Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Cracking the PMP exam demands intense preparation, proactive planning and the right guidance. Students appearing for this exam must be prepared academically as well as psychologically to handle the challenge in the best manner possible. Anxiety is a part of the PMP preparatory phase and acquiring the right guidance from your PMP coach can help combat these psychological obstacles easily.

Read on to find out about the most important questions that must be discussed with the PMP coach online in our PMP exam prep course or in a regular classroom setting. While we bring forth the most common answers, the PMP coach who has better knowledge about every individual’s strengths and weaknesses can offer precise solutions.

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How can I handle the long scenario-based questions in the PMP exam?

Reading through the long paragraphs and locating the correct answers for the tricky questions can be a pain indeed. While quick judgment is often the only option in a time constrained situation, the technique is not always dependable. PMP coaches recommend the bottom-upward technique where the students first get to read the last few lines of the question and then work their way upwards to finding the right answers. Coaches also recommend paying attention to these kinds of questions while attending PMP exam prep with a simulator.

How can I manage time during the actual exam?

The four long hours of PMP exam time is reported to be sufficient to complete all the questions featured in the exam. Some expert time management exam tricks include,
  • Answer the easiest questions and keep difficult ones for later.
  • Plan the time to include a few minutes of review at the end of the exam.
  • Mark the questions that need to be reviewed at the end of the exam
Talk to your PMP coach to secure some more specific time management ideas based on your areas of expertise.

How can I effectively cover the entire course content with a plan?

A PMP coach is often the best person to help build a solid preparation plan for PMP. Students can work along with the coach and customize their study plan which can include,
  • Reading and obtaining information through a study guide
  • Audio or visual aids or classes through media players
  • Group study with other students or instructors in person or online
  • Mentor or coaching institute through regular classes or online sessions 
How many times should I take mock tests and what scores should I aim for?

Experts provide  no definite answer to this question other than take as many as time permits and aim for the highest score each time.. However, it is important to note that the quality of questions in practice tests are of more importance than the number of tests itself. Students can work with the PMP coach to track progress through every test and to assess the quality of mock tests.

PMP exam prep requires a lot of time and effort to achieve the desired results. A PMP coach plays a significant role in preparing the student to take up the challenge.



EduMind Management at 04:52

          


Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Edumind’s online PMP Exam Prep course is designed to offer busy professionals the flexibility to pursue their professional certification. The online PMP course is a well wrapped bundle handpicked by our instructors who carry several years of training expertise.  The online PMP exam prep course is as interactive and beneficial as a conventional onsite class room training is.

You can be rest assured to receive all the knowledge and skill required to become a PMP certified. The online PMP exam prep course is extremely interactive and engaging. The attention and in depth knowledge share will keep you engaged and involved in the training session. Therefore, if you are pressed for time and can’t devote time enrolling for an onsite training course then online PMP prep course is the ideal solution for you.

The list of benefits you can avail by enrolling for the online PMP exam prep course is:

•You get to be part of interactive lecture and hands on workshop sessions
•You do not have to download any software to start the online course
•You can study from the convenience of your home, office, etc.
•You receive the most up to date study material  
•You can interact with the trainers and clarify your doubts just you’d do in a conventional training set up.

Features of our EduMinds online PMP prep course:

•The training session conducted is interactive and not one sided
•The training focusses on teaching you about how to handle real life situations while handling a project and not just make you memorize
•By the end of the PMP prep course you will be confident and equipped with the right skills to carry out the project requirements effectively

EduMinds Online PMP course is definitely a boon for working professionals. IF you are crunched for time and need a certification that will open door to opportunities then the online PMP exam prep course will do the magic ensuring that you pass the PMP exam with flying colors.

EduMind Management at 00:50

          


Monday, 29 February 2016


As a project manager, if you want to take your career development to the next level, there’s only one way to do so - acquire the PMP certification. The PMP Exam is the only barrier that stands between you and your dreams of stepping out of your current corporate doorstep. PMI recently announced that the PMP exam has been revamped, with changes in effect from January 11, 2016. With several aspirants lining up to take the PMP exam, the fact that the PMP exam has been changed has raised a lot of questions amongst PMP aspirants.

If you’re concerned about what the new changes could mean for you, here’s an overview of what the new PMP exam is all about. Read on:

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Why the sudden change is necessary?
The PMP exam is an accurate reflection of the tasks carried out by project managers on a daily basis. Practices change over time and so does a project manager’s role. In order to keep pace with the changes, the PMI conducts a Role Delineation Study (RDS) every few years. If PMI didn’t regularly change the PMP Exam, PMP aspirants would still be tested on techniques that have long become obsolete and irrelevant.

