When I have instructed project management professional (PMP) certification exam prep courses over the last 10 years, an aspect all my students really appreciated were my illustrations of the concepts as I discussed them. I would at a minimum draw out the processes included in a knowledge area prior to my lesson on the topic.
The illustrations would be drawn on the whiteboard for every class. Some students would take pictures of the board or attempt to sketch their own versions in their notepads. I must have had drawn them hundreds of times over the 10+ years instructing the classes. Starting with my own studying for the PMP exam. As a visual learner, I prefer to ‘think in pictures’. It helped me prepare and pass the exam, as well as helping many others in my training sessions, I thought they may be beneficial to more people. And with YouTube, it is possible!
The videos of my whiteboard animations are only of my drawings at this point. I did not care my voice as I was drawing. Plus I would like to record my voiceover with a better quality microphone and get rid of any ums and ahs 🙂 Once I have the audio explaining the processes, inputs, outputs, and tool and techniques as I draw them, they will be uploaded to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZdjZVoQFYUOOFnLr2R3E4A
Currently there are only project management topics of knowledge areas, processes, ITTOs, and process groups according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK (r) 5th edition. As I complete the PMBOK concepts, I may recreate my illustrations for ITIL/ITSM and Agile project management and the PMI-ACP exam.
For Windows 8 computers, laptops, and tablets, I created – with the help of my C# programmer friend – an app with questions I have written. These questions have been used in my PMP Exam Prep courses over the years. They have been tweaked and updated per the feedback from my students and others. Beyond trying to provide prospective PMP exam takers with good, relevant questions, I also wanted to provide them with the experience of taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam as it is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
So those using my app will experience the PMP test taking experience as much as I could emulate. The exam questions have the 4 answer choices. There is ability to go back or forward; and even the option to jump to any question you like. You can ‘Mark’ or ‘Skip’ questions. There is a grid displaying which questions have been answered or marked (from there you can go directly to any question you feel). Like the real PMP exam, you can change your answer as many times as you like until you submit. Once you submit, your score is provided. Then, unlike the real exam, I have written some rationale for every single question so that you can get some feedback and reason for why the answers are considered correct or incorrect. The app displays the answer you selected, as well as the correct answer, if different.
Thank you for checking out my app. I have an Agile Project Management Exam prep app (PMI-ACP) in the Windows Store as well. I am working on an ITIL Foundation version. If you have questions for other certification exams, we can plug those in as well.