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How to get the PMP certification?
It's not an uncommon question, here are some guidelines.
To be eligible to obtain the PMP certification you need to meet three criterias:
- Educational background
- Project Management experience, and,
- Project Management education.
If you have a secondary degree (it can be a school diploma) then you need at least 60 months of experience managing projects.
If you have a bachelor's degree (or any degree 4+ years) then you need at least 36 months of experience managing projects.
In both cases, you need additional 35 hours of formal education, which are fulfilled with a PMP certification course.
As you can see, you need to have experience managing projects, it's not a "normal" certification, you really need to show you've been hands-on projects.
So, where to start?
This is a common roadmap:
- Once you determined that you're eligible, sign up for a PMP certification course in your area. I strongly recommend you do your course on-site, with real people next to you, you'll make contacts and possibly a study group.
- When you finish the course, open a PMI account, it has a annual membership cost of $129 USD, it will give you access to several learning resources, as well as, to the digital publications of all the PMI's books, yes, that includes the famous PMBok.
- Go to your dashboard and apply for the PMP certification. It will require several documents which you may not have at hand, no worries, you can always come back and complete the form. All the documents, recommendations, work certificates must be original and truthful, you're about to start a new chapter in your career, be honest and start with the truth. When you're done submit your application.
- The PMI will evaluate the documents, you might even get audited, that means, your references will be confirmed, as well as your work experience, your education, etc.
- Once you pass the review process, you'll be authorized to take the test. I strongly recommend you set a date at that moment! It can be in 3 or 6 months but set yourself a deadline. Remember you have only 12 months to pass the exam. You can take the exam up to 3 times within 12 months, with a wait period of 1 month between attempts.
- Study, study, study and study.
- Take the exam and pass it.
- Congratulations, you're now a PMP! you should be proud.
There are techniques for number 6. but that's a different conversation.
If you need more information, please post it here on the forum.
For reference here's the PMP Handbook, where the whole process is described in detail.
Hope this helps
Christian Mendieta, PMP
How to become a Certified Scrum Master?
The process of becoming a Certified Scrum Master is fairly straightforward.
Recommendation: Even though it's not required, it's strongly recommended to have experience as a Scrum master, remember, a certification is a milestone in your career, you must have working experience if you want your certification to have significance, think about it, does it makes sense to have a certification in an unknown area?
So, the process:
- You need to take a two-day course with a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), on-site, it means, you have to be there, not online, not remote, but be there, Let me tell you, it will be good for you, you'll learn or fill the gaps you might have by doing. These seminars are highly interactive and full of time-boxed activities, you'll quickly see the benefit of the scrum methodology and you'll see the results almost immediately.
- Take the test. The test is online, it consists of 35 questions, some can be tricky and that's good, you'll prove that you know about Scrum. You have to answer at least 24 questions correctly (68%) in order to pass the test.
- Take a day (or two) to enjoy this milestone, then continue growing.
If you want to know more, or have questions, post them here, we're here to help each other.
Check out the Scrum Alliance site.
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Changes coming to the CSP program by Jan-01 2018
If you plan to become CSP (Certified Scrum Profesional) by the end of 2017, please do so; Changes are coming in 2018.
Up to the end of the year, you must (from the communicate):
• Be a current holder of an active CSM, CSPO, or CSD certification.
• Have a minimum of 36 months of successful Agile/Scrum work experience
gained within the past five years implementing Scrum inside organizations as
team member, Product Owner, ScrumMaster, or "Other."
• Gather and submit 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) from the past three years.
Note that SEUs earned from your CSM (up to 16 SEUs), CSPO (up to 16 SEUs)
and/or CSD (up to 24 SEUs) certifications can put you well on your way. Pro
tip: Attend the upcoming Global Scrum Gathering® Dublin 2017 and get up to 24
SEUs. You can also earn SEUs at remaining 2017 Regional Gatherings. Your
CSM, CSPO, or CSD training can be more than three years old. See the CSP
page on our website for more details about earning SEUs.
Hope it helps
Project Management Software
This is a long conversation, which project management tools are you using on your workplace? or for tracking your personal projects?
Now, not all tools are created equal, nor follow the same purpose, some are really advanced vs others really simple yet useful.
Here's a list of some popular project management tools (no particular order):
- Microsoft Project
- Zeitgeber -- Thanks @Max for the suggestion!
I'm sure there are dozens more out there... which one would be a good fit?
Thanks for your comments