What stays the same?
1. The eligibility criteria for taking the PMP exam remains unaltered

2. The new PMP exam remains a Computer-based test with 200 multiple choice questions to be answered

3. The reference book – PMBOK Guide fifth edition – remains the same.

4. The five domains – Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing will be the same

5. The PMP Exam structure score report isn’t changing either

What has changed?
All the PMP aspirants who’ve been frantically looking for answers to this question can breathe a sigh of relief. The changes are minimal! So all the PMP exam prep courses you’ve attended and hours of PMP training you’ve acquired wasn’t for nothing.

Change 1:
Though the domains remain the same, the allocation of questions has slightly been altered. Specifically, percentage of questions in the Executing section has been raised to 31% while those in the Closing section have been brought down to 7%.

Change 2:
The new PMP Exam Outline includes modification of a few tasks and removal of a few. The most notable changes made are the addition of 8 new tasks, raising the number from 34 to 42.

Domain NameTask Number
Initiating3
Planning1
Executing 2
Monitoring & Controlling 2
ClosingNothing

The key changes made in the PMP exam based upon the new tasks include:
1. Emphasis on Business Strategy and Business realization

2. Project Charter Responsibility

3. Values of Lessons Learned

4. Enhancing Stakeholder relationships

Change 3:
Nearly 25% of the new PMP exam content is focused on the topic areas covered under the eight new tasks. This means that a sizeable number of questions will be based on entirely new areas.

Change 4:
Even though principles behind a majority of the tasks remain the same, some of the language and the terminology used have been altered.

What’s the best exam prep approach?
1. First, stay calm. The changes are minimal and there’s no need to push the panic button.

2. Read PMI’s updated Content Outline thoroughly

3. The reference book remains the same, but you’ll need to ensure that all your exam preparation material reflect what’s required for the new PMP exam.

4. We have updated our study materials to fit the current PMP exam model. This means that if you’re enrolling into a PMP exam prep course with us, you don’t have to worry about the new changes at all!

5. If you’ve already undergone PMP training and are looking for ways to update yourself on the new topics, consider enrolling yourself for a PMP boot camp.

6. Take the practice tests that have been updated with new questions.

Remember, you already have years of extensive knowledge and work experience.  Add a few study hours and PMP training to the mix, and that’s it, you’re all set to take on the new PMP exam!


EduMind Management at 00:29

          


Wednesday, 27 January 2016


PMI’s infamous PMP certification is every project manager’s dream come true. The credential holds immense value in the eyes of potential employers and opens up promising opportunities. If you wish to acquire the PMP certification, making your way past the PMP Exam Prep Course is the toughest challenge. First time test takers may be apprehensive about what to expect in the exam. Even professionals with years of experience in the project management field do not fully understand what it takes to pass the PMP exam. This has given rise to a number of misgivings about the PMP test. 

We bring you the top 5 myths surrounding the exam and bust them, so you can bid adieu to your PMP exam woes forever.

Myth 1: You need to score over 61% to pass the exam

No, this is not true. While this was true at one point in time, nowadays, passing the PMP exam is no longer about the percentage of questions with correct answers. The PMP test format follows a psychometric analysis. This means that the questions which are tough contribute to a larger part of the total score than the easy questions. Answering a few hard questions correctly will get you a higher score percentage than answering several easy questions correctly. Therefore, the number of questions you answer does NOT determine whether you’ve passed or failed the exam.

Myth 2: Only PMI Registered Education Providers must provide PMP exam prep courses

This statement is not valid since there is no specific authorized course to prep for the PMP exam. Anyone from a REP to PMI component organizations to distance learning consultants can provide PMP exam prep courses. However, in order to ensure that the quality of training obtained is standardized, it is highly recommended that PMP training is availed from a REP. EduMind is a PMI REP and availing its courses gives you the highest assurance of quality and standardization.

Myth 3: The audit process uses applicant profiling

Absolutely not! This is one of the most widely circulated myths about the PMP exam. While it is widely stated that the auditing is based on applicant profiling, the claims are absolutely false. The audit process is completely random. If you think that your application will not be called for an audit, then think again. When completing the PMP application process, bear in mind the chances of you being called for an audit. It is better to be safe, than sorry and prepare well in advance.

Myth 4: Memorizing Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs ( ITTO’s) 

There are around 500 ITTO’s described in the PMBOK guide and memorizing all of them is a huge waste of energy and time. Instead, focus your efforts into understanding the concepts behind them. Questions that are commonly asked during the PMP exam revolve around how or why a specific ITTO is used and does not require memorization.

Myth 5:  35 PDU’s are required to take the PMP exam

No. What you actually need are 35 contact hours in order to be eligible for the PMP exam. The PDU’s i.e. Professional Developmental Units are required after you’ve obtained your PMP certification. PMI requires that one must earn at least 60 PDU’s every three years to maintain the PMP credential. However, first time test-takers need not worry about PDU’s. If you do not have 35 contact hours, then acquire them first before making an application. Participate in any of EduMind’s PMP exam prep courses and you will gain the much-needed 35 PMI approved contact hours.

