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Steps To Become A Successful Project Management Professional

Phase I (Initiation)

  • Download PMP handbook from www.pmi.org which will help in the certification process and fee etc.
  • Download exam content outline and refer to 5 key domain tasks
  • Complete 35 contacts hours of mandatory training which will help you to understand PMBOK
  • Apply for the PMP certification by filling application at www.pmi.org

Phase II (Planning)

  • Post completion of the PMP training Put a target for 3-4 months of preparation with at least 2-3 hrs per day
  • Access all the 5 domain tasks from exam content online i.e. Initiation, Planning, Execution, M&C & Closure and measure how much % percentage each domain carries and pin it in your study room
  • Prepare a chart for the domain, knowledge area & process plotted in one chart and pin it in your study room
  • Plan your study on the domain base, rather than chapter I.e. Initiation, Planning, Execution, M&C & Closure

Understand each process Key inputs, tools and techniques & output

  • Plan for mock exam and access yourself which are the areas you are doing good which is the area you need to improve
  • Preparing yourself a project plan by when you want to achieve it.

Phase III (Execution)

  • Start studying daily I recommend 1.5 hrs in the morning 1.5 hrs in the evening
  • To be honest it is hard to understand PMBOK for the first time the best way to study is to comprehend how each process works in a real-time project.
  • Depends on the experience and exposure it might take 3-4 week to complete the first cycle of study which includes completion of all 5 domains
  • Understand key inputs which enable to create that process
  • Understand tool & techniques how it is used in each process
  • Understand key outputs for each process and the value added
  • Repeat your study once more this time you will better understand PMBOK
  • Access yourself how you’re performing with 200 mock questions

Phase IV (Monitor & Control)

  • Phase III & IV overlap each other you should access your performance on each domain
  • You should score 90% in the mock test i.e., out 200 you should score 180 correct
  • If you are not able to reach the expected score strong recommendation to study PMBOK all over again with the key areas where you need to focus more
  • Reach out to SME who had succeeded the PMP exam
  • Target to accomplish proficiency in Planning, Execution & Monitor & Control domains which are key areas for the exam

Phase V (closure)

  • Study one final round of PMBOK before scheduling the exam
  • Access the chart which you had prepared on all 5 domains
  • Refer to the task list from PMP exam content outline
  • Pay and schedule your exam
  • ALL THE BEST!

Closure Note: I had prepared myself to understand the PMBOK framework how it will apply to projects and daily life. If you put in efforts to understand the PMBOK framework and the process result will be positive.

Content Contributor: Peter Ebenezer (Proventures  Alumni)

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