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A Practical Perspective On Addressing The Pitfalls During Scrum Adoption

Scrum is a roadmap that guides you to perform in project management with remarkable excellence as expected by all the stakeholders. Scrum master holds the responsibility to ensure that Scrum theory, rules and practices are enacted with perfect understanding. The high expectations of the Product Owner, Scrum team members, and organization make the Scrum adoption more challenging even for the experienced project managers but great results never come on their own; you need to do something different. Here, I share 5 major pitfalls identified for putting barriers to smooth performance of projects and Scrum Masters are:  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HfLolyzZeWU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>   1.Pitfall: Resistance to Recommended Changes: The resistance to change organizational culture and philosophy is the very first pitfall you come across on your Scrum journey. Sometimes, the extra efforts to fit Agile elements into the non-Agile framework make the task more complex. Accepting change is difficult and uncomfortable for the most; you see many stakeholders keeping distance from it. In other words, the majority of Scrum team members or the people concerned with the project in one way or the other poses rigidness when their comfortable routines are disrupted. Also, some experienced team members have a mindset “this is the way we have always done it and succeeded”.  Solution: The Practical Perspective:  So, change is the fundamental requirement for Scrum adoption; because you wouldn’t be planning for Scrum adoption if the changes were not required to improve. And, all the concerned members must be willing to accept the changes to improve the collective performance. As an efficient Scrum master, you must be able to perform as the change agent being proactive in resolving the resistances to change. The following 6 steps will help you overcome the resistance to Scrum rollout:  Explain the importance & need for the suggested changes  Actively listen to the members and incorporate their feedback into the process changes Highlight the benefits for winners and losers both while defining roles Use the key influencers to make the messages clear and accepted Measure the outcome & share the success to inspire the team members Identify and isolate the stubborn detractors    2.Pitfall: Lack Of Scrum Training Having trained and efficient project team is essential for successful Scrum adoption because Scrum is not a pre-scripted methodology; instead, it is a suggestive approach that delineates the processes and practices to keep the team members on the right track. The lack of training results in lack of commitment to Scrum adoption. The team members not comfortable in Scrum rules implementation tend to shift to old practices; they love to work in their own areas without much concern with others; such knowledge silos put diverse hurdles to your Scrum transition journey.  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ny1C_w4mLN8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>  Solution: The Practical Perspective:  Scrum training should be a part of Scrum adoption strategy; especially, if it is being introduced in the organization first time. Giving the team members deep insights into Scrum methodology is a must for smooth scrum transition. Schwaber, in his book Enterprise and Scrum (2007), states that limited size maximizes the speed, content accuracy and communications; and the ideal team size is nine people. As a Scrum Master, you are responsible to help the team members hit the goals fixed in sprint meetings. To plan for the role specific Scrum training, you need to fix the following three parameters:  Numbers of people for Scrum training  The specific roles Requirement of certification On-site video training or classroom training      3.Pitfall: Distributed Team Scrum allows the team members to work from different locales but the distributed Scrum teams face certain major issues that retard the project’s progress:  Conflicting working hours and different time zones impair effectiveness and collaboration. Delay caused by lack of zero gap communication  Cultural differences & language barriers create confusions and misunderstanding  Team members have divergent preferences for technologies.  Solution: The Practical Perspective: As a Scrum Master, you need to assemble the distributed team for building trust and respect for each other. Try the following three experienced based hacks to solve the problem:  Make the communication fast, transparent and understandable to all despite the difference in working hours Give the team members ownership of their work to improve their commitment & motivation levels  Organize the camps to crush the boundaries of cultural and language differences    Present the clear picture of tooling, standards, and architecture design to keep everyone on the same track  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Z0ZsDGAGzU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> 4.Pitfall: Changes In Team To Manage Resourcing Problems Some organizations on the first time journey to Scrum adoption make massive changes in the team to manage the resourcing problems because of not knowing the hidden pitfalls. Although Scrum team members are trained to face the changes, still, frequent changes break the rhythm by disrupting the team’s velocity. Every member needs stability to perform; when the frequent role changes are applied, even the performing members quit. The replacement of old member with new member poses new problems for the other team members during the settling period. Assuming changes as the best feasible solution for improvement is a big pitfall in the journey of Scrum adoption.   Solution: The Practical Perspective: As a Scrum team leader, it is your responsibility to help and train every team member to speak the same language. How?  To retain the members, make sure every team member has Scrum training The required changes in Scrum team should be discussed with senior members but you need to have valid reasons  Keeping right person at right position is the responsibility of Scrum Master; it makes the individual’s performance evaluation more important   The task of making changes doesn’t end just by adding new member; you also need to track the cooperation between the new member and old members     <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KApy2bpDMaQ" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> 5.Pitfall: On The Demand Tasks and Outcomes of Old Practices  Handling the unexpected urgent requests thrown by the client or the technical support team is one of the biggest challenges for the Scrum Masters. The other unexpected problem often faced by the Scrum Masters is the outcome of old practices even before they came into the picture. Some of such issues can be put into the backlog but many of these are needed to be handled at top priority. It harms the efforts to protect the team members from any interruption to let them drive in the secluded environment.  Solution: The practical perspective: Iterative product development is the part of Scrum approach. Respect the new demands and urgencies as the opportunities to test your capability. Whatsoever kind of problems you may face in managing on the demand tasks and bugs of old practices, you are expected to do it and you must do it the deliver the quality product ensuring 100% satisfaction to the client. Try the following 3 tricks to ease down the pressure:  Take the Bugs and urgent requests as the stuff for the superhero; and, you are indeed.  As Robin was important for Batman; you too need Robin to be called in for action.  Allocate sufficient time and resources separately to manage Bug Backlog and Product Backlog.   Conclusion:  On the way of Scrum adoption, you need to make several changes at diverse stages. Deep insights into Scrum principles, learning from problems, zero gap communication, effective team building and optimized use of tools/technology etc are the core strengths of successful Scrum Master to lead the team. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certification and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) courses, separately designed for class room and team/corporate training modules give you knowledge, practical experience and confidence to get the best from Scrum adoption by incorporating the changes as the acceptable working culture transformation.   
