’, and also the peril of Gold Plating –whereby “After having met the requirements, the developer works on further enhancing the product, thinking the customer will be delighted to see additional or more polished features, rather than what was asked for or expected.”

Get the requirements clear Sometimes,

it might be iterative but unless all the stakeholders involved are the in same page, especially the client and vendor an converse in the same language and understand one another, closing all possible gaps, and if possible walk-through the requirements once again. It might burn some bandwidth but it will be worth it.

Pay attention to the detail

From the first piece of code written to a single line drawn in the wireframe, make sure everything is as per agreed terms and within scope. From experience, it may be noted that design and development inexplicable makes way for creep. So ensure that a sign-off is sought on design aspects, and read the requirement document again before commencing coding

Divide the requirement into small logical parts

Smaller projects have a much greater chance of success, so smart PMs do a work-break-down in creating sub-tasks so that the effort estimated and actual; spent can be controlled better. It is always easy to divide the requirements into small logical parts and assign the corresponding effort against it.

Identify priorities

You will need to decide on the scheduling as to which will go first followed by or will there concurrent tasks. And identify the deliverable and break the deliverable into actual work. In case of larger project, it might mandate upgrades which need to be factored for effort and hence breakdown of deliverable helps.

Plan for Prototype

When the requirement/solution is not clear, plan for Prototype/Spike User Story before finalize the scope. 

Understand the requirement

Reverse Understanding/document for the Customer to ensure that requirement/expectation is well captured .

Capture revision/changes

Have clear understanding on implication of the revision/changes in the requirement and document the agreement.

Change Control Board

Make sure there is a Change Control Board in place to track any deviations from the accepted and scoped requirements. Changes, if any, need ti be recorded, communicated to client for confirmation and only upon their explicit the changes can be accommodated, that too at a timeline best suited to the project interest. Bottom line, it’s out of scope which becomes a part of development through Change Request.

Present the impact Analysis in detail

When there is request for Scope Change, Present the impact Analysis in detail as Technical or Design Impact on effort and Cost, especially through rework and lost effort.

Study Intangible impact
 i. Moral of the team
 ii. Trust factor with the Customer

In any case, the Scope Change has to be treated as Change Request. Regular review meeting with Customer on Progress Status Vs Plan should be conducted to eliminate creep as much as possible.

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Scope Creep But Why Always Project Management

This is not some fictitious account but facts presented in the form of a case study. A project in the construction industry with a budget of $10 Million was overshot by 20%. One might wonder what would be the margin then, clearly marking the bottom-line in red. 

Root of the problem

When the builder was questioned about the glaring rise in the overheads, that went way over the budget, "it cannot be reported as scope creep though it turned out eventually." Haven’t we heard that before? “Yes, we have. And before you ask, this is not my first project. I am an experienced hand and I speak from personal experience, and that’s why 20 percent might sound whopping to you, is inevitable to me. You speak about creep, like a leaky water pipe. Then imagine in a massive water plant, one spot in a particular pipe will call for a complete overhaul of the plumbing unit. Don’t assume there is a quick fix like some adhesive pasted to block the leak. That’s a layman’s understanding. What actually takes place is more complex and cumbersome. Assuming, this took away a major chunk of the work from completion, you are looking at lapse in work which translated in hours and converted in dollars and cents can lead to sever deficit financially diminishing the returns. So to identify the root cause can prove painfully expensive. The lesson learned, amongst many, can be the plumbing factor – which we naturally pay more attention and extra-cautious in the next undertaking. Then unbeknown, in the next project there will be some other issue out of the blue – it can be a wiring issue, for all you know. 

Forces beyond

Risk is inherent. No doubt about it. But the nature of risk? How about a team member falling sick? Or the work done by someone isn’t thoroughly checked and impacts the development made so far? Or natural calamity or a strike? These don’t constitute creep but do attribute to scope creep one way or the other. Assuming a team member falls sick and the deadline has to be met. Sometimes, driven by deadline pressure or closure on dependency, one tends to crosscut and aim for closure. There are some risks to be taken, which may not impact short-terms but make you pay with grave consequences in the long run. Well, that again is a risk. So creep need not necessarily be direct, straight and said forth. Creep is not something that can be defined or confined to a particular category. At best it can be contained is not clichéd. Objectively assessing, that’s reality because every project closure will script its own ‘lessons learned’ and yet we observe failings in some form. Incredibly, some repeated; it may not be intentional or ignorant but things that’s possible to be overlooked as trivia can prove to be a thorn and troublesome. To wrap it up, we would want every lesson learnt to be put into use after all what is knowledge without application. Furthermore, the client’s expectation of earning more for every penny needs to be professionally managed. Expect the customer to come up with last minute surprises, that is strictly out of scope but then you can’t say ‘no’ not wanting to offend. Hence one should draw the line somewhere without hurting either party involved. It’s a thin line that calls for a fine act. We don’t want scope creep – it just self-invites. That’s scope creep. I just gave you a long-winded definition." 

Scope Creep
Inevitable?

Inevitable? So there is no way out? There are ways to mitigate but Scope Creep control has everything to do with you. We started with why is there scope creep always. And also, we stated categorically that creep can be contained. How do you contain scope creep? We will discuss the ways in our next posting. Meanwhile, if you have any ideas, suggestions, theories, or experience, please do share and educate our users.

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Why Communication is such a Challenge Communication Management

Communicating with others is often overlooked or even taken for granted. Communication is an art; communication is a skill, and now what not. We say a lot and really don't mean nothing much. The most challenging aspect about communication is to ‘tell something in a simple and straightforward’ manner. We are exceptionally talented. but where we fundamentally fail is by being poor listeners and hence poor learners. While the virtue in charity lies in the precept that 'let the left hand not know what the right hs given', communication commands the left hand has to know what the right has to say. But then we are so confused or even too lost in the cacophony to realize the boot is on the wrong foot. A word out of line is akin to the same. You have to be someone easy to talk to – which will give the people confidence to connect. We try to impress with intellect by using dazzling words and difficult-to-understand terms, metaphors, idioms and what not. Corporate communication, of course, prescribes etiquette to be adhered, but it’s not to be misunderstood as something complicated just because etiquette itself isn’t an easy word. Agreed. Etiquette plainly put is rule. The standard for business correspondence is the essence of etiquette but there comes the rub. What standards? As times progressed, formal outlook is perceived as archaic. And give a thought about how the millennial relate and recognize the ‘chat’ language, as they the make up for the majority of workforce. Confluence or compromise? Calling it a compromise would be too crude nor can we uphold colloquial language in a formal correspondence. So what is the benchmark? Well, even this commentary can be critiqued for its strong undertones. We simply don’t communicate. Where there are barriers, aren’t there breakthroughs? Yet, the complexity with which conversation proceeds perplexes us no end. Conflicts arise mainly due to poor communication or mismanagement when words are minced and message loses its meaning. Basically, we failed to make sense, and far worse never ever realized which only made matters worst. 

Cut down the chase

Employ direct lines instead of circling around. Being linear brings its own leverage to the board. Face-to-face is most preferred, and where need be, then emphasis is on the written word than spoken. So there is no hard and fast rule and much depends on the merit of the case. That said, keep it short and straight – be it verbal or written. Stakeholder management sometimes suffers from this very shortfall when the decision makers instead of engaging directly deal through interfaces. That’s typical delay suffered when information has to percolate through different channel before landing on the desired destination.

How can we improve communication?

Connect and contact=communicate. Why fuss about fancy words when simple one will convey the meaning. Articulation has nothing to do with ostentation. In fact, it works the other way instead. The challenge today that 'you might be possess the knowledge of a professor' but can you explain in away that a third-grade kid can understand. Language is no longer a limitation. Use shorter strings. Employ simple and meaningful words. Keep the pitch polite. And learn to listen, not with an intent to counter or cross-question, but to hear and be heard.
 ‘Houston, we have a problem’ – doesn’t that sound familiar Why? Its not astrophysics but plain English.  
Do you understand? Good. Make sure other do what you have to communicate - in a language they can understand, in words they know, in a tone that will make them comfortable. Carry on the conversation...

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Has Trust lost its Trust Stakeholder Management

The word is abuzz about funds being embezzled or malpractice within company. Recent news about controversies and scandals are doing the rounds and ties that were painstakingly built appears so fragile. In the past days a CEO has stepped down, misuse of money in a blue chip company, and non-conformance of standards spells disaster in the parlance of people management. Governance by every company is based on strong ethics and values and yet incidents like these rock the boats, sending shivers down the spine. Many exclaimed in disbelief ‘It’s just not possible”, and yet that’s exactly what happened – trust deficit. It’s in good faith and belief that something is entrusted, but when the person manning the gate gives up blowing the cover then it’s a classic case of the ‘cats guarding the chickens.” Stakeholder Management is proving to be more critical. One might wonder if the company or the whole crew or the entire block that bungled, but all it takes is one rotten apple that makes the basket stink. And despite the foolproof security measures put in place, failure like the incidents cited can not only be frustrating but erode the confidence misplacing the faith. The murky matters cast a long shadow sparing none from suspicion. Paradoxically, the benefit of doubt cannot be passed and things have worsened to a state where one has to prove innocence. So where went the ‘you are innocent unless proven guilty’. We live in different times that demands drastic changes and impose difficult compliances lest we face dire consequences. What makes one misbehave? Chances, conditions, circumstances, or plainly greed. Whatever might be the motive, it shatters everything the individual stood for, and along with brings down the whole house. Integrity is imperative. Character is what you do in the dark – when no one is noticing. Integrity plainly put is ‘do what you say and say what you do’. Hence, it becomes critical that we pay more attention to our human assets by studying behavioral aspects and identify scope for improvement. Not everyone is strong; some are susceptible. It’s up to the management to identify the grey areas and iron out the weakness. A SWOT generally helps – especially from an ethical standpoint. Stakeholder Management involves your internal partners as well, whom at times, are overlooked. Build trust. It works both ways – employers and employees. It is incumbent on an individual to be accountable. You are answerable to your actions. So, the choice is clearly yours. We will like to hear your thoughts about this subject. Please do share and we welcome your inputs.
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Reskill Empower through Education Professional Certification

It can sound so ironical when the soldiers safeguarding the borders endure rigorous drills routinely, even in peace time to be ever ready – war footed, as it is known – why are those civilians enjoying the serenity of the surrounding, buoyed by the security at the borders, lowering their guard? There was a time when a renowned industrialist lamented “we haven't done well is in reducing the number of people who suffer from inadequacy - in terms of education.” So what’s our weakness? Inadequacy. Not so far away are the days that the jobs that exist today will be completely wiped out. That’s the bad news. Don’t despair. There will be new jobs that will be created. That’s the good news. The question unanswered is “are you prepared?” It is not suggested, even remotely, that you are incompetent. But in the coming days, would you be capable enough to compete with Bots, automation and artificial intelligence? What will be the odds on your chances against these competitors? Don’t fret. Help yourself. Start all over again. When you can catch up with the changing times, can’t you toe in line with the ? Yes, you can by rebooting. Start first by dusting off. Any threat perceived, or present, like the ones in the form of these Robots coming to chew your job away or gobble you down is to shake you up from the slumber, the comfort zone that ensconces from the emerging challenges. It isn’t a shield if you can’t defend; rather it leaves you weak and vulnerable. A complacent mind is the most susceptible to fall apart. Shocking as it might be, but if you have learnt anything new of late, then the same flour is ground. The most difficult of all is to learn. Education doesn’t come with an expiry and neither is there a timeline for learning. Sadly, your stock of accumulated knowledge has a shelf-life, while learning is for a lifetime. Brutal facts. “Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It’s my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning,” according to Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS Institute (#6 Best Employer 2016). What drives you to your desk every morning? What makes you wanted at your workplace? What is your worth? Present and future. Do the math. There comes a moment in our lives when we reflect at the days that passed by and wonder why didn’t we make the most of it. You never know unless you lose it might sound so clichéd but that’s the truth. Study today for tomorrow' needs. Succeed.
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Bring Work Life Balance with Disciplined Project Management

There seems to be early burn-out in IT professionals. Doctors are appalled at the heart-risks and related ailments; whenever a young person wheeled into the emergency ward, the first question invariably is “are you working in IT?” why is it so? Job pressure, peer pressure, management pressure – the stress is too much. A number of factors collide and contribute to this havoc wreaked on youngsters. Heart attack in the forties or fifties doesn’t shock or surprise but in late twenties and early thirties psyches the physicians, who are perplexed dealing with the predicament. Such is the severity, and cut-throat the companies, employees either by choice or force end up staying late at their desk ‘burning the midnight oil’. Does the number of hours clocked or the contributions count? The misconception in the market is that one who spends long hours in the office is deemed ‘hard working’. Anything less and your talent is questionable or the workload is not just enough to justify your paycheck. So some just pretend to stretch or ‘kill’ time by indulging in other activity instead of freeing up bandwidth to take up additional tasks. “If I do this task or accommodate more chores in addition, will the amount in the salary credited change?” this reflects not just the individual lack of commitment, but reflects poorly on the leadership as well. Devotion to work should be wilful, lest it leaves one dissatisfied and disgruntled. Once resourceful, now turned rebels are primarily due to poor people management. Long and late nights are part of the daily rigor of an IT Professional. Time consumed at office leaves with less for family. Everything ought to be balanced – including work. A project manager, whom I used to report, will sit beside me and plan the ‘tasks for the week’ taking my inputs for the ‘hours allocated’ and sometime let me estimate the ‘number of hours’. Effort estimation is both critical and crucial. Bagging the project by heck or crook, and later slogging the days, night and weekend are typical signs of burnout. It’s like cutting the foot to match the boot. That’s not project management. Weekends usually act as buffer and my manager managed on the maxim of “if you can’t get the work done in eight hour, either you are inefficient or incompetent." People also tend to procrastinate – another malaise with no medicine in sight. Hence there is no blaming the managers alone. Both sides suffer from their own shortcoming and apparently there has to be a middle ground.

The 40 hour week

 Any project manager with appreciable knowledge and experience will not estimate more than 8-hours as man day in the project plan. How many hours does the team work is another question but for the record its 8 hours, and usually the weekends are not factored – and mostly serve as buffers. Remember time is money and hence any inflation in your estimation will have an adverse implication on your cost estimation. If the budget balloons, the project will slip out of your hands. It’s a typical trapeze act or skating on thin ice. 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, you are most productive for the first 4 hours. The body might be willing but the mind simply is not up to it. Exhaustion,and fatigue hampers performance. Your ability to concentrate ebbs with passage of time. There should be a reason why Henry For came out with the brilliant strategy of ‘weekend’ so as to boost morale, improve productivity and increase time spent with family. 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. Your internal and external client included, family too is part of stakeholders. And its important to attend on everyone, and if possible satisfy. A gallup study revealed that we work 47 hours – which is 7 hours more. What will all the dollars, incentive, promotions and perks amount when you compromise your health for career. Think about it.

