27 Sixth Edition PMBOK Processes Posted; 22 More to Go!

There are 49 processes in the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK (TM). My goal is to sketch out on a whiteboard and explain all of them.

When I was preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam over 14 years, I drew pictures to help me comprehend and remember the project management concepts and the official processes. That was way back when the PMBOK was in its 3rd edition.

When I instructed PMP Exam prep classes, I used and refined my process drawings to explain the concepts and processes to the class participants. It was an excellent way to help me explain to them the big picture and comprehensiveness of the process. The whiteboard drawings explained the purpose and objectives of the process, as well as visualized the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs defined by the PMBOK for that process. It also helped that a whiteboard was the only multi-media tool I had to help me instruct.

For four to five days straight, for eight to ten hours every day, I had to prep these PMP candidates for a difficult, wide ranging exam. An exam that had a relatively high failure rate. I was essentially tasked with dumping huge loads of knowledge and information on them in a short period of time… for days. I made it as interesting as I could. Shockingly, I actually had a decent student sucess rate in passing the PMP exam. But without PowerPoints, computers, posters, games, or any other visuals of any kind, I had to make the most of my whiteboards or flipcharts. That’s where the power of my drawings shined.

Years later, past participants would come up to me and say that they still remember many of my drawings. A majority of them would recreate my drawings over and over again as they studied the material. Some even could recreate a process drawing on the spot years after they passed their PMP exam. Because of that, I realized that even though I do not get the opportunity as often to instruct project management exam prep classes in person I can still share the process drawings that helped a lot of people pass the exam.

Now that we are in the 6th edition of the PMBOK, I am making my way thru the processes and posting them all for free on YouTube. I am also including them in my much larger learning production called PM City. PM City is a full 35 hour interactive PMP preparation experience with the aim of getting people ready to pass the PMP exam. [You can learn more about The Crowd Training’s PM City online PMP course and use the discount code thisistheyear to get a year access for only $201.80 at http://www.thecrowdtraining.com ]

The drawn out whiteboard drawings alone will not prepare you fully to sit for the exam, but certainly help comprehend the process, review the process, and assist in your memorization and compartmentalizing of the content. I hope the videos help you on your path to becoming a Project Management Professional.

The current playlist has 27 videos. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeYSGv4FkK21_919uCpAsfaWYAupNqzLE

The goal is add another project management 6th edition process every week. Keep checking back. Only 20 more to go!

PMBOK 6 PMP Exam Starts Today

Today, March 26, 2018, the Project Management Professional – PMP – certification exam is officially based on the 6th edition of the PMBOK and related content. Any PMP exam prep material based on the 5th edition you are using to study for the PMP exam is technically obsolete. Nevertheless, I would argue that there are a lot of concepts and practices that are still valid. I have been thru PMBOK changes and their corresponding changes from 3rd to 4th to 5th  and now to 6th. Yes, there are considerable changes, but not enough to throw out everything you have been studying and learning from up to this point.

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Nonetheless, to stay aligned to the latest organization and lexicon it is recommended that you primarily use content exclusively made for 6th edition. You will have more confidence with the content you are learning is what you can expect to see on the exam.

To help update your materials to the 6th edition, The Crowd Training is giving away its 6th edition online interactive PMP Exam prep course for only $66! The list price is $720. That’s over 90% off. And it is for lifetime access. But better act quick, only the first lucky 6 people to use the promo code 6for66 get the extra special price. Head to http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 now before it is too late!

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Don’t forget the promo code 6for66!

More about the PMBOK and the new exam can also be found at the official Project Management Institute site http://www.pmi.org  The PMBOK and PMI are trademarks of the Project Management Institute.

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]

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!

PMP City with process groups

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.

Dev PMP Process Screen Example

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.

Comm Game Example

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!

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.

public dashboard of crowd absorb

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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