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I am presenting my session about the importance of understanding and internalizing the needs and perspectives of your product’s end users and customers at the upcoming Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland Annual Conference next month. Recognizing that not everyone can attend my presentation at the PMI Portland conference, I created an exciting, interactive version of the presentation! And I am giving it away for free on my website: http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/free-content

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For those in the Pacific Northwest area and interested in attending the PMI Portland conference, you can find more information about the conference and my session You Did What In My Shoes? at their website: https://pmi-portland.org/2018-ac-meet-the-speakers/speakers-agile-track

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The “You Did What in My Shoes?” lesson is an interactive, engaging session on the best practices of project management in regards to considering and developing projects based on the needs, expectations, and perspectives of the user and customer.

This lesson is ideal for anyone working on or aspiring to work on projects. Often we lose sight of who were are building, designing, and developing project for and how they will be using our work. Even if we are good at keeping those end users in mind, putting ourselves in the shoes of others is an excellent reminder and results in better outcomes.

Exploring this fun, simple course you learn about the various techniques used by project managers, project teams, agile managers, designers, and others to get into the shoes of others. The You Did What In My Shoes? interactive lesson is a recreation of the breakout session presentation facilitated by The Crowd Training at Project Management Institute (PMI) conferences and Learning & Development conferences across the United States. The objective is to introduce or remind you of these concepts, techniques, and best practices in hopes you incorporate them in your daily professional life and/or explore them further. The lesson is not a complete, comprehensive deep dive into the practices. Only enough to whet your appetite, get in the mindset, and to motivate your interests.

The lesson has interactive content where you can be active in the lesson. Instead of sitting back and passively absorbing the information, you are prompted to enter responses, make decisions, and even help create your own stories, personas, and user experiences. There is even a Mad-Lib styled activity.

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You Did What In My Shoes? lesson is a free offering of The Crowd Training. Feel free to share this link with your friends, colleagues, and others. It is a good lesson for all of us.

If you know of others that can benefit from this material, please feel free to share!

Thank you.

New Promotional Video Posted

I finished producing a quick 5 minute explanation and highlight reel of my interactive Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep online course. I had a lot of fun creating the video. I hope you have as much fun watching it!

For those who are ready to join PM City – http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 – and want keys to the city on the cheap, use the promo code thisistheyear and get a lifetime subscription to the entire 35 hour project management course for only $201.80! [Regular price is only $720]

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.

My Kickstarter Project for the Interactive Online Course is Live!

 

It is alive!

I launched my side project of building a 6th edition Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep course. This course is to be different because I am making it interactive, creative, and engaging!

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Learn more on the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thecrowdtraining/interactive-project-management-course?ref=1xc8jj

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Thanks for the support! Really appreciate it. Even a $1 goes a looooooooooong way!!

Another Project Management Game Added to The Crowd Training Game Pack

Designed, developed, and published another project management learning game on my The Crowd Training Games pack. This game is based on travelling to different locations and answering questions at each stop. The questions for the first set are all based on the Project Quality Management knowledge area of the 5th edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Now that I have the base structure and all the gameplay figured out, I can create multiple versions of the game for the other nine knowledge areas, as well as create updated versions of the game for the 6th edition of the PMBOK once that is formally released.

Currently, the 30 day access to The Crowd Training Games pack for $30.  This newest game release brings the number of games in the pack to 17 games. Since I am working on a full 6th edition project management professional PMP certification exam prep course in addition to more games to include in The Crowd Training Game pack, I am offering a 90 day access and a lifetime access for less than the 30 day access so you may get more games over time. The 90 day access is offered for a limited time for $23 and the lifetime is $25. Obviously, these won’t remain at that price for too long. But since I am just rolling out the new website and the new games, I thought I would extent generous pricing to my early adopters. Thanks and enjoy! Visit: https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/games to start playing!

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Discounted 5th Edition PMP Exam Questions Course to $10

For those needing to get a few more Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam questions before sitting for the real PMP exam, I created a course featuring some of best PMP exam questions along with my advice.

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Instead of just having a learner take a 100 questions, I also:
– introduce each knowledge area and provide some pointers
– draw out with my hand drawings and explain each of the process in the knowledge area
– give you an knowledge area concentrated exam
– debrief and provide tips on each and every question

Since this was made with 5th edition questions, I decided to cut the price from $75 to $10.  PMI is changing the PMP exam to reflect the update to the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to a 6th edition in Q1 of 2018, this 5th edition focused practice exam course may be obsolete by the end of 2017. Figured it better to reduce the cost so more people can take advantage of its contents.

So if you are in need of some more exam question practice before you sit for the PMP exam, use coupon code ‘success10′ at https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/product-page/success-pmp-exam-questions-and-answers-5th-ed

Published a Quick Course About the PMP Exam Questions

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Over the 10+ years I have been instructing Project Management Professional PMP certification training courses, the majority of the attendees are there for one primary reason – get certified.  No matter how much experience or reading one does, there is one major hurdle all candidates must overcome – the exam.  I built an inexpensive course on Udemy.com that helps.

As a side project to test out the Udemy platform, I decided to take my collection of difficult, more thought provoking PMP questions across all the knowledge areas and offer them as part of the course.  But the questions are only a piece of the value creation.  The more valuable part, I believe, is the debriefing of the questions.  Not just those sparse one liners I often see in other training materials, but a real in depth, comprehensive debrief of the questions and their answers.  And not just the correct answer, but why the incorrect answers are in fact incorrect.  The PMP exam is a very difficult test.  I wanted to help those attempting to sit for this exam get in the PMP testing mindset and build confidence.

I only had space to submit and debrief ten questions for each knowledge area.  I choose or wrote new questions that went beyond the memorization or simple response type questions.  These questions should force you to think about them a little more and give me much to talk about in the debrief.

I look forward to hearing your feedback and results on the real PMP exam.  The course is called Success! Answers for the Project Management Professional Exam  https://www.udemy.com/pmpanswers/?couponCode=answers  It is priced at only $30.  The link gives you the course for only $21.  Pretty good value for what you get.

Best of luck on your exam and in your preparation!

 

New Posts Coming Soon

Apologies for not posting on the ITIL Crowd blog for some time. Promise to update more. Been crazy busy, primarily as a Service Knowledge Manager for a large client, in their Change and Release Management (Service Transition) program.
Have been conducting more ITIL training and workshops and often comments for more information or resources arise. Would like to assist more than those in my sessions by sharing and collecting information via this blog.
I am conducting an ITIL Foundation class the weekend of July 23 and 24 in Orange County south of Los Angeles [ http://laITIL.eventbrite.com to join us]. Shall post more prior to that class, as well as some after.
See you around soon!