8D Report Template with Step by Step Guidance

This Template is created for helping the quality or continuous improvement professionals to generate a step by step problem solving report, which include the guidance on each steps in a 8D process, also include the templates of popular quality tools such as 5-Why and Fishbone Diagram.

Freebie Friday: The Agile PrepCast – Free Lesson on YouTube – Declaration of Interdependence

Freebie FridayAre you preparing for The PMI-ACP Exam? The Agile PrepCast offers dozens of video training lessons to help you study for the certification.

Today, we review The Declaration of Interdependence. The Declaration of Interdependence and was published in 2005 by a group of Agile practitioners to help implement guidelines set forth in the Agile Manifesto. It contains six principles essential to “management” in general, not just to “project” or “product” management, and outlines leadership methods used to manage the interdependency of people, processes and value in order to perform work.

Watch the Free Agile Lesson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhCWnk5y3Rc&hd=1

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Christina Andino, PMP

PMP Exam Lessons LearnedLessons learned and tips for the PMP Exam shared to us by PM PrepCast student Christina Andino, PMP.

Hi Cornelius, I passed my PMP exam yesterday!!! 🙂 I wanted to thank you since I feel it was you, and the lessons from your PM PrepCast that helped to prepare me.

Just some background. In Oct 2013 I took a prep course hosted by PMI OC Chapter. You came, and taught one afternoon a knowledge area. Before you left you handed your business cards to all, and said if you want to pass come visit my site, etc…. I kept your card. Well, after the PMI OC course I did not continue studying. I later applied for my exam, and was given a year to take the test. Again, I procrastinated putting work & life first. My eligibility to take the exam would expire today, July 24th. In June 2015 I purchased your PrepCast…

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/lessons-learned/4218-passed-the-pmp-exam

PMP Exam Tip: Don’t Use Too Many PMP Exam Prep Books

PMP Exam TipWhat usually happens is that students preparing for the PMP exam try to go through too many PMP Exam Prep books or online courses thinking that they will be able to absorb everything that they watch and read. That is far from the truth. Too many books will in fact confuse you. Usually, one good exam prep book and one course is enough to complement the PMBOK Guide. Studying the PMBOK Guide is of course a must for any PMP student and no exam prep book is a substitute for it. And don’t forget to study the PMBOK Guide Glossary. As boring as that may seem, you’ll really get to know and understand the terminology you need for the exam.

There are topics on the exam that are not mentioned in the PMBOK Guide, but still make regular appearance on the exam. Many popular exam prep books cover these topics. But PMI adds new topics on an ongoing basis so it’s difficult to know what lies ahead on your own exam. To be able to overcome this, it is wise to learn from others. Try to read PMP online forums where exam passers are more than willing to share their experiences in taking the exam. Read their lessons learned to hear what topics may appear. This can be an essential part of your preparation, but don’t get carried away. Spending a few minutes daily, reviewing and commenting on posts is usually sufficient.

So instead of muddling your brains with too many prep books, choose the one you like best to complement your PMBOK studies to ensure a successful exam.

What usually happens is that students preparing for the PMP exam try to go through too many PMP Exam Prep books or online courses thinking that they will be able to absorb everything that they watch and read. That is far from the truth. Too many books will in fact confuse you. Usually, one good exam prep book and one course is enough to complement the PMBOK Guide. Studying the PMBOK Guide is of course a must for any PMP student and no exam prep book is a substitute for it. And don’t forget to study the PMBOK Guide Glossary. As boring as that may seem, you’ll really get to know and understand the terminology you need for the exam.

There are topics on the exam that are not mentioned in the PMBOK Guide, but still make regular appearance on the exam. Many popular exam prep books cover these topics. But PMI adds new topics on an ongoing basis so it’s difficult to know what lies ahead on your own exam. To be able to overcome this, it is wise to learn from others. Try to read PMP online forums where exam passers are more than willing to share their experiences in taking the exam. Read their lessons learned to hear what topics may appear. This can be an essential part of your preparation, but don’t get carried away. Spending a few minutes daily, reviewing and commenting on posts is usually sufficient.

So instead of muddling your brains with too many prep books, choose the one you like best to complement your PMBOK studies to ensure a successful exam.

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

PMP Exam Sample QuestionYou managed a project with over 60 team members to design a new sports car. In the project kickoff meeting you assured the team that good performers would be rewarded. At the project closing meeting, you only awarded incentive bonuses to two team members. A client who was present asked why only two team members were rewarded with bonuses. What did you miss while defining rewards and recognition?