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Conflict Management How to Resolve Conflict at Work Place Project Management

Conflict amongst co-workers is a common occurrence in the work place. If there isn’t none, call that a monastery, even where doubt persists about domestic disturbance. We aren’t programmed metallic boxes but people with a myriad of emotions that at times, distracts from some difficult and disturbing disagreements which stem mostly from difference of opinions, when taken personally proves toxic and dismembers from the team. Too often distancing away, avoiding eye-contact, building blocks of hate, digging wells of anger and raising wall of resentment are too many symptoms of this malaise. This further deteriorates to forming allies who would have endured something similar and hence a common thread that connects the complaint. So a tussle between two extrapolates in numbers, and before the situation could be brought into control, its blown away out of proportion as finding a way to settle personal scores can’t find a better timing than the present confrontation. So one versus another turns out to be they vs. them - factions of dissent. And of course, those defectors within the dissenters and add to the woes, the fence sitters. So two embittered employees embroiled in an encounter escalate to the point of livelihood endangerment? Better to sack than put up with the strife? Ridiculous. The best is to resolve. Interpersonal conflicts is a given in our daily walk of life from haggling with a vendor – and hence the disgruntled customer, to the ticket collector in the bus short of change fuming at you for the lack of, and so will it be in an organization. Conflicts can be due any reasons from skirmishes or stress or pressure or plainly put, ego. An argument is usually an assault of words, and accusations hurled out of which conflicts arise in your work and outside work as well.

why should you resolve conflict?

Strained relationships do more harm to the organization and employee engagement calls for a dedicated role. Negotiation is the primary means of arbitration in ironing out the differences in bring out agreement and harmony. Usually the differences are tabled and handled professionally without preference or prejudice thus reaching for a fair settlement. Some are straightened out in the first attempt but some case might have deep roots and hence calls for more time to bring the person/group in the same page. Some really take time to work out a peaceful solution. 

when should you resolve conflict?

There is a no stress barometer and neither is an ideal situation. The moment the ugly head of conflict raises, neutralize. Conflict is like gangrene which left unattended can start spreading making other parts dysfunctional. So resolve at the earliest the possible. 

how should you resolve conflict?

There are no hard and fast rules. Some seek the formal route and others informal channel. Diplomacy pays. Chemistry works. It all boils down to the skills of the handler in dealing with the opposition through dialogue and diplomacy. The arbiter can earn the confidence of the affected parties through trust and transparency in effectively resolving the crisis. There are other methods as well. Have you come across such a situation and successfully resolved the conflict? Please share your experience.

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Maslows theory of needs rewritten Needs and wants intertwine But wants outshine Professional Certification

Expectations are always high. One of Abraham Lincoln’s letters goes like this : “Let Him Have The Courage To Be Impatient, Let Him Have The Patience To Be Brave.” In changing times, especially in the IT realm surrounded by gadgets and flooded with apps [to the point that alert about rogue apps are being circulated], the millennial and iGen just can’t be restrained by patience. They are already pampered with the luxury of living that one hears the lament of ‘I want it and I want it now.” Cost isn’t the criterion; it’s the catch – what’s new and exciting. Inventive and innovative. It’s the desire to stand alone by owning either that’s something new to the market or that has something better than existing. The glint of pride lies in the possession. Try with a kid and it could be anything from a tablet or the latest game to greet the market. One wonders the psyche of long queue to get hold the new gadget. People lining up for apple’s products are legendary. Their needs long met, kids are screaming about wants. The adults fare no better. Oversupply and undervalue The market is skewed when it comes to skilled professionals. We have an oversupply and hence undervalue, which is inevitable. The Asian sub-continent is known to roll out hundreds of thousands of engineers and yet recruiters are finding it a hard time in zeroing on the ‘right’ candidate. Why? Those who line up for openings somehow fails to measure up to the expectation. In the milieu that’s driving professional mad with its demands and infinite possibilities NEEDS no longer suffice. It’s the WANTS. For instance, how many certified PMP®s are available to be engaged in typical waterfall methodology? It may not be surplus, but let’s say, sufficient enough or barely adequate. Alright, assuming the same professional is expected to work in an agile environment, and the norm is to possess a PMI-ACP® certification, now check your human capital that holds these two certifications? What’s the count? Professionals holding a dual certification of PMP® and PMI-ACP® are much less in numbers that recruiters would have to really look into the talent bucket to scrounge and scrape. What’s now a ‘good to have’ in your resume will become a mandate as ‘must have’. So brace yourself, as times ahead aren’t going to be any easier. Get certifications, get higher salaries Globally renowned and internationally acclaimed certification, especially in niche technologies like social, mobile, analytics, cloud including big data and internet of things, is a clear recognition of acquired skill, and when they address the mission critical initiatives , then their ‘ worthiness’ will soar for sure, commanding attractive compensation. It’s becoming passé to excel in a particular field or specific area of interest. Professionals these days are expected to be more fluid, without bracketing into a particular bucket, but to meet ever changing and evolving needs. They need to be flexible enough to accommodate as many tasks as possible - is the minimum expectation. In how many possible ways can I use the same resource to increase the ROI - yes, multitasking and that translates as 'monetising'. You are an asset and there is substantial investment. And as an investor, it’s only fair to expect an enhanced return on investment. Here again, the need is replaced with want. Let’s accept that not everyone becomes an entrepreneur. Segment the society and sift the populace and find out how many families run on salary as bread-winning source. Most remain salaried. So your job matters. Disruption in technology is understandable but automation is not only perceived as a mere threat of disturbance but uprooting your livelihood . Why is that threat real? Because the same skills don’t serve all time always. Like system upgrade, human capital too should reboot and reinvent. When one need is met, another arises. Redefining Maslow in the present, would it be off the target to postulate when one want is met, one more emerges. Needs and wants intertwine. But wants outshine.
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Forms of Business Communication

Communication is the cornerstone for the success of any venture. Preceding blog discussed about the importance of Communication in Project Management, and this post will draw your attention to the different forms of communication. Communication put simply is sending or receiving information. Be it person to person [one-on-one] or with multiple contact [one with many] or within contacts [many to many], the bottom line is effective and efficient communication will prove decisive in the success of business venture. Timely call and timely action underscores the indispensible need for communication. The insights from PMI’s Pulse of the Profession™ In-Depth Report: The Essential Role of Communications are interesting in its findings. “Highly effective communicators are also more likely to deliver projects on time (71 percent versus 37 percent) and within budget (76 percent versus 48 percent).” The methods and means to communicate are as important as communication itself. It’s a difficult fact to digest that despite understanding the significance of communication at the required hour, there is still a struggle to keep concerned informed of the critical details and updates. To get everyone associated with the project on the same page, it is necessary to speak the language of business. Communication is often glorified as a dialogue or discussion between figure heads or ‘key’ personnel, especially decision makers, sponsors or business owner. The last person is counted whose views, opinions, suggestions and response matters. 

Communication is a two-way street when “we reach out by speaking and listening”. 
Communication is of two types in the context of business: internal and external. 
Be it internal or external, communication works mainly on the following methodologies: 

Verbal

It’s the spoken word, which can be face-to-face, particularly individual to individual (one on one), or groups (conferencing) or one to many (interviews, stakeholder meet or client meeting). Verbal communication these days are empowered by employing media like phones (direct conversation) or radio and television (passive listeners). Some stakeholders meetings in the Asian-pacific region are known to be held in football stadiums. Verbal communication is the traditional form and cuts out the clutter or confusion. Unless recorded, which can have legal implications, the verbal exchange can at best be captured as minutes or notes, which can be less accurate.
 
Written Communication:

Anything in the written format that include letters, memos, bulletins board, circulars, notice, posters, articles, magazines, and books. This method is chosen when communication is intended to reach multiple persons who are at a distance that voice can’t reach or in a different location. Before the advent of technology, this was considered as the predominant method of communication. For authenticity and authority, written format can best serve the purpose like offer letter, or user manual or business related correspondence like agreements, invoice and other legal documents. Also, records in writing serve as proof or testimony and in legal parlance as evidence too. The downside is the delay in delivery and failure in acknowledgement can leave the fate of the correspondence in hanging; too much of paperwork and hence housekeeping could be cumbersome and the adverse impact to nature by felling trees to make papers. 

Electronic Communication:

Technology has revolutionized communication. Electronic Communication includes email, sms, social media, websites (enquiry and feedback sections), web conferencing, and online chats. Pen and paper are fad, other than signature or the occasional notes. With gadgets governing the order of the day, it’s electronic all the way because of the access, use, reach, convenience, comfort and connectivity. The communication can be complete with a click of a mouse. E-mail is the most preferred form of communication, especially in the written format. Technology enabling voice, it will not be necessary to type or key words, as the system will intelligent to input the words from voice software technology. Web conferencing is where remotely located person or people can connect either face-to-face meeting take place on a secure connection. Web conferencing can be leveraged for instructor-led online training and alternatively a recorded session can become the course content for self-paced or e-Learning for training, lectures, presentations, workshops and the like. Social media sites also act as good platform, especially for marketing and promotional activities with its vast network, they help to connect and collaborate in exchange of information. Such sites are also used in the sphere of learning where the learned impart their knowledge and thereby serve the community. There are of course, online chats for customer service provided by any merchant put up a shop online or service provider offering services. As technology advances, newer ways to connect are created strengthening communication. There is always a downside to anything creative or innovative but the evaluation will always be based on the pros and cons.

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Importance of Communication in Project Management

Records reveal that 90% of the productive time engaged by Project Managers is on communication. The PMI’s 2013 Pulse of the Profession report states that effective communications to all stakeholders as the most critical in project management. The report further cautioned about the high risks due to poor communication, which is a shocking figure of 56% percentage. One of the reason attributed to this rise in risk is the negligence to proper communication as project managers, at times, tend to take it for granted. Communication during the inception, especially about requirement walk-through can prove critical and impact the outcome of the project. It’s important all the stakeholders well informed and educated about the expectations. Capturing the requirement correctly – usually exchanging notes and drawings or prototype – is again typical communication management. If the start is good, it’s as good half the battle won. Most of the failures when analyzed point to the requirement analysis when the customer and vendor’ understanding failed to match. Furthermore, effective communications prove to be main reason(s) for successful execution of projects by meeting deadlines with some delay and at cost. It spells top performance of all the stakeholders. For the scope of this article, let’s look at key aspects that stress the need for effective communication in a business project. Understanding stakeholders’ expectation: it’s easy to misread as ‘requirements’. Stakeholders always have an expectation as to how the project should evolve and shape up. It will be difficult to gauge the expectation in the first call and hence it’s iterative. The back and forth exchange is a necessity till all involved are able to read and interpret the message in voice – unanimous. The objectives agreeable mutually should be engaged as the mission of the project. Risk Mitigation: Any undertaking will have its share of risks. Black and white is almost picture perfect. There will be some grey area, which is expected in a business engagement. . When the communication is free and frequent, chances are good in ironing out the difference and closing the gaps. The worst of risks are the assumptions made in the absence of valid or required information. Correspondence between different stakeholders will cut down the clutter and enhance understanding. The better the understanding, lesser will be the assumptions. Assumptions are inevitable, but efforts should be made to keep it to the minimum with least impact. Transparency leads to trust. Communication helps to earn the stakeholders confidence. Much depends on the matter and manner which is being communicated and the manner. Its time bound and information critical to build a good rapport in order to build credibility. When there is nothing to hide, why will be the need to doubt? Open and transparent communication always clear results in garnering goodwill and establishing trustworthiness. An honest response that conveys an unpleasant message might be difficult to savor but that’s how integrity is build. Trust deficit or erosion can create serious conflicts in slowing or stopping project. On the other hand, earning stakeholders’ confidence will help in better understanding within both the parties to allow some leeway or latitude. All said and done, it boils to the trust – how reliable you are, and more importantly, truthful. Precise and concise communication. Prompt, punctual and proper exchange of information using appropriate channels defines communication. How many actually acknowledge a mail receipt – though it’s the best way to assure. It doesn’t need to be rich in prose or sound poetic – a simple message using simple language is enough as long it communicates the required and desired information. Besides, stakeholders, especially decision makers are always short of time and may not be read the length of the letter. Hence it’s recommended to keep it precise and to the point. Regular and frequent communication. It’s never construed as disturbance when it comes to the messages affecting the commitment. Free and forthcoming communication that’s scheduled or unscheduled is always welcome and never understood as an intrusion specifically about project updates. The daily status report, weekly status report and similar reports are scheduled ones that are expected. And any alerts, warning or clarification exchanges are unplanned or unscheduled. Frequent communication will help in project navigation and better understanding of the actual progress made as accountable stakeholders will confirm or raise flags as concern to undertake remedial measures, if required. Communication Management features as one the knowledge areas in PMI’s PMBOK® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). If you have a comment, please drop by and we can discuss it further. We are one of the leading educational service provider offering project management programs as part of niche certification courses. In case you are interested to know more about our programs, please visit our website www.icertglobal.com.
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What does it serve to hold a Professional Training

It’s a well beaten track, and oft-walked path and probably worn out. Even after it goes a full circle, sometimes we are back at square one. So what does it serve to hold a professional certification/training? Maslow postulated that ‘when one need is met, another arises’. It’s a two way street between employers and employees. While one is on the lookout for extraordinary skills offering position and perks, the other is on the pursuit of offering its services to best bidder. The employer-employee relationship is reciprocal. ‘How can I help you’ to ‘what do you have to offer me’. As a professional aspiring to move ahead in the corporate ladder, what are the expectations from an individual standpoint as well as collective?

Skills Specialisation

Show uncommon skill.

It will become banal if you could do the math with the headcount, out of which how many really can be counted in?

“According to a report by Talent Sprint in 2014, only 27 per cent of the 7, 50, 00,000 fresh graduates would be employable by 2020. “


So the number of candidates who actually make it to the talent pool is disproportionate to talent available. Employers are really vetting a recruit’ worth because getting a new hire onboard is expensive and cumbersome. The trail of links from start to closure can be long and winding. So how does professional training help developing skills? Expectedly, your knowledge base should be broad and it’s strongly recommended to specialize. Academic knowledge is acknowledged and professional development will complement in carving your professional profile. Capabilities in line with the current standards, relevant knowledge about the changing trends and times in your track; closing your knowledge gaps and help you become a potential contributor.

Non-professionals as active participants

 How do non-professionals get in? That’s an interesting poser. There are prospects in the industry which facilitates non-actors in to active participants through professional development programs. For instance, you have enlisted for Arts but interested in design, or your major is Math and penchant for Analytics, and the industry will surprise with the opportunities abound. There I nothing non-inclusive. In fact, heavyweights and bellwether companies have opted to look beyond the conventional method even in campus selection shifting primary focus on skills. Those who have the appetite to ‘go beyond’ is succinctly encapsulated in this crisp comment “people who like figuring out stuff where there is no obvious answer”. More than academic, it will be the analytic, innovative, think out-of-box approach that draws more eyeballs. Every player is deemed to have traits and skill primary followed by secondary. It will be through honing and fine-tuning, especially when professional migrate from their line of practice. And that’s when and how training, workshop or certification courses actually lend merit to improve skills in a planned and structured way.

