Friday, May 31, 2013

Free E-Book: How to be a great project manager?

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I came across an e-book on project management at The book is titled “How to be a great Project Manager?” The book title was attractive enough for me and I straightaway started reading it. Since the book is available FREE for everyone, I thought of sharing the information here.

Review of the book

The book starts off like this: “Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you can always improve the way you manage projects.” This is what we call it as continual improvement; the core concept of ISO 9000 Quality Management System.

It’s a simple book on project management, not really rocket science. It’s not as voluminous as you would normally expect books on project management to be.

I would consider it more as a handy reference tool, touching on basic concepts of project management. After all, in our pursuit to excellence, we often lose track of the project management basics. Right?

I like the simplicity of the book. The limited concepts covered in the book are very well organized and presented in a way that’s pleasing to the eyes.

Contents of the book

The book provides several tips, tricks and techniques to put you on the right track to become a better project manager. In this book, you will learn how to:

  • Set goals and achieve them
  • Improve your decision-making skills
  • Write great project documents
  • Deliver fantastic presentations
  • Manage day-to-day tasks
  • Boost your personal confidence
  • Improve your learning
  • Get a work-life balance

Where to get the book?

If you are interested, you can download the book for free here: How to be a great Project Manager?


If you are preparing for the PMP credential examination, then this book may not be of any help to you in the exam preparation. But, it would be a good guide for you as a project manager. If you managed to get a copy of the book, please share your opinions on the book.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

3500+ Free PMP Exam Practice Questions

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Updated on 17 Nov 2017 : Free PMP® Exam Prep Practice Test (full mock test containing 200 questions) from SimpliLearn was added; the updated list now contains 3500+ Free PMP exam practice questions. Invalid links were removed from the list.

To succeed in PMP Certification Examination, you need to follow three golden rules, which are listed below:
  1. Practice
  2. Practice and
  3. More practice

Got it? Yes, PMP is one examination where you can succeed only by getting some hands-on exercises. It is difficult to clear the examination just by reading PMBOK or attending some training. You need to try as many questions as possible, monitor your performance and control your study before going for the real PMP exam. I have touched about this approach in my earlier article titled How to Pass PMP in First Attempt?.

So, the next step is to find relevant resources. You can buy question banks or mock exam softwares available in the market, if money is not a constraint. But, if you are worried about spending more money on PMP, don't worry. There are ample PMP questions available online, free of cost.

In this article, I have listed some of them for your reference and use.

3500+ Free PMP Exam Practice Questions

  1. Just Get PMP - PMP Exam Questions and Answers - Free
  2. PMPExamForFree- Premium PMP Exam Questions (700 questions)
  3. GreyCampus - Free PMP Practice Exam (200 questions); requires you to share your e-mail to receive the test result
  4. Just PMP - Free PMP Practice test (200 questions); requires you to like and share JustPMP facebook page before you enroll for test
  5. BrainBOK - Mastering PMBOK Exam (50 random questions displayed from a pool of 100+ free questions); requires a sign-in with Google Account
  6. Oliver F. Lehmann
  7. Project Management Academy - Free PMP Questions (50 questions)
  8. iZenBridge
  9. CertChamp - PMP Sample Questions (200 questions)
  10. The Certification School - PMP Free Mock Exam (100 questions)
  11. MyPM
  12. Head First Labs - Free PMP Practice Exam (200 questions)
  13. PMStudy - Free Sample Chapter Test on "Project Management Framework" and "Project Integration Management" (151 questions)
  14. tutorialspoint – PMP Mock Exam (200 questions)
  16. Threon - PMP Test Questions
  17. Project Management Test Bank -  PM Test Bank (480 questions)
  18. PMTraining - PMP Exam Demonstration (10 questions)
  19. SimpliLearn - Free PMP® Exam Prep Practice Test (200 questions); You need to provide your name, e-mail id and phone number to start the Practice Test
  20. Voight Project Solutions – Practice PMP Exam (Removed the link on 13 Oct 2015 as it is not working)
  21. PMP Links - PMP Practice Exam (200 questions) (Removed the link on 17 Nov 2017 as it is not working)
Remember that PMP is not only Project Mangement Professional, but also stands for Practice Makes Perfect.

