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Which Project Documents Need A Change Request For Updates?

Let’s face it: keeping on top of project management paperwork can be a big job. There are documents to create, get signed off and updated. And then there’s finding the information again when you need to revise or use it… A project manager is never far away from a document!

What I want to focus on in this article is the process for updating documents and also include some tips for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. A Guide to the Project Management Body of…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 17, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Help! I’ve Failed The PMP® Audit!

Recently we’ve seen a trend: The Project Management Institute (PMI)® appears to be doing more Project Management Professional (PMP)® audits. That’s where they review your application in detail prior to approving you to take the PMP® Exam.

But there’s another part to this trend: we are seeing more people failing audits and reaching out for help. If that’s you, don’t worry: I’ve got you covered with this article. And if you are in the middle of your…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 22, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Prepare for the PMP® Exam in 30 days?

You are asking yourself right now, “Where do I start to guarantee I pass the PMP® exam in 30 days”? Be patient, stay calm, and continue to read this quick article to understand the steps of this process – how each step leads to the next. So remember – finish one step before starting the next to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Preparing for the PMP exam will take daily dedication to studying and understanding the material.…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 1, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

The PMP Exam Changes After 11 January 2016. Here’s What This Means For You.

Every five to seven years, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® performs a “Role Delineation Study (RDS)”. This is basically a big survey among project managers like you and me from around the world with the goal to identify what it is that we do on our projects. As a result of the most recent RDS, PMI now has a pretty accurate picture of the tasks that we project managers perform, as well as the knowledge and skills required for our job.

PMI has used this information to update…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 1, 2015 at 1:19pm — No Comments

The 7 Questions Every PMP Student SHOULD Ask Their Coach

In our previous article we discussed the 7 questions that most of our PMP Exam coaching students ask us as they start out their journey. However, over the years we have identified a second set of 7 questions - the questions students SHOULD be asking us but they don’t. Here they are:

1. What’s the most important brain dump or diagram to learn?

This is an easy question! It’s Table 3-1 in the PMBOK® Guide. This…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 5, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments

The 7 Questions Every PMP Exam Student Asks Their Coach

When students start their Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam prep (for the first time, or again after having failed the exam), there are a number of questions that come up time and time again. In this article we share the top 7 questions that every student asks us in our role as their PMP exam coach. Whether you have a coach or not, knowing the answers will help you get started more quickly with your own exam preparations.

Let’s dive straight in with the first…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 26, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Make a Plan to Earn Your PDUs

As a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder, you must earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years in order to maintain your certification status in good standing. Not obtaining the required 60 PDUs within your certification cycle will lead to your credential being suspended. That is the last thing you want to happen, but life being what it is, you probably have family commitments, work-  and social-organization…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 7, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

PMP® Exam Lessons Learned From Someone Who Has Recently Passed

Is studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification one of your personal or career goals? Are you wondering about things such as where is a good place to start, what materials might be the most helpful in studying, or how many practice tests are just right or too many? Are you interested in the experiences and insights of those who have been there, were once also wondering many of the same things, and who have recently passed the PMP®…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on June 30, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Six Steps to Earning All Your PDUs

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, the last thing you want to happen is to have your certification suspended. This happens if you do not earn the required 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your three-year recertification cycle. Often, once the stress of taking and passing the PMP® Exam is over, you step back into focusing on projects and other deadlines, and the need to earn PDUs is relegated to the back…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on June 5, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

6 Reasons Why You May Have Failed The PMP Exam 3 Times

While I hope it doesn’t happen to you, some people fail the PMP exam 3 times. If you do find yourself in that situation, you will have to wait a year from the date of your last exam before you will be able to apply for your PMP certification again.

Over the years, I have found several reasons why someone continues to fail the exam. However – and as hard as it may be to hear this – if it happens to you then you have to acknowledge that you are part of the problem! You are the one…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 5, 2014 at 11:12am — 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…


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

How to Identify your PMP® Exam Eligibility

Do you work in a position where you do a lot of project management work but do not hold the title of Project Manager? Do you have several years of experience performing project management activities as part of a team? If either of these scenarios apply to you then maybe you are also wondering how you can tell if you are eligible to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam.

Many people…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 9, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

How To Save Money On Your PMP Exam Studies

Studying for and earning your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification can be a costly affair, some training courses can cost upwards of several thousand US Dollars. However, there are ways to cut your costs and still have access to valuable and useful study tools. Below we will discuss several ways you can lower the cost of studying for and obtaining your PMP® Certification that does not include spending a…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 13, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

Why PMI Won’t Say If You Passed Or Failed Your PMP Exam

The PMP Exam is changing on August 31st 2011. If you are taking the exam on or after this date, then your 200 questions will be based on the new PMP Exam Content Outline. To learn more about the detailed changes to the exam, please read my article “The… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 8, 2011 at 12:08am — No Comments

Golden Opportunity for the Educational Institutions to get National & International Exposure

Golden Opportunity for educational Institutes in India to get National and International exposure.

I am writing an article on education in India titled "Elite Educational Institutions in India ,& Eluding patronage"

My previous articles on education have been great success with thousands of views worldwide. At the end of this article I am giving a chance to some educational Institutions to showcase & promote their institutions.

Please follow the link to… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 24, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Can I claim PDUs for attending a company internal PM conference?

In every issue of The PDU Insider podcast I answer a question from our subscribers about earning PDUs. This question here is from Syam Prasad, from Bangalore, India:

I attended a two-day Project Management conference held by my company. Can I claim PDUs for this? And if yes... how many can I claim and under which category?

My answer: Yes you can! PDUs can be earned… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

PMI Madison Professional Development Day 2009

Recently I attended the Madison PMI Professional Development Day at the Monona Terrace. I attended many excellent talks but a few really hit home for me.

Kathryn Jeffers gave a talk on using candor in your projects. One of her examples included an unruly team member that would talk on his cell phone,… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on May 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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