The 5th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide will be published on the 31st December 2012 and PMI will be updating its credential exams in Q3 of 2013. The new examinations for the credentials we offer courses for are:
PMP® 31 July 2013
CAPM® 31 July 2013
PMI-SP® 31 August 2013
Mosaic’s courses will updated during the second quarter of 2013 to prepare trainees for the new examinations.
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Tagged CAPM, PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, PMI Standards, PMI-SP, PMP, Project, Project Management, Project Management Training
Over the years we have collected 1000s of practice questions for our PMP, CAPM and PMI-SP exam prep courses, far more then we need. Rather than simply keeping them we have decided to publish a ‘daily question’ for you to have fun with… Our current stock of question means there will be no repeats for the next 3 years!
If you already hold a PMI credential, the questions will help retain the knowledge you learned when studying.
If you are still studying for a credential, the questions will help with your practice. Each question comes with an answer and is graded √ ? or X for each exam:
√ = Applies to the examination (PMP, CAPM or PMI-SP)
? = Useful but probably too hard
X = Probably not relevant
To round out the page we are also posting a ‘Weekly Tip’ for Project Managers.
Today’s daily question is posted at: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Training-PMP-Q-Today.html – When you think you know the right answer click through to the answer page to see today’s question & answer plus the Q&As sent earlier in the week.
So you don’t miss any of the questions, we are Tweeting the daily question – you can click to ‘Follow’ the questions through our dedicated: @PMPQuestions. If you find the questions ‘fun’ – reTweet to your friends and colleagues, the more people following the questions, the more encouragement for us to keep going.
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Tagged CAPM, PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, PMI-SP, PMP, Project, Project Governance, Project Management, Project Management Training, Training
One of the findings from a recently conducted survey by project management training and consulting firm Project Management Solutions (led by Kent Crawford) was that not all forms of project management training are created equal – or are even effective.
The survey looked at three forms of training
- Instructor-led classroom training
- Blended training
- Technology delivered training
Instructor-led classroom training ranked #1
69% of respondents rated it as the most effective method for a variety of reasons. These included the opportunity to network, to spontaneously ask questions and share experiences, and to learn in an environment that tries to mimic actual project team dynamics.
“The instructors are typically seasoned project managers who have a lot of war stories,” says Crawford. “They felt hearing lessons from someone who has the scars is invaluable.”
Blended Learning ranked #2
Blended techniques, which combine instructor led-classroom learning with some combination of self-directed e-learning, instructor-led e-learning, or technology-delivered training, ranked second, with 53% of respondents casting their vote.
Technology-delivered training ranked last.
- 29% of respondents deemed self-directed e-learning to be worthwhile.
- 27% considered instructor-led e-learning (such as webinars) to be valuable.
- 20% think technology-delivered training (such as CD-ROMs or podcasts) is useful.
We wholeheartedly agree with these findings. Mosaic has always considered direct integration between trainees and an experienced project manager is critical. Whilst instructor led training is ideal, access to this form of training is limited by location, timing and cost. Our public classroom schedule is outlined at: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Training-Schedule.html
To overcome these limitations and paying for coffee at $5 per cup, we have developed our unique Mentored Email™ courses for the PMP, CAPM, PgMP and PMI-SP credentials. We feel Mentored Email™ offers the best of both worlds; you work at a speed that suits you in the home, office or on the train; but you interact continually with your course mentor via email or telephone. To see more on this unique and effective option see: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Training-Mentored.html
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Tagged CAPM, PgMP, PMBOK, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, PMI-SP, PMP, Project Management, Project Management Training, Training, Training Workshop
Mosaic has entered into a long term partnership with Meta PM to deliver a series of intensive 4 Day CAPM courses to members of the Swinburne community and others. The courses will be delivered on-campus during semester breaks over the next 18 months.
The Meta PM / Swinburne courses are designed to provide Swinburne graduates with access to a range of industry standard credentials to augment their core academic studies and degrees; improving the graduates position in the job market. Mosaic’s role is to deliver the CAPM courses included in the overall agreement.
Download the Swinburne Brochure, or see more on Mosaic’s CAPM course options.
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Tagged CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management, IT Project Management, PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, Project, Project Governance, Project Management, Project Management Training, Training, Training Workshop
Every decision is influenced by a range of preferences and biases. I touched on this subject last month in my ‘Voices on Project Management’ post for PMI (see the post) but the effect extends to every cost and time estimate, the way every communication is received and understood and every decision.
As part of our work to upgrade Mosaic’s PMP materials (see more on the updated course) to align with the new PMP Role Delineation Study, we have developed a White Paper focused on the causes of bias including our innate cognitive biases, learned biases and emotional affective factors.
It is impossible to remove many of these biases; but being aware of them allows their effects to be mitigated, too read more: Download the White Paper.
Posted in Communication, Scheduling, Stakeholder Management
Tagged Bias, Cognitive biases, Communication, Complex Decision Making, Complex Decisions, Decision Making, PMI Credentials, PMP, Project, Project Governance, Project Management, Project Management Training, Scheduling, Stakeholder Management
The new PMP exam starts on the 31st August. PMI are strongly encouraging PMP candidates who have prepared for the current exam to schedule their exam on or before 30 August.