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A Practical Perspective On Addressing The Pitfalls During Scrum Adoption

Scrum is a roadmap that guides you to perform in project management with remarkable excellence as expected by all the stakeholders. Scrum master holds the responsibility to ensure that Scrum theory, rules and practices are enacted with perfect understanding. The high expectations of the Product Owner, Scrum team members, and organization make the Scrum adoption more challenging even for the experienced project managers but great results never come on their own; you need to do something different. Here, I share 5 major pitfalls identified for putting barriers to smooth performance of projects and Scrum Masters are:&nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/HfLolyzZeWU&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &nbsp; 1.Pitfall: Resistance to Recommended Changes: The resistance to change organizational culture and philosophy is the very first pitfall you come across on your Scrum journey. Sometimes, the extra efforts to fit Agile elements into the non-Agile framework make the task more complex. Accepting change is difficult and uncomfortable for the most; you see many stakeholders keeping distance from it. In other words, the majority of Scrum team members or the people concerned with the project in one way or the other poses rigidness when their comfortable routines are disrupted. Also, some experienced team members have a mindset &ldquo;this is the way we have always done it and succeeded&rdquo;.&nbsp; Solution: The Practical Perspective:&nbsp; So, change is the fundamental requirement for Scrum adoption; because you wouldn&rsquo;t be planning for Scrum adoption if the changes were not required to improve. And, all the concerned members must be willing to accept the changes to improve the collective performance. As an efficient Scrum master, you must be able to perform as the change agent being proactive in resolving the resistances to change. The following 6 steps will help you overcome the resistance to Scrum rollout:&nbsp; Explain the importance &amp; need for the suggested changes&nbsp; Actively listen to the members and incorporate their feedback into the process changes Highlight the benefits for winners and losers both while defining roles Use the key influencers to make the messages clear and accepted Measure the outcome &amp; share the success to inspire the team members Identify and isolate the stubborn detractors&nbsp; &nbsp; 2.Pitfall: Lack Of Scrum Training Having trained and efficient project team is essential for successful Scrum adoption because Scrum is not a pre-scripted methodology; instead, it is a suggestive approach that delineates the processes and practices to keep the team members on the right track. The lack of training results in lack of commitment to Scrum adoption. The team members not comfortable in Scrum rules implementation tend to shift to old practices; they love to work in their own areas without much concern with others; such knowledge silos put diverse hurdles to your Scrum transition journey.&nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ny1C_w4mLN8&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &nbsp;Solution: The Practical Perspective:&nbsp; Scrum training should be a part of Scrum adoption strategy; especially, if it is being introduced in the organization first time. Giving the team members deep insights into Scrum methodology is a must for smooth scrum transition. Schwaber, in his book Enterprise and Scrum (2007), states that limited size maximizes the speed, content accuracy and communications; and the ideal team size is nine people. As a Scrum Master, you are responsible to help the team members hit the goals fixed in sprint meetings. To plan for the role specific Scrum training, you need to fix the following three parameters:&nbsp; Numbers of people for Scrum training&nbsp; The specific roles Requirement of certification On-site video training or classroom training &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 3.Pitfall: Distributed Team Scrum allows the team members to work from different locales but the distributed Scrum teams face certain major issues that retard the project&rsquo;s progress:&nbsp; Conflicting working hours and different time zones impair effectiveness and collaboration. Delay caused by lack of zero gap communication&nbsp; Cultural differences &amp; language barriers create confusions and misunderstanding&nbsp; Team members have divergent preferences for technologies.&nbsp; Solution: The Practical Perspective: As a Scrum Master, you need to assemble the distributed team for building trust and respect for each other. Try the following three experienced based hacks to solve the problem:&nbsp; Make the communication fast, transparent and understandable to all despite the difference in working hours Give the team members ownership of their work to improve their commitment &amp; motivation levels&nbsp; Organize the camps to crush the boundaries of cultural and language differences &nbsp;&nbsp; Present the clear picture of tooling, standards, and architecture design to keep everyone on the same track&nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Z0ZsDGAGzU&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; 4.Pitfall: Changes In Team To Manage Resourcing Problems Some organizations on the first time journey to Scrum adoption make massive changes in the team to manage the resourcing problems because of not knowing the hidden pitfalls. Although Scrum team members are trained to face the changes, still, frequent changes break the rhythm by disrupting the team&rsquo;s velocity. Every member needs stability to perform; when the frequent role changes are applied, even the performing members quit. The replacement of old member with new member poses new problems for the other team members during the settling period. Assuming changes as the best feasible solution for improvement is a big pitfall in the journey of Scrum adoption. &nbsp; Solution: The Practical Perspective: As a Scrum team leader, it is your responsibility to help and train every team member to speak the same language. How?&nbsp; To retain the members, make sure every team member has Scrum training The required changes in Scrum team should be discussed with senior members but you need to have valid reasons&nbsp; Keeping right person at right position is the responsibility of Scrum Master; it makes the individual&rsquo;s performance evaluation more important &nbsp; The task of making changes doesn&rsquo;t end just by adding new member; you also need to track the cooperation between the new member and old members &nbsp; &nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/KApy2bpDMaQ&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; 5.Pitfall: On The Demand Tasks and Outcomes of Old Practices&nbsp; Handling the unexpected urgent requests thrown by the client or the technical support team is one of the biggest challenges for the Scrum Masters. The other unexpected problem often faced by the Scrum Masters is the outcome of old practices even before they came into the picture. Some of such issues can be put into the backlog but many of these are needed to be handled at top priority. It harms the efforts to protect the team members from any interruption to let them drive in the secluded environment.