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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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How to file your work experience on the PMP application

I answer a large number of questions on my post about whether or not it’s worth getting PMP certified – a great many experienced and budding project managers are interested in knowing whether or not PMP certification is a good move for their careers. In general, I feel that if you’re a project manager, and […]

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Taking the PMP exam

How to study for the PMP exam

As a PMP (Project Management Professional) certified project manager, I often get asked by other project managers (or by others who are interested in getting into the field of project management) what the PMP examination is like, how difficult it is to pass, and how I prepared for it. Even outside the field of project […]

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A PMP engineer

Should engineers get PMP certified?

The other day a lady serving as a technical lead at a software company approached me to ask a few questions about PMP certification. Her company had volunteered to sponsor her to undergo the lengthy process of preparing for and taking the PMP examination on the road to getting PMP certified. However, she wasn’t sure […]

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Claiming PDUs by working as a project manager

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is this: unless you’re one of the elite rich, you’re probably going to have to work for a living. The good news is, if you’re a PMP certified project manager working in the field of project management, you can claim several hours of […]

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Is it worth getting PMP certified?

As a PMP (Project Management Professional) certified project manager, I frequently get asked a question that all PMPs have asked themselves at some point during their careers… is it worth getting PMP certified? Going through the process of taking the dreaded PMP examination is costly and complicated, and requires a great deal of preparation. Is […]

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The Project Management Institute (PMI)

Volunteering for PDUs

All project managers certified as Project Management Professionals (PMPs) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) are required to earn a total of sixty Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three calendar years. I might be speaking for myself, but I’m sure that I’m not alone in that the three-year deadline for earning those PDUs is always […]

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PMP certification growth rate

As a part of every issue of PMI Today, the Project Management Institute‘s monthly newsletter published as a supplement to PM Network magazine, PMI features a small section called PMI Fact File which features statistics about the number of PMI members, new members acquired, number of active CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) or PMP […]

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What is a project?

If you’re going to be managing projects, it certainly helps to know what they are! As per PMI‘s Project Management Body of Knowledge, a project has the following dimensions: A project is an endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary; it has a beginning and an end. Project […]

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What are PDUs?

PDUs are Professional Development Units, necessary for maintaining Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified credentials. They are a part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. One PDU is worth one hour of project management training, though there are some exceptions to this rule. PMPs and other PMI credential holders can claim PDUs by visiting PMI’s web […]

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