Opening Day!

PM City is now open! After more than 8 months of designing and constructing the best project management online learning experience from the ground up, PM City is now open for business!

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PM City is the amazing new interactive online course development exclusively for the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the Project Management Professional PMP certification exam. PM City is a production of The Crowd Training http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 and is available at crowd.myabsorb.com for only $720 for a lifetime subscription. [Or use the coupon code thisistheyear to get the entire course for $201.80 USD]

PM City is fully online and self paced. The e-learning course fulfills the 35 hour project management requirement for the PMP application from PMI. The Project Management Institute accepts the certificate of completion from The Crowd Training’s PM City course.

PM City can be used as your complete course or as a supplement to your other in person training or self study.

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Everyone learns differently. As such, not all project management courses should be presented and delivered in all the same ways. This course was envisioned to purposely shake up the project management training industry. The tired method of having PM instructors read over their dull and plain PowerPoint slides is ineffective. Recording someone stand there or sit in front of their webcam talking at you for hours is not much better. Sitting there passively while someone lectures to you for hours is not a pedagogically sound approach to teaching. And in our modern society with the advancements of technology there is no reason to force an approach that is only meaningful to a few onto the masses. That is why The Crowd Training wanted to create something effective for the masses.

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As you become more engaged and active in your learning, the more it sticks. That stickiness is extremely important as you are taking a high stakes, high cost exam. There is too much on the line to spend time on training that does not match your learning style. No one wants to retake the exam at any cost. You want to pass the first time and obtain that highly valued Project Management Professional distinction. That is what I set out to make for you.

Beginning with my own study and preparation for the PMP Exam over 13 years ago, I observed how almost every training course or book out there was boring and fairly dry. It consisted primarily of someone lecturing to you for hours. In my case in particular, there were no PowerPoints or whiteboards or flipcharts of any kind. It was hours, upon hours, of someone dumping all that he knew about the PMP exam at us. After 9 – 10 hours a day of dumping information on us, there was not much sticking. Actually, I don’t think much was sticking post-lunch.

To overcome the assaulting barrage of project management talk I drew pictures, made sketches, created mind maps, took notes, and otherwise made sense of the drone of words. As a visual learner, I need to see it. A picture is worth a thousand words. And I had to make a few hundred pictures a day to keep up. Those pictures became the cornerstone of my project management training delivery for years. I still have past students to this day saying how my graphics and drawings have stuck with them years after they passed the PMP exam.

Risk with sharks When it came time to finally have the technology to not only present my drawings to PMP learners, but to provide an online manner for learners to engage and control their learning, I was so excited to be able to offer such a product. I dedicated hours and sleep to sketch out my vision of how project management training could be. I wanted it to be accessible and on demand. I wanted online learning not to be a chore or something “they have to get through”. I wanted it to be meaningful and sticky.

After months of laying out all the neighborhoods [a.k.a. knowledge areas and concept blocks of project management] and constructing all their elements, I am proud to announce that PM City is open! It took so much effort to envision new ways of presenting the content, illustrating material, recording audio that was conversational and approachable, animating my drawings and my voice, and bringing the project management content to life. But even more than that, it required the technical capabilities to make the true control and interactivity possible. Every box clicked had to trigger some action or reaction. Voiceovers had to play only when the user wished them to play. Navigation was not to be linear, which requires more code to connect the dots and allow the learner to return to content they wish to repeat as often as they wished without needing to hunt and peek through hours of video footage.

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PM City is truly an awesome new way to study and prepare for the Project Management Professional certification exam. And the best practices of learning does not stop there! To meld the best online PMP training with the tried and true success of the in person instructor led classroom, The Crowd Training is offering a series of “Power Prep PMP Weekend” classes. These weekend PMP training sessions augment the online learning content. By combining the advantages of both the online training and the off line face-to-face training, you get the best of both worlds. Best of all, you don’t have to take away any time from work. The online learning is done on demand and on your time and choosing. The in person classroom is only one weekend! A condensed, powerful weekend to meet with instructors and fellow PMP candidates to ask questions, take practice mock exams, and extend your learning.

These Power Prep courses are scheduled in select cities throughout the United States in 2018 starting with San Diego the weekend of March 17 – 18, 2018. Here the link to hold your spot AND get full access to the awesome online PMP prep content: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-edition-pmbok-pmp-exam-power-prep-weekend-course-san-diego-tickets-38457688983

It is a winning combination! What are you waiting for? Don’t live in the Southern California area? There are other options in 2018, as well as getting your key to PM City. Become a PMP Citizen and get learning!

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LMS Selected. All Systems Go!

As I getting closer to launching my interactive online project management course called PMP City – www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 – I have to prepare for users to access the content, track their learning progress, and authorize their certificate of completion for their PMI Application. To do that and a great deal more, I had to select a Learning Management System (LMS). Then I had to modify and prepare it for my learners. This is what I choose and what I am doing to set it up.

