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This Is What A White Collar Worker Looks Like After PMP Certification

The failing economy has jeopardized the jobs of many and among the most severely hit have been white collar workers. These workers were indispensable to an organization up until a few years ago. But the presence of a cheaper workforce from outsourcing has resulted in loss of jobs for white collar workers. The only way to retain jobs is to skill up and provide employers with the knowledge, skill and abilities that are of need in the market right now. The IT industry has a dearth of talent and these organizations are in need of employees who have the skill set and the mentality to match the corporate culture and realize the organizational vision. So what new skills can a white collar worker acquire to fit into the IT industry? A training framework that would aptly fit white collar workers is the Project Management Professional Certification. A white collar worker by definition is someone who performs professional, managerial or administrative work. A project manager’s role maps closely to this role and hence it is in fact an extension of a white collar job such as corporate or managerial posts. For any professional to climb the corporate ladder, they must not just show competence in industry skills but also reflect a leadership and motivational trait. The PMP equips one with analysis, management and team skills—skills that are in much demand across sectors. With the PMP certification, a white collar worker will be able to: Show results: Your project management skills will help get things done. You will learn the art of planning, organizing, and controlling resources and this in turn will help you achieve targets and meet organizational objectives. You will shine among your peers and get the attention of your management.   Show efficiency: Project Management is all about being efficient and the PMP is a reflection of your efficiency and commitment. By understanding the project management best practices outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge — Fifth Edition(PMBOK®Guide), you will not only become efficient in executing your projects but in all walks of life.   Improve communication skills: Communication is key to successful project management. In fact a lack of clear communication channels between stakeholders, the team and the project manager has been cited as among the most frequent reasons for project failure. PMP will teach you how to effectively communicate the roles and responsibilities to your team members and open dialogues with stakeholders. As a PM you have to act as a bridge between the customers and the team, conveying requirements to and fro with clarity and the PMP helps you do this.   Stick to schedules: Any dedicated professional worth his or her salt will know the importance of sticking to a commitment. PMP teaches you how to accomplish tasks within deadlines, budgets and allocated resources. You will acquire skills to complete tasks and deliver the quality that you have ensured customers. This is the benchmark of a successful PM that will also help you gain the trust of your peers and customers.   Show adaptability: Projects are getting increasingly complex and so are customer requirements. With so much volatility associated with projects it is not uncommon for requirements to change at the last minute. PMP teaches you how to handle change management and deal with them effectively. You will learn to become adaptable and prepared for changes.   Motivate and inspire: The PMP is a powerful leadership tool. Not only does it teach you to stick to your goal and achieve it but also instils in you a passion to succeed. And people are motivated by those who show excellence and commitment towards their responsibilities. Your team members will look up to you for inspiration and you will guide them towards their goal, towards success. At a time when the industry is seeking highly specialized skills, the PMP is a certification that can provide a white collar worker the necessary ammo to succeed at the corporate workplace. Project managers are plenty but being PMP certified makes you special… part of the elite.
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Shweta Iyer Feb 02, 2016
The failing economy has jeopardized the jobs of many and among the most severely hit have been white collar workers. These workers were indispensable to an organization up until a few years ago. But t...
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How to Fit Self-Learning into Your Busy Schedule

Do you want to get a promotion or dive into a new career? Or do you want to learn something new just because you love to learn? Whatever the reason is that’s driving you to learn, you can do it through self-learning. Education has changed significantly in recent years. Today, you can learn just about any subject online, but finding the time for self-learning is still challenging. Don’t give up on your dreams to learn new things because you think you don’t have time. Instead, use the tips below to create the time in your existing schedule. 1. Schedule Time for Education without Distractions Turn off your phone. Close your email. Shut your door, and put up a Do Not Disturb sign. Tell your friends and family that you’re studying and insist that they not interrupt you until a specific time (unless there is an emergency of course). If you have to, put on some headphones to drown out distracting noise (this includes your kids as long as they have adequate supervision). Have you ever sat down to study (or to read anything for that matter) and found yourself re-reading the same sentence over and over again? You’re distracted. Eliminate distractions and your productivity level will skyrocket! You must be vigilant about protecting your study time. 2. Learn How You Work Most Productively There is no right or wrong way to study. If you’re most productive in the morning, get up early and study for an hour before work. If you’re most productive in the afternoon or evening, then you should try to study then. Do what works best for you and ignore what everyone else tells you (even the productivity experts). If you’re stuck, there are some techniques you can try that might increase your productivity. For example, Italian entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro Technique recommends that you work for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break to do something completely different. By working in short increments with breaks, your productivity level might increase. Another technique is to work in 90 minute increments that match the body’s ultradium rhythm. Alternately, you can find your “flow”, which Psychology Today refers to as the “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” It’s the time when all aspects of your performance peak. 3. Stay Organized How good are your organizational skills? Be honest. This is a problem area for many people, but with careful planning and a commitment to not only get organized but also to stay organized, you can recoup hours every week. First, you need to determine what organizational techniques and tools work for you. For example, you’re going to need a calendar. Do you work best with a printed calendar, a digital calendar on your computer, or a mobile calendar on your smartphone? Do you like Google Calendar because it integrates with your Gmail account? There are many options, so take the time to test some calendaring options and find the one that you’re most comfortable with. Once you know how you’re going to track all of your to do’s on a calendar, you need to create monthly, weekly, and daily schedules. Look at them at the start of every day. Update them throughout the day as needed, and review and edit them again at night. If they’re not current, they’re useless. Most importantly, stick to your schedules! This requires a lot of self-discipline, but it must be done. 4. Get Support It’s hard to educate yourself without some kind of support. You need the support of your friends and family, and if possible, you need the support of your coworkers and boss. You’re schedule is going to be very busy as you’re learning, so you need to set their expectations at the very beginning. You can also get support from mentors and instructors, but if you’re learning online, you might not have access to these people. Don’t go it alone. There are many website and online forums as well as social media groups that you can join to communicate with other people who are educating themselves while raising a family, working full-time, or both! They’re an excellent source of support. 5. Use the Resources Available to You There are more ways to learn than from a book. In fact, many digital learning tools provide a variety of ways that you can learn. Review the opportunities for self-learning available to you and find one that offers the flexibility you need. You don’t have to sit in a live training class for eight straight hours in a day. Today, there are simply too many options to settle for something that’s not perfect for you. If you prefer to read in order to learn, look for opportunities to access text-based educational materials online. If you prefer to learn visually or aurally, look for video training. As a matter of fact, visual learning stimulates your brain more than classroom learning.  There is an educational opportunity for everyone online today, so what are you waiting for? Go learn!
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How to Fit Self-Learning into Your Busy Schedule

