My PgMP experience to help PgMP aspirants
Cline Durnez, March 2015, update 21/04/15
You will do it !
I hope this document will help you to save your precious time, Personally, I did not find the PgMP exam itself very different from the PMP exam.
However I found the exam preparation more complex because resources and experiences are still limited and/or not perfectly known. This makes the learning process sometimes uncertain and ambiguous
This journey is a great opportunity to develop knowledge with passionate colleagues from all over the world who believe program management can really help organizations to capture more benefits and develop further the world !
Overview Applica>on experience Resources Ar>facts Thanks@Encouragements
Overview of my journey
sept.-14 oct.-14 nov.-14 dc.-14 janv.-15 fvr.-15 mars-15
Mo>va>on (1=low; 5 = max)/ eec>ve work
Further work on concepts Linkedin group Work on line with others Coaching Harish Build my own ar>facts
It will be a lot of work
Great my applica;on
was accepted !
Stuck at 50% of correct answers : how can I progress ?
I am ready !
70% of work
It took me about 6 months and I think 150-200 hours to prepare the certification (2 or 3 times more than PMP). But I could have saved many hours, by working together with other world wide applicants and building my own artifacts from the very beginning
Application experience Read the standard first to link PMI perspective to your experience
Develop an excel sheet for your experience, to calculate hours per domain
Make sure that all your references are OK to certify your experience
In writing your application : Put you from strategic perspective, despite you might first think about you have done it, express the WHY, your
strategic approach Use the I style instead of the We in order to point out what YOU did Ask somebody (if possible a PgMP) to read it to check if it is understandable without knowing your context
Other comments : This exercise took much more time than for PMP, and is a very good way to reflect ones experience and think
about it. I asked review by people who were references. It helps to do it directly on line to get words counting : you can save your application until completed. A challenge I faced : In my program management experience, I did not complete all programs I had started
because of moving to other roles or maternity leaves : I simply referred to the experience I effectively worked and wrote that I made a hand over to another program manager.
My application was accepted in less than 10 days, without any audit.
A few personal comments about uncertainty and ambiguity sometimes in preparation
The standard is very synthetic and some concepts are implied, not always detailed;
There are sometimes some differences between standard & ECO
There are sometimes non consensual questions and interpretations
Questions available on internet are not always correct
Experience helps, but before relying on it for the exam, PMI way should be considered first
The scope of knowledge is wider than just the standard and can refer to PMBOK or other PMI sources when applicable to program management
!Helpful to download electronic version to look fro key words
Dr Ginger Levin Prac>ce ques>ons + 2 exam tests "
!very helpful to assimilate standard and ECO. Would recommend to start with the book before the one below.
Others core resources available on PMI website : Examina>on Content On line PMI Lexicon PMI Code of Ethics PMBOK : mainly techniques
and tools sec>ons of all processes
Jean Gouix &Mar>al Bellec Prac>ce ques>ons + 1 exam test ! very helpful to test the combina>on of your knowledge and experience. Prac>ce ques>ons + 1 exam test
Linkedin Group !Direct contact to Dr Ginger& Jean Gouix , learnings sharing from applicants, great interna>onal community
Coaching Harish (Addon Skills) Personalized coaching sessions
on certain concepts Ques>ons banks Ques>on/answers sessions
with other applicants. Lessons learnt with successful
applicants !Really helped me to boost my knowledge, train with about 400 very good ques>ons and
really prepare the exam.
My own ar>facts !to assimilate, make links in your mind, building your own things helps a lot
Artifacts Make your synthesis of key concepts
I struggled with ECO un>l I realized tasks were not sequen>al (except ini>a>ng and closing) and most of the ques>ons where asked on task basis. I nally made a puzzle decomposing each task what, how, what for : this helped me a lot
Each >me I understood something new, I updated my ar>facts.
ECO puzzle : funny and ecient !
Your own glossary : e.g - Dene benets Iden>fy benets - Close or terminate the program
closure - Stang management plan is men>oned in
PMBOK and PMI lexicon,
Use and share what you have just learnt : e.g - In my job, I started using new words,
implemen>ng new things - I shared with my team an introduc>on to
program management based on our common experience.
Blank sheets very helpful the week before the exam to refresh knowledge every day and last gaps .
Processes Tools PMBOK
Other slideshares available on : hRp://globalstepup.com/blog/ Virtual team management : an opportunity to grow Taking over a (rst) management role Mutual enrichment personal and professional lives many others things in prepara>on
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Celine Durnez Entrepreneur Cer>ed PMP and PgMP