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.

PMBOK 6th

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.

LavaCon Presentation – There Has Got to Be a Better Way for Project Management Training

Earlier this week I was asked to quickly put together a presentation at the LavaCon conference in Portland, Oregon.

I decided to speak about the need to view things from different perspectives and angles. I provided the examples of experiences with project management training and being a student in a very dry, boring PMP exam prep course about 13 years ago and how I set out to change it. There is no reason that more people out there should have to relive the mundane project management training I endured simply because that is the way it has always been done. So many people I have talked to said that they too sat through PMP prep classes that were boring, mind-numbing experiences. In many cases the instructor simply lectured or read the slides to the participants.

Sadly, the trend in online project management training is to take that same, ineffective method and transfer it to the online delivery.

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I argue that video in this approach only makes things worse. If things were meh before, they are even worse now. Without any way to interactive with the content and the instructor and fellow students, all the onus of the learning and retention is placed solely on the student. Too often I hear and read stories of others who were forced to take on numerous modalities of learning – such as in person classes, audiobooks, books, flashcards, and many others – simply to get the PMP content to stick. Since so many had to rely on so many different methods tells me that their first plan of just watching videos in an elearning course to prepare for the PMP exam was insufficient.

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My goal is to disrupt the current PMP training options. I have a Kickstarter project launch in effort to create and offer something new. The Kickstarter project page is Http://kck.st/2hubLhS

At Http://kck.st/2hubLhS you can pre-order the PMP online interactive training course for only $99. Once the PMP exam prep course is fully launched, the course will retail for $720. Offering is so low at $99 is to thank the early supporters and to help the infrastructure costs that must be taken to make it possible.

Thanks in advance! You can find out more about The Crowd Training and the project management courses and learning opportunities offered at www.thecrowdtraining.com

In this video, I also reference the new book by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman called “Runaway Species”. More about their book is at their book’s website https://runawayspecies.com/

The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mkzlfFkabY&feature=youtu.be