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Do you want to get a promotion or dive into a new career? Or do you want to learn something new just because you love to learn? Whatever the reason is that’s driving you to learn, you can do it thro...
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5 Training Trends for 2016

If you are anything like me you’ll be setting your personal goals for the coming year. For many of us, that will involve learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one. Whether you are starting a new job and need to get up to speed quickly, or wanting to get better at doing your current job, training will be on the cards for many people over the next 12 months. But the training landscape is changing. If you haven’t taken a professional course for a while you might be surprised to know that the classroom isn’t what it used to be. That’s a good thing, by the way! Learning is getting more exciting, more interesting and more tailored to your personal objectives. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that will affect how you get trained this year. More Flexible Learning Could learning get any more flexible? We already have classroom courses, online courses, distance learning and more. According to elearningindustry.com, over 29% of training hours last year were delivered with blended learning methods: a mixture of different styles to give a rounded experience. But yes, I think courses will get more flexible. As 2016 advances I think we’ll see students demanding to set the pace of their instruction. Learning providers will give them the opportunity to adjust the pace of lessons and to tune into their studies when it’s convenient. For you this means you will have more options about how to study and you’ll be able to fit it in more easily around the expectations of your employer. We’ll also see students choosing their own path through the material and selecting modules that deliver a qualification or learning outcome but in a way that is contextualized to the learner’s own workplace goals and experience. Finally, I think we’ll see more options for the way content is presented, allowing students to personalize their learning experiences even further. More Online Learning One of those options for presenting course materials is mobile, and that’s going to be huge this year. Learning via mobile devices offers so much potential. iBook Author, for example, lets you embed quizzes and slideshows within a ‘traditional’ book, creating a really interactive experience for someone who would previously have to learn from a ‘flat’, static book. Mobile learning allows trainers to bringing together elements of gamification and location technologies. For example, QR codes and contextualization based on location could help shift learning back into the places where it’s needed most: the workplace. You could find students getting refresher lessons as they hit a task that they only previously learned about in the classroom. A side effect of this will be a great return on investment for students and employers, because the learning will ‘stick’ so much better – this could make it easier to sell the benefits of your course to your manager! Online courses also offer the option of incorporating more visual materials than classroom courses (which tend to rely on presentations or discussion only). Check out the reasons why visual lessons stimulate your brain more than classroom learning to find out more about why this is an important trend. Shorter Courses Micro-content is the name given to really short courses: a few minutes long, on a single subject, often videos which can be watched online or downloaded to view during your commute or a break at work. Think YouTube videos but on a more professional and targeted level. We know that attention spans are getting shorter and that people turn to the internet when they need to do something, from making a new recipe for dinner to learning about how to get Microsoft Project to calculate dependencies correctly. Bite-sized learning will tap into that need. You should be able to find professional-produced, reliable content that solves all your learning needs and hopefully knits together into a series of lessons that lead you towards mastering some aspect of your career. More Specialized Courses There will always be a place for the generalist at work but we’re seeing a trend towards more specialized credentials in many disciplines. Project management is a great example. There used to just be PMP®. Now you can be a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, or a PMI Risk Management Professional. These courses allow people to build on their general qualifications and to show employers that they have particular skills in required areas. They are complementary, but they also standalone as certifications in their own right. Employers love them because they show that their workforce is capable of using internationally-recognized standards (which also makes it easier to hire people who will fit right in and instantly understand the jargon and processes in use). Leading on from the introduction of new credentials is the requirement to offer training courses to support students taking these advanced and specific exams. That gives rise to more specialized courses leading to particular learning outcomes and the possibility of industry recognition through exams. Embracing Social Tools Social tools and networks like Facebook help students stay connected to each other and to the learning provider once the course is over. This is important because it fosters longer term connections to the material and helps people remember what they learned and why they embarked on training in the first place. Around 15% of companies today use social and collaboration tools as part of their learning strategies, according to Brandon Hall Group research (take a look at Slide 18). I predict that the use of social tools to improve training outcomes and build communities will grow as more and more individuals want to tap into their existing social networks and carry out their learning in the place that they already spend a lot of their time. Whether you want to take a credential exam or refresh your skills in a particular area, we should all embrace continuous professional development and training is a big part of that. Which of these trends do you think will have the biggest impact on your learning this year? Let us know in the comments.
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Now Build A Team That Delivers Success

