AT A GLANCE
Latyr Jean-Luc FAYE passed the PMP® exam and shared the following lessons learned with fellow PMP® aspirants:
1. TREAT THE PMP® EXAM AS A PROJECT
- Follow the normal project management process: initiate > plan > execute > monitor & control > close
- Understand why getting PMP® certification.
- Manage your stakeholders (colleagues, bosses, family)
- Have a realistic planning
- Monitor the progress (schedule and mock exam scores) is of great importance
2. PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
- Get the support and trust of ever stakeholers
The P in PM is as much about ‘people management’ as it is about ‘project management’. – Cornelius Fichtner
3. PMBOK® Guide IS A MUST
- The PMBOK® Guide must be read from cover to cover to understand all the process in all Knowledge Areas and how a project goes from initiating to closing.
- Often refer to Appendix F (summary) and Glossary (definitions) for the formal definition.
4. EXAM PREP MATERIALS
- Choose one or two exam prep books to help to get exposure to additional materials.
5. GO ONLINE
- Many useful online materials (YouTube, podcasts, forums, LinkedIn) to help you with your understanding of the PMBOK® Guide content.
6. BRAIN DUMP
- Create your own brain dump with all the formulas and topics you find it useful but hard to remember.
- Practice your brain dump until you have fully memorized it.
7. UNDERSTANDING AND NOT MEMORIZATION
- Understand the inter-relationship of all processes and their interaction.
- Don’t memorize all the ITTO’s. You just need to know the important ones.
8. PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE
- Get an exam simulator and practice the exam questions over and over.
- Understand why you get an answer wrong
9. THE EXAM
- The PMP® exam is very difficult but you can pass it if you are well prepared.
- Plan your breaks beforehand to help you refresh your brain.
10. DEFINE AND FOLLOW A TEST STRATEGY
- Do not spent more than 1 minute on a single question. In doubt, chose an answer, mark it and move forward.
- Stay focus and move on.
11. TIPS DURING THE PMP® EXAM
- Answer questions from PMI® perspective, not your experience.
- Select the best answer when you think there are more than correct answer.
- Don’t change too much answers during review.
12. AFTER THE EXAM
- If you fail the PMP® exam:
- Understand why.
- Apply corrective actions and be better prepared for the next try.
- If you pass the PMP® exam:
- Update your CV with PMP®.
- Begin earning PDUs to maintain the Credential
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Latyr Jean-Luc FAYE