PMP Lessons Learned

Project Management Institute

Last Update: November, 29th 2010

The PMP Certification in 2008 rounded up my practical PM experiences with a comprehensive overview of the project managements art and science.

I used for the preparation

  • PMBOK 3rd Edition (with three issues: one book in English, as PDF in English and as PDF in German)
  • PMP Exam Prep book, Rita Mulcahy
  • Cornelius Fischer’s Project Management PrepCast

My PMP certification cost were:

  • 289 hours, equals to 36 working days
  • 138 calendar days, equals to 4.5 months
  • 508 €

I solved not many test questions. Only round about the 350 from Rita’s Exam Prep, in parts two times and 60 from Cornelius PrepCast.

First, I read the chapter from the PMBOK. After that the related chapter from Ritas’s Exam Prep and solved the exercises. I repeated the process after book’s completion with focus on my weaker parts. I planned, executed and controlled my PMP Certification as project for practice.

I created a brain dump with the formulas and the 44 processes overview and learned it by heart. I didn’t learn the ITTO’s.

On average, I have heard the 94 podcast lessons from Cornelius twice. Most times while driving my car or jogging.

On the exam I found it helpful to open the German translation for those questions where I’m not quite sure with the right answer. In my opinion the questions are translated together with the answers and this gives me sometimes one hint more in the translated question.

“Project Managers can serve the universe, are wonderful, great and must be very skilled."
Rita Mulcahy, PMP Exam Prep Fifth Edition, p.18