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Is productivity gains the answer to improved business outcome?

I recently ran into an old school friend. At the time we were nearing the end of high school he was the coolest dude with a job at a fast food place. He had disposable income and an old second hand car. What else do you need in life? Those of us that were planning further studies or apprenticeships got plenty of advice from him on the futility…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on January 14, 2014 at 2:19am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are currently performing planning for a construction project. Your project sponsor asks you to send him your project's Resource Breakdown Structure so that he can present it to his senior management during an upcoming meeting. You have not yet developed the Resource…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 13, 2014 at 6:59pm — No Comments

The Seven Formulas You Need for the PMI-ACP® Exam

While there are about 50 formulas that you need to know for Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam success, there are only seven that are absolutely necessary to know for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam.



Even better, for the first three we are going to discuss you don’t even need to know the formula. What you do need to know for them is how to handle the results of the calculations, which is: “The…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 10, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Be a planner and practice project management in the process

If you are preparing for the PMP or CAPM exam, then you need to have a study plan. As an experienced project manager you know the value of a project plan. So practice what you preach as you prepare for the exam. Be a planner, and apply good project management best practices in the process.

An example of a study plan for the PMP Certification is as follows:

- Go through your studies and training in no more…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 9, 2014 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Building PMO Metrics

The Christmas and New Year is always a good time to take some time off the hurly burly of daily grind and reflect on how things are going. Towards the end of the year I did some work on what metrics would help us run our PMO more efficiently. Metrics are always difficult to establish, especially as they only tell a story once you have a baseline to measure against. This is probably a heavy topic for the first post of the year. Apologies for that.…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on January 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Take a free sample PMP exam. No signup required

Practice makes perfect, so test your PMP knowledge right now with the following 15 free PMP Exam sample questions in an online exam:…



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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

January 2014 Discount Coupon

Looking for a way to start the new year right? Start here!



We are giving you a $23 discount coupon additional for The PM PrepCast & The PM Exam Simulator Bundle.



Instead of paying the regular price of $229.99, you can get The PM PrepCast & The PM Exam Simulator Bundle for just $206.99.



This offer is good from January 1-31, 2014 only.



Please visit this page for details on how this works:…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 6, 2014 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are currently involved in the pre-sales of a telecommunications project. You are an employee of a telecommunications equipment vendor company that also provides telecom site selection, construction, equipment installation, site integration, and post-implementation support services. Your…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 5, 2014 at 1:37am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are currently managing the development of a security system. This project involves the use of some brand new, state-of-the-art technology, which has not yet been adequately tested. You are currently decomposing your project work packages into activities. You are facing problems decomposing the 'Test the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 28, 2013 at 3:43am — No Comments

Download the Short Guide to Becoming a PMP

The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, is now available for download.
 
For project managers who are preparing to take the challenging PMP exam, here's a little help to get you started. The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP is a FREE e-book designed to help you prepare for and pass the exam with flying…
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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Answer all PMP Exam questions from the PMBOK perspective

The PMP certification examination is a computer-based exam that is offered at testing centers worldwide. The exam is based on much of the information…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 27, 2013 at 5:33am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Gaurav Bansal, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Gaurav Bansal.

In this lesson learned Gaurav Bansal shared with us his experiences and the preparations he did to passed the PMP exam:



Studied for 11 weeks and it was my first attempt.



* I started with PM Prepcast Video sessions (since I couldn't follow PMBOK initially)

* I prepared the PMBOK Process-chart well. It helped me to connect various processes.

* I took 2 more…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 26, 2013 at 2:28am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):



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Which of the following statements regarding the WBS is incorrect?



A) The WBS subdivides project work into smaller and more manageable components    

B) The WBS is a deliverable-oriented hierarchical decomposition of the project work    

C) The WBS organizes and defines the total scope of the project    

D)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 19, 2013 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Free PrepCast Video on YouTube - Network Diagram for the PMP Exam

In this Free PrepCast lesson, we cover the project schedule network diagram. We explain what it is, why it is so important for your project and how to apply the critical path method to it, so that you can determine early and late start/finish dates as well as schedule flexibility



This free video is only available for viewing until this weekend. Watch it now -…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 19, 2013 at 2:36am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Daphne Foldes, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Daphne Foldes, PMP.

In this lesson learned Daphne Foldes shared with us the tools she used to passed the PMP exam:



- IIL PM Flashcards App for iPhone >> Learnt 2 ITTO processes/day on the bus on my way to work. On my way home, I reviewed ALL the processes I had previously covered including that day's + had a friend quiz me on weekends using the flashcards

- PMP Exam Simulator >> Did 50 question…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 18, 2013 at 12:07am — No Comments

Freebie Friday: Free Videos from The PDU Insider Podcast

Videos from The PDU Insider Podcast



Take advantage of the Free Episodes to The PDU Insider Podcast in YouTube!



Watch every episodes as we discuss "the best" ways to earn PDUs and maintain your PMP credentials.



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Until Next Time,

Cornelius Fichtner,…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 16, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments

Tips to Effectively Prepare for your PMP Examination

Hi all,

You can read this article to know about the 7 tips to effectively prepare for your PMP certification exam. Tips to Prepare for your PMP exam

Good Luck!!

Added by Arshiya Dixit on December 12, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Sarma Vadlamani, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Sarma Vadlamani.

In this lesson learned Sarma Vadlamani will share with us the keys that made her passed the PMP exam:



* Purchased PM Preparation Guide – Rita Mulcahy and studied 7 of 10 knowledge areas. The study material was good and in depth. However, it did not help in…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 10, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Knowledge Areas, Process Groups, and Processes-Oh, My!

One of the most discussed tables in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition is the “Project Management Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Mapping” matrix, found in Table 3-1 on page 61. This table maps the 47 project management processes to their corresponding Knowledge Area, as well as to their corresponding Process Group.



At first glance, the table seems quite complicated, so let’s break…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 9, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

Take a free sample PMP exam. No signup required

Hi All,

Practice makes perfect, so test your PMP knowledge right now with the following 15 free PMP Exam sample questions in an online exam:…



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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 9, 2013 at 5:42am — No Comments

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