There are countless myths surrounding the PMP exam in addition to the ones we’ve listed above. Do not let it get in the way of your PMP exam prep. When in doubt contact PMI customer care service or talk to your PMP exam prep course instructor to debunk any unsettling myths you come across.

EduMind Management at 07:40

          


Tuesday, 02 December 2014


"Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”- Warren Buffett
"All models are wrong but some of them are useful" - George Box (Statistician)

Make-or-Buy decisions happen when the company is going in for a new product line, or is running short of suppliers, or the capacity to produce is running down. The goal maybe to reach a global benchmark in product quality. So, make-or-buy analysis is made about whether internal production or external buying will help the company reach the goal. Manufacturing companies are very often encountered with a make-or-buy dilemma, but the same holds good for companies handling soft technologies such as software and customer service too.

The Make-or-Buy analysis is performed at two levels:

 - Strategic
 - Operational

The strategic angle is more long-term and broader than the operational angle. Factors such as competition, government regulations, core competencies, and current market scenario have an impact on the strategic make-or-buy decisions. Talking about core competencies, for example, a perfume manufacturer may buy the container, but has to make the perfume. If a company was buying all components, then it will be just assembling the components, and will not have a strong core competency.

At an operational level, lower cost, better quality, untrustworthy suppliers, or even pride may be the factors that are at play.  Cost cutting and cost saving is always a bottom line for Project Managers. So, invariably they will be analyzing areas, where cost and other factors come into play. Make-or-Buy analysis is one such evaluation performed by project managers.

For example, say the cost of producing one component/unit internally is $45. Sometimes the same component is available from an external vendor at the rate of $35 per unit. Then in the make-or-buy analysis, the obvious choice would be to buy the product.

Sometimes an item may be very difficult to manufacture or may need a lot of expertise to be created. Such items will not have a lot of suppliers. In such scenarios, it is best to make the item internally. At other times, your company’s business and customer satisfaction maybe dependent on a single component. It is not advisable to buy such components.

There may be a special order and an item maybe needed only in small quantity. In such situations, instead of making the product, it is advisable to buy the product. 

Trade secrets and proprietary technology tilts the decision in favor of making internally. If the production capacity of a plant has not been fully utilized and the machines are idle, then a ‘make’ decision is natural.

Make-or-Buy analysis will be a key feature considered during procurement. So, the analysis becomes an important part of procurement management. The PMP Exam Prep Course deals with the concept of Make-or-Buy analysis.  

Sopm Columbus at 02:08

          


Tuesday, 08 July 2014


"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it” – Lao Tzu quotes
"Try our flexible Corporate Training… Voila! Your Employees won’t be able to resist Passing the PMP®!"
Many Corporations, of late, have recognized the need for a certified PMP’s contribution to an organization. They may feel that their organization needs to increase a particular team’s knowledge base about Project Management while focusing on specific areas.

To fulfill the needs of corporations, we offer flexible PMP® Courses to update their teams on the latest insight and information on Project Management in the specialized areas of their choice.  

Our tailor-made PMP® Courses, for companies of any size, help to build the Project Management knowledge base of your employees with a PMP® Certification. If you have identified a need within your organization to upgrade your team of Project Managers or see value in your employees obtaining a PMP® Certification, then we can be your one-stop shop for your PMP® Exam preparation course requirements.

Our Star Attractions

   1.  4 days of intense classes to get your employees ready for the exam in record time and with increased confidence in taking the test.
   2.  FREE 35 hours Certificate even before your first prep classes.
   3.  Guidance for your PMI® Application process.
   4.  Keep you prepared even after the classes are over, with our “After Course Study Support System”
   5.  “Live Interactive Online Group Study Lab” for a peer-to-peer discussion experience.
   6.  No Payment processing until 3 weeks prior to the start of prep classes.
  7.  Experienced Instructors will provide you with the right amount of challenge and inspiration for well-coordinated classroom training. 
   8.  Risk-free enrollment will give you the security of flexible cancellation.

Flexible PMP® Exam Review Course options:

On-Site Training – This option allows you to have the onsite training at the location of your choice. The training could be given in a familiar work environment for the participants of the PMP® Exam Prep Course. Hosting the training at your location ensures good camaraderie and an interactive study space.

Weekday or Weekend Classes – Our training classes are available at flexible times. If you would like to block off four days in one week to enhance your Team’s knowledge base on Project Management, then you may use the Weekday Classes. If your Employees are available only during the weekend, you may use the Weekend Classes.

