The PMP® Exam – Now or Later?

The impending changes to the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition will make the PMP® Exam more difficult than it already is. Combined with the changes PMI made to the PMP® Exam back in January 2016, the exam will require more meticulous and extensive preparation. Simple stated, you’re going to need to know a whole lot more about traditional project management, agile practices and a broad range of interpersonal skills to pass the exam.

Why You Should Not Wait to Get Your PMP® Credential

IMPORTANT! The Project Management Institute says that the PMP® Exam will change 1st Quarter, 2018, which means it could be January, February or March 2018. I’m betting March 2018. If you are thinking about getting your PMP® credential, I highly advise you to do it NOW before the PMP® Exam changes. Here’s a couple of good reasons why:

  • The current edition of the PMBOK® Guide and the exam have been in use for several years so the material contained in the PMBOK® Guide and exam questions are very familiar course developers and trainers; you can find lots of training vendors, study resources/materials
  • The new PMP® exam will be more difficult because you will need to know traditional project management processes and practices AND iterative “agile” project management processes and practices
  • The new PMP® exam questions are shifting away informational-based question where you need to know project management terms and definitions to scenario-based questions where you’ll need to know how to apply the project management processes and practices based on the situation in the exam question
  • Although the PMP® Exam is focused on the PMBOK® Guide – the exam will reference other PMI Standards such as the Work Breakdown Structure, Portfolio Management, etc. and Practice Guides such as: Tailoring, Organizational Change Management, etc.; simply stated the new PMP® Exam will not solely based on the PMBOK® Guide
  • Lastly, the inclusion of the PMP® Talent Triangle™ will require a deeper knowledge of soft skills such as different leadership styles, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, non-verbal communication, establishing rapport and building trust

For you – it’s going to come down to a “now or later” decision. Choose wisely.

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