International acceptance and recognition

With economy opening up profiles today are pancontinental. When visibility is high, the stakes too are high and hence it’s significant that your credentials take center stage or go places – literally. Some niche certification is renowned for its compelling grip to hold international audience. A professional certification course is a key enabler in making your profile visible and far reaching – by speaking in the same language that’s universally understood and upheld. When you can demonstrate with the expected skill, expertise and authorized by a professional governing or certifying body, it not only recognizes but endorses your commitment in a global business analysis community. 

Job opportunities world-wide

Job opportunities will be a corollary to international recognition. Once the threshold is reached, doors are opened. The industry is not short of opportunities. There is a dearth of quality and qualified professional and this supply vs demand is grossly skewed underscoring the need for skilled personnel. Interestingly, professional training enabled many non-actors to get into the fray and find a place in the workforce. 

The 74 million next-generation workforce of 15- to 24-year-olds who are unemployed are not skilled to fill the skills . 

Ant crisis presents an opportunity and how can you capitalize the chance by leveraging on your knowledge and understanding. For a power-packed performance, you need support in the form of grooming and guidance and perhaps where professional training will pitch. 

Career-path accelerator

The total costs of replacement can reach 200% of an employee’s annual salary.

Now that’s huge. A certification can ensure consideration, if not confirmation. Building your career will depend much on your personal branding. Just as in any job search, distinguish yourself head-over shoulder by positioning yourself. There are programs conceived and delivered to help you progress faster and further in your career with promotions and compensation. How does training impact career advancement? In addition they can provide linkage to training in the right modality to facilitate development, It’s not enough for you do good. You have to take control of career and make it happen. We engage in knowledge transfer in the form of professional training and certification courses. You may please call on us or email at info@icertglobal.com to discuss more about career-building counseling offered as courtesy.

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Challenges with Project Management

The iron triangle is too tough to balance. Too often or not, it was observed that one axis is either long or short compared to the other two. And it might be near perfection to maintain equidistant axes. Project stakeholders are left perplexed tearing the hair wondering what went wrong, and ‘how didn’t we see that coming? We failed to detect and decipher the warning. Did we throw caution to the wind?’ that will sound too critical as due diligence is done through detailed discussion and deliberation before inking the contract, yet, projects going off the rails poses serious threats in damage control and contingency measures. What went wrong should be a lesson learnt for the next or projects in pipeline, yet projects seems to stumble in the same spot flummoxes and shakes the foundation. It might sound clichéd or routinely repetitive but professionals tread on a beaten track and worn out path, and ironically can’t sight the pitfalls and potholes? What possible oversights that project suffer – that are ‘known’ knowns and still found wanting on action and remedy.

Identify Project Objective and Goals:

The stakeholders stating the objective should make sure that project goals are identified and make sure the message reaches out to the team. Chances of disconnect is disturbingly high when objective isn’t clear or communication incoherent. Minor addition to the original scope will result in a major reshuffle, transfiguring the original requirements. Consequently, the project fails to progress on expected lines. It can be any field and platform independent and technology agnostic as project is a temporary endeavor with a start and end date. The dates differ because the project team plays a different wherein goal posts keeps keep shifting. 

Determine the Project Scope:

Always the slippery slope. The in-scope and out-of-scope tends to blur and blend, and the risk is inherent. Is it easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle? It might be appear as exaggeration expression. Most experienced project managers would agree that ‘admission and accommodation’ that starts as a trickle is difficult to stem as a tide. Nudge here and poke there and scope is nowhere near the ‘original’ scope. 

Emphasize Project Communication across Stakeholders:

Stepping up communication will set the expectation right. The fundamental reason for any misunderstanding is poor communication. In a technology advance professional work environment, gap due to improper communication is unacceptable hampering hampers productivity and performance. Be it manual or electronic exchange, there will be greater degree of transparency and accountability only when communication between stakeholders is crystal clear and timely on delivery.

Prepare proper Project Deadlines:

Delivery deadlines must be realistic. Setting up unreasonable timeline is self-destructive. It can lead to serious issues running your project progress and workforce morale. Raising the bar is good to groom but poor governance to reflect in the target. The date of completion can be setting after taking stock of the soft skills and availability. The resources pose an intrinsic risk, admittedly, and hence there is a standby or fall back provisions made in the ‘resource plan’ but the usual practice of engaging someone on something is strictly on ‘evaluation of excellence’ and securing confidence. 

Evaluate Talent Pool:

Expectation are always high – be it employer or employee but rising up to it and staying in ‘top of form’ consistently is breaking grounds in terms of performance. Team, inevitably, will be a mix of talent pool. Any shortcoming or deficit will be offset by outstanding performance and that’s how it becomes teamwork. The delivery and deadline should be worked out only after factoring your Talent Pool. Assessing your resources becomes critical before committing about the possible time of completion. Besides, it strongly recommended conducting the SWOT analysis on every team member to evaluate the team’s strength and weakness. Sometimes there is too much of reliance on a particular resource that can lead too much ‘burn’, and ‘wear’. There is only so much a resource can perform and efforts are to optimize. Beyond that the very resource is put in peril – too much of a risk. To know more about Project Management programs, please click http://goo.gl/Vt0ZL1 or visit our website www.icertglobal.com

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The PRINCE2 Practitioner Open Book Exam General Tips

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is an open-book format which enables those taking the exam to access Book(s) prescribed by Axelos.

PRINCE2 Practitioner Examination format 
 . Objective testing 
 . 8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark 
 . 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%  
 . Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time  
 .  Open-book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)

Open-Book -General Tips.
 
Open-book – is in support and not as main ‘source’ 
It’s easy to be misled that answers are inserted in the book and all one has to do open and everything will unfold. Progress is based on preparation. So an unprepared attempt relying on the open-book completely will expectedly make no headway as the exam is not about rote learning or remembering and recalling answers. In a scenario-based exam, the challenge lies in applying the learning in the given context for which the open-book can serve as ‘aid’ and can never replace the hard hours bunt to bridge the knowledge gap. So open-book serves more as pointers and reference and surely not the study-material during the exam. 

Well-versed with core concepts and subject matter.

The recommendation is to become conversant with core concepts like reading the back of your palm. How else you would able to know what lies where. In the pile of information, searching for the reference to the untrained eye is like being blindsided. The open-book will act as a guide in offering direction to look for material that can be useful while attempting on the answers. The more conversant, the easier it is to track and trace, which saves you time to spare while attempting the hard questions. Besides, you can check and confirm the probable answer by verifying the open-book, provided the answers were known prior and not by chance or second-guess. 

Read, and read again.

the question If you can’t get it in the first read, try again. The instinct is to eyeball or examine hastily the exam paper to run through all the questions. Understanding the question is the key in answering, and scenarios, in particular, poses the need to read the finer details for better grasp and reach. It is very much possible to miss out on some information or become confused. Enhanceyour comprehension.

Engage. The exam is not extempore effort.

Participation without prior preparation results in poor performance. Exceptions aside, it will be ill-advised to attempt an exam without the groundwork and grooming. One has to engage with the exam planning and readiness to clear the exam in the first attempt. There are mock exams, study aids available, and sample papers similar to that of the final exam. Attempt as many to empower with the relevant knowledge and understanding so as to acquaint and anticipate. It’s never extempore.

Don’t overestimate or oversimplify.

The confident mind can feel supremely strong and takes it easy and consequnetly, complacent. It is not the same as being cool before an exam. A sense of caution is expected than fear or foreboding, at the same time lethargic and laidback attitude will not take you far. Human, by nature, assume the worst and hence overestimate – which impedes progress and success. Open-book, as stated above, is again reiterated not to be interpreted as book of answers. This might make the 'smarts' ones to oversimplify or the 'unprepared' fraught with exam fear to overestimate. Attempt on its merit.

DOs and Don’ts.

DOs,
You are allowed the access of the Axelos-approved manual. You can mark or add handwritten notes on the manual that can be referred. You can also use post-it notes for identifying sections or jumpstart to a page. You have to validate the admission of the referenced book by clearly by presenting to the webcam. Open-Book should be emptied of any material concealed intentionally or inadvertently. You need to open the book and flip pages in front of the camera to ascertain about hidden notes or papers. You can take the exam from an authorized examination center or your training provider or online. In case, you are doing it online from a place of your choice, ensure complete compliance. 

Don’ts,
You cannot attach or affix any sheet or papers other than the allowed ‘book’. Any inserts or attachments or pullout that violates the rules and guidelines will disqualify your candidature. You cannot have hidden notes inside the book, and hence a prerequisite that the ‘Open-book’ should be subject to inspection of the web camera before the start of exam. You cannot use any additional information, like sheets or papers other than the book You can always call on us to clarify any doubts or queries about PRINCE2 exams. For contact information, please click the link http://www.icertglobal.com/contact-us or visit our website www.icertglobal.com

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PRINCE2 PRACTITIONER QUESTION PAPER PATTERNS

If you have PRINCE2 Foundation certification, then the calling is to commit to the next level and complete - The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification. As a PRINCE2 Practitioner certified professional, you are empowered with the knowledge and understanding in applying your learning to a real-time situation or scenario, and expected to lead and manage projects in an environment that supports PRINCE2. 

Prerequisites

The prerequisite to appear for the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination, as stated by the governing body Axelos, is to possess 

a ‘proof of passing’ from one of the following:

PRINCE2 Foundation 

Project Management Professional (PMP
.  Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
. PMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director) 
. IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager) 
. IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
. IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)

Exam Format 

The exam format is as follows:
Objective testing
8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%
Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time 
Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only).  

 PRINCE2 PRACTITIONER QUESTION PAPER PATTERNS  
Please note that this exam is available for participants registered Accredited Training Organization.

 Sample Paper,

Having completed the certification course, it is strongly recommended that you try the ‘free Sample PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam’, offered by Axelos. This will present an overview and help you become familiar with the exam pattern, type of questions, severity of questions and so on. It arms with you awareness and helps you to prepare with a sense of anticipation. You have the option to take the test soon after completing the course to assess you own level of understanding and knowledge transfer or you can prepare prior to the test to get a first-hand evaluation of your own competence in cracking the exam. 

Objective Test , 

The objective test will vary slightly from the usual objective answers, wherein, one correct answer needs to be selected. PRINCE2 Foundation follows this pattern of answering. However, in PRINCE2 Practitioner, there might be questions that may have more than 1 correct answer, and hence be informed about this departure from the tradition ‘objective answers’.

Knowledge Areas, 

There will be eighty questions in all and each carry 1 mark. You have to score a minimum 44 to clear the certification exam, which is 55%. The question will be posed from knowledge areas and hence it’s imperative that you cover all topics and become conversant with the syllabus areas.
The PRINCE2 Syllabus contains 15 defined syllabus areas covering each of the seven themes, each of the seven processes and an overview area also covering the principles and tailoring PRINCE2 to a project environment.
Within the Practitioner Examination, there will be 6 “theme” questions, each testing one of the 7 themes, and 2 “process group” questions, which will test 2 of the 3 groups of processes as identified below.
Each of the eight questions will test a minimum of 2 syllabus topics from within the syllabus area. Syllabus Area,
Business Case theme ,
Organization theme ,
Quality theme,
 Plans theme ,
Risk theme ,
Change theme ,
Progress theme ,
Starting up a Project and Initiating a Project Processes,
Directing a Project, Managing a Stage Boundary and Closing a Project Processes,
Controlling a Stage and Managing Product Delivery Processes.

Open Book, 

Within each question the syllabus area to which the question refers is clearly stated. The exam is to be taken with the support of the PRINCE2 Manual only. Remember, you cannot use any other book or resource, that is i.e. no material other than the Question Booklet, the Scenario Booklet, the Answer Booklet and the PRINCE2 Manual is to be used and ‘Open Book’ conditions as have to be complied. We will discuss about open book more in detail as a blog post. 

Types of Questions

You can expect the 80 question posed in the certification exam. And they are presented in 5 different formats as detailed below. Classic Multiple Choice Questions: the typical objective-type question wherein you need to select a right answer from the given choices Multiple Response: you have to select 2 options from the list of 5 options. This marks the exception in the pattern by prompting for more than 1 answer. Matching: the options on the left column need to be mapped to the correct answer in the right. Please note that there is only one match and there are possibilities of multiple matches. Meaning for 5 options on the left column, it is entirely possible that option 1, 2 and 3 can have the same mapping on the right column. Sequencing: ‘position events in a sequence’. You need to answer the options like stacking in a sequence. Assertion/Reason: You need to evaluate two statements a (an assertion and a reason) and confirm if they either, or both or neither with the help of reasons detailed in the question. 

Capturing the Answer  

In the answer leaflet, make sure the oval shapes are completely filled with PENCIL only. You have 150 minutes to answer questions. Hence your time management and answering ways should be 100% fill. Its an electronic submission and correction and hence filling the oval shapes that you find as the correct answer should be neatly and completely is the compelling factor. Failure in doing so may result in the making the answer null and void as system will be unable to ‘read’.

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Can Artificial Intelligence alert Project Managers

This blog is written in the backdrop of Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai heralding “Artificial Intelligence’ as “We will move from mobile first to an AI first world." in the recently held Google I/O 2016. Science becomes spectacular in its endeavor to make possible the deemed impossible, reminding Robert Kennedy “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Sometimes it’s so surreal. When the movie ‘Minority Report’ , a concept conceived in the late nineties and hit the silver screen by 2002, the reviews about the sci-fi was superb and many wondered what could the world be in 2054 as set as timeline in the movie. It was half-a century away. Everything can be put in place past the event or outcome but possible to predict something to happen with precision? Plausible? From a technology perspective, the spectacle that dazzled us with 3-D, touch screen depicting data on-demand, transportation and logistics, the movie ported us to a scientific space of sophisticated software and advanced intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence as the key driver

The breakthrough in AI is simply breathtaking. and going places that Mars may not be the final frontier. Today you can key-in or just use voice for search – any kind of search. Different people have different needs and the system is so intelligent and efficient to identify the ‘searcher’ to serve customized results and also recommendation on the screen. IBM is working on digital advertising screens that can play advertisements best suiting the consumer’ preference using the RFID technology, picking their shopping flair and taste from their payment cards and phones that use RFID chips. A Japanese company has created digital signage that can organize through The customer facial recognition software and cameras helps to identify the gender, age and range in displaying advertisement best fitting the democracy - Typical customer-centric campaigns to promote products and services. If anything, AI is growing from strength to strength. Look no further for evidence – just search for something in Google and check how soon and swift the results came through. Does it rain or shine? The forecast for the week? Or check the kids play Mariocart or Xbox where simulations or gesture-based gaming to the driverless car. In the movie Minority Report, the newspaper will update itself for latest news. Today, why don't you check the Google news page which is almost there with its updates, though not auto-refresh. There is much more than that meets the eye. This is an era of information overload and hence developments sometimes are overshadowed or even go unnoticed. Impressively, human’s pursuit to make ideas to realities is relentless. 

