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31 Responses to “About”

  1. Brian,

    Thank you for your excellent articles about the PMP credential.  I really am impressed with your insights, and clear writing, and also I value the discussions you have started.



    • Hello Alex,

      Thank you for the kind words about my project management articles. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the PMP credential or about project management in general. Let me know how I can help you out and I’d be glad to do so.

  2. Hi

    Many apologies, you caught the site at editing stage, and it was not mean to be published, just information gathering. As you can see, your fully cited and I make it a priority to seek permission first.

    Once again apologies, and if you need anything, please get in touch – thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  3. Hi Brian,

    I have a couple of questions for you regarding project management. Please send me an email if you get a chance.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Ryan,

      I’d be glad to answer any questions you might have about project management – but do you think you might be able to ask them here, or on one of the project management-related posts on this blog? I like answering any such questions about project management or PMP certification in public, so that others who are interested in becoming project managers or learning about the profession would be able to read the responses.

      Thanks, and all the best to you.

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for posting helpful advice on the PMP Exam Prep. It’s been a challenge for me (failed the exam – 2X).


    • Hello Dolores,

      I’m glad to be able to provide what information I can! I’m sorry to hear that you have failed the exam twice – have you figured out where your problem areas lie, and what you might need to study for your third attempt? I do hope you continue to try to pass the exam; as they say, “the third time’s the charm”.

      What really helped me to study for the exam was to use a graphical approach – basically, I wrote a piece of paper that included all of the PMI processes and process groups, in a graphical format, and also memorized the Earned Value formulas and the important ITTOs (inputs, tools & techniques, and outputs) for the more important processes. When I arrived at the exam, I did a “brain dump” of the information I had memorized – basically, for the first 10 minutes of the test I wrote down all of the information I had memorized on a blank piece of paper. I then referred to this information during the examination. It helped me immensely!

      At any rate, thanks for the kind comment, and good luck with your studies – with time and effort, I know you can succeed.

  5. Dear Brian,
    Is there a way to email you directly.
    My goal has been to work in International Project Management- having lived and worked in Japan and France.

    (My kids are in school at McGill)- so learning a bit about Canada too.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Sharon,

      Glad to hear that your kids are attending McGill – that is a great school. I myself was born in Montreal! I hope that you’re learning a lot of interesting things about Canada (and not just that Montreal can get very cold) during the winter!

      I’d be glad to talk to you about international project management, though it seems to me that if you’ve already worked in Japan and in France, you could probably teach me a thing or two as well! I will send you an email.

  6. Dear Brian
    Your blog is one of the best resources I have come across in researching the PMP certification. I have some work experience in project management but haven’t actually held the title of “project manager”. This is the reason I think I should pursue the PMP, for both personal development and credibility. My question is: would you recommend the PMP certification for a fairly recent college grad with about 3 years of steady work experience? My background is primarily in the public sector- policy analysis, research, human services projects, legal field. I am confident in my ability and experience in program management, I just don’t know if my lack of “title” and experience as a project manager is an indicator that I am not ready for the PMP certification. Any advice is appreciated.


    • Hello Thuy,

      Thanks very much for your kind feedback, I really appreciate that.

      I do generally recommend the PMP exam for people who are interested in careers in project management. Having the PMP credential can help you to get jobs as a project manager, and in fact, many recruiters and human resources departments require PMP certification of applicants to their project management roles.

      That being said, if you’re a recent college grad with 3 years of steady work experience, it could be that you do not have sufficient experience in order to apply to take the PMP exam from PMI. You will need 4,500 hours of work experience leading and directing projects in order to apply. You can fill out your total hours that you have spent working on various projects on the spreadsheet located on this post, and see how far you can get.

      If you don’t have enough experience to apply to take the exam, that is no problem… you can go about starting to get it. You can find some tips and tricks to getting project management experience even though you are not a PMP certified project manager on this post.

      Best of luck!

