Week 2 - Advancing as a Pro + Homework for Friday
**Do not miss the homework - scroll to bottom**
Last week we addressed any deficits you may have in understanding how the PMI exams reflect the current release of PMBOK (6th Edition). Most of the discussion is under the certification tab on this site. Expect some exam questions later asking for details as we discussed; project managers need to speak the current language and understand their own obstacles to personal success (because the job search is both a project and perhaps, an ongoing operation, depending on how you run it).
- The sixth edition added a section on Agile you should understand, whether or not you take a PMI exam. The home page offers a basic outline of this current emphasis.
- While a PMI credential is not absolutely necessary for PM success, it does add credibility to your claim of advanced training, and could help you land the job you want.
- Remember, Neelam has a PMI test disc available in the computer lab for you to play around with for practice. This mirrors the actual proctored exam, which is quite high stress.
- If you plan to sit for the CAPM or PMP exam, ask me to send the study sheets I cannot post publicly.
- If you have work experience, you now know, thanks to last Friday’s discussion, how to evaluate the possibility of moving forward with the PMP option instead of CAPM. Remember, CAPM is good for five years; it is designed to “hold” you as a PMP or other kind of advanced candidate so you can accrue greater PM experience. A PMP or related advanced credential is a renewable certification on a three-year cycle. YOU MUST ALWAYS BE LEARNING in PMI’s world.
- So, with any kind of verifiable PM experience through time, why not head straight to PMP? Use the sheet I offered in the certification section to see what your qualifying numbers are.
- We worked carefully through the 10 Knowledge Areas or (KA’s) from PMBOK, and saw they are an essential cross-reference point for any project.
This week, we’ll tour the PMI site to see how that’s changed, and how it can help you. We benefit from their acquisition of Projectmanagement.com. You may have been introduced to the latter in an earlier PM class – it’s a brilliant and well-integrated tool to keep you current.
For the next few sessions, we are going to work on self-representation from a practical standpoint for two reasons. First – it helps you “brand” yourself in others’ minds. Second, and more importantly, it helps define YOU to yourself so you can narrow your job search to situations that will lead you to work on the projects you most want to do. It may answer questions for many of you about the big company/small business/startup dilemma, for each project culture is very different.
Homework: A Twist on Strengths Finder
1. Review the item in the link below. By Friday, Sept 7, hand in your personal ranked self-assessment (can be handwritten. BE SURE TO RANK YOUR ATTRIBUTES.)
Be prepared to describe and discuss in class your top two Personal PM strengths, and at least one field you think might “fit” you – however you want to describe that.
2. Read this article from Harvard Business Review: Of the Project Management Types discussed, which do you think you are or might be? Most of us exhibit a clear preference for one or two roles of the four: Gambler, Prophet, Executor, or Expert. (Or perhaps SME)
It’s important you narrow the scope of your own possibilities; in fact, it’s excellent project management practice, and life is a project. If you struggle at all with this, let me know and we'll work on this. Hint: If you have ever had a Strengthsfinder or Quest Evaluation, take that info into consideration.
This week, work to understand how your self-knowledge enables you to gain valuable insight into what each of your team members are best positioned to do to support you all.