Artificial Intelligence and Project Management

What’s the probability that the lead programmer in the team will show up for work tomorrow? Will the server hold up till the end or tank all of a sudden? Will the project meet its deadline and deliver? Your guess is as good as anyone. For the scope of this account, let’s confine to human resources and hardware. If Big Data is growing powerful with predictive analysis as a powerful and potent tool, what will happen Artificial Intelligence is employed to study and predict personnel about presence and performance. Can the Intelligence available alert about the impending change(s)? Can we leverage on behavorial biometrics for human identficiation and expand its scope to mine data? In Seoul, AlphaGo, an AI system created by Google, crushed Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion who is regarded as the decade's top player of Go - an abstract strategy board game. The victory meant that "AI-calculated-faster-than-a-human”. Agreed, but the AI-calculator was again created by human mind and its very unfair to state Seedol lost, rather collective brains won that day. So if Big Data can do the imagined and beyond, can it rise up to the challenge is by providing statistics and information about human behavior, more from human physiology and psyche? Efforts are underway and research is ongoing, like ‘social character’ , or ‘Human Genome Project ‘providing insights into genes, which hopefully can wade into rough waters to understand the incredibly complex human system. Though the goal of this study of Human Genome is to create personalized medicines, use analytics to check a cure is within a particular timeline, can it not encompass behavioral traits as well? The if-only theory that a Project Manager applies in analyzing team’s composition and hardware infrastructure – “if only the server didn’t shutdown without warning”, “if only the programmer didn’t fall sick”, “if only the architect didn’t drop his papers ”, “if only there was a backup before the power failed”…….all these can be written as useful Use Cases with alternate scenarios. From a Project Manager’s desk, Technology in the form of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence can empower at arriving at informed decisions – especially about health reports of both men and machines, then risks can be mitigated to a greater extent and the assurance of the success of any undertaking will be expectedly high. Artificial Intelligence, in this context of human understanding and analysis, is extremely challenging given the multi-layered, multi-dimensional and multi-faceted undertaking that’s complicated in its complexities. Many doubt its possibility, but then so did the skeptics when “Minority Report’ was released. Spielberg views sounds psychic “I wanted all the toys to come true someday. I want there to be a transportation system that doesn't emit toxins into the atmosphere. And the newspaper that updates itself...” Mankind shares the same sanguinity that Artificial Intelligence arms the Project Manager with the ability to view way ahead in predicting scientifically about a project holistically - the entire ecosystem.

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Are you Reading the Risks Right or Is It Target Missed a Case Study Project Management

Profile A high-tech company in the travel industry has bagged a contract from a reputed Client for data migration with phased delivery over a period of ten quarters. The project plan was created based on the requirements available. Since the project spanned in time, the data points presented covered only a year, which was deemed good to start by stakeholders. The visibility was for only one year and hence the limitation with data available – which is expected and accepted in this kind of engagement. The budget for the said timeline was apportioned. The team identified to undertake the project was present in different locations as a strategic call. The Pain Point It will be the assumptions that will turn out to be the worst of risks. The stakeholders agreed it was a long tunnel but not quite certain about the length. Since it was a time bound, the requirement gathering was focused for the first quarter as agreed by the stakeholders and signed-off. Assumptions can become one of the major risks. The team initially settled on a framework only to change after the first sprint. The change would impact the team composition calling for ‘sourcing’ soon after launch that sent the human resources scrambling for talent. The need of the hour is never met and that’s the lesson learnt and hence due diligence paid to the selection from talent pool. With new resources inducted, there was already burn on time and cost, the knowledge transfer turned out to be to be too steep and the project plan revisited to factor the changes. There were different verticals within the team which started concurrently, and it was the approach of the scheduled milestone that sent the alarm bells ringing as one of the core development team failed in meeting the deadline and thereby derailed further developments adversely impacting other teams as the output will be the primary feed for them to move forward. It had a typical domino effect shaking the entire team. When the causal analysis was conducted, the results unearthed many issues that seemed to be swept under the carpet. Communication weren’t open and transparent; accountability absent and leadership clueless as team members tried passing the buck and concerned about safeguarding their position. The most baffling will be the lack of attention to basic details. There should have been a single point of contact for escalation; People Management and Stakeholder management. The root cause clearly spells poor communication and lack in understanding. The bottleneck undoubtedly was communication management. Clearly the opportunity would have been squandered if not for the milestone. It was the worst wake-up call for a company known for its intellectual capital and track record. Analysis revealed that the actual against planned in the project plan left a gaping hole and lacked foresight for risk mitigation particularly to problem faced as such a scenario was never contemplated. How? That’s why the absence to attention on basic details. Too much rode on assumptions. The impacts due to the imbalance resulted in # changes in the team composition which proved too expensive at that point in time as investment and Knowledge Transition and team ramp-up # Conflicts in the mid-management The squabbles stressed the need for conflict resolution through effective people management and stakeholder management. Troubleshooting It was back to basics about team-building with open communication, more transparency and greater accountability. The team met frequently till all onboard were on the same page. Having ceded grounds, it’s more prudent to save and salvage and move on. Since it was the first milestone, the impact on the short-term goal was severe and long-term could be contained. The positive impact can be captured as # Commitment from the stakeholders on requirements and delivery # Transparency /Clarity to all the stakeholders Recommendations The Plan B that somehow missed the plan should be prepared. The alternate scenario for worst cases should be assessed and addressed. The assumptions must be studied again and stakeholders should provide clarity in closure. The team should be cohesive and engage effectively to expedite delivery. The Start of the Day and End of Day of meeting must analyze the day’s target and plan for next day deliverables. The leadership to introduce SPOC and take stock at regular intervals (smaller intervals as possible) till things are streamlined and then schedule the standard stand-up meetings
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Now that you filled the PMP Examination forms What next Write the PMP Exam

As a prelude to appearing for the PMP® Certification exam, few pointers worth to ponder.

1. Fill the PMP® application form

Filling the form can be time consuming and extensive in preparation with an eye for details. Please be informed that PMI® will provide 90 days to fill your form online during which you can edit and make changes but cannot cancel the application. PMI® will post a mail to your valid email about the completeness of application.

2. Response from PMI® about Application’s completeness

Once you submit the PMP® application, PMI will get back in about 5 days about the ‘Application Completeness Review’. Soon after you submit the PMP® application, it becomes mandate to appear for the examination within one year of submission. This is again for the benefit of the participants to stay concentrated about the exam. A lot many aspirants develop cold feet due lack of time constraints, unexpected events, and hectic work schedule or plainly lack of preparation. Also, some aspirants wait to become completely conversant and extremely confident before they can start filling the form. These are exceptional cases, besides PMI offers you enough time for the kind of confidence and conversance one can work upon and build in due course of time.

3. Make the Payment

This is the third step. Once your application is vetted for veracity, reviewed and ratified, the PM will post a send you a confirmation email with an advise to make the payment towards the PMP® examination fee. Now you can make the payment. You can visit ww.pmi.org and become a member by paying fee of $139 which can save $11 and also provide soft copy of PMBOK and study aids.

4. Scheduling the Exam

After the form is submitted, you will receive a mail from PMI® stating ,
Your application is approved ,
You will receive confirmation that your application is approved. Further, the email will provide the payment link to pay the exam fees. For PMP® certification fee, PMI members will have to pay USD $405 while for non-members, it will cost SD $555. 
 Or 
The application is under Audit process. The PMI audit will seek to substantiate certain details recorded in the application form. The applicant will receive an audit document which needs to be printed, verified and signed by the supervisor/manager as mentioned in the application form with the respective company seal. The printed hard copies need to be posted through ‘traceable’ post. Note: there is no need to get worked-up or become anxious. It’s just PMI is cross-checking with the information provided in the application and validating any gaps observed. It can happen due to oversight despite checking and double-checking some information or may be certain data failed to capture. PMI will provide 90 days for you to post the required documents back to its head office. Its advised that you always you’re your superiors informed about your certification endeavor and they will do the needful when taken into confidence. PMI will require 7 days to approve your application, subject to the orderliness of the submitted hard copies, and will mail you the link to make the payment and schedule PMP® Examination date.

5. Appear for the Exam

The PMP® certification prep courses, multiple model papers, study aids, Resources available and the numbers of hour spent preparing will definitely make a difference. As stressed in our previous blog posting, preparation stress the need of heightened anticipation – which is what we meant as ‘state of readiness’ so that the date scheduled by PMI will not take you by surprise, and also you can keep sharpening axe. Practice and preparation are the keys.

 NOTE: You must retain the unique PMI Eligibility ID located on your scheduling notification. This number will be required to register for the examination. [courtesy: www.pmi.org. to read more, click here} “I try to prepare for everything beyond the extent of preparation. Taylor Swift” We wish you success!!

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a Project Manager s perspective

Penned by a Project Manager

When my friend passed this book, it had a sacred aura as if a parchment of scriptures was being handed. Amused thoroughly by this hand-over ceremony, I was more intrigued to read the title “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Another Motivational book? Perhaps. But I have seen guys hooked to 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins like a manual even citing page numbers and personally enthralled with sheer statistics in Malcolm McDowell’s ‘Outliers’. Come on, to quote Beatles were ‘also a band’ that did the gig and grind in German clubs for hours before they achieved the cult status made my eyes blink with disbelief. So in a way, Stephen Covey’ 7 Habits as its referred by my contemporaries made me feel nervous like holding Fluid Mechanics by PK Bhansal or Thermodynamics that did give the jitters then, when we were new and naïve as newcomers. The fear is either misplaced or we reel locked up in a panic room. As Truman said ‘we have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ The title alone was enough to get me going because it doesn’t assure to make you successful but to succeed follow the 7 habits. The more I read, the more I wanted to apply the learning to my professional sphere and as a Project Manager, Interestingly, we can apply the 7 habits into project management practice. Socrates said ““I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” So a book that makes one think is an amazing resource of education – the eternal spring of knowledge. Louis L'Amour was exquisite “Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.” Without much ado, here are the 7 habits BE PROACTIVE, BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND, PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST, THINK WIN-WIN, SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD, SYNERGIZE, SHARPEN THE SAW. 

Proactive:

It’s all about ownership and shouldering responsibilities. It’s the reactive that are influenced by other factors to indulge in blame game. It will be pertinent to point L'Amour to stress about being proactive “Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.” You can only manage things that are under your control. The proactive persons devote their time and effort on things that can be controlled., primarily through Circle of Influence ·

These are the group of the people who will focus on issues in take care of things those are under their control · 

They don’t blame other for the actions as their focus is more on the solving and resolving. Basically solutioning.

à You can relate this with Risk Management & Stakeholder Management,

Begin End in Mind

It’s the ability to vision objective with action plan. Every organization has a mission statement and any undertaking (read as Project) will have its goals and mission. The prototype or blueprint is basically the model of the end-product. If development is connecting the dots, then planning is all about creating and placing and positioning the dots. Begin End in Mind typically stresses on the scope. You should know what needs to be done and also what is NOT to be accomodated. You can plan on your resources and apportion tasks and assign by preparing the project plan.

 à Relate this with Overall Project Plan – (Scope, Quality, Time & Cost)

 Put First Things First

Plan all the tasks that can be done first by specifying the severity and assigning priority. It’s about organization, management and execution. Balance it out. You don’t have to burn out. Revisit your project plan for prioritization as some developments might mandate that some tasks take precedence as against the planned action item or a resource originally delegated for a particular requirement need to be deployed elsewhere. à Review of the Project Plan and Execution

 Think WIN-WIN

Spell success mutually. It has to work both ways. We are all in together and so should the benefits that are accrued as a result of the association. The budgeting must ensure the project doesn’t bleed and scope should be contained from bloating. It wouldn’t be fair-game if the vendor emerges as the victor at the cost of customer as a victim. Don’t over-price or undervalue. Be reasonable so that it’s a collaborative and co-operative effort wherein all the stakeholders involved share the results to realize the returns on investment.

 à Relate with Communication Plan

SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD

Perhaps the toughest. We seek to be heard before hearing. The loudest is one who is heard, lest voices are drowned in the din. We are quick to judge than reason; prejudice prevails above principle. We want to have the last word and have to be right always. Learn. And for that listen first. A willful listener who is genuinely interested and not merely pretending to hear. There are instance we hear with the sole intent to give it back not as a reply or response but retort. Also, there is the element of sub-conscious bias that creeps unnoticed and adversely influences our decision and deliberation. The essence of communication is to understand as well as to be understood.

 à Relate with Conflict Management

SYNERGIZE

Fundamentally teamwork. Synergy by definition is “the working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects”. It is indeed true that “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Meaning we draw strength from each other that makes us formidable team and a force to reckon. It would be a mistake to obscure an individual’s contribution – there are some stars that shine brightly. How the individual contribution broadens the funnel of opportunities and possibilities for team members makes it even more significant. Some team members come forward to wear multiple hats or some are made to multi task to further project’s progress and team’s interest. Synergy is the collective strength and combined effort expending in achieving a common goal.

à Relate with Conflict Management and People Management

SHARPEN THE SAW

It was Abraham Lincoln’ who famously quoted “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Work smart. It’s wise to invest time in figuring out the best possible ways to get the work done efficiently so as to enhance productivity. The best output in the given timeline, sometimes limited time always calls for smart work. Its left to you in managing the given time and to optimize, you must reinvent yourself and be at it. Its always about conserving your energy to combat challenges and crisis that comes in the way of work. The monotony of work – to be at the desk from dawn to dusk drains you down. Wont you feel weak and worn out? You want capitalize on newer opportunities or crash out because of overdoing? Try to lead a balanced life. Take your mind off by mediation or relaxation or spiritual activity. It helps to unplug once in a while to recharge and revitalize yourself.

 à Relate with Monitoring and Control
 
The above article was penned by one of the panel members who is an active and experienced Project Manager. iCert Global is a global learning provider specializing in the fields of Project Management amongst other offerings. You can learn more about Project management by signing up for our PMP® or PRINCE2 programs. We wish to thank you for visiting our blog and hope your stay was productive and purposeful.

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Advance your Career with Certified Business Analysis Professional CBAP Certification

There was an interesting and exciting write about Business Analysts - The 21st century business analyst is a liaison, bridge and diplomat who balances the oftentimes incongruous supply of IT resources and demands of the business. Forrester's research found that those business analysts who were most successful were the ones who could "communicate, facilitate and analyze." Business Analyst, as a role and title, is often connected with IT industry given its dominating presence and dependence in the scope of business. This is not to discount or discredit Business Analysis in other industries but this article’s premise is clearly IT. It’s the customer who drives the business. The stakeholders help create the ecosystem and the principal players play their part to progress and ensure profit. The endeavor should end in business value. The eyes are set at the topline and bottom line, and any business venture should demonstrate capabilities to monetize. The bottom line is the backbone. We have always toiled to profit in any profession and in software parlance Solution, as a way of business, is created based on the customer’s problem statement. In business, the most difficult part is to please is your customer. Try as you might, they are never content. It’s an uphill task and times, unreasonable too. It’s unwise and unfair to expect the customer will record the requirement in their Business Requirement specification. The specification is subject to change as it evolving in nature but the scope should be pinned right at the start for change in scope can prove catastrophic.

Who is a business analyst and the importance of business analysis?

