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!
Created a windows phone app from the whiteboard animation drawings I have been producing and posting on YouTube. You can download the app from your Windows Phone (sorry that is the only OS I know how to work with at the moment) in the Windows store or via this link:
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.
The ITIL Crowd unveiled its new logo this weekend. Drawing from the 50’s lounge style, the ITIL Crowd was tapping into a more relaxed, fun approach to IT and Project Management training.
Seeking to breakaway from the dull, mundane technical training that encompasses much of the training options out there, the ITIL Crowd is a training company with a better approach.
Why do some trainers simply slap their black text on a white background powerpoint and call it a training? Seriously. Too many call this ‘training’. Remember ‘Telling ain’t Training”. And “Death by Powerpoint” is a well known cliché for a reason.
What is most sad: many trainer take their powerpoint slides, put them on handouts, and call this a “Study guide”. How original. And drawing lines under your powerpoint does not make it “interactive”. This is no way to force million of people to learn – and often with this technique forget. The ITIL Crowd has better solutions.
The ITIL Crowd has decided it is about time to get the IT, project management, and other technical and management learning endeavors up to the 21st century. Participants should be demanding this. Training should ingrain the leading cognitive and pedagogical research. Most technical trainers don’t care knowing the multitude of learning best practices. They are more concentrated on knowing their subject area and spitting it back to you. The ITIL Crowd loves wading thru the piles of educational and scientific research to bring the subject matter expertise to life. After all, it is no good if you can’t remember it. You can’t remember it if you are bored, or worse, asleep! The ITIL Crowd training courses are more dynamic; and consequently more effective.
The ITIL Crowd does not didactically give you the information you seek to learn. Why waste your time? No reason for us to just talk “at” you for hours on end. It may fill your brain like a cup. But much will spill. Less will be absorb. And the whole wasteful cycle would need to begin again. Whereas, The ITIL Crowd training classes incorporate true learning research and best practice. The classes are truly “instructionally designed”. The audience is considered. Lessons built around you. Multiple learning styles infused. Most importantly, the end goals are layout and targeted – but equal attention and care is spent on the means.
In learning, your path to success is as important as hitting the goal. Learning is about the long term goals as much as the short term goals. You can only achieve that with good, strong instructionally designed curricula. The ITIL Crowd is forming classes now. See what we mean. You will not be disappointed.
The full ITIL Crowd website is currently under development. In the meantime, you can visit our temporary site at http://www.theITILcrowd.com
If you would like to see the ITIL Crowd in action, bring us to you. Onsite courses available at extremely reasonable and economic pricing.