The classic definition of Project Management is that it is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. As project managers, we all strive for project success and all our decisions and actions are geared towards that one goal. But in spite of our best efforts, projects still fail. If one looks at the statistics for IT related project failures, then the picture is quite abysmal. According to a new research, 68% of technology projects are doomed to fail. The causes have also been dissected and it is known that poor requirements gathering, high user expectations, improper planning and many other factors contribute to this failure. Among all these is another major factor that has a huge impact on the fortunes of a project and that is the contribution of the team. With the right team and the right skill set, you can pull a project from the throes of failure while the wrong team can send a winning project into a dark abyss. Choosing the correct people for a project is almost as important as defining the scope of the project and each role should be assigned bearing in mind the potential team member’s skills, previous experience, personal interests and competencies. And to add to all this, your skill as a people’s manager. Your ability to bring together the members as a cohesive team will have a great impact on the project. So, how do you as a project manager chose the right team and how does your project management training help you evaluate potential team members? Your training teaches you the three aspects of people management—project planning, team selection and team building. Project Planning: It does not relate to just defining the scope, gathering requirements or allocating resources. It also relates to human resource planning. As a project manager, you have to identify and assign project roles, and designate each team member with their specific responsibilities, to ensure there is no ambiguity as the project proceeds. Your training will allow you to clearly define every key project activity in terms of roles and responsibilities so that project tasks are completed and desired deliverables are attained. This not only defines a clear roadmap for team participation and involvement but reduces confusion and enhances productivity. Team selection: When it comes to IT projects, the first part of your screening for potential team members should be based on their skills. If it’s a project that requires a web page to be built, you have to select a member with front end skills and if it’s a database related project you’ll obviously need someone with RDBMS knowledge. The trick is to not get the person who has the highest qualification but to get the person who is right for the job. Thinking ahead on who to get on board will help you save time and get the right people for a task. Team Building: You have got the guys but now you have to make sure they work together for that common goal, they share your ideas, thoughts and vision. These can be achieved through team building activities. Your project management training defines activities that help enhance team morale and productivity. These include: Having outdoor activities such as parties or a bowling night or a day at the movies Having milestone parties Ensuring that every team member feels worthwhile Other methods to ensure team motivation include having a rewards and recognition system that helps reinforce positive commitment. If your team member deserves accolades, make sure he /she gets it and bring them to the notice of the management. This will go a long way in boosting their confidence and establishing your credibility as a people’s manager. Then of course is the all-important art of communication. Your project management training lays a lot of emphasis on this aspect. With the right communication, not only will you able to form a stable relationship between the team and the stakeholders but will be able to motivate, inspire and lead your team to achieve success. Getting a group of people together may not sound all that challenging but delivering results by helping these people work together to achieve that common goal depends on the skill of the project manager and your PMP training will help you achieve that.
Now Build A Team That Delivers Success
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Now Build A Team That Delivers Success

Shweta Iyer
The classic definition of Project Management is that it is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet speci...
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5 Reasons Why Visual Lessons Stimulate Your Brain More than Classroom Learning

