Happy Deepavali to you all. The November month PMP program is starting on 17th instead of 10th Nov to accommodate some as participants request to go home for Deepavali. BTW, there is a doubt in many PMP aspirants mind if they should wait for PMBoK 5 to be released. PMBoK 5 is getting released in Dec 2012. PMP exam is going to be based on PMBoK version 4 till the end of July 2013. If PMP is in your new year resolution finish it before July.
By God’s grace, we had 27 PMs participating the December month PMP boot camp. They were from IBM, HCL, Wipro, Visteon, Patni, Cognizant, Dell, PayPal, Verizon, Frost and Sullivan, BWIR, TelcorIndia, 3i infotech, and Lycos.
When I founded MS Academy in December 2009, I thought I will give myself one year to evaluate the results from the venture. At the end of November 2010, when I took stock, I was happy with the impact we made in the market, especially the terrific positive impact on the confidence level of the Project Managers who attended our training programs, but the bottom line from a business view was not very encouraging.
As I said in my last blog, PMI has made getting and reporting PDUs simpler. They had 18 PDU categories which has been reduced to just 6 categories. 3 categories in ‘Education’ and 3 in ‘Giving back to the profession’. You can see details here Revised PMI PDU categories
What interests me as an educator is this section below.
- By completing an academic course being offered by a university or college OR
In his book ‘High performance entrepreneur’ Subroto Bagchi talks about six areas in which a company should differentiate their service, product from the already existing competitors. The six areas are 1. Domain 2. Tools 3.Methodology 4.quality 5.Innovation and 6.Branding.
I feel that every Project Manager can differentiate themselves in these 6 areas.
Let me elaborate.
Hope you got a glimpse of the new MS Academy PMP Question bank online.
The Nov month PMP boot camp went well with 12 PMs participating this time. They were from HP, CA Technologies, HCL, TCS, Paypal, Enoah, Symantec, iNautix, Softcrylic and Vlinksys. I invited Mr.Balajee Viswanath who is a senior software project manager, currently leading the PMO efforts at Visteon Software to hand over the certificates. Balajee attended the MS Academy PMP boot camp in October and cleared PMP within 10 days from course completion. He shared tips on how to prepare for PMP exam. He recommended that the participants take all elements of the boot camp like EZ Dump, Baseline tests, stretching exercise etc. seriously, attempt a few question banks after the boot camp and just go give the exam with confidence.
Some of you could have noticed this sentence in our email signature. But we were printing at least a 1000 sheets to administer tests in our PMP training program every month. We wanted to go green and so we explored options to conduct our PMP baseline tests online. Some of our students suggested moodle !Lo and behold! we have an MS Academy PMP Question bank online.
The October month MS Academy PMP boot camp concluded well this Sunday (10th Oct) with 12 PMs from IBM, Wipro, Visteon, HSBC, CSC and Graderesults joining us. I had invited Mr.Chandrashekar Kalluri VP-HR and training, Laserwords, to distribute the certificates on the last day and share his experience. Mr.Chandra shared his experience of the same PMP training that MS Academy conducted at Laserwords itself. He said, “After Ganapathy and team conducted PMP training at our place, we are all talking only in PMBoK terms. We have formed study groups. We organize special classes for additional inputs. For example I am planning to take a session on HR and communication. The CFO is going to conduct a session on cost etc. I suggest that you also use group study to be successful in this exam.
Though customer is the key stakeholder and what makes customer happy is timely deliveries, the role of a PM is not just taking care of deliveries. It is to involve all the stakeholders (customers, team or employees, senior management, shareholders, society etc) at appropriate phases and ensure that the deliveries meet the project objectives and is successful from all aspects.
The September month PMP boot camp concluded well on 19th Sep with 15 PMs from Wipro, TCS, HP, RR Donnelley, Oracle, iNautix, CSS Corp, Mahindra Satyam and Omnitechsys participating this time. I heard the feedback I have been wanting to hear all these months – “We are going to cherish the memories of this PMP boot camp much more than even clearing PMP” “This training can be done just for learning sake. PMP is just a by-product”. I forward all the compliments to my trainers who are making this program a great success.
The August month PMP boot camp concluded well with 14 Project Managers joining the program this time. They were from CSC, TCS, Aricent, HCL, Ford, iNautix, Laserbeam Software, Focus Infotech and Keane Consulting. The average experience of this team was high (12+ years) and it showed in their focus and performance in the tests.
The artists among you will like this one. If you want to publish and promote your work, in whatever form (music, videos, artwork, websites etc) as a catalog, You can do it at behance.net and share it over web, facebook, linkedIN, twitter and so on. I created a project for the “MS Academy PMP boot camp” out of the first slide of all the course material, the learning points on each of the 12 topics, with the great images I bought from dreamtemplate(dot)com and published it on Behance as a project www.behance.net/gallery/PMP-Boot-Camp-in-Chennai-from-MS-Academy/614589 Putting it in a place like this and giving links back to your site will also get you google juice.