Make Good Use of Lessons Learned by Other PMP


Ahirjoy Biswas

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
2.5 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book
Andy Crowe

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Study
PM Training

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“I have read somewhere our life is not enough to learn from our own mistakes, so I tried to understand what I can plan better. I guess that’s what LESSON LEARNT are for.”

Ahirjoy Biswas passed the PMP® exam after 2.5 months of studying. Here are his PMP® lessons learned.


  • Purchased the PM PrepCast™ to get the required 35 contact hours of project management training.
  • Applied for the PMP® exam and got approved.


  1. Registered and participated in PMP® forum like PMZilla, PMHub and DeepFriedBrain.
  2. Members of the forums are very helpful.
  3. There are lots of good lessons learned and study materials.
  4. Signed up good PMP® e-newsletters:
  5. Enrolled in some online study groups like: yahoo PMP® groups, [email protected], PMP®[email protected]


  1. Read Andy Crowe for 1 time to build the foundation.
  2. Read Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® book for 1 time that contains many exam tips like PMI®-isms, a good collection of situational practice questions and many more.
  3. Read the above two books in parallel chapter by chapter.
  4. Read the PMBOK® Guide Guide once, this guide of of very high quality and is an excellent reference for the PMP® exam. I went over the glossary twice.

Monitoring and Controlling

Many free quality exams are available:

There are also a great number of quality paid practice exams:

  • PMStudy
  • PMP®erfect
  • PM Exam Simulator
  • Rita’s PM FASTrack

Practice Exam Tips:

  • Mark and review any questions you answer by guessing
  • Make notes of your mistakes for last minute revision


  1. During the first 15 minutes of the tutorial time, I wrote down all the processes by knowledge areas and process groups and all the earned value formulas
  2. Try to keep calm and be focussed
  3. Questions were quite easy if you have studied Rita’s PMP® Book from cover to cover.
  4. I used the brain dump for the situational questions to decide the best course of next action based on the logics
  5. There were just a few questions on ITTO’s which were quite easy. I did not memorize all the ITTO’s.
  6. Took one break during the exam.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Ahirjoy Biswas

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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try