PM Training Introduction

The mission of PM Training is to help project managers develop razor-sharp focus on making sure they don’t waste a single minute of study time by either:

  1. Studying for wrong certificate
  2. Studying wrong material

The majority of people studying for new credentials will do so while working so it is essential they have the right information at hand. It is very easy to decide to do a new certificate do a week or so of study, fail and just give up. Do you know 80% of people fail the PMP® the first time! The purpose of PM-Training is to ensure you select the correct course for your career and then have all the relevant information at hand to pass.

Background of PM Training

From being a young enthusiastic business analyst to professional project manager the journey has been interesting and far from straight forward. After a few months working in a multi-national company I identified that project management as a really good career prospect and something I could see myself doing in years to come. I reached out to project managers to find out how they got where they were and the responses were a mix of people ended up getting promoted into the position or else did the PMP® or PRINCE2 exams. I choose to do the PMP® as it was suggested by my mentor and did not follow up for 4 years as I had to build up 4,500 hours of project management experience. In the interim I attained the Scrum Master certificate from the Scrum Alliance. Since then I have successfully passed the PMP® and created PM-Training in the process. To find out more about the ups and downs of my story check out this article.  

Project Management Certificates

Why should you do project management certificates?

  1. Credibility: Having an additional certificate instantly demonstrates your understanding of the project management domain.
  2. Competitive Advantage: Achieve salary increases, career advancement opportunities and employer recognition.
  3. Commitment: Develop your knowledge, skills and abilities which is admirable in job candidates for future employers.
  4. Transferability: Project Management certificates are industry specific

When choosing a project management certificate you should take the following into consideration:

  1. Why are you interested in attaining a project management certificate…
    • Has it been proposed by your manager?
    • Do you want to improve your knowledge in a certain area?
    • Are you interested in changing career and want a certificate to solidify this change?
  2. How much experience do you have working with projects…
    • Are you completely new to project management?
  3. How much time do you have to prepare for the certificate…
    • Do you need the qualification in the next month?
    • Are you willing to dedicate 6 months to get a certificate?
  4. Do you know what methodology your company works with….
    • Will you be working with traditional waterfall projects?
      • Will you be expected to introduce tools and processes to projects?
      • Do you just need to understand project management methodology?
    • Or will you be working in a Agile Environment?
      • Does you company use Scrum or Kanban?
      • Does your company use Pair Programming?

Lets break it down to help you understand the certificates and different project management methodologies. There are two methodologies you need to be aware of which are Waterfall and Agile. Waterfall is considered the traditional approach where a plan is made and implemented. Agile was created as projects were failing because they failed to adapt to changes in the middle of implementation. The Agile process is based on adapting to change by implementing in small increments and gathering feedback before proceeding.

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Traditional PM Training

Traditional Project Management has existed since projects were first managed and follow the waterfall methodology. The waterfall model highlighted above is a sequential design process used in software development. There are usually 5 phases of initiating, analyse, design, implementation, testing, maintenance.

PMP® (Project Management Professional)

PMP® is a project management standard. The PMP® is a internationally recognized certificate offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). There are currently over 600k active PMP® individuals. The PMP® is the oldest PMI® certificate and based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK®). The PMBOK® defines 47 processes across 5 domains. The requirements include a minimum of 4,500 hours of project management experience. Find out more about PMP® here.

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments, version 2)

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology. PRINCE2 is based on seven principles, seven themes and seven processes.  It gives a step by step guidance on how to organise and run a project. It is more practical than the PMBOK®. Get more information on PRINCE2 here.

Agile PM Training

Agile Project Management is a new methodology which accepts projects need to adapt to change to be successful. Agile projects work in iterations where only work for the iteration is planned and not the entire project. This helps teams adapt to unpredictable results and ensures a project doesn’t fail due to change. Check out the Agile Manifesto here for more information on the basis for Agile.

PMI-ACP® (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)

 The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. The PMI-ACP is a certificate by the Project Management Institute and covers Agile as a whole and is one of the best courses to understand Agile. Find out more about the PMI-ACP® here.

Scrum Master

Scrum is a type of Agile methodology and Scrum Master is a role within the methodology. If your company works with the Scrum methodology this course will really help you understand the process. The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring Scrum is being implemented correctly with the correct ceremonies such as estimation sessions and demo’s. Read more here at the Scrum Alliance website.

We are in the process of creating a simple quiz which can help you identify which certificate best meets your needs. Any questions in the interim please don’t hesitate to reach out and we will provide as much help as possible.