&nbsp; Solution: The practical perspective: Iterative product development is the part of Scrum approach. Respect the new demands and urgencies as the opportunities to test your capability. Whatsoever kind of problems you may face in managing on the demand tasks and bugs of old practices, you are expected to do it and you must do it the deliver the quality product ensuring 100% satisfaction to the client. Try the following 3 tricks to ease down the pressure:&nbsp; Take the Bugs and urgent requests as the stuff for the superhero; and, you are indeed.&nbsp; As Robin was important for Batman; you too need Robin to be called in for action.&nbsp; Allocate sufficient time and resources separately to manage Bug Backlog and Product Backlog. &nbsp; Conclusion:&nbsp; On the way of Scrum adoption, you need to make several changes at diverse stages. Deep insights into Scrum principles, learning from problems, zero gap communication, effective team building and optimized use of tools/technology etc are the core strengths of successful Scrum Master to lead the team. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certification and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) courses, separately designed for class room and team/corporate training modules give you knowledge, practical experience and confidence to get the best from Scrum adoption by incorporating the changes as the acceptable working culture transformation.&nbsp; &nbsp;
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How To Build A Self-Organizing Team As A Scrum Master

The key element of implementing Scrum successfully in an Agile-oriented business is the self-organized team; however, it leads to a misconception that every team member will be loose cannon, working without the ownership and directions for the assigned task; which is just opposite to the actual experience because the self-organized team members work together under the agreed framework of norms, guidelines, and expectations to achieve iteration goal. Most Agile-Scrum organizations emphasize on building the self-organizing team - why?&nbsp; The 4 Key Benefits of Scrum Self-Organizing Team:&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Individuals in an empowered organization have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads towards collective success&quot; (Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership). The 4 key benefits that drive the experienced Scrum Master to build the self-organizing team are:&nbsp; Motivation improves the performance of the Scrum team Innovative &amp; creative environment is conducive to everyone&rsquo;s growth Everyone learns from the failures and successes to perform the best with self-optimization Improves ownership because each member feels more responsible for the sprint result Roadmap to Build a Self-organizing team as a Scrum Master:&nbsp; Who is responsible for building the self-organizing team? Definitely, Scrum Master is primarily responsible for building a self-organizing team ensuring the cohesive working environment for all the team members. Like the job itself, building Scrum self-organizing team is also a complex challenge for the Scrum Masters. The complete task can be simplified by dividing it into three steps: &nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/yuHuSHoZlmk&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; Step 1. Training:&nbsp; The problems can&rsquo;t be solved with same level thoughts that create them; and, we need the motivated trained minds with a zeal to solve the particular problems. Each Scrum team member is expected to have the best level skill set; therefore, Scrum Master must provide classroom or on-the-site task-specific training to individuals. Often, the efficient Scrum masters tend to lead for problem solving; but instead of solving the problems yourself, it is better to let the trained team members do it. In parallel, behavioral - communication training must be planned to shorten the training period.&nbsp; Certified Scrum Masters have mostly proved their potential in building such trained teams.&nbsp; &nbsp;Step 2. Coaching:&nbsp; Scrum Master must behave as a coach to guide the team members for solving the problems. Some team members may require more guidance at the start but analytical support trains them to crack the nut on their own. After proper Scrum training and coaching, you will experience the team heading for self-organizing but the task is not completed yet. Scrum Master is expected to observe the team members to make further improvements in identified areas.&nbsp; &lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/QbPkcfzi2HI&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allow=&quot;autoplay; encrypted-media&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; Step 3. Mentoring: Keeping your team self-organizing is also a challenge because changing the traditional work habits is not so easy. The challenge can be easily managed by behaving like a mentor who helps the team members to perform at the next level. As per Scrum guidelines, the most efficient and capable Scrum team member to solve a specific problem is the one who needs to solve it. The mantra of building a successful Scrum self-organizing team is &ndash; &ldquo;Self-organizing team need task oriented coaching &amp; personalized mentoring not the &ldquo;command &amp; control&rdquo;. Conclusion with 7 Tips for the Scrum Masters to Build Self-Organizing Team:&nbsp; It takes time to make the people willing to take bigger responsibilities. I always say to Scrum self-organizing team members that they should take initiatives on their own instead of waiting for others to take action for problem solving. This approach of Scrum self-organizing team speeds up the development besides providing more time for the Scrum Master to focus on other important issues. To conclude, I summarize the 7 points to help you build efficient and successful Scrum self-organizing teams: &nbsp;&nbsp; To touch the extremes of your career as an efficient Scrum Master be honest in &ldquo;Know your stuff &amp; learn that you don&rsquo;t&rdquo; approach.&nbsp; &nbsp;Assert the influence but without taking over. Suggest new ideas to address impediments; and, authorize the team members to manage the problem in their own way.&nbsp; Ask complex questions to motivate the members to come up with innovative concepts Support the team members to take actions&nbsp; Use safe-to-fail tests to let the team members imply learned skills Be available for the team members to let them work in a flow&nbsp; Be a practical hardliner because your Scrum team needs it &nbsp;
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The key element of implementing Scrum successfully in an Agile-oriented business is the self-organized team; however, it leads to a misconception that every team member will be loose cannon, working w...