Mind Is always applying to matters and in that sense we are all analysts. Business Analysts is a specialized skill wherein a smart combination of strategic smartness as that of a diplomat and analytical approach of an intelligence community. A Business Analyst should be able to handle aspects of both functional solution and technical solution in response to the business need in proposing a solution that s holistic and realistic. Requirement gathering can be done through conventional ways like elicitation, ideation, brainstorming, or employ modern tools like prototyping, wireframing drawing the big picture or the end-product. Who knows the scope better than a Business Analyst? Business Analysts are not just touch points but the interface between the organization and the customer, translating business needs and providing feasible solutions that can be implemented at the agreed cost – which effectively contains scope. As the primary window for requirement gathering the Business Analyst is better placed at a vantage point in assessing and analyzing the scope better. Continuous dialogue and constant touch helps in shaping up the specification to systematically document the scope and bring on record ‘the out-of scope’ aspects as well. The customer of today is more empowered with data points at their fingertips and fluent in system architecture and talk technology as good as your technocrat. So quintessentially Business Analyst ought to be 2 steps ahead to preempt the perils and possible scenarios. Its that sense of anticipation that heightens the alertness which really sells. In case of scope creeps, it will become an undersell. Therefore, the best to identify the scope is left to the Business Analyst and contain will become imperative upon the executor (Project Manager).
 
Why Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)?

 As a professional, you need to establish credibility and build trust. CBAP® certification criteria make it a mandate to possess 7500 hours of hands-on business experience which makes it extensive in terms of learning in terms of time and talent. Its given to understand that CBAP® certified professionals are ‘experts in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions’ as stated in iiba.org. Just like PMP® for Project Management following the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® ) Guide, organization these days are stressing on the significant of a CBAP® certification for Business Analyst which follows The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide V2.0.) and is fast gaining currency as one of the best known benchmark for business analysis. CBAP certification enhances the human capital of an organization and builds competency in business analysis practice. Also the recognition and career advancement potential for the professional makes it a synergetic growth for the organization. It enables effective work with stakeholders associated and helps better understand the profession as an expert. 

As mentioned by iiba.org, CBAP® trained managers or provide CBAP trainings enjoy following benefits:

 • CBAPs are acknowledged as competent individuals who perform a role which is increasingly    recognized as a vital component of any successful project.
 • CBAP can be identified as individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and qualifications
 • CBAP follow established standards as outlined in the IIBA BABOK® Guide V2.0.
 • CBAPs produce reliable, quality results with increased efficiency and consistency

Records sourced from IIBA.org states that there 6208 registered professionals and the number is growing at a staggering pace. There are 6 knowledge areas as prescribed in the BABOK® Guide V2.0.which you will have to become proficient to pass the certification. Our CBAP® certification course will provide the necessary training and learning based on BABOK® Guide V2.0.Some key modules are listed below for reference as part of the course agenda:

 .Introduction to CBAP
 .Enterprise Architecture 
 .Developing A Solution Scope
 .Developing A Business Case 
 .Stakeholder Roles and Responsibilities,
 .Elicitation Techniques · Requirements Planning
 .Risk Analysis and Management Enterprise Analysis/Business Case
 .Enterprise Analysis Tasks 
 .Requirements Management and Communication 
 .Managing the Solution Scope Requirements
 .Traceability 
 .Inputs to the Solution Scope
 .Managing Requirements Changes 
 .Risk Analysis 
 .SWOT Analysis


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Manage Multiple Projects Effectively with a MSP Certification

Amazing. Astounding. Awe-inspiring. The technology revolution has taken the industry by storm and dazzles with “disruptive technology “ or ‘creative destruction. Buzz words by the horde appear on the headlines startling you by its sheer ‘sentence-construct’. Many couldn’t decipher disruptive technology then but we are now used to and even conversant to the point of expecting more. If you are someone juggling with more than one assignment – then talk of multi-tasking. Now when its managing multi-projects, then the unknowns and unexpected changes complicates to a severity hitherto undefined. So as one entrusted with the Program management, how do you anticipate the unexpected and negotiate the unforeseen changes? Please note that a program is a portfolio comprised of multiple projects. Its common knowledge that managing large-scale programme can be very complex in terms of planning, organizing and execution. The business environment has changed drastically with the advent of mobile apps in every sphere of life and digitization of every dot, which demands completion at a pace that’s fast and yet cost-effective. While the scale and size in project and programs are growing, qualified professionals who can consistently perform and contribute are found wanting. We recommend MSP® ( Managing Successful Programs). Your organization would want to continually improve, manage multiple projects to the minute detail, manage stakeholder expectation, provide value for investment, capitalize on business opportunities and become an enabler of change – which is why MSP® is strongly proposed to be pursued by your Personnel managing programs. MSP’s framework enables organization to break down complex programs in to manageable interrelated projects, balancing on the budget and staying on time without compromising the quality. Thus it’s a strategic approach to accomplish a complex engagement through transformation activities whereby a file is split as dossiers, organized, implemented and executed to achieve the intended outcome or business result, in other words, business value.

 MSP® sets out successful programs

Pcubed has found MSP to be an effective platform upon which to develop a program or assess the effectiveness of those already underway. MSP® sets out how successful programs - portfolios of projects - can and should be accomplished. It emphasizes that a program will involve considerable resource commitment from a number of areas: "a significant budget, lengthy timescales, potential disruption of extant projects or programs, and major business or organizational change."

MSP® helps in delivering business outcome/output

MSP® is a flexible though not prescriptive business framework and best practice that helps organization with its pragmatic approach to realize present project objectives and enhances its business operation and processes. It enhances organization efficiency, makes resources effective and encourages innovation. The business goals, objectives are strategically aligned so as to improve operational efficiency, and act as a catalyst for delivery capabilities. Since MSP is developed from collective experience and expertise, it adds tremendous value, and benefits largely from the insights from experience.

MSP® is good enough for any type of organization

Big or small – the size is no constraint at all. So long the senior professionals, usually mid-level managers or higher are trained in MSP , preferably Practitioners will serve well to measure up to the organization’s expectations in terms of yield. the certified MSP Practitioners are adept in handling exigencies and resolving issues with enhance decision-making prowess. MSP certification is globally recognized and hence the talent pool of any organization with certified practitioners enhances its image and builds trust and credibility about the workforce. It must be acknowledged that given global competition, compounded by other factors internal and external, one cannot completely insulate from failure but MSP helps organization to stay as competitive with its cutting edge a fair chance to succeed in the most demanding market that offers little latitude.

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PMP Certification Compliments Compensation See Your Salaries Soar

Did you know the average annual salary can go up to $81,000 USD? It’s exciting to study the top 10 countries with the highest median annual salaries for project practitioners. Your resume gets only 6 seconds to strike an impression. The threshold is that small a window. The initial credibility has to be telling to take the conversation forward. The door opener ought to be something valuable. As testified by Project Managers in a survey published in techrepublic online journal, many accounted PMP® certification as ‘the compelling factor’ in being counted. Else they won’t consider your CV. So the counsel is a PMP-packed profile will surely get past the screening process. Experience can further be strengthened with education. The PMP® certification is more about the science of project management in delivering successful projects. Certification is a clear indicator that you possess the relevant knowledge and expertise. Research undertaken by PMI® shows that Organizations that fully understand the value of project management and place a high priority in creating a culture that recognizes its importance report 71 percent of projects meeting original goals and business intent versus 52 percent that place a low priority on it. Besides, chances that one can clear the checks and balances created by PMI are favorably presumed to be equipped with expertise and proficient in their profession. Does a PMP® certificate make a Project Manager more successful in managing project with time, scope and budget? There is a business value to every deal signed. What’s the assurance the Project manager will deliver? Study reveals that a certified Project Manager, when weighed from all distinguishing parameters, has a better shot at success. And more often delivers. For that kind of competence, the PMP® professional commands an attractive compensation as compared to their non-certified counterparts. The ninth edition of PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey states that “those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.” Before we arrive at why salaries surge for certified PMPs as compared to the non-certified, let’s first deliberate why certifications count at all. Statistics reveal seven out of 10 projects fail. So what’s the best bet that a certified professional will perform? The PMI's 2008 Pulse of the Profession research found "that having project managers without PMP certification results in a lower percent of projects coming in on time and on budget—especially when less than 10 percent of the project managers in the company are PMPs. Organizations with less than 10 percent of project managers who are PMPs are also much less likely to indicate an increase in projects successfully meeting the goals and business intent." This is not to drive home that certification alone is the clincher as there are other factors that do impact project completion, but one cannot downplay or undermine the significance certification lends to success. That’s the point. The grind in getting a PMP certification is certainly rigorous given the prerequisite of practical experience and the hours invested in preparation to earn the credential. And the paycheck as well. The informed insights as published in PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey In the United States, keyed out project managers in the pharmaceuticals industry reported the highest median salary ($125,500), followed by those working in agriculture, mining and natural resources ($120,640) and consulting ($120,000). Other industries posting high median U.S. salaries include aerospace ($115,000), engineering ($112,000), utility ($110,425), government ($110,000) and information technology ($110,000). The median salary of U.S.-based respondents holding a PMP certification was $111,000 versus a median salary of $91,000 for participants without PMP certification. Interestingly, the median salary was based on a number of key demographic factors, especially the Country of employment, PMP status, and years of project management experience, project team size and budget. Some of the salient highlights listed below for your immediate attention: 

Number of Years of Experience in Project Management

The median salary ranges from $47,657 (USD) for those just starting out in the project management field to $131,972 (USD) for those who have been in the field for 20 years or more. This represents an increase of 177% from low to high experience in the field. The difference in median salary is not as striking in China. For those with less than three years’ experience, the median salary is $21,073 compared with $29,178 (USD) for those practicing project management for 20 years or more.

PMP® Certification Status
 
The majority of participants in this study have the PMP® certification. Those with the certification earn more than those without in virtually all of the countries, though differences do vary by country. The largest differential is noted in South Africa where PMP® holders have a median salary 47% higher than those who do not hold the certification. Another telling factor is the length of time a person has held the designation of PMP® In nearly all countries, median salary steadily increases with PMP® tenure. In Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, the median salary of those who have been certified for 10 or more years is more than double those who have been certified for 5 years or fewer.

Position

Within the various levels of project managers, salary appears to increase with added responsibility. The rate of increase again varies by country. In Belgium, the median salary increases from $55,927 (USD) for a project manager I to $77,738 for a project manager II to $89,482 for a project manager III. In Saudi Arabia, program managers earn a median salary of $79,962 (USD), and portfolio managers earn upwards of $11,500 (USD) more than program managers and over $23,500 (USD) more than the highest level project managers.

 Project Size

The size of projects managed, in terms of average number of team members and average project budget, also appears to have a positive correlation with annual salary. For instance, in South Africa, those managing projects with larger teams (20 or more people) have a median salary that is 72% higher than those managing teams of one to four people. Likewise, in Hong Kong, those managing projects with budgets of $10 million or more earn 81% more than those with projects under $100,000 and 54% more than those with projects with budgets between $100,000 and $499,999. The detailed report can be accessed vide PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey. This article should help you decide about choosing the course about career acceleration development, especially Project Manager aspirants and Project Manager at the start of the career. Good luck with your endeavors.

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Project Manager are they really required

What if, there is no Project Manager for the project? At times, people often ponder 'why do we need Project Manager as they neither code nor do QA validation and their effort is of no use to the delivery'. Assume there is a team of 10 in which 6 are developers and 3 QA engineers and 1 Development Lead and all are exceptionally good technically and functionally. They are all aware how to efficiently code and of course all QA engineers are experts in Automation. So in that case do you think we need Project Manager to handle the project? The point is, rather than getting into a debate on whether we need Project Manager, its worth discussing on whether people in the team can take care of required project management activities. In general Project Manager is related to Captain for the Project which means he/she has clear vision & direction for the project. One should know the objective of the project, and who are the primary stakeholders and secondary stakeholders; When we should reach where (Milestone details with target dates) and its dependencies and its owners. Another focus area will be communication. Communicating right things to right people and at right time - which includes Risk Management (Dependencies, Issues, & Risks) tracking with right people at right time apart from the Status reporting. When we mention status reporting, people at times think status of the project deliverable, though this is one aspect of the status reporting, but more than that project status should get the visibility on Planned Budget/Effort/Project Scope Vs Spent Amount/Spent Effort/Delivered Scope. This in turn fixes the spotlights on the entity called Project Manager to get the visibility of high level and detailed level also to the respective stake holder. People in the top hierarchy should get the visibility on Budget Spent Vs Ready Scope. The crew might be exceptionally competent in their sphere of work but beyond the call of work is an unfair expectation as it might hamper productivity and thats why and when a Project Manager is pressed into service. In nutshell, Project Manager helps to get predictability of the project all times with relevant information to the relevant stake holders….

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Agile complements traditional project management but how

Agile doesn’t trade places with traditional project management which is centered around 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. We are one of the leading lights in knowledge and certification of PMI-ACP® and regularly conduct training and workshops on key locations around the globe. Let’s move on to the narrative. 

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 adaptiveness, 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. To my view 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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For Commerce or Camaraderie

I am in the middle management and certainly at the crossroad when in conflict with customer and colleagues. This is not made up but picked right from one of the conversation, no, a heated discussion when a team member protested “aren't you supposed to stand by us?” averting their desperate look, I swivelled my chair and stared hard at the table with my eyes focus nowhere in particular but mind probing endless paradoxes and possibilities. Stand by whom? We will have to get educated not to take things personal but when someone slams ‘your idea makes no sense’, how can you detach and differentiate ‘it’s not me that’s criticized but my idea? So that means they are both different? Isn't my thought born out of me and interpreting as impersonal and remain impassive?” Impasse. Don’t dismiss that as banal, as everyone without an exception, at some point in time have introspected on similar lines. “Is it an individual’s interest or collective that matters? Should I have to prove standing by you? Client’s interest precedes and prevails above everything”, the hush in the room was so audible and I knew of touching a raw nerve, and their grievance wasn’t without ground. But if we start listening to such calls and concede ground on behalf of the crew, then there will be no option but pull the shutters down. Clients run the business – we manage. Attitude is all that counts. But a demoralized crew is more dangerous than a deadly weapon, and slighting their service will be huge let-down. So I counsel with an admission “agreed not all calls are fair but we should learn to overlook few just the same way they have accommodated our careless mistakes as ‘oversight’. Eventually business is about give and take, and no need to take things personally. It’s strictly professional. Alright, here is the call: prove them wrong by laying out the outline for closure and I will even it out.” Their eyes lit up. “Wait. What if we fail to deliver?” they sank into their seats. One developer took it up with me “WE WILL DELIVER”. That’s the spirit. I wanted to hear that and those words only. Management are sometime like middlemen who speak for both the side without letting the other down. Not fence sitters, but firmly on the ground. Project Managers must engage stakeholders, who are keen about the bottom line, while also ensuring the team’ morale never suffers at any cost nor become a casualty. It’s difficult to please everyone and unwise to even attempt or aspire. Set the priorities and take calculated risks. It’s not like one’s interest should be affected in order to meet another – that’s a compromise. Make it a win-win for all. Successful Managers are those who factor both the interest – commerce and camaraderie and maintain to sustain a long standing relationship that’s rich in its yield [revenue from client and retention of employees]. The subject is dealt very well in Project Management Certification course, especially in Stakeholder Management, Human Resource Management. You might want to visit know more about our offering http://goo.gl/VljmtT
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Risks Vs. Opportunities

Risks Vs. Opportunities 
 What is Risk?

