Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to Get PMP Certified in Two Weeks

I received my Project Management Professional Certification in January, 2011.  I’ve been asked by several people on my strategy as I only had two-weeks to study before my exam date.  Here was my strategy.  Please note this may not work with everyone. 

PMP Exam Prep Strategy

Tools:  PMBOK 4th edition, Crosswind PMP Exam Success Series:  Bootcamp Manual

  • Before doing any studying, I took the 200 question assessment that was provided by Crosswind CD (back of the book).  The assessment showed process groups that I needed to improve. 
  • I started studying each of the process groups, taking the practice test along with the CD assessment for that process group.   I focused heavily on process groups that I scored low based on the initial assessment. 
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dean Reinemund speaks on his military experience

On April 21, 2011, at the Customer Service Center for Pepsi Beverages Company, we had an opportunity to invite Dean Reinemund as a key note speaker for the newest Employee Resource Group, VALOR.  VALOR is an employee led group that recognizes, appreciates and supports PepsiCo’s veterans, military members, their families, and the communities in which they live and work. 

Dean shared various stories and his learnings from his military experience.  He served 9 years in the military, in which 4 were in the Naval academy and 5 in the Marines.  In his discussion, he covered four main areas on how the military has helped him succeed:
  • Military introduced the principal of servant leadership
  • Helped defined a moral compass
  • Allowed him to see the role and the criticalness of culture
  • Allowed him to see a difference between training and education
 Below are the highlights from the discussion:

Servant Leadership

            A great leader is one that shares the notion of service to others.  In his military experience, leaders always eat last.  It is critical to take care or serve others first.  He gave a story of a platoon leader.  The platoon team that wins is when the leader of the group cares for the team.  

Moral Compass

            A difference between great vs. ineffective leaders is the notion of having a good moral compass.  Dean shared his moral compass in which faith is at the core with family, friends, and country being surrounded by the core. 

Role of Power

            Power is a two edge sword.  Leaders that use power for good leads to greatness while the opposite leads to devastation.   Dean reminded us to stand up for what is right and not to go along with leaders that abuse powers out of loyalty and fear. 

Role of Diversity

            Military was one of the first institutions that were the most diverse.  Everyone was at a level playing field.  It taught Dean the importance of diversity and how it is crucial to success in the organization.