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6 Compelling Benefits of (TDD) Test Driven Development

Introduction to Test Driven Development (TDD):&nbsp; Test-driven development is a balanced approach for the programming perfectly blended with tightly interwoven three activities: coding, testing (writing unit tests) and designing (refactoring). &nbsp;The revolutionary new age approach emphasizes on test-first development with the primary goal of correcting specification rather than the validation first. In other words, TDD is a smart approach to understand and streamline the requirements prior to writing the functional code in the line of Agile principles.&nbsp; For most people trying to understand and implement Test Driven Development, the Certified Agile Tester Training has been found to be very much effective.&nbsp; Two levels of TDD: TDD approach requires great discipline because the common tendency and traditional approaches inspire the programmers to &ldquo;slip the test&rdquo; and to write the functional code. To simplify the TDD implementation process, Agile TDD methodology can be categorized into two levels:&nbsp; 1.Acceptance TDD (ATDD): At this stage, you write the acceptance test specifying behavioral specifications, and then write the functionality/code. ATDD also termed as &lsquo;Behavior Driven Development&rsquo; (BDD), neglecting the thin separating line over focus area, specifies the detailed and executable requirements for the acceptable solution on JIT- just in time basis.&nbsp; 2.Developer TDD: At this advanced level of TDD in Agile process, you write the developer test prior to writing the production code accordingly. The objective of TDD developer is to specify the detailed and practical design for the profitable solution on JIT basis.&nbsp; 6 Benefits of (TDD) Test Driven Development:&nbsp; TDD has been the favorite approach of Agile organizations following the time-tested approaches to delivering the best quality product in a shorter period while securing the interests of all the stakeholders. It essentially bridges the gap between Development and Testing.&nbsp; A survey conducted in 2010 confirmed that 53% Agile teams were following Developer TDD while 44% Agile teams were applying Acceptance TDD (ATDD) method. For the period of 7 years, Test Driven Development is getting massive popularity and the acceptance because of several behavioral and practical benefits; 6 key TDD benefits, driving the Agile teams to follow TDD methodology, are: &nbsp; &nbsp; 1. &nbsp;The Best Level Acceptance:&nbsp; TDD implementation helps the developers to understand the requirements from the perspective experience of clients. The test cases are designed without the constraints of architecture design or traditional programming approaches. TDD maximizes the possibility of developing the best quality product fulfilling the communicated needs of all the stakeholders. 2. &nbsp; TDD - Customer-Centric Agile Process:&nbsp; TDD process gets fit into the customer-centric agile methodology. The iteration for quality improvement is defined as the incorporation of new functionality against the model set of traditional practices or problem statements. 3. &nbsp;Prompt Feedback:&nbsp; The streamlined TDD process helps the project development team members to improve their delivering capability because of providing the immediate feedback on the developed components. The shorter feedback sharing loop squeezes the turnaround period for the elimination of identified defects; and, the outcome is comparatively much better than it is in traditional waterfall methodology.&nbsp; 4. &nbsp; Extended Modulation for Small Units: TDD helps to create better modularized, extensible and flexible code. Test Driven Development approach drives the Agile team to plan, develop and test the small units to be integrated at advanced stage. Under this approach, the concerned member delivers and performs better because of being more focused on smaller unit.&nbsp; 5. Easy Anticipation &amp; Identification of Voids: &nbsp; Test Driven Development process provides a comprehensive toolset to test every line of coding; the best part is that the entire thing is checked automatically within minutes. The comprehensive test suite alerts for timely changes to save the efforts, time and cost. Even in case, you inherit the coding of an absent team member or you outsource the coding, TDD allows you to test the practical suitability in the line of specified requirements; provided, you have author code. Fast testing at each step helps you to anticipate and identify the possible voids and to fill up those with modified practices. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 6. Programmers Feel More Confident By Continuous Achievement:&nbsp; Looking at big targets sometimes disheartens the programmers because of involved complications. With TDD approach, every test instills the confidence of moving in right direction. Every test, sub-test and successfully completed component marks the win giving you clear picture of &lsquo;what has been completed and what is remaining to be done?&rdquo;. &nbsp;&nbsp; Conclusion:&nbsp; The scope of TDD benefits goes beyond the validation of correctness by step by step scaling. The organizations following TDD approach can easily make changes to current applications without disturbing the daily operations. The most organizations need to update the software to combat the challenges posed by continuous technology advancement and competitors; and, Agile TDD gives the businesses all the freedom to address new requirements or unforeseen variables. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;
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Step by Step Guide to Get PMP Certification

Project management is the set of selected techniques, skills and tools often used to achieve predefined objectives of a project. The project manager owns the responsibility to complete and deliver the project on time and within budget securing all the interests of client and stakeholders. When the growing competition, advent of new methodologies, cost-cutting pressures, tight timeline, stringent quality parameters are making the challenges for a project manager more complex, getting PMP certification becomes imperative for every growth-oriented project manager. What is Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification? PMP certification is issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to the experienced project managers when they successfully pass the exam. The certificate acknowledges individual&rsquo;s experience, skills, and achievement. The worldwide recognized PMP certification benefits the individual and organization both. &nbsp; 5 Top Reasons to Get PMP Certification:&nbsp; Before racing to get any qualification, &lsquo;why&rsquo; roams your mind; and, it should be. Therefore, before diving deeper into the areas like eligibility, objectives and preparation etc, go through the following 5 reasons that answer &ndash; &lsquo;why&rsquo;. &nbsp; &nbsp; 1. &nbsp; &nbsp;22 million new jobs would be created for PMPs in just 11 countries including India by 2027. By deciding to get PMP certification, you eye on the global requirement of 88 million PMPs in different sectors. (Report by Anderson Economic Group) 2. &nbsp; &nbsp;PMP certification is, at times, a contractual requirement when working on large client engagement in many sectors. Any industry like manufacturing, construction, information services, publishing, finance, insurance, management, professional service, oil &amp; gas or service is going to have only PMP certified project managers because of additional challenges to perform in the more volatile global market.&nbsp; 3. &nbsp; &nbsp;According to 9th PMI salary survey (2015), PMP certification gives the instant boost of 20% salary hike; the survey covered approx. 