  7. Hi Brian,

    Came across your blog while looking for PMP Certification. I am considering to take the PMP Examination but not entirely sure, how it would help me. I am currently working in the field of Software License Compliance for an Audit and Consulting firm. Can you please let me know, for which all industries and fields, is the PMP certification more valuable?

    • Hello Somya,

      In my experience, PMP certification is most valuable to recruiters and employers in the field of IT… so people in software development, business consulting, and the like. It also seems especially valuable in government (at least in the United States). I am not sure about Software License Compliance, but considering it has the name Software in the title, I wouldn’t be surprised if it would be useful!

      My recommendation would be to go talk to your Human Resources department about it. Ask them if they feel that PMP certification is valuable for your field – they will let you know whether or not it is something they value, or if there are other certifications they find most useful.

      Then again – you may, in the future, decide to leave the field of Software License Compliance and go into another field – something in the consulting field, for example. In this case, getting certified now might help you down the line.

      Good luck to you.

  8. Hi Brain,
    Your blog very much informative about PMP certification. I gone through no.of conversations & chats. I feel my case is different.
    I have completed my Dip.in Interior Designing course in 2002.I have worked about 1 year for architectural & interior designing firm as assistant interior designer.After that I started my own freelancing.I got so many interior projects & completed as an individual- Residential, Commercial & corporate offices.I have designed & executed all projects.In my case, I made interior layouts,designs & executed same with skilled man-powers. I’m doing these things for the last 10 years.How do they calculate my experience? I don’t have any written documents. Please help me…

    • Hello Rushi,

      Don’t worry too much if you do not have any artifacts from previous employers documenting your work experience (since you’ve been freelancing and working on your own company during most of your career) – I am pretty sure that PMI is used to PMP applicants who have worked as consultants or for top-secret organizations (such as the FBI or CIA) who do not allow the project managers who have been in their employ to disclose information about the projects they have worked on.

      What you might be able to do is find project schedules or other documents that you have created in the past to provide some proof of the work that you have been doing. Or, simply indicate what clients you have worked for and when (though you might not have any information to share about them).

      Either way, be prepared to explain your situation to the Project Management Institute, and in case you do undergo a PMI audit, that you do have whatever information that you can provide (even if it is scant) to show that you have legitimately attained this work experience.

      Best of luck!

  9. Hi Brian,

    Reached your website while searching for opinions on PMP certification. Liked your write up where you have clearly written the pros and the cons of PMP Certification.

    I have few questions for you below appreciate if you could answer them at your convenience.

    Does PMP certification help in getting better job in Asian countries also? I have seen PMP getting advantage in states and in europe but in Asia I doubt as I have not come across any PMP certified manager in 4 years of my project management experience.

    Given your support and industry usage of Agile methodologies would you suggest ScrumMaster over PMP?

    Is there any good/right age to do PMP and/or ScrumMaster certification?

    Thanks & Regards

    • Hello Baseer,

      Thanks very much for your kind feedback about my blog and PMP article – I appreciate it!

      Regarding the PMP in Asia; I do not have too much experience working in Asia, though I did work at a company in Malaysia for a while, and they had heard of PMP certification. From what I understand, PMP certification does seem to be valued in India. I receive lots and lots of questions about studying for and taking the PMP exam from people living and working in India for Indian companies or for American subsidiaries abroad.

      If I were you, I’d ask your Human Resources manager what he or she thinks about the certification, and if it is valued in your company or sector.

      Meanwhile, I also suggest ScrumMaster certification – not necessarily over the PMP credential, but to show alongside it. I personally have both (and ITIL Foundations as well) and I find that the combination of certifications showing knowledge of numerous project management frameworks and methodologies is extremely useful, and can help you find jobs.

      As for the proper age to do PMP or ScrumMaster certification, how old are you right now? Oh, you are? Well, that’s the perfect age!

  10. Hi Brian,

    I reach your blog while searching information about PMP and CAPM. Your topic about CAPM is really good, but I still encounter some problems to decide wheather to take PMP or CAPM.