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After searching and exploring the literally hundreds of learning management system providers out there, I selected Absorb by Blatant Media out of Canada. I worked with them over 12 years ago and their product has only gotten better.

This system will enable those enrolled in my interactive online PMP certification exam prep course to access the content 24×7. More importantly, it enables my unique interactive presentation of the PMP content to be, well… interactive. There are also randomize quizzes per knowledge area, comment/discussion boards, and resources learners can access.

Beyond enabling users to navigate the project management content at their own pace, they can see their certificate of completion that is valid in case they are audited during the PMI application process to sit for the PMP exam. The PMP City online course fulfills the 35 hours of project management training requirement.

The PMP City online interactive course is only $720 for lifetime access when it launches on February 1, 2018. For those who visit http://www.thecrowdtraining.com prior to that date, you should discover a pre-order discount price.

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http://www.crowd.myabsorb.com is the site to access your online PMP course when it launches in February, as well as access to all the project management games and PMP mock exams.

Interactive Course for PMP Exam Prep Almost Ready for Launch!

The interactive project management online course for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam is nearing completion. This course is designed for the 6th edition for the PMBOK, but is suitable for those sitting for the 5th edition of the exam before the changeover in March. You can learn more about the course and enroll here: https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/product-page/pmp-interactive-course-pre-order

This interactive course will satisfy the 35 hour PMI requirement in the PMP application.

There are a few new videos of the whiteboard reviews now posted on YouTube. You can find them and the other videos from The Crowd Training at The Crowd Training’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZN9Mkok_wI  The latest is on the Manage Communications process.

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$99 Pre-Order Until End Of Year

The Crowd Training Project Management PM City 6 is ready for pre-order until the end of 2017. The full course is scheduled to launch at the end of January 2018. The PMP exam switches over to the 6th edition of the PMBOK in March. So the PM City 6 interactive PMP exam prep course arrives in perfect time for anyone preparing to sit for either the 5th edition of the PMP exam or the 6th edition.

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When the course launches, the MSRP will be $720. The $99 pre-order offer is as a thank you to all those who have supported this project and are anxious to see it launched. The pre-order gets you earlier access, as well as a lifetime subscription with all the updates. More information at http://www.thecrowdtraining.com and https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/product-page/pmp-interactive-course-pre-order

The PM 6 City interactive online PMP prep course includes the following modules:
Each of the following modules include interactive lessons, video, animations, assessments and review games.

Project Integration Management
Develop Project Charter
Develop Project Management Plan (PMP)
Direct and Manage Project Work
Manage Project Knowledge
Monitor Project Work
Perform Integrated Change Control
Close Project or Project Phase
Project Scope Management
Plan Scope Management
Collect Requirements
Define Scope
Create Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Validate Scope
Control Scope
Project Schedule Management
Plan Schedule Management
Define Activities
Estimate Activity Durations
Three point estimation for durations extended explanation
Sequence Activities
Relationship types extended explanation
Develop Schedule
Critical path extended explanation
Control Schedule
Project Cost Management
Plan Cost Management
Three point estimation for costs extended explanation
Estimate Costs
Determine Budget
Earned Value Analysis extended explanation (EVA)
Control Costs
Project Quality Management
Plan Quality Management
Manage Quality
Control Quality
Project Risk Management
Identify Risks
Plan Risk Management
Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
Plan Risk Responses
Risk response strategies extended explanation
Implement Risk Responses
Monitor Risks
Project Resource Management
Plan Resources Management
Estimate Activity Resources
Acquire Resources
Develop Team
Manage Team
Control Resources
Project Communications Management
Plan Communications Management
Manage Communications
Monitor Communications
Project Procurement Management
Contract types extended explanation
Plan Procurement Management
Conduct Procurements
Control Procurements
Project Stakeholder Management
Who are stakeholders extended explanation
Identify Stakeholders
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Manage Stakeholder Engagement
Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
Navigating PM 6 City (Course Introduction)
Purpose and design of this course
Working with The Crowd Training
Obtaining Your PMP
Preparing and studying for the exam
PMI application and guidance
Projects, Programs, Projects, and the PMBOK
Traditional project management v agile project management
Knowledge areas and process groups
Project Environments
Project selection
Project documents and project plans
Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)
Organizational Process Assets (OPA)
Project organizational structures
Role and skills of a Project Manager
Professional Responsibility
Course Wrap up, Next Steps
Review what was covered
Additional The Crowd Training opportunities
Printing certificate of completion and using the learning management system
Encouragement and Final Words of Advice

 

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Take the 5th Edition Exam or Wait for the 6th?

I get the question regularly, “Should I rush and sit for the 5th edition of the PMP exam or should I wait for the 6th edition? Everyone is telling me to take the PMP exam now because it is changing.”

As this is a common inquiry, I decided to type up one of my responses here in this blog to hopefully help others with the same question.

