Project Management Professional (PMP)®
It’s that time again. The Project Management Institute® (PMI) has updated their book A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This occurs every four years. It’s PMI’s way of keeping the book current with today’s project management practices.
For RMC it means that all of our books, software, and classes have to be revised to stay in alignment with the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition. It also provides us with the opportunity to make other changes to our products and courses so we can deliver the best possible learning experiences. And we are hard at it. Read on to learn about what exactly we are changing and how it aligns with the new PMBOK® Guide.
Understanding vs. Memorization
Why does RMC focus on understanding rather than memorization? As RMC’s project management practice leader I’m often asked: “why can’t I just memorize the process names, inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs (ITTOs) and pass the exam?” The answer to this question is quite simple. Understanding works, memorization does not, especially in the context of the PMP® exam. Let’s discuss understanding vs. memorization.
Over the years there has been quite a lot written about the benefits of the PMP® Certification. There has also been some comment (mostly anecdotal on blogs) about some of the disadvantages.
According to several studies, the benefits include:
Applicable to PMP® Exams Taken on or After January 11th, 2016
In June of 2015, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released an updated version of the “Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content Outline,” which will be applied to all PMP examinations taken after January 11, 2016. (PMI had initially planned on changing the exam starting on November 2nd, 2015, but they later pushed the date back to January.)
PMI has announced a new certification for business analysis work: the Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®. I took the pilot exam and wanted to share my initial thoughts. As part of the pilot group, I agreed to take the PMI-PBA® exam without knowing much about the content. PMI published a list of five domains and tasks within each domain and a list of eleven books representing the knowledge base of the exam.