    I have six years work experience in sales (analysis) and marketing and I am in pursuit of a master degree which contains project management and I am very interested in it. Which one will you suggest I get? PMP, as those sales and marketing experience were not so related to professional IT projects, can they be counted as project experience? Or CAPM?

    Thanks & Regards


    • Hello Cozy,

      If you can get PMP certified (as in, if you have the 4,500 hours of required experience leading and directing projects), then that is what I would recommend. The PMP is much more powerful than the CAPM, probably because it does show that you do have some project management experience under your belt.

      Meanwhile, if you don’t, the CAPM can serve as a credential to at least show potential employers that you are interested in the project management profession, and that you’ve done some learning on the subject. So that can be an option as well.

      Best of luck!

  11. Hi Brian,

    We’d love to send you a free digital and/or paperback copy of PMCampus’s new PMP Exam Training Manual. Please reach out to me at the provided email if you’re interested and I can get everything set up for you.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you!


    • Hello Kate,

      Thanks very much. I don’t look at the About page of this site very often (apparently), so I am only just seeing this. But in case the offer still stands, I will reach out to you. I appreciate it!

  12. Hello Brian
    I really need your advice regarding PMP

    A dear friend of mine suggested I get the certification because i would like to change careers and find something deeply rewarding emotinally and financially
    my degree is in multimedia and web design.
    i now work in another industry that involves international expats.

    may i email you please for some advice?

    • Hello Tamara,

      If you’re looking to switch careers, the PMP credential might not work for you at the moment, as in order to get certified you will need to have 4,500 hours of professional work experience leading and directing projects. However, I do think that project management is a rewarding career, and that you might want to investigate further! Especially if you already have a degree in a technical or IT field, like multimedia and web design. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to branch out into managing web design projects and software implementations for clients.

      Meanwhile, your international experience will help as well – it seems like you have a good educational and professional background to move into managing projects.

      Best of luck to you!

  13. Hello Brian,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. My role with my current employer who is manufacturer and exporter is that of Sales and Marketing executive. We go for trade shows, marketing activities, sales etc.

    How will a PMP certification help me boost my career In the same roll?

    • Hello Ben,

      It seems to me that PMP certification is most powerful in the field of Information Technology (IT). I am not sure about whether or not getting PMP certified will help you in a career in manufacturing and exporting. One thing you might do is check with your Human Resources department. Those people know what sorts of certifications and credentials they look for when hiring people, and they will be able to tell you if PMP certification would be powerful in your field.

      You could also ask at the local PMI chapter, to see if they have any advice, or if you have any manufacturing and exporting or logistics groups that you belong to, they might also have an idea.

      Good luck to you!

    • HI Brian, Your Website is really great! Thank you for all the information!

      I would like to give a different input on your answer to this question though. The PMP certification recognizes competence of an individual to perform in the role of a Project Manager leading and directing projects in many domains, whether it is IT or Non-IT.

      The PMP certification is an internationally recognized professional designation for project managers in various fields.


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  15. Dear Sir,
    I am a PMP since 2011 with 13.4 years of experience. I am a PMI member and was a PMI India Champion as well for a year. I wanted to become a Project management trainer and guide aspiring PMP professionals. Please let me know if you would be interested in discussing this further.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Richa Gupta
    Mob: 8130617231

  16. Hey Brian,
    Definitely will keep using this site as a resource. Can you send me an email? I need someone to review my resume quick see what I should do next, what i’m missing.

    whether I should go for a Scrum cert; not sure which one. Mb Scrum Master from scrum org? or a ITL certification?
    I have a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova from 2013 and I’ve been trying to break into a true project management position in Boston since then that will count towards PMI 3500 hours but
    I feel like I’m missing something.think logically I should do scrum master and hopefully that will change this for me.

    I’ve taken a bunch of recent software courses and it’s helped get hit up by recruiters for more roles but they haven’t been able to provide much advice; one mentioned to take a Project Coordinator role first but most i’ve looked up don’t seem very admin like and like a back step from where I’m at right now in my career, i’m 32. Really want to make the right move.

    Really appreciate the help.

    – Marty

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