Project Management

Project Manager I-III definitions

While updating my PMI profile, I stumbled upon the field “What is your title/position?”. Browsing through the available options, I got confronted with the titles “PM I”, “PM II”, and “PM III”, which I couldn’t really align at the first time. Then when I browse through the PMI portal I found out that they are connected to the maturity level of a PM. These are career framework job descriptions by PMI’s Career Development Framework. PMI has a career development framework branded as PathPro. Nevertheless, I thought it would be great to share the definitions of the three titles. Here is the list of the pm career ladder:

Project Manager I: 0-3 years of experience / works under supervision of Sr.PM
Project Manager II: 3-5 years of experience / multiple projects or one large project
Project Manager III: 6-10 years of experience / leads high priority projects

In my personal view the classification have some value in enabling senior managers to save time by judging their juniors by label rather than by character, talent, aptitude and merit. Also, some of the staffers in Human Resources may have an artifact in the classification scheme which they can use to justify their own raise or promotion.

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Practical Project Management – Tip Number #1 (NAAA)

Okay, after quite some time I want to share some of my experience in project management. I have seen many sites and books which talk about project management and how to become a successful project manager, etc. But what I want to do here is to more focus on practical project management.

So, going forward,  I will be writing short blog posts with my day to day experiences. Hope it will help for all fresh PMs out there.

NAAA

So what is this rule number 1 (NAAA)?

Never Assume Always Ask

It is common mistakes to ‘assume’ you know what the other party thinks. You don’t! Stop looking for evidence you were right from the beginning. Listen to their story and hear what they are really saying. Repeat what you have understood to make sure you got the message.

VERY Important: Ask each stakeholder which other persons or parties they think should be contacted. This way, you will minimize the possibility of forgetting a target group.

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How I became a PMP® and way to get through the exam

I am happy to announce that on last June 2011 I obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials which I was waited most and valued most. So here I am as PMP. :D

So I thought of write something after quite some time (better late than never) on Why I chose to become a PMP What I did to prepare for the exam and how long it took me What sections of the exam I felt were especially difficult What I would do differently if I were to take the exam over again And finally, how I believe being a PMP will help me at my current job.

So, why I chose to become a PMP? Honestly, the very first insight towards the PMP has given by one of my good friend. After that I found it quite interesting and becoming a PMP is enabling us to advance our career.

Well I approached my PMP test from a bizarre angle, but it worked as I passed it in a Proficient level. I took my 40 hours of professional learning from “PMS – Kirulapona, Sri Lanka”. Well it was a great help as I’m not a person who is good at remembering books (Trust me remembering book will not help you to get the exam questions right). I only studied PMBOK (skimmed through the book) and PMP Exam Prep (Rita Mulcahy) in detail level. I specifically never looked at any other books. After finish studying the books I did 4 mock exams (where exam questions were offered online were extremely helpful as well) in PMstudy. So I can tell you that you have to do following three steps as must dos before the exam.

1. Read the PMBOK at least once (Skim through the book if you participated to the classes actively)

2. Read PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy

3. 4 mock exams (time it, don’t look at the answers or refer books while doing it, juts note down questions that you think difficult or cannot attend)

Hope this helps to all the people out there who is willing to become PMP certified. Good Luck

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