The learnings of the modern generation aren’t in the textbooks that they read in class. Rather, they come from visual stimulation such as movies or videos, where words are said in context, or in a catchy tune that you can’t get out of your head. Don’t you sometimes feel that subjects would be learned faster if students were allowed to act them out, dance to or put a tune to? Visual medium is one of the strongest methods of learning that can be incorporated in the lessons of today. Comparing classroom learning and visual learning, it can easily be said that ideas and concepts are retained better when kinesthetic and auditory platforms are used. Studies state the fact that visual learning helps students retrieve more than 85% of what they experience, as they are easily able to put themselves in the place of the problem in order to solve it actively. Here are a few points that support this study: 1. The Visual Aspect Visual learning enables students to understand work better. With graphs, charts and lessons being depicted pictorially, it is easier to retain information while learning. To be able to comprehend theories and different formulae in a graphical and definite form is now possible with visual aids. To fully tap into this visual grasping, pictorial mind-maps or diagrams can be used to enhance the learning process. Visual aids such as videos and practical experiments are sure to help students effectively retain the information that they have learned. Remember: While in school, we tend to remember how we’ve seen the information, or where it was placed in the book while studying it. Be it formulas, data or text. 2. Accessibility and Flexibility In the world we live in, it is becoming increasingly easy to learn on the go, with technology such as tablets and mobile phones with an internet connection. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, today’s learner has an average attention span of only 8 seconds, making it harder and harder to keep them engaged unless the content they are working with is interactive and on demand.    So, this ease of learning anywhere has opened up a new path wherein it has become easier to modify your timetable and create them according to what is convenient for you, while addressing the issue of shorter attention spans. It is also possible to make the flexible content only for the areas that you think needs to be worked on for better understanding. 3. Learning by Doing An effective learning experience uses practical work for specific learning objectives. Recollection rate is higher, and they stimulate recollection as well as enjoyment. According to research, 80% of the learners agree they would be more productive via gamification (eLearning Industry, 2014). Video games have shown to increase the motor skills, reflex rates and multi-tasking skills of the player, enabling them to use these skills in other parts of their life. With the visual stimulations that games provide, there is an increased mental flexibility seen in the learners, and the mental decline that accompanies aging is said to improve.   Remember: Learning with the use of practical work and physically experiencing a certain situation would make it much easier to retain information. 4. Self Discipline and Organisation Controlling your schedule and being in charge of what you learn and when you learn it, makes visual learning a positive advantage when compared to classroom learning. Classroom learning involves set times that you may or may not be able to adhere to, while visual and auditory learning on the go puts you in the best position to judge which classes you need the most and educate yourself at the most convenient time for you. Remember: Being in charge of your own study schedule puts you in the best position to judge your strengths and challenges both, in an educational setting and at work. 5. Cost Benefits Since visual learning is always at your fingertips, the accessibility is a major boon; all one requires is a simple internet connection and an economical phone or laptop, this also leads to saving time and the saying “time is money” does have immense truth to it. Visual learning does not require one to physically carry books around; through dynamic searching and referencing, everything can be achieved quickly and easily. This is even more so the case for the modern youth to whom these tech-savvy skill sets are a given necessity in their day to day life. In conclusion, visual learning definitely has many advantages when compared to classroom learning. Since our brain is mainly an image processor, and our cortexes are wired for vision, many studies have indicated that visual lessons stimulate your brain much more than rote classroom learning.    With a large number of institutions around the world campaigning to improve and innovate, a wide range of options is available when it comes to the virtual learning environment. The gamut of tools available in this form of learning inclusive of video tutorials, Skype mentoring sessions and interactive deductive gaming modules are just scratching the surface of the future of modern education and learning visually.
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5 Reasons Why Visual Lessons Stimulate Your Brain More than Classroom Learning

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A Short and Exciting Journey