26,000 project managers working in 34 countries; and, 1,197 respondents were from India. The statistics confirm that PMP certified manager gets about Rs. 17 lakh P.A. while a non-PMP certified manager gets 12 lakh P.A. 4. &nbsp; &nbsp;PMP qualification certifies your insights and expertise in project management besides certifying your achievements in profitable project management.&nbsp; 5. &nbsp; &nbsp;As the respected member of a worldwide community of PMP certified project managers, you are seen more credible to follow the particular codes of ethics. &nbsp; &nbsp; Eligibility to get PMP Certification:&nbsp; 1. &nbsp; &nbsp;If you hold the four years degree: &nbsp; &nbsp;Minimum 36 months of non-overlapped experience in project management. &nbsp; &nbsp;Minimum 4500 hrs experience of leading the projects in the capacity of project manager. &nbsp; 35 contact hours of formal PMP certification training. 2. &nbsp; &nbsp;If you don&rsquo;t hold the four years degree: &nbsp; Minimum 60 months of non-overlapped experience in project management. &nbsp; Minimum 7500 hrs experience of leading the projects in the capacity of project manager. &nbsp;35 contact hours of formal PMP certification training. 5 Simple Steps to Complete PMP Application Process: &nbsp; After checking the eligibility to get PMP Certification, the next step is to initiate the application process. To simplify, I make it a five steps process:&nbsp; Step &ndash; 1: Sign up at pmi.org and create your professional profile. Step &ndash; 2: Attend formal PMP certification training for 35 contact Hours. Step &ndash; 3: Apply for PMI membership to enjoy the special discounts while scheduling the exams. The PMI membership allows you to access online publications and resources to get the latest edition of study materials like foundation standards, PMBOK, framework &amp; practice etc. Although getting PMI membership is optional but I recommend everyone to have it. &nbsp; Step &ndash; 4: Fill the application online within 90 days and submit it. PMI takes 5-6 days to intimate about acceptance of the application. Step &ndash; 5: Download (PMP) examination handbook. &nbsp; &nbsp; You can schedule the exam according to your preparedness at the nearest test center by depositing specified fees. The Budget for PMP Certification: The cost is a vital component to drive you for getting PMP certification. The following figures are subjected to change as per PMI regulations. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The paper-based test option is available only for the candidates living more than 300 miles away from the test center, or if the PMP exam is company-sponsored. &nbsp; The other costs involved in getting PMP certification are:&nbsp; &nbsp;The cost of study material &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The cost of formal PMP certification training (35 contact hours) How to Schedule for PMP Certification: The strategic planning with in-depth knowledge and by heart commitment are the driving forces to schedule for PMP certification. You need considerable time to understand the standards and norms mentioned in PMBOK. According to my experience, minimum 3 months and maximum 5 months are sufficient to appear for PMP certification exam; however, it largely depends upon existing job nature, work schedule, personal circumstances etc that decide how much time per day you can spend for the PMP exam preparation. I would suggest not to extend the preparation period more than 5 months otherwise you may feel down and wear out.&nbsp; Top 6 Tips for PMP Exam Preparation: &nbsp; Project Management Professional (PMP) exam needs extensive preparation for the months. The plenty of study material is available online and offline; the main task is to absorb the gained knowledge for practical application. The task is challenging but the following 6 tips will simplify the PMP exam preparation:&nbsp; 1. &nbsp; &nbsp;Survey and Research the Material That You Plan To Cover: Motivate yourself before starting the journey. Survey the study material that you need to cover. Familiarity with all the topics to be covered gives you the better understanding to find the right content.&nbsp; 2. &nbsp; &nbsp;Make PMBOK&reg; Guide Your Road Map:&nbsp; The PMP exam is largely based on PMBOK&reg; Guide. To make the PMP preparation simple and scalable, &nbsp; &nbsp; you should break down the different knowledge areas of the latest PMBOK&reg; guide version and its Appendix; and cover the topics in the planned period. The concepts, focus &amp; concentration are the key elements of grasping the knowledge for long-lasting benefits.&nbsp; 3. &nbsp; &nbsp;Attend PMP Prep Workshops: The numbers of PMP training organizations conduct PMP prep workshops to facilitate the registered PMP exam takers check their preparation. The other major advantage of attending these workshops is that you get an opportunity to join the community of exam takers; and, use this opportunity to know the gaps in your preparation. &nbsp;&nbsp; 4. &nbsp; &nbsp;Appear in PMP Exam Online Simulators: Online PMP simulators are the model PMP exams designed with same standards to test the applicants. You also get acquainted with exam environment; so, you feel more comfortable during the PMP exam.&nbsp; 5. &nbsp; &nbsp;Don&rsquo;t Underestimate The Value Of Flash Cards:&nbsp; Downloadable electronic flashcards are the most cost-effective and time-tested way of preparing PMP exam.&nbsp; 6. &nbsp; &nbsp;Be the Member of Discussion Forums Numbers of PMP discussion forums allow you free access to the online discussion. The participation helps you help others and get help from others.&nbsp; Conclusion:&nbsp; The 200 multiple choice PMP exam paper includes the questions of different categories &ndash; short situational, formula based, knowledge-based, complex situation etc but the through the study of good material with the best practices empowers you to finish the line with good score. To judge the PMP preparation, test your skills to answer at least 85% questions; if you can do it &ndash; you are ready to crack the nut. Best of luck! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
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7 Common Mistakes Often Committed By Business Analysts

A business analyst ensures that the end product meets the requirements and parameters of project&#39;s stakeholders. Business analyst holds the responsibility to gather the requirements through streamlined communication with stakeholders and to make the sense of collected information in order to help the project team complete the tasks successfully. The most challenging and wide-scoped task of BA is to give the users what they want instead of giving what they need during requirements gathering. The business analyst is expected to bridge the gap between the traditional and advanced practices of information gathering; it saves the time of all the project team members that they otherwise invest in pulling data from a spreadsheet and then feeding it into the Excel sheet to make it accessible at different points. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The certified business analyst works on a very wide landscape with possibilities to commit mistakes unknowingly; and, even the single mistake affects the profitability, team members&rsquo; performance, and customer satisfaction. The learning is a continuous process; the following often committed 7 mistakes by business analysts will help you improve your performance: &nbsp; &nbsp; 7 Common Mistakes You Need To Avoid: &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 1.&nbsp;Requirements Review without Proper Collaboration The requirements review shouldn&rsquo;t be considered as a task to be completed solely by the business analyst. The requirements review should be done with the proper involvement of concerned stakeholders to validate the importance of requirements against different perspectives. Checking the collected requirements against the related attributes with concerned stakeholders helps to minimize the possible defects before the application stage. 