A. You didn’t realize recognizing cultural differences may offend people
B. You defined objectives on work that was supposed to performed
C. You set criteria for rewards that made the team over confident
D. You made the targets unachievable on the project

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HINT: Team recognition should be based on individual tasks that are achievable and clear.
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All our questions are updated to the latest PMBOK® Guide standard. Stop by at http://www.pm-prepcast.com/freesimulator and try the PMP Exam Simulator free for 3 days. We also offer 110 free questions at http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com. We are a PMI Registered Education Provider.

Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is D.

The entire team worked together to complete the project but only two members were rewarded. This implies that the targets were unachievable and that the expectations set by you were unrealistic.

PMP Exam Tip: Be prepared to use the full 4 hours on the PMP Exam

Depositphotos 1962805 xsThis PMP exam tip is brought to you by our PMP Exam Coach – Dan Ryan, PMP

Be prepared to use the full 4 hours on the PMP Exam

A major part of any good PMP Prep is using a world class PMP exam simulator (I recommend the PM Exam Simulator) where students practice with PMP practice questions similar to the ones that they will experience on the real PMP exam.

Well, working from the comfort of their own homes/offices, with no distractions, their own PC/Laptop and everything ‘just right’ — many students get into a routine of completing practice exams in as little as three hours, only to find themselves shocked that on the day of the real exam they needed the full four hours to complete the real exam.

Well don’t be shocked! These days feedback from PMP test takers continues to describe the test as taking longer and longer, with more Earned Value questions and more of those long scenario based brain teaser type questions. Even some of my best and most dedicated students find the real test taking a lot longer than the 3 hours or so they were used to at home.

So the take away is this; be prepared to use the full four hours on the exam, realizing that this doesn’t mean you are ill prepared or behind. As a strategy you may try to target 70 questions in your first hour, 60 questions in your second hour and 50 questions in your third hour. So, by the fourth hour you have 180 questions done and only 20 questions left for the final hour which also leaves you time to review the ‘marked for review’.

To learn more about PMP Exam Coaching please visit www.pm-prepcast.com/coaching or email Dan Ryan at dan.ryan@osp-international.com

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Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Ali Manrique, PMP

Lessons LearnedHis lessons learned and journey on becoming a PMP shared to us by Ali Manrique, PMP.

My experience was quite eventful. I presented the test three times!!

My first failure was because I signed up to present without having prepared enough, relying only on my experience. I had less than a month to read the Rita Mulcahy Book, superficially. I presented the exam and left poor in three of the five groups of processes.

The second time I tried to spend more time and for this study with Rita Mulcahy’s book and the author simulator. I took time from my work, which involves constantly moving in three countries. The second time, I took care only to study the book and simulator from Rita Mulcahy, did not pay much attention to the PMBOK and presented the test. That day I studied until hours before the test, I was late to the center, very stressed. The review found very easy, and it did in two hours and half. Unfortunately I failed the test and that depressed me a lot.

The third and last time, I decided to understand what were the reasons for the previous failure and with that attitude, I programmed my preparation. I took 20 days in a row. I started on July 13 and presented the test on August 12. I studied on weekdays and weekends rested. The first thing I did was use the Internet to seek advice and other points of views. I found the Shiv site, I downloaded their books and advice, also, Shiv recommended Cornelius Fichtner’s simulator, which bought. Additionally I used the site PM Study Circle, which clarifies various topics that tend to confuse.

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/lessons-learned/4208-passed-after-three-attempts

PMP Exam Tip: Assess Your PMP Exam Readiness with Free Sample Exams

PMP Exam TipThe Internet is full of sites and blogs that help you prepare for the PMP Exam. As part of your PMP Exam Prep, you should take advantage of the many free, online sample exams. These will help you assess your readiness to take the actual exam.

Whether you can or cannot find time and money to enroll in a formal, classroom-style PMP Exam Prep course, answering hundreds (even thousands) of PMP Exam sample questions is a must. In the first few weeks of your PMP Exam Studies. it’s OK to use just the free ones offered by various sources. These questions prepare you for the rigors of the actual examination for your certification and give you some idea of what to expect. While these do not necessarily reflect actual test questions, they can provide tips and guides to properly respond to any question that may come your way on the “real” exam. The free questions help you to sharpen your knowledge and identify areas where you need to study more.

However, after some weeks you will not only tire of constantly searching for new free questions. You will also begin to notice that free questions are not always of the same quality. Some are excellent, some are OK and many are really bad. That is the moment when you have to consider signing up for a PMP Exam Simulator. Yes, subscribing to such a simulator is going to take some money, but in the end, your goal should be to pass the exam. Invest this money into being well prepared for the exam.

So when taking courses for your PMP Exam preparations, make sure that you get at least some free test questions offered by these courses. Together with the free sample questions on the internet and the ones of your PMP Exam Simulator you will be able to prepare yourself well.