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- Publisher: Orange Caves Publishing; 6 edition (February 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BNDQDEE
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Crack the New (2016) PMP® Exam in 4 Weeks: Using Simple, Proven, Step-by-Step Approach (Ace Your PMP® Exam) Kindle Edition
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In the book there is a link to sign up for Shiv notes. This seems to be good information. Only issue is it's given to you in a convoluted format, where you are sent daily emails. Why not put this information into one book and combine with some of the details on scheduling, application, as an intro, to the actual material you need to learn to pass the exam??? Any ways I just think the writer could have took a better clearer approach to PMP.
This book was no help or insight into taking the PMP exam or even what's been updated.
He wrote things like: "make sure you find a study technique that works for you, try highlighting or organizing by groups," "make sure you don't get discouraged". Really? Any person who is taking the PMP should have some of this "common sense" already, if not, you should not be a in the PM profession.
I am in my last week of prep for my PMP Certification re-test (2nd try), and bought the book 2.5 weeks ago. I will update the Review, once I've completed my test, but thought it important to share my experience, so far.
I read it--cover to cover--almost immediately; it's a rather short book. It is packed with many, many useful strategies; the two I found the most helpful (and there were MANY others) were:
1.) Testimonials by others. I must admit, I was a bit reluctant--at first--to read through the "success stories" of some of Mr. Shenoy's past pupils, but they don't at all detract from the book. Rather, they reinforce and strengthen the book's structure with real-world examples of students--of quite dissimilar backgrounds--and how they overcame the challenge for PMP success. You will surely find yourself (or a version of yourself) in one of the stories. More importantly: Each PMP shares their own "lessons learned" about what worked, FOR THEM. And, there are resources which compete with Mr Shenoy's book and Blog services, but are shared nonetheless. Obviously, the author wants you to buy his book and use his site and services offered. But, I love that each person spoke, unencumbered, about what really worked, for them. Many offer links, etc. to other resources and services. Plus, they share insights to what worked. The testimonials and Mr. Shenoy's sharing of knowledge, are truly a manifestation of PMI's concepts of knowledge-sharing, knowledge-generation, mentorship, lessons-learned, etc. No one should keep their knowledge to themselves; it is the openness and transparency which will make all of us better. It is through the development of the Profession overall, that the entire PMP profession shall all benefit.
2.) EXAM OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES. It's capitalized for a reason. Mr. Shenoy's system espouses a "Four Pass" approach. Quite simply, you will make four passes through the exam; each time with a different focus. Here's my summary; First Pass: All the easy stuff; 2) All the Formulaic-type questions; 3) All the super-complex-hard questions; 4)All the rest. These are the ones where you might have to break the questions down, and use your 50/50 guess (from Who Wants to be a Millionaire)--maybe. The book, offers some guidance on what that entire process looks like, ie, how much time that may take? (you should have plenty of time, don't worry) WHY you should do this, etc. Simply stated, the method is about flow. Rather than getting bogged down in the gearing up and down, from the various question types and difficulty levels, his system guides you through a pragmatic and easy to follow, step-by-step process. (I used to race several triathlons, and the most challenging parts of the race were always in the transition from one discipline to the other--bike to run, for example--and then, how difficult it was on the body to RUN, when your legs have been going in circles for many miles!! I believe, that this process, ensures you have a smooth transition from one discipline--or question type--to another. You gear up for a systematic and smooth flow.)
I started using his system right away in my simulated exams and quizzes (I have been using Cornelius Fichtner's PMP Exam Simulator (which I highly recommend, BTW) and my scores leapt up almost immediately. My comfort levels went up, and stress levels went down. As a matter of fact, I achieved my first score over 80 on the full (200 Question) Exam Simulation yesterday, using his methodology. Furthermore, I completed the four-hour exam with 35 minutes to spare.
Now, here's the caveat: I don't know what that will mean when I re-take the full PMP Exam; will it help? Hinder? I will say that my methodology for the first attempt wasn't even comparable. I went through the Exam, question by question; I marked some for later, etc. Eventually, I ran out of time for the questions marked to review, or answer later. My system, or lack of a SYSTEM, was a real bottleneck on my first Exam try. I believe my second attempt, will be markedly different.
I will append this review, soon, with results and further impressions once I have completed the real Exam. In the meantime, get the book. Read it on your Kindle, PC, whatever. Take the methodology and apply it. Believe it. Do it. Then, share with the rest.
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Thank you Shiv.
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