Risk is an uncertainty which could lead to an impact (positive or negative) to the project. When we mention uncertainty, it is related to probability. When the impact of the probable event is positive we call that as opportunity and when it turns negative, we term that traditionally as “Risk” (Negative impact). Does it mean should we care about only negative impacts or Risks? As much as Risks are important to monitor to minimize the probability and impact, its equally important to maximize the opportunity and the impact of positive impact. Risk à Reduce Probability à Reduce the impact Opportunity à Increase the Probability à Maximize the impact Example, we send the RFP (Request for Proposal) to our customer to get the deal which definitely is very uncertain to get the deal and make the profit out of that.

 What are the threats?

Competitors are our threat who have same level of competency or more 

What are the Risks and Opportunities?

commercially, if we spend money on developing prototype and the deal doesn’t materialize then it’s a loss to us. Hence developing prototype can be considered as Risk/Opportunity. hence, we should try to maximize the probability to get the deal .

What are the Risks involved?

The Risks (Negative Impacts) as identified can be Loss in profit

How to reduce the Negative Impact ?
Have alternate business plans
 Credibility with employees
 Have the backup plan for the resources 

What are the Opportunities (positive Impact)? High chances to get the deal as we have all things ready Team motivation

How to increase the Positive Impact ?

Create a prototype
 Resource Plan People, 
Software & Hardware 
Have the ramp up plan ready and it will be easy to kick off the project on time

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Emotional intelligence (EI) and its effect on Management

Many of us are familiar with AI [Artificial Intelligence] but what is Emotional Intelligence? And its relevance in Management, especially people management? One respondent quipped ‘ego’. Though not entirely off the mark, it addresses just an aspect. Look before you leap; right. Do you think before acting? Emotional intelligence (EI) is a term used to describe the ability of an individual to recognize their own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour [courtesy: wiki]. The term EI gained recognition in 1995 and thereafter evolved as a model, namely ability and trait model. So far we have studied human behaviour, but seldom self-behaviour consciously. As individuals, we often introspect about our actions, and those who dig deeper to understand emotions and then associate with actions to adjust and adapt are better as decision-makers states studies. How effective as Managers? More than anything and anywhere, Emotional Intelligence most needed when negotiating with a colleague or peer or team or superior. Man exhibits myriad emotions. To handle and navigate needs successful soft skills for our decision ought to be rationale, objective and holistic. In a chaotic world with its cacophony like – snarls created after caught in traffic jams or embroiled in a heated exchange - it can be anything trivial to most trying of circumstance. Conflict is common occurrence but the choice to respond rest with us. Calm, collected and composed even in the wake of a storm can’t be seen in everyone. It’s a calling at a very high level and hence those who EI is way above are really adept in adjusting response/reaction and revel at interpersonal relations. The ability to recognize, relate, identify, empathize with others plight, connecting with others, commendable communication and control crisis are typical traits. In other words, high Emotional intelligence (EI) proves very effective in man-Management. Emotionally intelligent leadership are recognized by strong sense of self-awareness whereby that can detect one’s emotion and direct appropriate response mechanism. That call is critical. As highlighted above how we choose to respond is always our choice. Failure to manage might prove to fatal to one and all involved. Develop skills to be aware and evaluate the emotions of others, so as to react suitably to the situation. Leaders’ hallmark lies in this reception/response that has a direct impact on gaining confidence enhance performance, Employee retention to total satisfaction. They speak less and listen a lot. Not hear but listen to understand the underlying emotions. The tone, tenor, language, gestures gives scope to study and gauge emotions. Leaders always choose the words and measure before delivery – again in the right tone and tenor. These are exceptional skills to anticipate and in some case pre-empt – emotional intelligence is all about this and such Leaders prove to be remarkable in management. It might sound new to some or even niche, but make no mistake - only the fittest survive. Emotional intelligence is treated as a critical factor in assessing your management skills complementing human capital [education, certification] and fitness aspects. Yes, very much! Project Managers are expected to have a high emotional intelligence, as important and credible as the Project Management certification. One is a testament about your psyche and other about education, expertise and experience. Please visit our http://goo.gl/IRCmJz to know more of our offerings.
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HR are Humans Not from Mars

One of my close associate failed to show up for work – very unusual given his propensity to be punctual and as the days dragged on, strangely there was no sign of him. His mobile wasn’t reachable. His absence made me shiver with apprehension. A week later, he did report – to quit and be gone for good. I slumped on my desk and the lump in my throat just choked me. Why? Why? “My health mate. Docs scanned, said this and that, none of which I understood other than surgery”. As an act of solidarity “what can we do to help you?” He wasn’t himself. With that tired look, unenthusiastic and awful body language “pray if you can. I have to meet the HR”. After the meeting he came straight to me “HR is asking to serve the notice period. I have to board the train by noon. I came to hand over my papers and walk out and all he is concerned is about notice period‟.” His agony and anguish, in the given circumstances, was unquestionably understandable but for the time served he hardly understood or got to know better of HR. I am very close to HR as we discuss everything under the sun and sometimes the stars and galaxies too. He is a good-hearted guy but with a stoic face that betrays emotions or rather he hardly expresses and reserves a smile especially dealing with official matter. So when my close chum came out disheartened and disconsolate, little did he know that the HR empathized with his plight personally but discharged his duties professionally? The HR would later confide with me “I feel sorry for that guy, but if I came across as cold-hearted, I just can’t help it. I am paid to win heads and meet your needs. It’s strictly business.” What a character! His benevolence is blanked out like that thick fog on a wintry morning and what comes to the fore is akin to a policeman on a beat - Strict and stocky. This is not to be dismissed as delusion because dealing with humans can be far more complex and conversations, if gone haywire, can become catastrophic. I, serving in any capacity, always advocated promoting a culture where everyone can question and be questioned. “Give them what they want and get what you want‟- will avert grudges and grumbling within. There is discord and discontent, as disturbing, could prove detrimental and that’s where HR has a larger role to play in leveling the play area. Of course, I have been fortunate to mix and mingle with some fabulous HR personnel. And continue to do so……. PROJECT HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT is one of the 10 knowledge areas in area in PMP® Certification exam. For more details visit http://goo.gl/U4Rtez
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Why do Projects Fail

It’s a generic question but with specific answers. It can be a half-baked cake or badly-burnt dish or unfinished construction or a software gone haywire. Whilst the main reasons attributed are scope, schedule, execution or implementation, the causal analysis always reveals that the failure in capturing the business requirement is the root cause of all failures. It’s not that vendors are to be blamed; sometimes clients themselves can’t define precisely the requirements and hence find Agile handy to tweak requirements and vendors too believe it’s the best way to earn the client’s confidence and all stakeholders are on the same page. It’s all hunky dory and everyone goes home happy. Fact can’t be far off from fallacy. At every sprint if the scope is touched, it constitutes a creep. Waterfall will readily admit it as a change request but Agile will accommodate. It’s a subject in itself to deliberate about waterfall and Agile methodology but for now let’s get back to the topic: why do Project Fail? Communication Gap. The Business Requirement Document from the client is the feed which is passed and a complementary Software Requirement Specification document mapping each and every requirement is prepared by the vendor. If proper scrutiny and vetting is done at this stage, there would be no need of Gap Analysis document, which inevitably would be scripted sooner and the Impact Analysis document as well. Why is the need for these documents when BRS should suffice? Firstly BRS suffices? In most of the cases, the answer is a resounding NO. Is it possible putting to print all the finer details when only the outline can be conceived and then dwell deeper to mine information and incorporate into the document? Corporates spend much time in identifying the need before the solution, and it’s a disaster when the cart is put in front of the horse when a solution is sought before the need, with its nuances, can be transcribed. We have seen constructions completely demolished and rebuilt because the plan doesn’t match with the work-under progress and hence scrapped and sketch is revisited. The million-dollar question would be is it possible to put everything on the paper before releasing as Project requirement? Yes and no. It would call for a tremendous vision to envisage the final product, and usually thought-through and prototypes built as per the sketches. And despite that vendors fail on their part to deliver – as committed at cost on time for reasons as enumerated above. While the blame-game can be played all day, if only the communication was open, clear and concise, much ado about mishaps and mismanagement can be mitigated or methodically brought to closure. You might be interested in checking out our PMP or PRINCE2 courses to know more about managing a project.

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MANAGEMENT STYLES

Coercive Style – This style in Project Management is possible when the Project Manager is technically and functionally knowledgeable enough to give detailed direction to the team. Though there is not much risk to the project in this style as the Project Manager has all the details to the last very point, many may not agree with this style. As the solution is provided by Project Manager, team may lose interest after some time with this kind of practice. In this style of project management, there is no or less chances for innovation. This style will fit in some mission critical projects in water fall methodologies, however this may not go well with Agile methodology as everyone should own the responsibility and accountability of the delivery made by the project team. Authoritative Style: In this style, Project Manager gives the direction to the team however team has space to come up with the solution and implement the same. Project Manager has complete vision of the project and helps the project team to understand the vision and let them to execute the same. In this style, project team gets assistance and guidance. In this case project Manager needs to have very good functional and some technical expertise to exercise this type of management style. Affiliate Style: In this style Project Manager is more friendly with the project team and also takes care of the needs including the career goals and personal needs. In most cases, when the team has right set of technical and functional skills where the team needs very less guidance from the manager on the project delivery this style will fit aptly. Democratic Style: In this style everyone in the team has a say in the project execution and planning. In this case, to arrive at the proper project plan, it takes longer time as everyone in the team involves in the planning and at times its very hard to come to a conclusion when more than one people have different opinion. Coaching Style: Any Project Manager is required to play the role of coaching at some point in time of the project execution. This too comes along with democratic style where project manager encourages the project team even in their times of failure. This skill/style is more required when the project team is inexperienced and needs more hand holding. We have gone through the different styles of project management, and its clearly visible that we may need to exercise different styles at different phases or times of projects. Depending on the complexity, maturity of the team, stakeholders, we have to decide what type of style would best suit the need of the hour.
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Role of Project Manager in Different Project Types

Here I would like to share some of the project management styles that would be effective in certain environments. We can consider some of the common project environments and what type of project management style will go well with those situations 

 1. Customer is well organized (Clear Scope, fixed time line & Efficient project Teams)

 This is an ideal scenario however this may not be the case in most projects as there will be some challenge if the project team is not engaged well, and if there is high chance team will lose the interest which will damage the work. So in this type of environment Project Manager needs to be more organized and more people -centric to manage the project to be successful as the focus needs to be on the people more (in terms of engaging them well).

 2. Difficult Customer (Scope changes, Demand fixed timeline & Efficient Project Teams)

This is most common scenario which we can see in most of cases. The challenging part is Stakeholder Management and clear communication mechanism needs to be in place. In this case Project Manager needs to be commanding and have control over all the stakeholder to ensure that all commitments from different stakeholders are honored on time. All communications to be strictly followed and any deviation to be recorded and rebaseline accordingly upon the approval of the respective stakeholder)s).

3. Difficult Customer (Scope changes, Demand fixed timeline & Unorganized Project Teams)

When both Customer and Project Team are not as expected, then Project Manager’s role becomes even more critical to implement almost all the project management principles strictly in all phases of project execution so that he/she can project the closure of the project to the stakeholders. So in this case for sure Project Manager needs to be trained in Project Management thoroughly to reduce the risk to the project.

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Do you Deliver your Projects On time

Most likely the answer is No except few exceptional cases. What are the factors that causes the delay? It could be a sum factor of many. 

 1. Scope Change/Change in the requirement

Changes are inevitable and need to be accepted and accommodated in the schedule. However not all the changes are triggered by the customer and some cases changes are triggered by Developers/Testers. That means requirements are not understood fully by development team during development or testing phase which becomes the reason for the delay in schedule. Hence understanding of the scope is so critical for the success of the delivery without any delay. All the assumptions to be clarified with allowed timeline and if any delay in the assumption, clarifications also may trigger the change in the scope thereby the schedule.

 2. Productivity of the Delivery Team (Any internal resource issue/attrition etc)

 Another common anomaly is the reason assumed in most cases as compared to the actual reason could be something else with the existing team. Conversely in case the project gets started with the new team this case could be possible however again that should be factored in the planning.

 3. Technical Dependency (with other components/delivery) 

An additional area of concern behind the reason for the delay in schedule is dependency with other dependent components. However early identification of the dependent components with right stakeholder management, we should be able to handle the situation better

4. Delay in customer Readiness for UAT/Validation (Or feedback to be received from customer)  
There are times customers are not ready to do the UAT on time as planned or they become the cause for the final delay for production live. In nutshell with proper planning and project management we can overcome the issues faced in terms of schedule delay. So do we deliver the project on time? we wish to hear your comments.

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Some Pain Points for Project Manager

#Task Tracking/Up to date Project Plan:

When the Project Manager plays individual contributor role, then it’s really a challenge to collate the status update of different teams involved. When the teams are distributed, this challenge becomes even more complex. For a Project Manager as individual contributor to be successful, the person needs to be more organized, very positive and highly influential. Normally matrix kind of organization tend to employ this kind of structure whereby team(s) or team members may need to report to more than one Manager. Actually, this organization structure is still universally accepted and followed in many organizations. Reason attributed is the need for strong Project Management in those areas where they don’t want to dilute Project Management by combining Team Management with Project Management. That’s the main reason why such organizations follow such structure.

 Solution: As stated above, with strong Project Management principles we should be able to overcome the shortcomings. Also we would require well organized people endowed with effective communication and influencing skills. 

 #Multiple Stakeholders on Decision Making: 

Another area where Project Managers struggle or face lot of issues are - when there are more than one decision makers involved for a particular undertaking. It becomes more complex when the priorities are not in sync. That may lead into conflicts thereby adversely impacting the project in many aspects – Cost, Schedule, Effort & Scope.

 Solution: As its related to people, all we could do is bring all the stakeholders in the same page and collect consolidated feedback to figure out a single outcome. It requires good Stakeholder Management skills.

#Scope change during Project Execution:

The most common problem encountered in almost all the project is with regard to the scope - either as change or creep. This has been curbed to some extent through Agile . However scope change which derives the architectural change is still challenging even in the Agile era.

 Solution: Scope Change or creep is a known known, and largely expected despite the best of efforts to rein in and hence it will be prudent and professional to secure the buy-in of the stakeholders by explaining and recording the changes/creep. Usually a log is maintained and sign-off for concurrence will stamp the inclusion as part of the requirement. In general any solution provided for any given problem should be scalable in this dynamic environment. As Project Manager, its incumbent to ensure the project is scalable in all aspects.

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Why PMP Certification is still popular

PMP Certification is very much relevant to all those who are into Project Management irrespective of the fields specialized. Contrary to popular belief that PMP is related to IT/Software Project Managers, it is very much relevant indeed to people who are managing the projects in the fields of Civil, Production or any other domain or industry. That is one of the reasons why people from any field who want to run/execute the project in organized way, want to be training and certifying in PMI-PMP

What in PMP attracts the People?

