Saturday, December 3, 2011

Project Management Professional Examination Preparation Bootcamp (PMP) Advantage

By Doji Shenka

Credentialing is usually placed on the back burner until projects are nearing wrap up or rumor of termination. Seeking a registered education provider would be the 1st task that an aspiring PMP would need to look for in determining a PMP training Toronto company.

A registered education provider is a company that has been evaluated by PMI and complies with their strict standards on delivering top quality education that support their standards.

Most project managers have to make the investment themselves in further training or obtaining education hours to get the PMP credential which proves their worth. Usually if a career move is considered outside their existing employ with another company they would have to become credentialed. Finding time for extensive project management training may not be an option for a busy project manager. Seeking the credential substantiates the claim of understanding and proving effective application of project management concepts. Credentialing also validates dedication to the profession and proves understanding of the standard. A thorough course can be a dedicated 3 day to 5 day course covering the main areas or domains of project management and integrating the domains within process groups. Some preparatory work must be performed in advance and participants must be introduced to content in a light way before attending a 3-5 day intensive course. The training course should cover basics or what many may call fundamentals or framework. The other areas are the commonly referred to "triple threat" which is the management of scope, time and cost. Also project quality management, project risk management, project communications management and project procurement management are areas that must be covered. In addition to the management areas the way these areas are integrated and combined in a project are covered by the 5 process groups' which are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing.

The course needs to add value to the participants by clarifying the difference between applied business operations and managing projects. The course should also thoroughly address elements in the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) pertinent to the PMP exam. The course also demystifies concepts presented on exam in objective format based on real world experience and formulates the concepts into theory suggested by PMI in PMI "isms" for the success of passing the credentialing exam.

Just like regular military bootcamp identify physically weak areas a potential soldier will encounter so does the exam prep bootcamp. The examination preparation bootcamp identifies weak areas of project management theory often assumed and misunderstood. Learning the correct theory applied in the form of case studies and role plays and exercising the brain by answering questions related to the theory directly aligns with the military bootcamp concepts which are executed through constant exercise, routine and explanations. Upon completion of the bootcamp participants and aspiring project managers will be familiar with the PMI theory of project management hence ready to pass the PMP exam. Passing the PMP certification exam proves one can handle a tough certification and join the ranks of affiliated accomplished individuals within the profession and it proves to oneself they belong.

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