Contingency Study Plan Needed


Kamesh Ganesan

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
9 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Study
Head FirstOliver Lehman

PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“After coming here I realized the risk of time constraint, (its June already) and couldn’t do everything that was planned. Since I anticipated this and created a contingency plan…”

Kamesh Ganesan have successfully passed the exam in my first try.Below are his lessons learned.


  • Registered with PMI® as a member in September and then got the the 35 Contact Hours with the PM PrepCast™. Applied for PMP® Exam in November.

Planning Process

  • Prepare a plan for the PMP® Certification study:
    • Listen to The PM PrepCast™ 5 times.
    • Read PMBOK® Guide 3 times.
    • Read Rita PMP® book 3 times.
    • Read Kim Heldman PMP® book 3 times and
    • Practice at least 3000 practice exam questions.

Executing Process

  • Owing to the hectic work schedule, the original plan did not work. So the actual execution would be:
    • Listened to The PM PrepCast™ 3 times.
    • Read PMBOK® Guide 2 times.
    • Read Rita PMP® book 3 times.
    • Practiced around 3000 practice exam questions.
  • Didn’t memorize ITTO’s, instead just tried to understood the concepts

Monitoring and Control Process

  • Committed at least 3 hours daily for PMP® preparation.
  • Tried as many sample questions as possible.

Closing Process

  • Actual exam questions was not as difficult as expected
  • Took a break after 100 questions and another after 200 questions
  • PMP® certification requires lots of preparation, understanding, experience and patience

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Kamesh Ganesan


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try