Following the PMI standards help to have the better predictability. This is one of the reasons why many organizations encourage their project management professionals to go through the PMP Training and certification. Risk Management is applicable for all projects irrespective of field or domain. Risk management is one of the key areas which connect all people from different walks into Common Project Management Methodology. Communication Management & Stakeholder Management aren't applicable for Project Managers alone but or non-project managers as well . People who know the project management principles defined by PMI are employed across different domains. To learn more, click http://goo.gl/GeVrFC

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Takeaway from PMI Preparatory Course

PMI Preparatory Course equips the project manager aspirants/professionals not only for PMP exam but also helps them acquire very good insight on Project Management principles. Professionals who have not gone through the learning process are at a distinct disadvantage as compared to those who have undergone PMP preparatory course. In my personal experience, I was a Project Manager even before I enrolled for the preparatory course. However the experience which I got through this learning and exam process was tremendous which I would like to share it for the benefit of the wannabe professionals. How Planning is critical in the area of Project Management? This training helped me to realize that the success of the project delivery/product delivery depends on how good/accurate is the planning. When you are able to plan 80% or more of your defined tasks, it means you are clear as much about scope. Good planning can be done only when your scope is clear Clear Scope à Well Defined Plan à Success of the Project Periodical review of the plan also is critical to ensure that success of the plan and the project. Unplanned tasks should be minimal as much as possible. Plan helps us to track 100% of the project and all its dependencies as well. Sharing the plan to all the stakeholders make it possible to communicate about the progress/status of the project up to date. In nutshell plan helps to have better predictability / visibility of the project at any given point of time. Communication is key success for the Project Delivery. Plan without communication is of no use, hence sharing the plan to the right people at the right time brings lot of value to the project. All early warnings are communicated to all the stakeholders and if required there can be changes on scope/cost/schedule. Good Communication brings open culture to the work environment thereby project execution is transparent across the stakeholders. Good Plan and effective communication are the two important factors for the success of the project delivery with respect to Project Manager. There are other factors like Quality/Cost which are dependent on delivery teams under the watchful eyes of Project Managers. Project Managers – Plan, Communication (& Risk Management); Delivery Teams – Quality, Schedule, Effort. Bottom line, Project Manager is responsible. The key question that an agnostic Project Manager might pose will be ‘why the PMI enroll for preparatory course when I can manage the Project?’ Agnostic PMs aren't conversant with all the facets of the Project Management and dependency on the crew, especially architect, to Developers to testers is quite high. Besides, the PMI preparatory Course prepares the candidate to crack the PMP at the first attempt thereby imparting the science behind the Management – from studying all the 10 knowledge areas to equip and prepare with the knowledge required to handle projects independently by studying requirement to initiate necessary action. From a firsthand experience, I didn't focus much on stakeholder or procurement management given the emphasis on Scope, Time, Cost, Quality and Risk. It was during the PMP Preparatory course that I learnt that there existed other key modules like Integration, Human Resources and Professional and Social Responsibility, which took me by surprise and elevated my learning to a new level and coupled with the prep or mock exams, I was well prepared and all set to go. I cracked my PMP exam at the very first attempt. Hope this blog helps those who are aspiring or appearing. We also conduct ‘refreshing course’ for PMP certification. For further details, please visit http://goo.gl/gjkV2N
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Is the trend turning towards Agile

It’s an interesting pointer that can be deliberated but never decided with a Boolean yes/no response. Waterfall is the conventional methodology and given Agile’s merits it’s too attractive to make an immediate shift but one should reason with the ramification by balancing the pros and cons as agile may not be an ideal fitment for every project. Accepted Agile has made great strides but has it replaced waterfall altogether is subjective if we are mindful of the consequences. We learn by experience and the takeaway in the form of teaching is to beware and be cautious of concerns. Usually technical heads mull over the decision by studying requirements again and again to arrive at a conclusion. They are both project management methodologies and the applicability rest on many factors. Just because waterfall has been around for long doesn't make it indispensable and agile emerging much later is the most happening either. That’s why approach adopted should be strictly on merits. It’s a no-brainer the discussion about this subject would entail into PMP® or PRINCE2 certification. Waterfall methodology is most easily identified with PMP® certification program, while PRINCE2 follows Agile. Both these approaches are very different and hence the deliberation before deciding on picking the best suiting the needs. Waterfall is a typical plan – build – test –deliver stages, where the final version is envisioned in the planning phase rendering the requirement study and scope as very critical and any change addressed through change requirement and the customer gets to have a feel at the UAT stage only, when all is done and set to go. Agile is very modular, implemented through scrum, wherein the client acts as one of the stakeholders and can know first-hand the output of a phase technically referred as ‘sprint’ and every requirement is detailed as a story card with scrum-master manning the post. The individual accountability is very high. The sprint demo can be shown to client for feedback and changes incorporated and hence the process is iterative. This flexibility is found wanting in waterfall methodology. Lets study the popular or most searched words using Google Trends, and though a ballpark and not a scientific proposition, it does offer a a bird’s view.perspective as to where the world is heading towards. The PMP® certification seems to have picked up and peaked and gradually slides down with the forecast trending upwards, while Agile at one stage seems to have spiked over PMP® and continued to ascent, and the forecast too is favorable. The certification aspect witnessed PMP® on the rise and peaking only to slip down and forecast is forward, while Agile is steady with not much of growth nor stunted and the forecast is trending upwards. The charts are based on ‘keyword’ search and need not necessarily endorse any claim not be evident of any outcome. Like stressed earlier they present a picture of the trends and such PMP® is still quite popular, and Agile is holding on and growing. So what do you think is the trend? Do let us know…
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RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk Management is an art in the area of Project Management and Project Manager is to be intuitive enough to identify the risks right from project inception, elaboration, construction till transition phases of project life cycle. Dependencies & Assumptions has direct impact on the risks of the projects. As priority and criticality varies from phase to phase, the skills of Risk Management too varies accordingly, hence its critical to illustrate the risk management during various phases of project life cycle 

 1. Risks Management during Inception Phase

Project Manager who has great insight only can identify the risks during the inception phase of the project. However its a good practice that all unknowns are to be considered as one of the known risks. Consider the below scenario during the inception (during Scope Definition Phase)

Unknown - Unknown (Scope not known; Out of Scope not known) à Critical 
Unknown - Known (Scope not defined; Out of Scope defined) à High Risk
Known -Unknown (Scope defined; Out of Scope Unknown) à High Risk

So considering the above, not only one SCOPE but we need clarity on Out of Scope as well. Similar exercise needs to be done on Non-functional Requirements (NFRs) of the projects when we define the scope of the project.

 Definition for Success criteria:

Another good practice is to list out all the driver points for the success of the project. List down the criteria that ensure project as successful. Similarly define the same for failure which needs to be reviewed periodically to ensure that project is steered in the right direction and steady path. 

Roles & Responsibilities in success criteria

Define the RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) Matrix for the project organization for each of the milestones and important deliverables. These are key drivers for the success of the project 

2. Risks Management during Elaboration Phase

During the elaboration phase, projects get more structured and all the risk identified during inception phase should be reviewed thoroughly and redefined. Based on the clarity created during this phase, the impact of the risks stated in inception phases may reduce. Ideally during elaboration phase, there should not be any unknowns in the scope definition which is most critical to the success during the elaboration phase.

 Few things to be noted during elaboration phases

 a. Scope definition à There should not be any unknown here any more with respect to Scope or Out  of Scope
 b. Re-define the acceptance criteria à Review and re-define the RACI Matrix if required
 c. Plan (Milestones, Schedule & Readiness on Construction phases) 

 This the key deliverable of this phase in which we need to identify all the risks around the resources (People, hardware/software readiness, Knowledge readiness etc) Any assumptions & Dependencies on the plan to the listed by all the respective stakeholders

3. Risks Management during Construction Phase

When we are clear about the above two phases, we have already reduced the Risks/Impacts in the construction phases. However there are few areas which we need to continuously track 

Resource related risks (Unplanned leaves & Environment related ) which could lead to 
 o Schedule variance
 o Quality related issues
 Scope Creep
 o Effort Variance 
 Quality KPIs (More issues reported by QA may lead to the below listed attributes)
 o Effort Variance
 o Schedule Variance 

4. Risks Management during Transition Phase

At the end of the construction phase we may have less room for Risks as by then most of the acceptance criteria would have been met. However its worthwhile to consider ,

 Customer feedback
 Project Closure (Lessons learnt, Retrospection on Good & Bad experiences) 

 Risk Mitigation

In all above phase, communication plays key role as in some of the cases by having good frequent exchanges dispenses the risks across the stakeholders and indirectly ownership of the risk gets transferred or distributed. It’s always a good practice to have the Risk register and log the Risks identified in every phase and respective initiated with owner’s details. This will transform as lessons learnt for futuristic projects. Risk Management is one of the 10 knowledge areas of PMP® Training. For more details, do click http://goo.gl/MPBy1r

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Risk Mitigation

Risk Mitigation is to pre-empt and be prepared to respond to unexpected or anticipated issues that might spring up in course of development. Risk mitigation is not about developing the solution for anticipated issues all the time and at times, it also depends on how we would respond to an issue to reduce the impact of the same. Another perspective is to identify as to who needs to respond and how to respond in mitigating the issue. Who should respond? The person who will be owning the Risk. This is what we classify as transfer of Risk. There are times we will not be able to respond to all the issue and we may need to direct to the right person. Alternatively, identifying the dependencies is also another way of mitigating risks Identifying Dependencies è Risk Transfer è Risk Mitigation How to respond? There are 2 types of risks we may come across 1. Issues which we need to address with solution 2. Issues for which we may not have solution with us So how do we respond the above 2 scenarios. In the first case, we have 2 options Identify the solution è Reduce the impact (Risk still exists with less impact) Identify the solution è Remove the impact (Risk is nullified) In the second case Accept the Risks è Plan for the impact ð Adapt the impact in the scope/plan (Plan for the Risk impact) Avoid the Risk è Change the scope to exclude the risk ð Change the scope in such a way the risk is excluded Transfer the Risk è Identify the right owner of the issue ð Assign the responsibility/ownership to the right person When to respond? In general, risks and its impacts ought to be reviewed/assessed periodically with the respective mitigation plan which may necessitate changes which have to be factored and plan updated accordingly. Depending on the duration, impact also may vary. Example, during the planning phase, we might have identified the Dependency of external platform as a Risk. If that exists even during Design phase, impact will be more as right after development we may need the access to the external platform to do the validation. Learn more about Risk Mitigation by enrolling in our PMP® Training. For more details, do click http://goo.gl/MPBy1r
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PMP Certification do You have IT

There are currently 658,523 active PMP certified individuals. In the year 2010, there were roughly about 360000 plus. So in 5 years the number almost has doubled. Surely the demand in the market too has surged with projects on the rise and technology taking off to unknown horizons. Mobile is the device now – clearly wasn’t so 5 years back. Tabs just touched the table [iPad was released in 2010] and became a novelty. A PMP certification was certainly niche a decade ago. Experience was given more weightage and with that the accrued skills and services. When the need for quality managers proved to be vital and critical, recognition of some sorts that underpins one’s prowess professionally became the most sought out factor in filtering the fine from the grainer like sifting stones from wheat. Positions high up in the ladder are few and far in between and hence in the rat-race to reach to the top, there is a scurry amongst qualified to find a seat in the front. And by virtue of? Apparently, meeting the requirement for the Job – vide education, and experience [as applicable]. In the context of Project Manager, many aspirants couldn’t just sneak through or gate-crash but cut teeth in the grinding many project before positing a claim for the position. A justification for the coronation ought to be proved by data points. And it was conventional wisdom that weighs experience prima facie in plucking the ripe fruit in filling a slot, and never the low hanging ones. As the number of PMPs soared in numbers, the de facto certification in Project Management seems, experience proved vital a component to be COMPLEMENTED. To be fair, PMP is no walk in the park. To appear for a PMP exam, it mandates both education and experience as prerequisite on top of which 35 Professional Development Units (PDU) is imposed. The PDUs cover the 10 knowledge areas especially scope, cost, time and other core management of risk, human resources, communication, stakeholders. It’s a complete nine-yard drill packed with ‘all you need to know about project management’ with scintillating depth. Thus passing the exam proves the possession of collective wisdom. Thus PMP exam equates education, experience and expertise. More so, the Project Managers with hands-on experience gain to understand the science behind the learning making them more ‘informed and learned’. Well, if the odds are so heavy and certification makes you the elite amongst the eligible, does the rise in certified professionals raises your eyebrows? Admirably the numbers lends credibility to the claim. With more certification as supply, the demand too is growing steady as forecasts reveal. The perk associated with the certification is the key differentiator amongst the crowd to make your profile stand out. Besides, HR uses sophisticated software in filtering to weed out potential candidates without certification based on key words, namely PMP. So non-PMP holders are denied an opportunity to be short-listed and decided at face value as ‘knowledge deficit’ (contentious one right?). And it’s been proved more than once the PMP holders are ‘pick of the lot’ as PMI raises the bar in clearing the certification which by now is the benchmark. The question posed to the professionals is: Do you have IT? We would love to listen to your comments…..
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WHICH IS THE BEST WAY TO PASS THE PMP EXAM

This is a very common question heard in the corridors tread too often by the Information Technology professionals, to be the most significant, while other verticals and domains are following suit. And the common answer heard or offered would be: Enrol 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 as careful analysis has defined the hours to be dedicated to a particular module and they greatly differ from one to another. 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. It’s to be noted that PMBOK will be offered by the PMI (Project Management Institute). as part of your registration exam fees as a soft copy. How the 4-day training can be taken 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 pass PMP, and this is the differentiator 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 schedule 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. Hence they bring tremendous inputs 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 to enhance improved communication. Create as many opportunities at every turn to learn in as many forms 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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The new PMP Exam will be available after 11 January 2016

There seems to be some misconception or misleading news in the market about the changes announced by PMI with regard to PMP and PMI-ACP. First, the date as published by some REPs is not 1 November 2015. Its 11 January 2016. Second, the changes are particularly in Exam Outline. The Domain still follows the Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and controlling, Closing and the changes injected are the inclusion of tasks in these domains.

 Here’s an overview of the newly added content:

 Domain Changes Initiating the Project 3 tasks added – task 2, task 7, task 8 Planning the Project 1 task added – task 13 Executing the Project 2 tasks added – task 6, task 7 Monitoring and controlling the project 2 tasks added – task 6, task 7 Closing the project No new tasks added The current exam (aligned to the existing exam content outline) will remain active until 11 January 2016. After 11 January 2016, only the new version of the PMP exam will be administered. So the aspirants prepared to take the exam can go ahead but stand advised of 11 January 2016 activation. All other prerequisites remain the same with the only exception in the Tasks added in the Domains.

 Some might wonder why this change?

