PMP® – Project Management Professional is a credential managed by Project Management Institute (PMI, USA), PMP® is globally recognized certification which demonstrates one’s competency to lead, direct and manage projects across any domain. PMP® certification helps the individuals to increase their marketability of their profiles to the employers and to standout from the crowd and in maximizing the earning potential of the individuals. The training and certification is based on a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide 5th edition)
A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with a minimum of five years (7,500 hours) of project management and 35 hours of project management education (OR)
A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and a minimum three years (4500 hours) of project management experience and 35 hours of project management education
PMP is the certification pertaining to traditional project management, which is more aligned towards waterfall methodology where as Scrum is aligned to Agile methodology.
In traditional project management, project manager is omnipotent and omnipresent. He does the end-to-end management of the project where as Scrum roles are only facilitator roles and not the management roles.
So if you are currently working in traditional project space and if your organization deals with more traditional projects (the PMP way) or if you see more traditional projects in your work domain/country, PMP would be right certification for you. Remember 80% of the projects across the globe still follow traditional project management.
Scrum Master certification is only for the aspirants who are currently working in Scrum methodology or who have plans to work in Scrum in the future. Remember Scrum Master is not a management role, its only a facilitator role in Scrum projects where as PMP is for the aspirants who want to move into management roles viz Project Manager.
So the bottom line is that if you want to move into management ladder, PMP certification is the right choice. If you want to be one of the team members, playing a facilitator role in Scrum projects, choose Scrum certification.
Playing a management role or a facilitator role – Choice is yours!
We recommend 120-150 hours of preparation to crack PMP at the first attempt depending on the experience and learning curve of the individuals. This includes referring materials like PMBOK, Rita Exam prep book and taking mock tests/practice tests. Doing mock tests along with the reading PMP material is equally important. We recommend at least 2000 practice questions provided by ExcelR and 3 full-length mock tests of ExcelR to crack PMP exam without any hassles. One should get above 70% in these full-length mock tests to take the PMP exam, which indicates that your preparation is sufficient to crack the PMP exam
By following this preparation plan we observed that 98% of the PMP participants cracked PMP exam at first attempt.
PMBOK and Rita Mulcahy exam prep books are the books required to crack PMP at the first attempt. To crack PMP in the first attempt we recommend the following PREP plan
• Complete 35 hours of classroom or online training from a reputed institute. Check the institutes pass percentage with evidences (Ask for references of the participants who cleared PMP exam in the recent past to assess the quality of the training)
• Read PMBOK 2 times thoroughly. Use the hard copy of PMBOK and highlight the important points in each topic using a highlighter or a pencil. Make a note of all the examples given in PMBOK pertaining to each topic. Read the glossary at the end of the PMBOk
• Read Rita’s PMP EXAM PREP book and do all the exercises in that book
• Take Knowledge area wise (Chapter wise) practice tests
• Take at least 3 full-length mock tests of ExcelR. Take the mock tests till you get above 70% (Repeat the exam without looking into the answers). 70% and above in the practice tests will indicate your preparation is sufficient to take the main PMP exam
• Take the exam of 175 questions of Oliver Lehmann. Refer the link below http://www.oliverlehmann.com/contents/free-downloads/175_PMP_Sample_Questions.pdf
• Ensure that all the formulae are on your fingertips. Practice various possible models you can encounter the exam for each formulae. Refer the sample video, which shows the various possible scenario questions for calculating the number of communication channels in a project
Follow this prep plan and you will pass the PMP exam for sure at the first attempt. All the best for your exam.