PMP Exam Simulators

You must be able to apply your knowledge, experience, and understanding on PMBOK to answer 200 very difficult scenario based questions to show proficiency to pass the exam.  These questions have more than one seemingly correct answer, and you are required to pick the ‘most correct’ answer of those listed – understanding how PMI perceives the best option.

The best thing you can do is to take as many high-quality practice exam questions as you can.   If you are going to run a marathon, you are going to practice running.  The same thing is true for taking the PMP exam, you must practice taking exams.

There are a lot of exam simulators out there, but many of them do not represent the in-depth scenario based questions you will see on the exam.    The following exam simulators offer very realistic questions and in-depth explanations:

PM Exam Simulator
The PM Exam simulator gives you immediate access to 1,800 realistic PMP exam sample questions in 9 exams. Question style and difficulty match closely what you can expect to see on your actual exam.

PM Aspire
Offers up to 3000 questions, flashcards, and other study options.

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PMP Study Material Based on Your Leaning Style

One of the questions that I am often asked by PMP aspiring students, what is the best way to study for the PMP exam.

With this much effort required to prepare for the exam, one of the questions that I am often asked by PMP aspiring students, what is the best way to prepare for the PMP exam. I always respond with … “it depends” … on your experience and preferred learning methods. There are a lot of great options available, but the option you select should be based on how you like to learn. Some people are a visual learner, others are auditory, and others are kinetic (hands-on) learners. Our learning styles impact everything we do, how we think, and how we interact with others. So it’s important to select a select a method to prepare that matches your learning style. Here is a link to a free quiz to help you discover your learning style: https://knowledgecertified.com/learningstyles.

This article will provide some recommendations based on the different learning styles and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Note: There are hundreds of options available and I am only referencing material that I am directly familiar with.

Study Material

  • PM PrepCast
    The PM PrepCast™ is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Video Workshop of over 140 lessons that you download and watch on your tablet or smart phone at your convenience. This option provides the 35 contact hours needed for the exam. This is an excellent choice for someone
  • PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition – Updated: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
    This is probably the best-known book used to prepare for the exam and is very thorough covering most everything you may encounter on the exam. It has a lot of useful techniques, visual aids, and exercises to memorize important concepts. Many people have successfully used this book, but some feel it seems more like a textbook. This book is good for the person who likes to read and memorize information.
  • Head First PMP: A Learner’s Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam 3rd Edition
    This book is written for the visual learner as if it was being taught from a whiteboard. There are many visual diagrams with simple language explaining the concepts. Head First labs also offer a free online practice exam and a critical path exercise. In order the accommodate all of the visual-aids in the book, the book is quite long, encompassing 894 pages, which can make for a long read, but the highly visual people really appreciate the approach. Note: make sure to check out the errata for any corrections.
  • Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, Updated January 2016
    This book is written for the person who has a decent grasp on project management and is looking for just the right amount of information needed to pass the exam. This books is very ‘Concise’ in presenting the information and gets to the point very quickly, which is something that I personally appreciate. This books also offers access to over 1400 online exam questions, which is critical.


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Scaled Agile

Scaled Agile
Andrew Burns and Cornelius Fichtner

Agile began with the promise to make smaller project teams more able to react to ever-changing customer requirements. But what if your project is big? I mean really, really big. Can we have scaled agile?

This interview about Scaling Agile with Andrew Burns, PMI-ACP, PMP, was recorded at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Congress 2016 in San Diego, California. We discuss his paper and presentation Dragon Scales: 50 Teams Scrumming — Implementing Adaptive Project Management Practices at Scale. Here is the abstract:

Product portfolios can easily scale to 50 teams or more in meeting large organizations’ needs. Large portfolios with strong foundations are derived through values-based leadership. The technique links corporate and individual values to scientific principles. Scientific principles inform us that change is constant and therefore adaptation defines good practices. Values-based leadership’s agile practices take root, thrive, and adapt at the pace of business change.

The three-hundred software engineers considered herein innovated within a portfolio of 18,000 colleagues. Their agile, adaptive product development practices continue to evolve from plan-driven provenance. Leveraging agile practices at the portfolio, program, and project level continually unleashes innovation, quality, and throughput of value. Though contextualized in terms of software product development in the 2010s with Scrum, the message of innovation through values-based adoption of scientific principles is timeless and framework unallied. Implementation of practices observant of values and principles endures as a way to deliver the best products regardless of toolset.

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[This was originally posted on PM Podcast(TM)]

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Emotional Intelligence in Leadership


Earn 0.25 free PDUs right now by listening to:
Emotional Intelligence in LeadershipImage

At its core project management is all about effectively leading your team. Therefore emotional intelligence for project managers and project leaders can be just as important (if not more) than knowing how to interpret the latest earned value data.This interview about emotional intelligence in project management with Kim Wasson was recorded at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Congress 2016 in San Diego, California. We discuss her paper and presentation One Unhappy Person Can Ruin Your Beautiful Plan — Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers.

Here is the abstract:
“Just one unmotivated person on your team can bring everything crashing down. Unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and lack of motivation are highly contagious; ‘one person’ quickly turns into an unhappy and possibly dysfunctional team.

We’re all focused on getting the process right and there’s no doubt that process is important. What many of us don’t take into account is that the success of most projects depends largely on the teams actually doing the work Process is important but it’s not going to build anything on its own – it’s a team of satisfied, competent people working together who will actually deliver a product.

The people side of the project management equation is critical. Managing effectively requires the ability to understand individuals and teams, establish working relationships, manage goals, and motivate team members. Effective tools and techniques discover what makes the team members and the team itself tick, to communicate effectively with many different people both one-on-one and as a group, and to generally balance the process part of the equation with the people part of the equation are critical to project success.”

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PDU Tip:
This interview is 24 minutes long. This means that you can “legally” only claim 0.25 PDUs for listening to it. However… if you first listen to the interview and then also read the white paper on which it is based, then you can go ahead and claim 0.50 PDUs!

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