2. Improper Language in Requirements BA often fails in expressing the requirements in proper technical terms from the specific technical viewpoint. Business Analysts are expected to keep the requirements tested and well structured. Business Analysts need to make the requirements - SMART: Specific &ndash; Measurable- Attainable- Realizable -Time-bound. Going a step ahead from this commonly used &lsquo;SMART&rsquo; approach, you can follow - SMART-CC that adds Complete &amp; Concise also to &lsquo;SMART&rsquo; acronym. The organization itself is the primary user of the requirements that you collect and make smart for testing; so, ensure that there is no confusion in understanding by anyone involved. &nbsp; 3.&nbsp;Allowing The Team Go For Designing Without Fixing Requirements:&nbsp; I have been engaged in many activities of reviewing and fixing stakeholders&rsquo; requirements; I noticed that numbers of stakeholders start discussing the designs and approach implementation too early without waiting for getting the analyzed and fixed requirements from business analyst. BA needs to squash such practices immediately because such practices tend to overshadow the actual requirements. Before understanding the stakeholders&rsquo; requirements, initiating the process designing may harm the project&rsquo; success.&nbsp; 4.&nbsp;The Conversation without a Thought Line&nbsp; The proper conversation with stakeholders is the key to complete the project successfully but it needs to be in the line of the perspectives you get after the analysis of business needs and that of the project. Non-relevant discussions put just the blinders to actual requirements and distract the team members from the task causing frustration. The competent business analysts avoid involving too many stakeholders in discussions to get the best solution for a particular issue; all the meetings should be issue based. &nbsp; 5. Taking the Requirements granted 100% Complete &amp; Accurate before Discussing with Stakeholders:&nbsp; The numbers of business analysts feel that the documented requirements are 100% correct even before sharing with stakeholders. The less experienced business analysts have a common notion that the correction in documented requirements means that they didn&rsquo;t do the job correctly; however, there are no fixed parameters for BA&rsquo;s evaluation that stop them to change the once documented requirements.&nbsp; 6. Getting Approval for Documented Requirements without the Shared Understanding Some business analysts tend to get fast approval of requirements to expedite the process but a smart business analyst is expected to share the documented requirements with concerned stakeholders to assess their understanding and viewpoints. The common understanding is must to complete the project successfully on the time. &nbsp; 7. Each project has different requirements and success measuring parameters but some business analysts tend to use the most used template of BRD (Business Requirements Document) just to make the task easier. The BRD template, you select to use, may have some irrelevant categories to make your task more complex and time-consuming; if you notice such categories either remove these or mark N/A. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The success mantra for accurate business analysis is to ensure that you discuss with all those with whom you should do to share your vision of requirements for designing a collaborative approach. &nbsp;
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Top 7 benefits of Having ITIL Skill

The challenges in digital data management are getting more complex because of the increasing amount of data required by the businesses. IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification delivers the much-needed perfection to IT professionals to structure and implement the tailor-made IT service management strategy with a deep understanding of particular requirements. ITIL management allows collecting, analyzing, and distributing the data by following the time-tested methodology. As more businesses are realizing the benefits of ITIL management, the requirement for ITIL certified professionals is increasing fast in almost all the business sectors including education, e-commerce and healthcare etc.&nbsp; ITIL Certification &ndash; A Qualification by Choice:&nbsp; The tiered structured ITIL certification allows the candidates to choose the certification type and level according to personal career objective. ITIL certification, one among the top IT certifications, is provided at five levels to help the IT professionals boost their career in a progressive manner.&nbsp; The ITIL intermediate certification modules are designed to produce the competent ITIL experts in specific areas like-&nbsp; OSA (operational support &amp; analysis) PPO (planning, protection and optimization) RCV (release, control and validation) SOA (service offerings and agreements)&nbsp; ITIL service operation ITIL service transition ITIL managing across the lifecycle &hellip;&nbsp; 7 Key Benefits of Having ITIL Skill: &nbsp; ITIL is a globally recognized set of the best in class management practices. ITIL certification helps you know the widely used concepts, terms, and processes to improve the organization&rsquo;s growth. More numbers of organizations in almost all the business sectors are accepting ITIL implementation as a necessity to survive in the competitive marketing environment. Before joining any particular ITIL training course, you need to know the benefits for performance and career boost. The key benefits experienced by the most of ITIL certified experts, irrespective of their role in services management, are: 1. Worldwide Recognized Qualification: ITIL certification sets an international benchmark for your qualification and service management skill. Leading international service providers recognize ITIL certification as a prerequisite for services management experts; therefore, it helps to boost your career even at international level. &nbsp; &nbsp; 2. Acquaintance with Standard Language: Many service managers use advanced service management processes but without knowing the standard terminology or processes. ITIL certification helps you learn the standard language and processes widely used globally.&nbsp; 3. Smart Approach to Improve the Initiatives: Smart professionals work in smarter ways to demonstrate their skills and values. ITIL courses &amp; workshops provide a smart skill to help you identify the potential to improve the initiatives.&nbsp; 4. Helps to Introduce Proactive Culture:&nbsp; ITIL training builds the confidence to innovate new ways to improve customer satisfaction. ITIL training helps you focus better on the customers&rsquo; expectations and users&rsquo; experience. The gained expertise in using ITIL framework and tools helps you improve service delivery quality by developing a new proactive culture.&nbsp; 5. Instills Confidence &amp; Refines Capabilities:&nbsp; The quality of service delivery depends on the capabilities of the involved personnel; the organizations need confident and capable Services Management Experts to compete with rivals. ITIL certification courses are designed to produce confident service managers with improved capabilities to address the challenges in specific areas. &nbsp;&nbsp; 6.&nbsp;Makes You A Key Contributor To Organization&rsquo;s Growth: ITIL certification course improves your competence, productivity and capability to build better relationships with customers and within the organization. ITIL expertise helps you make the processes more cost-efficient by optimizing the use of available resources. The holistic approach to getting better ROI with an eye upon risk factors helps the organization to achieve sustainable growth. &nbsp; &nbsp; 7.&nbsp;Career Boost:&nbsp; The successful completion of ITIL course gives you a globally recognized qualification and expertise; therefore, you are paid better. Numbers of project experts accept that they got 15% salary hike after getting ITIL certification. Besides the salary aspect, you get wider landscape with more opportunities to progress.&nbsp; ITIL Certification Course: Is It For You?&nbsp; More and more organizations worldwide are adopting time-tested ITIL framework; so, the job trends make ITIL training a smart choice for IT services professionals. ITIL certification courses are designed to benefit -&nbsp; Professionals engaged in a business sector but planning to move a company providing IT services.&nbsp; IT service management professionals willing to update their skills &nbsp; Mid-level &amp; senior-level IT professionals IT consultants &nbsp;