Live Online Classes – This particular option is available for organizations when there are commuting issues or if the participants in the course are from various states. If, the goal  is to getting their special team  to upgrade their project management knowledge based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition concepts, then it is quite possible the company will benefit from a Live Online Classes.

Customized Classes – No two people are the same and likewise no two companies will be the same. We, at School of PM, understand this diverse environment well and aim to provide the right kind of tailored training classes for everyone. The course can be tailored to a area of specialization as per the organizations request. This ensures that an area of expertise is polished and test taking skills are enhanced to support the exam takers.  The organization not only makes the best use of their time and effort but also makes certain that they have the best qualified team.   

Affluent Off-Site Locations – School of PM wants to ensure that corporate participants not only make the best use of their learning from our PMP Training but also feel encouraged to join in the learning experience. We understand to do that, there is a need to be in an optimum level of comfort. School of PM conducts classes at affluent hotels and conference centers which have the technology needed to make the training engaging for the participating PMP® Exam takers from your organization.

We believe in providing the best of educational services to support and enhance the common goal of organizations for their employees to earn their PMP® Certification. Our expert training would provide understanding of complex projects.

Contact our Corporate Account Representative and increase your team’s knowledge of Project Management and earn that prestigious PMP® Certification.  

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All we need is, your Trust for a Win-Win PMP®

Let’s enroll in our course, contact our Corporate Account Representative either by sending an email to info@schoolofpm.com or by calling @ 888-888-9917.


Sopm Columbus at 06:05

          


Wednesday, 11 June 2014


"Almost 88% of professionals across 34 countries would like to work for companies that are committed to strong ethical values, according to a survey conducted by Kelly Services."
"Project Management Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are discussed in chapter 1 of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guidelines 5th Edition."
Why do you think professionals prefer ethical companies?  What is the point in following ethical values in an organization when you are already committed towards the organization’s goal? Well, the answer is not so complex. With no ethical values and morals followed, no organization can flourish in spite of having great objectives and well-planned project structure.

You will come to understand the truth behind the necessity of adhering to the ethical codes when you look at history. It shows that companies that have a code of ethics have outperformed the average companies that had no such ethical codes.

Code of ethics in an organization will lay the basic foundation for the organization to establish itself further in a strong way. It really helps the organization to think sound and execute things well. As you find different people in an organization, it is really tough to handle all of them without a common code of ethics.

Project Managers sometimes tend to act unethical with or without knowing the consequences. Let us discuss a few uncommon situations below.

Bid Rigging is one of the most important issues that give a strong blow to the economy of the company. It is an act of revealing important and confidential information to others without the knowledge of the company.

Another usual ethical issue that happens in most of the companies is ‘’Low Balling’’. This is quoting a lower price on a project but knowing that it actually consumes a higher amount. After receiving the contract approval, you tend to re-negotiate or cut corners of the project plan in order to compete the project within the lower budget. Low Balling is not a sign of a good project manager.

Another very important yet became-normal ethical issue is bribery. This is the unhealthiest issue that stands as a root cause for violating ethical rules and codes.

Without a best material usage and marketing strategy, a company cannot survive in the competitive business market. Still, some Project Managers tend to use substandard materials for the purpose of cost-cutting.

One more ethical issue that is becoming very general is failure to admit the project failure. This unfair attitude of Project Managers approving a project knowing that it has some flaws will be realized some years later down the line.

Understanding the chances of such ethical issues, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has set a code of ethics to refine the thoughts of such issues by Project Managers. These ethical values are discussed in a separate chapter as part of Project Management Professional (PMP®) Training. One who is trying his/her hand out in PMP® Certification Exam would have to concentrate  on the Code of Ethics chapter because  may be tricky most of the times.

Of the four ethical values, Responsibility is the first and foremost one. Project Managers should learn to take responsibility of the actions. The second one is, Respect. Managers should respect all the higher officials, subordinates, clients, customers and treat everyone with respect. Here, Project Managers should act like a wise leader. The third ethical code is Fairness, which is being impartial towards all the employees irrespective of their status and position. The last but not the least code is Honesty. This means, Project Managers have to be transparent in all the dealings, they should be explaining all the pros and cons of the project to the stakeholders or customers. All these ethical values together shape a Project Manager into someone we can trust.

Responsibility, Respect, Fairness and Honesty – compose a beautiful project with all these tunes put together.

Training the professionals with such a code of ethics will help them to analyze what is right and what is wrong; what should be done and what not should be done; difference between good and bad; and so forth. Finally, it helps Project Managers to handle the projects ethically. This helps to bring out good project outcomes, better Project Managers and the best organizations.

Want to handle projects with ethical values, yet you don’t know what are they? Fret no more! School of PM is one of the leading institutes that help professionals to understand ethical values. We train them in our PMP Exam Prep and PMP Boot Camp, both onsite and online!

Sopm Columbus at 07:48

          


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