Following the change to the new exam, there will be a 4–6 week period between taking the examination and the candidate receiving their results via email. This delay is necessary for PMI to validate the new examination structure.
All candidates can expect to receive their examination results by mid-October and once the new examination has been validated, the results will be available at the Prometric examination centres on completion of an exam, as now.
As part of the exam change, the PMP experience reporting requirements are being simplified. Currently, PMI requires candidates to track and report their hours of experience leading and directing projects for each task within the Role Delineation Study (RDS). From 31st August, candidates will only need to track and report their hours for each domain (Process Group) within the RDS. Any candidates who have an application in progress at the time the change is made will have their experience hours migrated to the new application, so that no data will be lost.
For more on the changes visit our News Page.
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Tagged PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, PMP, PMP changes, PMP courses, PMP Exam, PMP Melbourne, PMP Update, Project, Project Management, Project Management Training
We are busily updating our PMP materials ready for the new exam scheduled to launch on the 1st September (and helping the last of our current candidates to finish their Mentored Email™ courses).
One of the facets in the new PMP Exam Specification is the concept of ‘Cross-cutting knowledge and skills’ – these capabilities apply to all of the other ‘domains’ of project management from initiation through to closing. A number of these core capabilities are already covered by Mosaic’s White Papers including:
Active listening and
Two new White Papers uploaded this weekend to round out the information requirements for the PMP exam are:
Data Gathering and Brainstorming and
All of Mosaic’s new PMP courses are designed for the new exam including our Mentored Email™ one-on-one training and all futures classroom courses starting with the 5 day intensive course schedule for Melbourne starting 29th August.
Now all we have to do is update our PgMP course before that exam changes on 1st January 2012……
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Tagged IT Project Management, Melbourne, Melbourne courses, PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMBOK Training, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, PMP, PMP changes, PMP courses, PMP Melbourne, PMP Update, Project, Project Management, Project Management Training, Training, Training Workshop
As at the 1st January 2012 the PgMP exam will become much more difficult! The new exam reflects a substantial refinement to the role of a Program Management Professional. The current exam is focused on 5 domains (Defining, Initiating, Planning, Executing and Closing the Program) which will be assembled under new Domain 2 “Program Life Cycle” as sub-domains with new domains, 1, 3, 4 and 5 added. Out of the total of 72 tasks in the new exam, 26 are new or have major revisions, and another 26 have minor changes. The structure of the new exam is:
1. Strategic Program Management
2. Program Life Cycle
• Defining the Program
• Initiating the Program
• Planning the Program
• Executing the Program
• Controlling the Program
• Closing the Program
3. Benefits Management
4. Stakeholder Management
The good news is people who pass their PgMP under the current regime maintain their PgMP status after the 1st January. There is no requirement to re-sit or upgrade an existing credential.
So if you were thinking that obtaining your PgMP would be a good career enhancing move, the smart option would be to pass your exam this year! To find out more about the changes and the options for becoming a PgMP this year, see: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Training-PgMP.html
PMI’s Program Management Professional examination will be changing in 2012. PMI have recently completed an updated Role Delineation Study (RDS) focused on the work of Program Managers. The RDS has produced an revised description of the professional role of a PgMP, based on feedback from more than 1,100 program managers from 79 countries, 119 of whom held the PgMP credential.
The new RDS restructures the Program Management Performance Domains and Tasks and as a consequence, the three evaluations for the PgMP credential, the panel review, the examination, and the multi-rater assessment, are being updated to reflect these changes.
PMI are in the process of finalising these changes with a targeted release of the new examination globally on 1 January 2012.
Program Managers who are considering taking the exam in the near term are encouraged to complete their PgMP examination in the next few months using our current resources. For more information on the PgMP course see: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Training-PgM.html. This course is available world wide via our PgMP One-on-One Exam Prep Course.
Based on the updated PgMP Examination Content Outline, that will be released by PMI in the coming weeks, we will be updating our training and examination preparation courses. Our updated courses will be available in Q3 ready for the 2012 exam change.
PMI has made it easier for candidates to prepare and schedule their CAPM examination.
The network of test centres available for the CAPM exam has been expanded to approximately 5000 world-wide. This will make accessing a centre much easier; in Australia the available centres have increased from 2 (Sydney and Melbourne) to over 30 including all capital cities and many regional centres. The complete world-wide list can be found at www.prometric.com.
Also, instead of having to have completed the 23 hours of project management education at the time of application submission, candidates now have the option of submitting their application in advance. Upon submission of the CAPM application all candidates must agree to the PMI Code of Professional Conduct and agree that all 23 contact hours of education will be completed prior to their scheduled examination date. This will allow candidates to complete their booking before starting an intensive classroom course.
The number of CAPM credential holders world-wide is increasing rapidly, these changes will make booking and sitting for the exam much easier. For more on the CAMP examination and Mosaic’s courses click here.
Unfortunately these enhancements in the CAPM processes do not flow through to any of the other PMI credentials.
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Tagged CAPM, CAPM Exam, Certified Associate in Project Management, PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, PMI, PMI Accreditation, PMI Credentials, Project, Project Management, Project Management Training