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6 Reasons to Update Your Certification to Leading SAFe 4.5

Leading SAFe 4.5 was released in June 2017 to simplify the Lean software &amp; systems engineering further. SAFe, an Agile software development framework, allows the organizations to apply its knowledge-based integrated patterns for strategic Lean-Agile development. The number of organizations using SAFe framework is increasing exponentially because of its proven effectiveness for comprehensive solution development not limited just to IT, systems, and software areas.&nbsp; As the benefits of added features of Leading SAFe 4.5 including the focus on DevOps and Continuous Delivery Pipeline, which are being experienced at large, the global demand for certified SAFe 4.5 experts is increasing fast. If you are an Agile team member in any capacity, the following 6 reasons will help you decide fast to update your certification to Leading SAFe 4.5 and perform better for the self-growth and that of the organization.&nbsp; 1)&nbsp;Additional Flexibility With Four New Configurations:&nbsp; SAFe 4.5 supports the variety of development environments allowing the users to select the advanced levels. Leading SAFe 4.5, the extended version of SAFe 4.0 has four configurations- Essential SAFe, Large Solution SAFe, Portfolio SAFe and Full SAFe to provide the Lean enterprises flexibility in hypothesis-driven development. As the challenges go complex with the growth of the organization, updating the certification to leading SAFe 4.5 helps retain the performance. The gained knowledge and expertise in using &lsquo;Full SAFe,&rsquo; helps you achieve all the Lean and Agile enterprise benefits. &nbsp; 2)&nbsp;Continuous Delivery Pipeline Leading SAFe 4.5 defines the continuous delivery as the frequent delivery of values to the end user. It decouples development from the releasing phase. It helps the organizations define &amp; deliver the solution elements to end user without excessive overheads. It creates a supportive production environment to test the hypotheses in the line of intended business improvements.&nbsp; 3)&nbsp;Lean Startup Cycle &amp; Lean UX Expedites Innovations:&nbsp; The gained knowledge of principles of Lean UX Leading SAFe 4.5 certification imparts the knowledge and perfection to integrate Lean UX and Lean startup practices to create an ideal environment to invest as the hypothesis of Minimum Viable Product (MVP). To make the decisions promptly, the collected feedbacks are used to improve the quality. The adherence to Leading SAFe 4.5 allows the businesses to get better solutions.&nbsp; 4) Leading Safe 4.5 Provides The Roadmap To Perform:&nbsp; To become a SAFe Lean-Agile enterprise is a journey that needs a significant change in the organizational culture. SAFe 4.5 provides a roadmap designed on the basis of plans, objectives, values, management strategies and extensive experience. The easy-to-understand and follow roadmap guides the SAFe/process management professionals to achieve short-term and long-term goals. &nbsp; 5)&nbsp;Safe 4.5 Is Backward Compatible. The numbers of businesses, experienced with the remarkable results of SAFe 4 implementation, intend to upgrade the process framework. SAFe 4.5 allows such organizations to upgrade the processes by linking it to the previous version of SAFe. The switchover to SAFe 4.5 from SAFe 4.0 derives additional benefits without disturbing the ongoing processes or performances.&nbsp; 6)&nbsp;Scalable Devops Accelerates Build-Measure-Learning Cycle:&nbsp; Leading SAFe 4.5 is powered with Scalable DevOps that offers full throttle support to improve integration, automation, communication, and cooperation much needed to plan, develop, test, implement and release as a solution. DevOps breaks down silos and empowers the Agile team members to deliver the best-in-class values to end users.&nbsp; The growing demand for SAFe professions and the experienced benefits of adopting Leading SAFe 4.5 implementation in all the business sectors add more long-lasting values to Leading SAFe 4.5 certification. As SAFe 4.0 will be available until June, 2018, so, it is better to get the early bird benefits by upgrading your SAFe certification to Leading SAFe 4.5.&nbsp; &nbsp;
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How to Use Critical Thinking to Make a Project More Profitable

Critical thinking for project managers is all about creative thinking without boundaries to challenge the assumptions for completing the projects on time with estimated profit. The successful project managers are the creative thinkers with special ability to lead the project team for the common goal; and, the goal is to contribute to organization&rsquo;s growth by delivering 100% customer satisfaction with each project completion. Critical thinking involves logical reasoning steered by different reports; the collected information helps you decide fast on the basis of opinions and formatted database. The following 7 smart hacks will help you manage the projects successfully with strategic critical thinking: &nbsp; 1. Have A Strategic Approach From Start To Finish:&nbsp; The progressive project managers endeavour to follow a &ldquo;paradigm&rdquo; of 5 major stages - initiation, planning, execution, monitor-control, and finishing. The task is not to complete the project successfully but it involves ensuring the estimated profitability also without any compromise with quality or customer satisfaction.&nbsp; 2. Be The Master To Manage In Diverse Areas:&nbsp; As a competent project lead manager, you need to apply critical thinking skill in diverse areas like defining, integration, scheduling, quality control, HR, procurement, risk management, cost control and stakeholder management etc. 3.&nbsp;Use Only Tested Processes For Doing Project Estimate:&nbsp; To ensure the success of any size project, having an accurate estimate is the starting point. The estimate should be based on the time-tested processes, encompassing all the risk factors. The experienced project managers often use different techniques to cross-check the project cost:&nbsp; &nbsp; 4. Enforce Rigid Timesheet Entry &amp; Approval Processes: Introduction of the culture of timesheet entry &amp; approval improves billing accuracy that helps the project manager to minimize the budget overruns by optimized resource management.&nbsp; 5. Define The Payment Process For Excess Work/Services: &nbsp; You should follow a well-defined and communicated process to pay for additional services or purchases. &nbsp; 6. Facilitate Yourself For Direct Access To Any Information:&nbsp; Checking status and different activities frequently is a part of effective project management. The quick access to desired information keeps the project on the right track. 7. Fix Project Status Review Meeting At Particular Day &amp; Time: Reviewing the different reports periodically about project profitability, opportunity, utilization and AR aging etc helps you focus better on all the critical factors that contribute to the financial success of the project.&nbsp; As the competition in every business sector is getting intense, strategic critical thinking is getting more importance in cost-efficient project management. But not every project manager has the much-needed expertise in critical thinking. Critical thinking is a skill that needs to be developed and refined; and, there can&rsquo;t be any better way than joining the particular PMP certification training course in the line of your role in project management.&nbsp; &nbsp;