Excerpt from the personal blog of KnowledgeHut Faculty – Satya Narayan Dash, PMP Deepak Madhyastha is a proud PMP today. Deepak contacted me via this blog and requested me to have a look at his profile at LinkedIn for his PMP eligibility, which I confirmed. Few months down the line he was a student in one of my classes – in June 2015! During the session, he was apprehensive – mostly on his experience level and whether he can really be a PMP. Even on the final day he was asking on if he could crack for sure, to which I remember replying “Yes, absolutely, you can!” The day he got certified, he informed me. I asked – “How does it feel to be a PMP?” He said about his personal goals and expectations, how he wanted them to be aligned in those months post my confirmation and how he wanted to get it. He was truly happy and excited, which I could feel in his tone. Below, Deepak has outlined his experience on his journey (italicized). In fact, he has cracked it in just over one month, post the classroom session! A solid achievement in a short period of time. Go on and read his unique experience.                                                                    *********************************** I was handling the project without any framework or fundamental knowledge of project management. There were lot hurdle I had faced during the managing the project. So I decided to study something about project management. I was in the assumption that to do PMP certification, I should have 10+ years of professional experiences. But I was wrong. In fact, when I was searching for prerequisites for PMP, I got this blog Management Yogi. After I read through the couples of blog post like “Seven Steps to Achieve the PMI-PMP Certification”, I got some clarity and confidence about PMP that I have to do this certification to improve my PM skills. Then I commented on that particular blog post to confirm my eligibility with Author of that post and the PMP trainer Satya Narayan Dash. Once he confirmed that I am eligible, I just started thinking only about passing PMP. PMP Training: I attended the training at KnowledgeHut to get the needed 35 PDUs. The training material, interactive sessions and real life example helped me understand the topic in depth. Knowledgehut Support Team provided excellent service! Especially Mr Anand who helped me whenever I asked for a help or information. Food was good. Surely would recommend the event to others. In the session, I had an exhaustive understanding on the PMP materials along with 300 sample questions and post that had access to online materials and loads of information about PMP. In the training, I got a broad picture about the project management processes and the exam. It helped me to study accordingly. Own Study: From my learning experience I would like to say that key to crack PMP exam is PMBOK and understand Project management processes properly rather than memorizing so many things. In my case exam paper was not much hard, but it was very tricky. My Study Plan for one and half month and 1 week full time for putting all things together Head First PMP (1 time) PMBOK Guide 5th edition (1 time) PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers & Explanations, 2013 Edition by Christopher Scordo Oliver F. Lehmann questions PMP related videos in Youtube ManagementYogi’s blog KnowledgeHut online materials Edward Chung’s blog My PMP Exam Experience: I took a month and half leave and studied for PMP. I tried to spend at least 4-5 hours daily and 1-2 hours for revision. Couldn’t utilize all the weekends, since I used to spend time with friends and family. I reached the exam center 30 minutes early. Initial formality took some time. The staff were very professional and managed the rush well. Finally was assigned a desk for my exam. Started the exam straight away after the 15 minutes tutorial. Didn’t do any dump as I was practicing them daily writing twice for the last few days before exam, so able to recollect without any issue. Had a target of answering 60 questions per hour. But completed 50 questions in first hour, which made me feel not good. Then completed 120 questions in second hour and completed exam in 3 hour 40 minutes and reviewed all marked questions for next 20 minutes. It is important to keep moving ahead with your best selection. You don’t want to spend 5 minutes on a question that would never be marked. Therefore, it’s important to spread your time equally. Easier said than done but it is one of the simple key to success. Did the survey that followed, submitted and within a minute, Congratulations appeared on the screen. Mission accomplished. I was given a printout of the result from the center. One proficient, one moderately proficient and 3 below proficient. The exam is not very difficult, however, it’s not straight forward too. Suggestions for PMP Aspirants: Dos: Try to understand the basic project management concepts Do refer only one prep book along with PMBOK. Do solve sample questions as much as possible. So that you can fill the gaps. Don’ts: Don’t memorize the ITTO. It’s not necessary. Just understand the concepts behind those. Don’t refer multiple prep books. It may mislead you. Do not underestimate the traffic. Try to be at exam center well before. Conclusion: It was short and sweet journey compared to others. It took me around 1.5 months. But those 1.5 months, I dedicated only to PMP. Now, I want to implement the PMP concepts in my day today project management activities.   Brief Profile: I’m Deepak Madhyastha. I have been in the IT industry since last 7 years having diverse experience in the field of Localization and Translation. Currently I’m as Delivery Manager with Vision360 Globalization Services Pvt. Ltd.                                                                    *********************************** Deepak’s online PMP profile is available at PMI’s Online Credential Registry. I am thankful to Deepak for sharing his experience. I do believe it will enrich others and help them in their quest for PMP. This article was originally published on managementyogi.blogspot.in
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Remove Your Mental Block, Open Up and Think in Terms of PMBOK’s Best Practices

