Passed PgMP Exam Today - 13 June
WOW! Now I know why the failure rate for this exam is so high. It was definitely a challenging exam!
Firstly, I would like to thank Anup Kumar for his guidance and support in this process. He suggested that I share my lessons learned with this group so here it goes:
1. Do NOT memorize! It wont work! Mind Maps is the way to go.
2. Read SPM V3 at least 5 times. ECO's did nothing for me. Make sure you go through PBBOK at least once.
3. For EVERY concept, tool, technique, metric, artifact, etc mentioned in SPM, you need to take a deep dive to intimately understand the subject in auxiliary materials. Don't get fooled by the fact that SPM is only 150 pages.
4. Definitely get all the PgMP books sold on the PMI website+ (ie. Dr. Levin). My favorite and the most relevant is the study guide by Jean Gouix and Martial Bellac. EXCELLENT!
5. I did the self learning module with Simplilearn and found very little value. Anup Kumar's one stop shop is much better. Did not take part in any boot camp.
6. If you have little experience in Program Management, you will absolutely struggle with this exam. Real life experience helps.
7. Finally, when you write the exam, you really need to pace yourself. I had no opportunity to go back and review any of my "marked" answers. Prepare for a 4 hour marathon!
8. A good night sleep the day before the exam is a must. You need to be mentally sharp!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, and good luck to those that are aspiring to get their PGMP!
For those that have gone on to complete their PpMP after their PgMP, please connect with me as that is what I am exploring next,