AT A GLANCE
Roshni Rajagopal passed the PMP® exam in first attempt. Here are his lessons learned.
- Read PMBOK® Guide Guide twice
- Attended a classroom training for project management to obtain the 35 contact hours.
- Read Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® book and the PMBOK® Guide Guide side by side, i.e. a chapter from Rita’s, then the same chapter from the PMBOK® Guide Guide and then attempted all the chapter end practice questions from Rita’s.
- Got around 73% in the tough practice exams like Oliver Lehmann
- Read Rita’s PMP® book and the PMBOK® Guide guide once again, skimming over the contents and making notes at the same time.
- Made notes on the formulas and the ITTO’s I missed during practice exams for revision.
- I did not try to memorize all the ITTO’s.
- I spent an hour to two on weekdays for about six months for my preparation.
- I could then got around 80% for practice exams.
- Rita’s was much more interesting than the PMBOK® Guide Guide. I learned the bulk from Rita’s. Rita’s book suggests using logical thinking to come up a correct ITTO instead of memorizing all of them.
- I tried to concentrate on Rita’s book and the PMBOK® Guide Guide only.
- From my working experience, I had more experience from the executing processes and less from other process groups, in particular the initiating and closing process groups. So I tried harder to learn the concepts from other less familiar process groups.
- I wished my project manager at that time knew the knowledge in PMP®.
On the Day of the Exam
- I wished I had carried a jacket as the room temperature was so low.
- I did a brain dump of the process groups and formulas.
- I had a break after every 100 questions. I did some stretching after every 50 questions to relax and refresh.
- I got quite a number of questions on risk management (asking about the ITTO’s), contracts, conflict management and quality control (in particular the control charts).
- The earned value management questions were very simple and direct.
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Roshni Rajagopal