Excerpt from the personal blog of KnowledgeHut Faculty – Satya Narayan Dash, PMP Aswin Krishnan H is a proud PMP today. His success is not only due to sound preparation, but also handling stress during the exam. He names it as the “smile” factor, as he has told below so uniquely. Aswin was part of my class in May, 2015. He is a very lively person and participates fully. In fact, I remember few instances where his enthusiastic participation were bringing surprised looks on some faces. In my view, enthusiasm is a great quality in any team member. But, unfortunately, it is highly underrated. I believe, enthusiasm is contagious and brings many into the fold of discussion. He called me after he was certified and I asked – “How does it feel to be a PMP?” He had a sense of happiness, relief and immense satisfaction. Below, he has outlined his experience in preparing for it, going through the PMP program and finally cracking the exam. Go on and read his experience.                                                               ************************************* Introductory – Why I decided on it and how I started? I was motivated to do PMP as part of my job and wanted to understand properly the Best Practices and how to use them with confidence in day to day activities as far as possible. Three of my friends were equally interested in doing Industry standard certification and when we began our search we had PRINCE 2 and PMP in our mind. Finally, we settled down with PMP which has huge demand in any industry. We then started our search for Training provider, found that it’s the Coach and his approach that help a lot in this kind of Certification, though online and word of mouth reviews we shortlisted Knowledge Hut. One of my friend had a successful experience in securing his PMP within a month after training with the Coach Mr. Satya Narayan Dash, He was really impressed by his practical approach, knowledge and personal commitment. He has previously attended PMP trainings from various centers but never could understand the concepts clearly, and failed in the exam miserably. He came from Chennai to do the course in Bangalore, just for the Coach. My PMP Training Experience: The training was very precise and covered all Knowledge Areas from the 5 Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. Satya was very kind and use to share his personal experiences with certain problems which helped to see insights of approaches and reason why or what suits best based on the PMBOK Guide. He always helped us think about all the process and why each Input is given and what is the output of each process and why it is important, often in many of the companies we don’t practically use all the process or tools but the Coach’s insight in all tools and approaches was very helpful in understanding the Input, Tools and Techniques and Output (ITTO) for each Processes. We had classes on Weekends, the coach was very punctual and kept his timelines very strict. He was very happy to help even after the classes and he would stay back for us even if it was raining just to make sure that we get the idea of what is happening or why it is happening, He use to explain ‘Change Request’ or ‘Deliverable’ Flow by drawing pictures as it goes through each processes. These insights really helped in understanding the concept and the interrelationship between each process and ITTO. In the entire class there was fun, all were active and were participating which the coach always managed to make it interactive. Lot of things we need an actual physical person to explain to us rather than just going through hours and hours of Videos. I understood that having a real person standing in front of us will build that physiological effect, which will help me learn more and get motivated easily. My Own Study: I really wanted to complete the exam within 2 months after completing the class, but due to personal commitments it got extended to 4 months. Every-day I use to spend at the least 2-3 hours reading PMBOK 5th Edition, Rita Mulchay. This really solidified my understanding that was gained in the Classroom training.  In the last one or two months I use to keep on giving Mock Tests in the early mornings (4 -7 am) and then review them after coming back from work (7 – 8 pm), I kept on giving mock test from various places and was not be very subjective in selecting the source for exam. I felt that giving these mock tests really boosted my confidence and triggered to schedule the exam. While doing the mock tests most of the times I was in panic and I didn’t read all options and selected the wrong one. Rita Mulcahy’s recommendation helped. I read the options from D to A instead of A to D. This really increased my hit percentage. My PMP Exam Experience: I became a member, filled in my application, got my references and waited for a week to get it approved; luckily it was not selected for any audit. That was half way done, second challenge was to schedule the exam. I kept on giving mock tests until I had the confidence and was hitting 75-80% in mock tests. This triggered me to schedule an exam, at this time I just wanted it to get over at the earliest; luckily I found a date that was within 10 days and scheduled the exam on that day. I had formulated this strategy of completing 70 questions in an hour so I will be done within 3 hours at the max (200 questions) this I kept on applying while taking the mock tests and this strategy was quiet successful for me. On the Test day, I was faced with a flurry of Mathematical questions (20-25) from Question No#1 with all confusing stuffs and very wordy; I was very stressed, then I remember reading somewhere that even if you are stressed and if you manage to keep a smile on your face you can beat the stress. I applied the same and was able to get over the initial surprises in the exam. There were lots of situational questions, I was confused in lots of places; I marked them and kept on moving forward without worrying about the lengthy or wordy questions and kept on answering whichever I could. Finally, by the time I was done with 200 questions, it was like 2:30 hours; so I went back and selected all the unanswered and marked ones and slowly went through each one of them, now ‘smile’ factor worked and was able to easily and clearly read the questions and answer them. I completed all left outs within 45 minutes. Now I started reviewing again from beginning and just kept on speed reading questions and selected answers just to make sure that I did them correctly. The PMP really puts a toll on you with all sorts of Mathematical, Situational, and Tricky Questions, the initial impact of the questions is really intended to create stress, if you overcome that then you would be able to score very easily. During the exam I read the answers from D to A instead of A to D, I found this to be very helpful against panic answering due to stress. Suggestions for PMP Aspirants: – Dos Please read PMBOK at the least twice, it is very helpful and answer to PMBOK and not to your personal experiences. Please take any book like Rita or Andy Crowe or Head First and complete them once before kick starting the mock tests. Please keep a smile on your face, even though you are stressed, this will help relieve stress and get back to your senses while taking test, if you are in panic answering mode read the answers from D to A than from A to D this will improve your hit rate, these helped me. Please do take 10-15 mock tests before attempting the exam, this really helped me understand where I stand and what my weakness is and helped to motivate and improve. Real life PM experience helps a lot while answering these questions during the exam. – Don’ts Don’t waste time prolonging the exam, use your time wisely and complete it at the earliest. Having too many materials won’t help as you will be confused when to complete them, don’t get overburdened. Conclusion: After earning PMP I am much relived, I can see the fruits of hard work getting paid off. Whenever you say that you are PMP, there is a peer respect, because all of them know how much committed you need to be to earn this prestigious qualification. I now see what things at work do work and what not and how they are interrelated. PMP is not just a one-time process, you can apply this leanings in each every aspect of your life which you are doing unconsciously. Finally If I CAN DO IT ANY ONE CAN. You just need to remove the mental block and open up and think more in terms with best practices put forward by PMBOK, and your personal commitment. Brief Profile:  I am Aswin Krishnan H and am a Project Manager with Hewlett-Packard, India. I have 9 years of experience in Telecom, Retail and Security Domain with .NET Platform.                                                               ******************************   Aswin’s online PMP credential is available at PMI’s online credential registry. I am thankful to Aswin for sharing his journey in achieving the PMP certification. I believe it will help you – the PMP aspirant – to have your own. This article was originally published on managementyogi.blogspot.in
Remove Your Mental Block, Open Up and Think in Terms of PMBOK’s Best Practices
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Remove Your Mental Block, Open Up and Think in Terms of PMBOK’s Best Practices

