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Calculating PMP work experience

Do I have enough work experience to take the PMP exam?

I get asked a lot of questions on this site (which I am always happy to answer)! By far the most common question I am asked is: Do I have enough work experience to take the PMP exam? In order to apply to take the PMP examination, applicants need to have acquired 4,500 hours of […]

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Project manager salary update

The Project Management Institute (PMI) released its 2015 Global Job Report at the beginning of this year. Inside, they listed updates to the economic outlook for different countries around the world, and how project managers and other project professionals are faring in the job market in terms of salaries and job opportunities. It turns out […]

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The human side of project management

The human side of project management

Project management hiring managers tend to place a lot of emphasis on two things: experience managing multi-million dollar projects, and PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Both great line items to list on a resume. But if you’re an experienced project manager, then you are well aware that someone who has experience managing projects and who […]

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Filing PDUs with PMI

Earning PDUs by sharing project management knowledge

Are you PMP certified? Are you a blogger? Are you looking for a fun and easy way to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for your PMI certification? Did you know that you can earn up to 45 PDUs per 3-year cycle by sharing new project management knowledge that you have created? This means that if […]

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Ask your Human Resources department

Is PMP certification valuable in your field? Ask Human Resources

Having written about the pros and cons of PMP certification, I get asked a lot of questions about whether or not the PMP is right for specific individuals. Often, a person will ask me some variation of the following question: “I’m a specialist in such-and-such a domain, living in such-and-such a country; is it worth […]

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Proof of PMP work experience

Applying to take the PMP exam without proof of work experience

One of the most popular posts found on this blog is my post about how to file your work experience when applying to take the PMP examination. In order to apply to become a PMP certified project manager, you need to have earned a certain amount of professional work experience. To be precise, you need […]

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Planning your PMP certification

Plan your PMP certification process like a project

Plenty of project professionals from around the world are interested in becoming PMP certified. There are many good reasons that someone might choose to put themselves through the extensive time and effort involved with becoming a PMP-certified project manager. Maybe you are considering it yourself? If you’ve decided you’re going to go for it and […]

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

How to make a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

When people think about project management tools, the tool that most frequently springs to mind is the project schedule, usually created using Microsoft Project. The project schedule normally comprises a colorful Gantt chart showing a visual representation of project tasks over time. But before project managers start work on the formal project schedule, there is […]

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Getting PMP work experience

How to get project management work experience without PMP certification

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions on my post about whether or not it’s worth getting PMP certified. The most common questions I receive are about whether or not someone has enough project management work experience to apply to take the exam. According to PMI, in order to apply to take the PMP […]

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Project management certifications

PMP vs. Agile: which certification is best?

On my post about the pros and cons of PMP certification, project managers (and wannabe project managers) often ask me: Which certification is best, PMP, or ScrumMaster (Agile) Certification? I myself am both PMP and ScrumMaster Certified, and the short answer that I give is that I believe they are both worth getting. If you’re […]

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