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Comparative Overview of ECBA, CCBA and CBAP Certifications

The importance of business analyst is growing fast for over the past couple of years; today, having the competitive business analysts has become imperative to complete the projects successfully. With increasing competition, the role of business analyst has become specialized. A business analyst owns the responsibility to transform the company&rsquo;s operations to profitable projects completion by extending full throttle support to the concerned team. The major factors contributing to the growing importance of business analyst are:&nbsp; Failure rate of IT projects &nbsp;&nbsp; A business analyst bridges the gap between different business units and it departments&nbsp; Outsourcing has become a necessity; and, the business analyst keeps the balance in values Projects are getting more and more complex The special skills of business analyst help the organizations adopt new technologies The business analyst plays critical role in budget allocation&nbsp; Options to Become a Certified Business Analyst:&nbsp; Having a globally recognized business analysis certification helps you boost up your career in almost any business sector. As the big data and business intelligence are getting wide-scale importance in project management, the global demand for business analysts is also increasing. According to a report released by Mc Kinsey Global Institute, the demand for business analysts only in the United States could be 50% - 60% higher than the projected supply by 2018. The shortage of business analysts, as projected by numbers of different reports, gives you an opportunity to become a certified business analyst with bright growth prospects. A number of knowledge training companies in India offer a variety of value-added courses. The more in-demand business analysis certification courses, issued by IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) are &ndash;&nbsp; ECBA -&nbsp;Entry certificate in business analysis&nbsp; CCBA - Certification for competency in business analysis CBAP - Certified business analysis professional (CBAP) Which One Should You Choose? A Comparison: &nbsp; ECBA is the starting line to plan your career in business analysis. The qualification reflects the knowledge of advanced BA concepts &amp; techniques that help you manage the project successfully. &nbsp;&nbsp; CCBA, the level-2 certification, is suitable for the experienced business analysis practitioners with 3,750 hours experience. The experience doesn&rsquo;t need you to hold the designation of &lsquo;Business Analyst&rsquo; essentially, but your experience should be BABOK&reg; v3.0 Guide oriented. &nbsp; CBAP, the level-3 certification, is suitable for the business analysts with extensive 7,500 hours experience but willing to improve their expertise.&nbsp; Tabulated Overview of ECBA, CCBA and CBAP courses:&nbsp; To have ECBA, CCBA or CBAP qualification, you need intense knowledge of topics besides the adequate experience; here comes the role of knowledge training companies that offer instructor-led certification training to virtual classroom batches to help you pass the written test in 1st attempt. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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The importance of business analyst is growing fast for over the past couple of years; today, having the competitive business analysts has become imperative to complete the projects successfully. With ...
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How the PMP Certification Impacts Your Salary?

The importance of PMP is being recognized in virtually any business sector. The top benefit of hiring the PMP certified managers is the on-time completion of the project with remarkable profitability and client satisfaction. The global demand for project managers with Project Management Professional -PMP&nbsp;certification is increasing fast because this qualification adds more values to their skills and competencies. Today, PMP certification has become a necessity for the project managers with dreams of exponential growth because it brightens the prospects of getting a higher salary with better job profile.&nbsp; Key Factors That Influence Salary Hike After PMP Certification:&nbsp; When you choose a particular course to upgrade your qualification, you certainly look into the financial gains. Project Management Institute (PMI) conducts surveys in different countries on a regular basis to assess the salary hikes after PMP certification; the documented reports confirm the worth of getting PMP certification. Besides the PMP certification, the top 7 key factors that influence the salary are:&nbsp; Position/Role in project management Average size of project&nbsp; Average project budget Average project team&rsquo;s size &nbsp; Type of industry&nbsp; Numbers of years experience in project management&nbsp; Location of job Therefore, once you get the opportunity to manage the larger project with bigger project team after having PMP certification, you get more opportunity to grow.&nbsp; Impact of PMP Certification on Salary:&nbsp; According to 9th PMI salary survey, a PMP certified project manager gets 20% higher salary in comparison to a non-certified project manager. The survey covered 26,000 project managers in 34 countries including 1,197 professionals from India. If we talk about salary difference in India, a PMP manager can expect Rs. 17 lakh P.A. while non-PMP manager gets only 12 lakh P.A. The significant salary difference is noticed on the basis of gender. Just the 12% female project managers in India get PMP certification. The average pay for male PMP manager varies between 6,59,179 to 21,73,384, whereas, that of female PMP manager varies between 4,60,107 to 17,54,870.&nbsp; The top job profiles that deliver maximum worth of PMP Certification are IT Project Manager (Rs 793,585 to Rs 2,119,428), IT Senior Project Manager (Rs 1,172,525 to Rs 2,559,417), Software Development Manager (Rs 821,760 to Rs 2,309,586), Project Manager, Program Manager (Rs 491,610 to Rs 2,739,591) and Engineering Operations Manager (Rs 308,613 to Rs 1,618,782 ) etc. &nbsp; Why You Get Salary Hike After PMP Certification:&nbsp; A number of survey reports confirm considerable salary hike after PMP certification. Are the reasons for salary hike long-lasting? Will you get long-term benefits after investing for PMP certification? You may have similar questions before deciding to apply for PMP training course; and, you should know the real answers. &nbsp; Project management in general comprises of five phases:&nbsp; Project initiation: The project manager leads the initiation and prepares tasks for any project before the start. Planning: The project manager plans for the entire lifecycle with focus on available resources like workforce, equipment etc. Executing: The project manager guides the team to accomplish the tasks in the line of pre-defined success parameters. Monitoring: The project manager ensures to deliver the projected values by incorporating the required changes in plans and approaches. &nbsp; Closing: The project manager ensures successful delivery of the project.&nbsp; PMP Certification ensures that you know what to do throughout the above five phases; it means; the added qualification of PMP certification helps you perform better. Survey reports predict India as the global leader in hiring PMP-certified professionals in the coming years. PMP certification is difficult to get but the instructor-led training designed with Global Blended Model of Approach (GBMA) makes the task easier. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;
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