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Excerpt from the personal blog of KnowledgeHut Faculty – Satya Narayan Dash, PMP Aswin Krishnan H is a proud PMP today. His success is not only due to sound preparation, but also handlin...
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The Creative PMP in the Fast Lane

Excerpt from the personal blog of KnowledgeHut Faculty – Satya Narayan Dash, PMP Aditi Jain committed to a final round of PMP study with 10 day deadline, triggered by a Chinese fortune cookie! And the fortune cookie foretell turned out to be true. More importantly, her hard work finally paid off. She is a proud PMP today. Aditi was part of my class in February 2015. I asked – “What you want to do with your learning here”? I remember her telling that she wanted to apply them in real life. She is a fashion design and media professional and added diversity and depth into our discussions, which had banking, software, construction, networking and voice professionals. One of her concerns was moving from one country to another – actually from one continent to another – and how it will impact her. She managed it quite well, as you can read below. Her experience is also unique as she comes from a different industry. Go on and know how she did it. ******************************** OMG!!! What an amazing ride to attain the PMP® Certification. Without knowing the PMI-isms, I was high gear into schedule compression techniques of ‘crashing’ and ‘fast tracking’ with pangs of ‘resource levelling’ right from initiating to closing. The decision to get a PMP® certification was primarily due to the fact that I wanted to expand my knowledge base and have alternatives to my current Industry which is Fashion and Media. But after learning the PMI way it astounds me how much my Industry can benefit from these standards. To be able to apply these in creative domains can have astounding results. PMP Training Experience I took my 35 PDUs training sessions with Knowledge Hut which were led by Mr Dash. The experience was compressed into informative, happy, and motivating sessions. We had lots of fun too. Own Study After moving to the US in March straight after the contact classes, I took the PMI membership as Mr Dash had recommended. Settling in the new country was my prime focus after moving in. Then my girls went on a long 2.6 month summer break. I had consciouly decided to start prepping by September end, after they resumed school.  By the beginning of October, when I fully committed to study, I had doubts on my ability to prepare and pass the exam due to the time that had elapsed. So one fine day after a delicous Chinese meal, my fortune cookie read “You will soon pass an important test”. This was the sign! This chance affirmation was what I was looking for. And it was what triggered me to schedule the exam right away for 10 days ahead. My PMP Exam Experience I was scheduled at the Lakeshore Parkway Prometric Center in SC, USA. Preparation Strategy Phase 1: Read PMBOK by processes followed by knowledge areas seconded with HeadFirst PMP (not as specific as I would have liked). My key takeaway is to understand concepts by relating them to real life situations to retain them. Phase 2: All Knowledge Hut online materials – they are surprisingly really good. Phase 3: Online and mobile app Q&A’s, free test, where I focused on gaps and tried to know why I got them wrong. Phase 4: Daily Brain Dump practice including 47 Process Chart and Key Formulae and Earned value Management inferences. Phase 5: Take a Break the entire day before. Exam Strategy Time flies when you are sitting in that chair and giving the tests. Where I usually completed tests within 2 hours at home, it took me about 3hrs 10 mins on the actual exam with no breaks. First 1 hour to 3 hours: I answered 50 Questions per hour on an average and marked the unsure ones. The first hour is the longest and then answering is much quicker as time progresses.  Final 1 hour: Review all the marked/doubtful questions of which I had around 20 and use balance time to review the first 30 to 40 questions. Conclusion The PMP certification may be beneficial in itself. However, the learning of the standard is the key, which I intend to apply in my personal life as well.  Brief Profile: Aditi Jain:  Certifications- PMP. Freelance Journalism. NSE. Fashion Design A creative with over 12 years of varied work experience in industries of Fashion, Retail and Online Media.  ********************************* Aditi’s online PMP profile is available at PMI’s Online Credential Registry. I am thankful to Aditi for volunteering to contribute and write her experience. Also she has her own family to look after, which has its own load.  Few people do that, though many get PMP certified. I believe it will enrich you and will help you to prepare for your PMP exam. This article was originally published on managementyogi.blogspot.in
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The Creative PMP in the Fast Lane

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Excerpt from the personal blog of KnowledgeHut Faculty – Satya Narayan Dash, PMP Aditi Jain committed to a final round of PMP study with 10 day deadline, triggered by a Chinese fortune c...
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How CSM Certification Can Impact your Career

Today Agile methodology is taking the world by storm, and Agile practitioners are a dime a dozen. What is it that can set you apart in the agile space, and make you more noticeable than your peers? The Certified ScrumMaster credential from Scrum Alliance may be the answer. As a CSM, you will be recognised as part of an elite group of Scrum specialists who are proven to guide their project teams to agile success. The CSM credential sets you apart as a leader who is able to provide knowledge and expertise far beyond what a typical project manager could contribute, using powerful agile practices. As an effective Scrum Master, you would have to adopt the Scrum ideology and think, live and breathe Scrum! Here’s how the CSM Certification would help you in your career: It would set you apart from the crowd— The CSM credential demonstrates to your employees that you have the experience and skills to lead an agile team to success. It serves as a differentiator showing potential employers that you have an edge over your non-certified counterparts. It shows that you know your goal—The ScrumMaster knows the goals to be achieved and has a clear vision of what it will take to succeed. You know the quality that is needed to be delivered, and ensure that the team works towards it, ensuring project success and client satisfaction. You will succeed as a servant leader—As a Certified ScrumMaster, you have the ability to motivate and lead your teammates. You will guide them and help the team work together smoothly. You will iron out any glitches — In case there are any impediments in the way of project progress, the CSM will negotiate, address any such challenges and and build a positive work culture. You will be able to judge risks— Scrum teams are known to release better products at lower risks, and as the CSM you can be the first to spot any red flags that could lead to potential disaster. You will be able to prioritize—Prioritizing is the first step towards Scrum success; a CSM will be able to prioritize tasks efficiently. You will be a team player—A CSM is, above all, a good team player. You will listen to your teammates, accept their suggestions and address any challenges they may be facing. You will shield the team from distractions — Any external entities that may have conflicting requirements would distract the team from its goals. The CSM will be able to redirect the team vision in line with the goal, avoiding all distractions. You will communicate well—By keeping channels of communication and collaboration open, you will share all relevant reports, calendars and deadlines with the team so that you can work together towards project success. You will be part of a worldwide community of Scrum experts and can engage with them for continuous improvement. You will also have your own profile page on the Scrum Alliance website with a specially designed logo, and can have your achievements ratified. Last but not least, CSM certified individuals earn more on the average than their non certified peers. All very compelling reasons to explore this certification further!  Advance your career with the ScrumMaster certification from Scrum Alliance, and sign up for a CSM Training workshop led by the best minds in the business.
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How CSM Certification Can Impact your Career