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I have not tested or reviewed the above links. So, I cannot vouch for the content provided in those links. It is up to the individuals to ensure the relevance and accuracy of the questions. However, we would welcome your feedback on those questions banks which would help other PMP aspirants to choose the better question bank for their exam preparation.

Revision History

  • Nov 17, 2017: Free PMP® Exam Prep Practice Test from SimpliLearn was included; PMP Practice Exam from PMP Links was removed
  • Dec 31, 2016: 700 Premium PMP exam questions from PMPExamForFree were added
  • Nov 24, 2016: Free PMP practice exam from GreyCampus was added
  • Nov 16, 2016: Free PMP practice test from JustPMP was added
  • Jan 16, 2016: My own PMP exam sample questions (10 questions) were included
  • Jan 09, 2016: 10 sample questions from PMTraining were included
  • Jan 08, 2016: 175 Prep Questions from Oliver F. Lehmann and 200 Free PMP Practice Questions from PMP Links were included
  • Nov 26, 2015: 50 Free PMP/CAPM Sample Questions from BrainBOK were included
  • Nov 16, 2015: 50 Free PMP Questions from Project Management Academy were included
  • Nov 14, 2015: PMP Free Practice Test and Earned Value Management (EVM) Quiz from iZenBridge were included
  • Nov 04, 2015: PMP Sample Questions from CertChamp were included
  • Oct 29, 2015: PMP Free Mock Exam from The Certification School was included
  • Oct 13, 2015: PMP Practice Exams from MyPM were included; Practice PMP Exam from Voight Project Solutions was removed
  • May 28, 2013: First published

Monday, May 27, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Part 1

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I get lot of questions from PMP aspirants. Most of them are not related to the PMP content, but generally questions of administrative nature. Several questions were repeated; primarily out of anxiety from candidates.

I thought of putting together these questions on PMP examination here. This by no means is a comprehensive list of questions. I would add more questions as I come across them.

Question #1

I got the training of 35 hours in Project Management 2 years back which was conducted by PMI-Chennai chapter and now I am waiting for the PM experience to get completed in mid of this year. Whether I can apply for PMP with this training hours or I have to take a new training?
Manick: PMI states that you should have at least 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addressed learning objectives in project management. You are allowed to record all education hours regardless of when they were accrued. The only condition is that the course work should have been completed at the time you submit the application.

So, it is not necessary to attend new training. Your previous training would be sufficient, irrespective of the fact that it was two years old.

Question #2

I am planning to go for online 35 hours contact training now based on PMBOK 4th edition. However I would like to take the exam on PMBOK 5th edition after 4 to 5 months from now. So my question is the contact hours I gained on PMBOK 4th edition are eligible for taking PMBOK 5th edition exam also?
Manick: No problem. You can attend the training program based on PMBOK4; and the same contact hours can be used to take exam based on PMBOK5.

PMI requires that the contact hours should address learning objectives in project management. The course hours may include content on project quality, project scope, project schedule, project budget, project communications, project risk, project procurement, and project integration management. It does not state that you have to go through any specific training based on PMBOK only.

Question #3

I had taken the PMP 35 PDUs training for PMP 4th edition in Nov 2012, and due to some personal problems I was not able to prepare for this PMP Exam and have not taken yet, i,e till 5th May 2013. Now, I came to know that PMP 4th edition exam last date is 31 July 2013. I have not started preparation for this PMP exam, so can I prepare for this exam within 2 months?
Manick: The time required for the exam preparation varies depending on the individual’s learning capability, other work load, the level of training obtained and various other factors. From my own experience, I believe that anything between 6 to 8 weeks should be sufficient for exam preparation. But, you have to dedicate your full attention during this period.

I note that there is a long break since you attended the training session. I would suggest you to attend a refresher programme. This should not be a problem since most of the training institutes allow you to attend repeat classes. Please check with your respective training provider.

Question #4

I have done my 35 hours PDU and I am in the process of completing my profile. Please advice whether I should take PMP4 exam or PMP5 exam. I just did the 35 hour PDUs last weekend.
Manick: We still have about two more months before the exam changes to PMBOK5 (PMP5). You have just enough time to prepare and appear for the exam based on PMBOK4 (PMP4). As such, I would suggest you to go ahead with PMBOK4.