In short, whether you obtain your PMP via the 5th edition or 6th you should be ok. The reason that a changeover gathers so much attention is that when the PMBOK changed from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th they were relatively drastic. The exams also got more difficult – more situational, less memorization. And in terms of the 4th edition, the structure of the naming conventions got more logical and consistent, but drastically different for those who learned it in previous editions. Now the exam changes are more subtle. I would even argue that the changes are for the betterment of everyone and not overbearing. So now the rush to take an exam is more for those people who have been studying and want to test on the edition they have been working off of, as well as training companies wanting to capitalize on reason to push classes.

I have been thru many changeovers. I got my PMP on the 3rd edition. I started instructing with the 3rd edition. Was a contributor to the 4th and 5th editions of the PMBOK [so if you get a 5th edition, you will see my name on p501, but if you get a 6th you will not].  Have created courses for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th editions. Now I am building a 6th edition online course in the way that I would have liked – interactive, visual, and engaging. Point being, whether you cram and take a weekday or weekend in person class (which is the way I got my PMP 13 years ago) or online or a combination of them in either 5th or 6th, you will be fine. My recommendation to people is to choose study options that fit your learning style and your timing. Are you better at reading… sitting in a class with an instructor… talking with others… going at your own pace or the pace of others… visual learner or prefer lectures… like to do a little each day or fully immersed days…etc.

Do you have a time crunch or just want to get it out of the way? The quickest way is to buckle down and do nothing but prepare and sit for the exam. If not able to afford the high costs, the time off work, and the hours of dedication in short order, then get online courses like mine and other resources and carve out a plan that is realistic AND hold yourself to it! Schedule your exam early and hold yourself to it. Having a deadline set and telling yourself you cannot move it makes you more focused and motivated. It is too easy to pushback something that is not rooted or set. Much harder to deprioritize the exam when you are committed to a date and time.

There are a lot of options out there. Many people use many options. Really it comes down to you. Are you disciplined to study on your own? Are you disciplined to focus for 2-5 days in a class and sit for exam soon after while everything is still jiggling around in your brain?

Let me know what you decide. I am curious about your story. You can enter your stories and thoughts in the comment section.

If you would like to take advantage of my training offering, snagging it now is definitely financially advantageous [only $99 if pre-order; $720 if post-launch in January]. If your plan is to time it for the 6th edition, then using The Crowd Training course on its own or in combination with any other type of course puts you in good hands. If you plan to go for the 5th edition, I do have some games that you could play to help you prepare!

Best of luck!

Kickstarter Fell Short But Project Continues

The Kickstarter campaign to help fund the PM City project fell short of its funding target. PM City is my interactive PMP certification course that incorporates animations, interactive lessons, videos, user controls, quizzes, discussion boards, games, and more. Gaining the funding would have made getting the course out to market easier. Nevertheless, the project is going forward!

The full release is slated for the end of January. One of the options I presented in the Kickstarter campaign was a beta version of the course for only $99. The full release of the course will have a list price of $720 USD. Even though the Kickstarter did not succeed, I did want to honor those who supported me by selecting the beta course pledge. As such, I am extending this offer to anyone that would like to get in early. To take advantage of this offer, go to The Crowd Training’s store and grab one of the limited beta spots here: https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/product-page/pmp-interactive-course-pre-order

Those able to grab the $99 beta offer get early access to the course. As additional thank you for supporting the PM City project, those beta users also receive a full 3 month subscription to PM City based on the 6th edition of the PMBOK post release.

Thanks again to everyone’s kind words and support. I have spent months on this project and there are only a couple more until release. I really think you will be impressed with PM City when it is finished. I am quite excited! I shall post some highlights of the final product in future blogs and on my YouTube page.

10 More Days To Go

Some of you know of my creative work, but may not realize my project management work. As a contributor to the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) – which is recognized as the pinnacle book in all of project management – and author of numerous courses and books on project management, I have established myself over the last 12 years as a leader in project management training. Recently, I have decided to merge those two strengths even more than I have done in the past.

I am building an incredible interactive project management course. It is now live on Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thecrowdtraining/interactive-project-management-course

The project incorporates instructional design, graphic design, and of course extensive project management knowledge. I decided to spend almost every Saturday since July working on this because come Q1 of 2018, the PMBOK and the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam based on it is being updated to the 6th edition. Essentially, at the point, all previous material written or produced on the previous edition becomes obsolete. I felt this was my opening to make something great and unlike anything out there to help people study for and pass the grueling PMP exam.

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Trying to gain support via Kickstarter has been difficult. Nonetheless, worthwhile experience. I have improved my skills as a designer. It has taught me how to tweak my message and my value proposition. Even if people don’t take advantage of my Kickstarter offerings, I still plan on reaching my goal. This side project is something I am proud of. In all my research, I was unable to find anything like it. Crossing my fingers that all my hard work and sacrificed weekends work out in the end.