PMP Exam Lessions Learnt

My Lessons Learnt
First of all, many thanks to all for the due support as members of this respected group, as constructive criticizer & analyzer of resources available preparing for coveted PMP examination and of course as collaborative blogger sharing the lessons learnt that sincerely emphasizes the vision and determination needed, that someday a lesser mortal like me can also scribe here.

Nevertheless, All this aided me in obtaining Proficient in All knowledge areas of exam except Moderately Proficient in Professional Ethics & Social Responsibility. Perhaps, I need to socialize more as obvious from the fact; this being my first blog in the forum.

I'll not attempt to discuss neither the Good Guy Bad Guy approach nor the comparisons, as I feel, its purely individualistic & owes much of its perspective inline with the persons' work periods, knowledge & experience and as PMBOK mentions Risk appetite albeit here its Problem solving appetite.


PMBOK, PMBoK, PMbok. Now, you may wondering why am I writing such style. The different alphabet placing signify the different approach you need to take to read that PMBOK. Believe me, its not linear study of chapters or texts. Its pure critical comprehension. Try to bring out the commonalities & difference in each clause & para and most importantly the terms used and their usage.

As reference, I used Rita's book & HeadFirst's PMP as delta to PMBOK.
PMP blogs viz deepfriedbrain & forums like this and PMI Ebooks & reference for relatively tough areas like Propietary Quality Mgmt/Risk Modelling/EVM/Schedule Network helped significantly.

 - Target PMBOK core areas as continuous value addition. Take learnings from Chapter 1 as aid to Chapter 2 and so on.
 - Easy Exams ... free exam from is a nice start. Target ~80% as questions are direct from PMBOK.
 - Olivers' 175+75, Rita's chapter Tests, Headfirst's free exam. Target ~70% as questions are mixed situational & direct. Ans options were closer too.
 - EffectivePM's mock & Rita's SuperPMP at last stage. Target ~65% as questions nicely situational & so called wordy with close ans options too.
 - (Me) Deliberately avoided ad-hoc questions discussed on forums.

 - Understand the why-why, how-how of each clause of PMBOK.
 - PMI code of ethics prohibit me discussing the questions I remember, but can mention that the questions were really testing from the core areas of PMBOK holistically. Call it a 5-9-42 approach (yeah not 360') to a situation. What is 5-9-42, by the way. No prizes for answering.
 - Not necessary to attempt N-thousand questions. But get the pattern of answering and thought process. Like the steps in change control, administrative closure, contract closure, Controlling the Demanding aspects of a project will remain same in 99% situations.
 - The words, phrases were simply 6-sigma to PMBOK concepts in exam. More than answering, Enjoyed reading the questions.
 So you think, you can become a PMP. Answer this. PMI has decided it would provide PDU courses to all practitioners on demand. After a feasibility analysis, they found that IVR (Interactive-Voice-Recognition) system to conduct PDU sessions using podcast/video sharing like youtube is nice considering high volume of sophisticated devices & cheap wireless web access. You have been assigned as a PM to this highly visible project. How you'll accomplish this, assuming a copy of PMBOK lies on your table.
 All the Best. Lets help to make our workplace a Best Managed one.

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Your writing style made it very interesting to read the whole LL. Thanks for posting such a great article. Congratulations on your PMP and welcome to the elite club