Since you have completed the training, its easier for you to study PMBOK4. Moreover, the amount of study material available for PMBOK4 is plenty. To get study materials based on PMBOK5 would take some time. So, I prefer to go ahead with a known devil rather than waiting for the unknown angel.

I would strongly suggest PMBOK5 for any one who completes their training after mid-June. Its too difficult to prepare for the exam in less than six weeks.

I hope the above clarifications would help to cool down some of your anxiety. Do you have any other questions? Please feel free to shoot them.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

How to renew your PMP Credential?

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As you may know already, PMP Credential is valid only for three years. And you need to renew your PMP Credential after three years. To renew your PMP Credential, you should have accumulated 60 PDUs in the three years cycle.

I reported some time back that I have completed the 60 PDUs accumulation for my PMP renewal. If you are interested, you can see how did I earn 60 PDUs.

In this article, I am going to explain step by step how I renewed my PMP Credential.

PMP Renewal Process

1. Go to
2. Enter the username and password to log in to the system.

3. Click “Begin the renewal process”.
4. Agree to the PMI Certification Application/Renewal Agreement.
5. Complete the billing address.
6. If you have been given a Company Code to pay for this renewal, please enter the company code. If not, select “No, I do not have a company code” and click Next.
7. If you have been given a Voucher to pay for this renewal, please enter the voucher number. If not, select “No, I will be paying for this online” and click Next.
8. You need to enter your credit card details for the online payment. The PMP credential renewal fee is $60 (U.S.) for PMI members and $150 (U.S.) for non-members.

9. Finally, review and submit your payment.
10. Your application for renewal should be approved. You can print the receipt.

And guess what, now, you are a PMP credential holder in good standing for the next three years. What happens next? Start collecting the PDUs for the next renewal ...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Doubt in Conflict Resolution Techniques

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I got the following question from one of the candidates in my PMP training programme. The question relates to "Conflict Resolution Techniques" from Project Human Resources Management. Let us see the question below & our conversation/ discussion regarding the answer:

The Question

Choose from the following combinations, the combination that shows the most preferred and the least preferred conflict resolution techniqes:

(A) Smoothing, Withdrawal
(B) Problem Solving, Withdrawal
(C) Confrontation, Forcing
(D) Compromising, Forcing

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Discussion on the Answer

PMP Aspirant: "Manick, I chose answer (C). But, the correct choice seems to be (B). As per PMI, least preferred is forcing right? I don't understand. Can you please explain?"

Manick: "The answer is (B). The most preferred conflict resolution technique is problem solving/ confrontation; the least preferred technique is withdrawal.

In withdrawal, there is no resolution. You are running away from the solution. Whereas, in Forcing, you have a resolution arbitrarily; through force and power. But, the point is, in Forcing, at least you have some solution whereas in withdrawal the conflict still remains."

PMP Aspirant: "Ya I agree ..but during our class I remember u saying generally withdrawal is least preferred but as per PMI forcing is the last the confusion:("

Manick: "As per PMI, forcing should be the last resort if other conflict resolution techniques like Confrontation could not work. What it means is, you can use forcing if everything else fails; but, withdrawal should not be used at all. So, in the hierarchy of preference, forcing comes before withdrawal."

Is that clear to you? Are you with me? You can share your opinion or comments for further discussion on this issue.

PMP Training Programme - Photos

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I am sharing here some more photos of the PMP training programmes conducted by me. All these training programmes were conducted in Chennai, India.

PMP Training Programme in Chennai
PMP Training Programme in Progress
Group Photo of another PMP Team
Group Photo of another PMP Team
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PMP Training Programme - Photos

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Thought of sharing some photos taken during one of my PMP training programmes. The photos displayed below were taken during the PMP training programme conducted in Chennai, India. I conducted the PMP training programme for 4 days between 31 January and 3 February 2013.

PMP Training Programme in Chennai
PMP Training Programme in Progress

PMP Training Programme - Group Photo
PMP Aspirants with me

PMP Training Programme - Certificate Distribution
Certificate Distribution

PMP Training Programme - Certificate Distribution
Certificate Distribution