Today Agile methodology is taking the world by storm, and Agile practitioners are a dime a dozen. What is it that can set you apart in the agile space, and make you more noticeable than your peers? Th...
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5 Scrum Boards that perfectly depict project progress

Quite possibly, few tools are as simple – yet as powerful – as a Scrum task board. Teams that plan their work in sprints use these boards during each sprint to visually depict where they are at. Just by looking at the task board, it is possible to evaluate the progress and judge whether the sprint is on track or not. In its simplest form, a task board has a list of tasks that are categorized as yet-to-start, ongoing and completed. Over the years, Agile teams across the world have created their own adaptations of the traditional Scrum board….have a look, and decide which one will work for you! The Scrum wall                                    Photo credit: http://jalbum.net/blog/entry/getting-ready-to-launch-the-new-site Teams that use up the entire wall as a Scrum task board get extra space that can be put to good use. They can put down all their information in one place, with additional inputs like the overall calendar, backlog, decisions, comments and so on up there for everyone to see. Say it with Lego!                                                             Source: http://agilethings.nl/creative-planning/ We always knew Lego was versatile, but this gives the concept of versatility a whole new look! This team uses a Lego planning board, with rows depicting user stories and columns depicting weeks or sprints. Each team member is assigned one colour, and the numbers of bricks in that colour show the exact time availability of that member. A long 4 stud brick indicates a full day of work, while a two stud represents a half day. A fun and creative way to plan your sprints! Hourglass Scrum/Kanban board                                 Source: http://www.strongandagile.co.uk/index.php/the-hourglass-scrumban-board/ An hourglass is a fun way to depict the flow of tasks. Work in progress tasks are the ones at the neck of the hourglass; completed tasks are moved below and the pending ones are in the top half of the hourglass. Note that when the WIP tasks are limited to one in each story( as the space in the neck is narrow), they get more attention. Release Radar                                              Source: http://agileboardhacks.com/tag/portfolio-management/ By turning the traditional board into a circle, this team led by Daniel Aragao of Thoughtworks created a great way to deal with prioritising urgent tasks. Items in the outer rings of the circle are not urgently required, while those closer to the centre are needed asap. Each slice of the circle represents a project , which is identified by a sticky note on the outer edge. Scrum for Trello Teams that work in different locations and across various time zones need a virtual Scrum board to track work progress. Trello is often used to manage task boards and sprints, with a Firefox/Chrome extension called Scrum for Trello. Visit this link to learn more: http://scrumfortrello.com/   Innovation is the key to success. What works for another Scrum team may not work as well for you; try out your own tweaks and quirks, and customise your own Scrum task Board. You can learn more about Scrum tools and techniques by attending a CSM Training from a certified trainer. Happy Scrumming!
5 Scrum Boards that perfectly depict project progress
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5 Scrum Boards that perfectly depict project progress

5 Scrum Boards that perfectly depict project progress

Quite possibly, few tools are as simple – yet as powerful – as a Scrum task board. Teams that plan their work in sprints use these boards during each sprint to visually depict where they a...
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Agile Planning: What is your story, what is the point?

Agile environments are typically volatile and subject to constant change….so how is it possible to come up with estimates and numbers that are not too far off the mark? Any business needs detailed planning that can be trusted, and this seems impossible in a project where the requirements themselves are in a state of flux. It is rarely easy to determine the complications that may arise when implementing a particular feature. Addressing these challenges is a set of Agile planning processes, that help to create estimates that the management can count upon to make project decisions. There are many conceptual challenges that Agile teams face when estimating story points. Old habits can come in the way of the estimation process. Some teams may greatly overestimate the time required, and pad their time estimates so that they are erring on the safer side. Others may try to be superheroes and complete a task in very little time, reducing quality and creating errors. Quite often the user stories may not be defined well, and many stories may be clubbed together as one. Team velocities may not be in sync, leading to schedule discrepancies. Excuses and roadblocks are unfortunately all too common. And of course, fresh problems arise every time the requirements undergo a change! Such challenges can only be addressed through experience…and when you have experts with real-world experience guiding you in Agile Estimating and Planning , you cannot go far wrong!  Again, you can make use of widely used tools and features that are available in Atlassian JIRA Agile to manage your project with competence. JIRA helps you to prioritise tasks and create a ranking system for backlog issues, so that you can flag up issues that are more critical and ensure smooth flow of work at all times. This enables smooth management of backlogs- a very important component of the Agile process.
Agile Planning: What is your story, what is the point?
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Agile Planning: What is your story, what is the point?

Agile Planning: What is your story, what is the point?

Agile environments are typically volatile and subject to constant change….so how is it possible to come up with estimates and numbers that are not too far off the mark? Any business needs detai...
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