 Study reveals that PMI® updates the PMP Examination Content Outline every 5 years or so in order to reflect the latest changes in the project management world. The 2005 version was upgraded to 2010, and this change follows more on the heels of the changing business needs and adapting to the project management demands. Every 3-5 years, PMI carries out role delineation studies (RDS) for each PMI Certifications to ensure relevancy to the current environments. If you wonder what is RDS? The Role Delineation Study (RDS) examines the role of project managers to determine key competency areas (including domains, tasks, knowledge, skills, etc.) “The RDS captures perspectives of project management practitioners from all industries, work settings, and regions. It serves as the foundation for the PMP exam and ensures its validity and relevance.” [courtesy: www.pmi.org]

 The obvious question next would be ‘Why was this New Content Included’?

The acceptance and applicability is always vetted for validity and relevance and hence the new content in PMP Exam will § Map the business strategy with its benefits § Highlight the takeaway of the lessons learnt at a granular level § Describes clearly the accountability as captured in project charter § Improve stakeholder relationships Finally, What’s expected in the RDS Update? § RDS Update: Results in new/updated PMP exam content outline Shifts the weighting of the PMP Exam Introduces 8 new topics to the PMP Exam

Well, you might want to know What’s Not Changed in the PMP Exam?

The PMP Exam eligibility requirements remain the same · 4,500 – 7,500 hours of project management working experience; and · 35 hours of formal project management education (i.e. 35 contact hours) Overall structure of the PMP Exam · 200 questions (175 questions to be scored) in 4 hours · All questions are multiple-choice type questions with 1 correct answer · Many of the questions are “scenario based questions” You are strongly advised to read the FAQs prepared in this context by PMI : https://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/faqs.aspx

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iCertGlobal Offers, PMP Live Instructor Led Virtual Class Course start from $699,

 Try Now! Key Features

 • 35 PDUs certificate
 • 4 Days Instructor Led Virtual Class
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 • 90 days access to our online exam simulator (worth $249.99)
 • Prep Study Guide to the PMBOK, 5th Edition
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PMP OR PRINCE2 Points to Ponder

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 Topic : “PMP® OR PRINCE2® - Points to Ponder” This webinar talks about the similarities and differences between the two most recognized Project Management certification – PMP® & PRINCE2® Date : - 16th June-2015 Time: 4PM-5PM AEST Location: Australia For more detail & registration visit: http://www.icertglobal.com/

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The Ego has to GO

These days HR personnel are having a field day handling grievance redressal, conflict management, anger management, talent retention, attrition control, morale and welfare of the workforce like never before. HR in the heydays used to be about hiring [No Firing, which was considered as a last resort when all avenues and alternatives have been exhausted because the cost of hire is always high; besides a new hire is an asset, be it a green horn or groomed one with so much investment in terms of intellectual property through training and knowledge transfer. It would be a colossal loss to let go of someone equipped with the expertise at the expense of company as exit results in their entire endeavor going down the drain. So HR, contrary to the misconception of being trigger-happy to fire anyone in the range, possess the acumen to weed out the best from the worst and hence posted at the gate.] Today it’s a different scenario with its own sets of demand that justifies almost anything. My former CEO would chide if employees are referred as ‘Resources’. “Can we please address them as staff or colleagues or team? I don’t ever want them to be addressed as Resources.” It wasn’t a counsel but command. He will sermonize ‘Mind is at premium. Not machines. Remember it’s the brain that churns the logic to create algorithms and formulae to make those chips and programs. Learn to assign priority and the nomenclature while naming. Never should I hear my men and women of workforce as Resources.’ A mild dressing down but will live in memory as a cardinal rule. People management is as difficult, if not, worse than Project Management. Set aside the hardware and software, its humans at work without whom what good will it serve to have these ‘Resources’. Wondered why do the HR personnel need to spend a significant time in Managing Human affairs as their main responsibility, apart from appraisal, hike, promotion and other related engagements? Because each and every one of us carry our baggage of ego. “Why should I?” is perhaps an explosive poser that doesn’t dress your ego, instead it brings it to center stage demanding attention and clutches on to the cog of the wheel controlling its spin. And of course, dealing with some ‘prime-Donna’ employees known for their tour de force with bloated ego wanting instant gratification in the form of appreciation, accolades or simply ‘you are the best’ compliment is always a sore wound that’s often scratched. And there are bruised egos biding the time for retribution to settle scores. As humans, we are all self-righteous and sanctimonious. What we do appears to be right; else we won’t be doing it at all, right? Besides, some of us are the biggest bigot, unacceptably intolerant to others views. “I am always right”, too busy expressing our views opinions and hardly ever listening. Forget others; I studied my own behavioral aspects to understand what makes me so egoistic. I can be extremely humble to excruciatingly haughty and all it takes to set me off would be a word, look, gesture or ignorance. It’s the pride or vanity that has to vanish. Anyone to claim immunity to ego is hollow and hoodwinking. ‘You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.’ And that false notion is your unworthy self-importance. When pride is pricked, it poisons our mind purging rationale out of our behavior and that’s when I become vindictive. Anyone in agreement is friend and disagreement decidedly foe. Recently I took a stroll with my HR and a colleague and on the way had a difference of opinion over a subject, which soon snowballed and escalated into a heated exchange. When tempers soared, the HR intervened by directing the colleague to ‘go to office’, and stayed put with me for a while without uttering a word. Though two were involved, HR absolved the other person of any misdemeanor, while I was pulled up with a scalding statement ‘I expected better from you. Apparently your ego got the better of you’. A casual chat can inadvertently ignite into a crisis and set the self on fire. Ego is dangerous and destructive. One must be humble in victory and gracious in defeat, but then we tend to take things too personally that even a joke turns out to be a jibe. Professionals are adept in getting rid of ego by containing emotion and restraining response. There is a choice to react to any disagreement – if only we can be judicious. Dealing with human emotion is complex, caustic and can prove catastrophic. One wrong move or a misstep, the blame will be squarely on the ‘incompetent’ handling of the HR professional, and once the storm has blown over and dust settles, charges will be dropped and HR cleared of any wrong doings. What about the unfair accusation and unwarranted hardship endured for no reason or rhyme. Oh! please, let’s not talk about 'who said life is fair'. Try being at the receiving end and you would know what I am trying to say. Now the most important aspect – won’t the HR personnel suffer from the same ego issues after all they aren’t Aliens. Human Resources management is usually touchy. It’s complicated and complex and extremely sensitive. From compliments to cursing, the HR would have heard it all. But isn’t the HR human as well to emote, react, respond or even allowed to be rude? NO. That aint HR then. Do they really smile or just wear one? Very business-like in demeanor and diplomatic in response, it’s very hard to figure out their face. I am very blunt in my response – unedited and unadulterated and paid for the consequence but admittedly it’s a liberty on part of my portfolio which a HR is deprived. They are advised and expected to contain emotion, refrain from reacting like being boxed and closed from emoting. The glorified lot of the HR know exactly when to speak what, how to conduct in the given circumstances demonstrate dazzling presence of mind in curating the content before uttering. Some of the HR professionals have taken me by sheer surprise as I marveled at their composure to stay absolutely still in the wake of a storm. They aren’t easily ruffled and can’t be roughed up. Something that makes them stand apart and sifted from sea of faces. The glorified ones. Now I have begun to understand the HR actually manage to keep the company’s [read employees] ego in check and balance, always with an emphasis ‘if anything, it’s not the employee but the EGO that has to go!!
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Enroll for Upcoming 4 Days PMP Certification Training Courses Workshop with 100precent MoneyBack Assurance in US by iCertGlobal

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 Benefits of being PMP Certified

 • Be able to pass the PMP® Exam and become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) • Apply Project Management techniques useful in the real world • Share a common lexicon of Project Management terms and principles • Gain International Recognition • Establish Credibility Note: In case you are unable to attend classroom training, attend our Live Virtual Class (LVC) Session, as per your convenience. Register Now! in upcoming workshop training to avail early bird offers. E-mail: - info@icertglobal.com Phone: +1 (713)-287-1252 For Live Chat:- http://goo.gl/wD0U0b For more detail visit our site:- http://www.icertglobal.com/

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At the end of this course, you will:

 • Be able to pass the PMP® Exam and become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) • Gain the skills and knowledge of project management based on the PMBOK® Guide and real-life project management practices • Apply project management techniques useful in the real world • Share a common lexicon of project management terms and principles • Contribute to Better Job • Open Doors to New Clients • Gain International Recognition • Establish Credibility Note: In case you are unable to attend classroom training, attend our Live Virtual Class (LVC) Session, as per your convenience. Register Now in upcoming workshop training to avail early bird offers! E-mail: - info@icertglobal.com Phone: +91 (80) 65370333 For Live Chat:- http://goo.gl/wD0U0b For more detail visit our site:- http://www.icertglobal.com/

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All about PMP Certification

"education is empowerment" ‘Organizations need to adapt and provide both conventional & technology enabled training’ – one of my contacts emphasized with a brute force to reiterate the corporate expectation of ‘we want a knowledge center, and expect the workforce to be fully equipped, and armed to engage in professional combat.’ The certification is no assurance of a ‘job in waiting with wings spread wide’. Surely and certainly, PMP® does equip you with the knowledge considered essential and emboldens with a positive spirit to take the ‘corporate bull by its horn’. Given a choice would you want to flaunt your certification or your crazy pay check with incredible numbers? My take? Simple: a judicious mix of both. It’s left to the discretion of the individual in the given circumstances to highlight which but there have been compelling circumstances with dire straits in trying to cloak the pay over post. Market sentiments reek stronger of the smell that emanates when one reads headline as like ‘Certified PMPs earn 25% more than non-PMPs’. It can be dismissed as subjective bereft of substance but the market seems to buy by gorging the plate dirt clean with no leftover. Such is the frenzy with respondents react in this space that any such comparison is lapped up and when numeric data are inserted to drive home the message, the market feeds on it and never dumps. Possessing a certification is not just a cosmetic facelift; it’s all about cognizance. It stamps your understanding of PMP concept in measurable data good enough for interpretation and thereby allows validation of your profile that’s close to correct. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® certification course as an accreditation clearly demonstrates your experience, education, competence and confidence to lead, manage and direct projects. PMP is a definite differentiating factor to distinguish you from peers. Very seldom an advertisement these days is placed without mentioning PMP as a mandate of skill and talent acquisition. A certified professional, on an average earns 10k per more year dollars as compared to an uncertified one. You are better with it than without. In this blog of ‘What’s about PMP Certification’, let’s begin with the lifecycle of project process groups on a high level Initiating Defining the scope of a new project, or upgrade that of an existing or ongoing project. Planning (Plan) Confirming scope, identifying objectives, plan the course of action by setting up milestones Executing Completing the project as per the specification in satisfying all the stakeholders involved. Monitoring and Controlling Tracking, reviewing, monitoring, fixing and regulating the performance in ensuring the success of the project. Closing Handing over the project to Client in a completed state after sanitizing from any bugs and get set for the support phase. In all, there are 5 Process Groups, 10 Knowledge Areas, and 47 Processes. The lifecycle of project can be broken down into five distinct phases or process groups. These five PMBOK Process Groups describe and organize the project from start to finish. So how do you get trained and clear the coast as PMP can be a School of Hard Knocks? Think iCertGlobal If you are willing to give what it takes, you must enroll in a knowledge center that embodies your spirit of giving everything in getting out a PMP certified professional out of you, and here is the juncture where you pause in your path in selecting THE center that will complement your profile and complete with the sought certification. Enroll in iCert Global LLC. But why iCert Global LLC? Why not some other name in the business? Well, that’s fair to ask as to why we zero on iCert. In an unbiased analysis, giving equal weightage on various factor with the competitors, iCert emerged as a favorite amongst its peers with its · Vantage Point: Head office in US, and strategically located all over the world, iCertGlobal is the professional center that better understands YOUR needs and accordingly advises on further course of action. · Customized approach in coaching – the tutor assesses the class profile before picking on the case studies and examples best suiting as the ‘ideal sample’. · Course material prepared by our expert and experienced trainer, who was a panel member and contributed to the contents in rolling out the fifth edition of PMBOK. · Consistent pass rate of 98% - deemed high in industry standards, batch after batch we have maintained this pass rate and so far created 100,000 PMI certified professionals thereby addressing the salient feature of identification - the psychological need for most people is recognition. And that’s how the engagement shifts from a ‘YOU’ to a collective ‘we’ [read you and iCert Global]. It’s not just all about certification – care for a closer scrutiny – and it’s all about YOU qualifying as a certified professional!
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PMP Certification Course Training Workshop

PMP Certification Course Training Workshop

 Get trained on the latest PMBOK 5th edition by our industry-renowned trainers, who are veterans in their own right with years of experience working in the Project Management industry and training PMP aspirants. Our trainers were part of the panel and contributed to the contents of PMBOK 5th edition. If a journey of a mile starts with a single step, enroll with us and we will walk you all the way to finish line through instructor-led-trainings, mock-exams, in-depth course materials that covers all topics thoroughly – and make you certify in the first attempt successfully. This is our assurance: to coach you to become certified Project Manager because we are a name to reckon in Professional training – PMP, Quality Management, Service Management. iCertglobal imparts knowledge in personalized way by customizing the course best suiting the participants from diverse business interest – may be some are from IT background, or Civil or any other discipline. We don’t follow the one-size fit for all, instead study the profile of the participants, and accordingly the training is tuned without compromising on the core aspects. 

 About iCert Global

 ICertGlobal is one of the leading companies in the professional training industry. Since our inception we have trained more than 50,000 working professional. We house the best people and the best technology to take on the toughest challenges which arise in today’s competitive world so that we can provide cutting edge solutions for our clients. We help you accelerate and nourish your career path using industry-recognized certification programs, extending our rich resources to you, locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Our Course Offering 

 Project Management Training Project Management Consulting 4 Days intensive training by certified instructor led training 100% Money back Assurance 2 full length Practice Tests 90 days access to our online exam simulator (worth $249.99) PMI Approved Course Manual 35 contact hours certificate satisfying a key prerequisite for the PMP® exam Prep Study Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Fifth Edition 3 PMP Simulation Tests (600 PMP Questions) PMP Exam Application Form assistance We are a Global Registered professional certification courses conductor in the areas of Project Management - PMI®, Prince2, ITIL Foundation& Intermediate, Six Sigma Green Belt & Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes).  

We measure our progress not only by satisfying client requirements and improving the existing process‚ but also by the difference we make in the people’s lives. We operate in nearly 3 continents, all of which share the same belief in building strong brand loyalty with our customers. Note: In case you are unable to attend classroom training, attend our Live Virtual Class (LVC) Session, as per your convenience. For Corporate / Group discount: We also offer Corporate / Group discounts for 3 or more participants. Look forward to your participation in our upcoming workshop. E-mail: - info@icertglobal.com Phone: +1 (713)-287-1111 (US), +61 2 6171 0726 (AUS), +91 (80) 65370333 (IND) For more detail visit US:- http://icertglobal.com/ For Live Chat:- http://goo.gl/F960nG

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PMP Boot Camp

PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Recently I went for a PMP prep course by the training provider you have mentioned, Instructer was too good and I passed with relative ease. Looking forwards to apply what I learned in PMP classes in my company.
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Project Management

Project Management

 iPMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. 

PMP 
MSP
Prince2 Foundation Training
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