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  • My PgMP experience to help PgMP aspirants

    Cline Durnez, March 2015, update 21/04/15

  • You will do it !

    Dear colleague,

    I hope this document will help you to save your precious time, Personally, I did not find the PgMP exam itself very different from the PMP exam.

    However I found the exam preparation more complex because resources and experiences are still limited and/or not perfectly known. This makes the learning process sometimes uncertain and ambiguous

    This journey is a great opportunity to develop knowledge with passionate colleagues from all over the world who believe program management can really help organizations to capture more benefits and develop further the world !




  • Overview Applica>on experience Resources Ar>facts [email protected]


  • Overview of my journey








    sept.-14 oct.-14 nov.-14 dc.-14 janv.-15 fvr.-15 mars-15

    Mo>va>on (1=low; 5 = max)/ eec>ve work

    Further work on concepts Linkedin group Work on line with others Coaching Harish Build my own ar>facts

    It will be a lot of work

    Great my applica;on

    was accepted !

    Stuck at 50% of correct answers : how can I progress ?

    I am ready !

    70% of work

    It took me about 6 months and I think 150-200 hours to prepare the certification (2 or 3 times more than PMP). But I could have saved many hours, by working together with other world wide applicants and building my own artifacts from the very beginning


  • Application experience Read the standard first to link PMI perspective to your experience

    Develop an excel sheet for your experience, to calculate hours per domain

    Make sure that all your references are OK to certify your experience

    In writing your application : Put you from strategic perspective, despite you might first think about you have done it, express the WHY, your

    strategic approach Use the I style instead of the We in order to point out what YOU did Ask somebody (if possible a PgMP) to read it to check if it is understandable without knowing your context

    Other comments : This exercise took much more time than for PMP, and is a very good way to reflect ones experience and think

    about it. I asked review by people who were references. It helps to do it directly on line to get words counting : you can save your application until completed. A challenge I faced : In my program management experience, I did not complete all programs I had started

    because of moving to other roles or maternity leaves : I simply referred to the experience I effectively worked and wrote that I made a hand over to another program manager.

    My application was accepted in less than 10 days, without any audit.


  • Resources (1/2)

    A few personal comments about uncertainty and ambiguity sometimes in preparation

    The standard is very synthetic and some concepts are implied, not always detailed;

    There are sometimes some differences between standard & ECO

    There are sometimes non consensual questions and interpretations

    Questions available on internet are not always correct

    Experience helps, but before relying on it for the exam, PMI way should be considered first

    The scope of knowledge is wider than just the standard and can refer to PMBOK or other PMI sources when applicable to program management


  • Resources (2/2)

    !Helpful to download electronic version to look fro key words

    Dr Ginger Levin Prac>ce ques>ons + 2 exam tests "

    !very helpful to assimilate standard and ECO. Would recommend to start with the book before the one below.

    Others core resources available on PMI website : Examina>on Content On line PMI Lexicon PMI Code of Ethics PMBOK : mainly techniques

    and tools sec>ons of all processes

    Jean Gouix &Mar>al Bellec Prac>ce ques>ons + 1 exam test ! very helpful to test the combina>on of your knowledge and experience. Prac>ce ques>ons + 1 exam test

    Linkedin Group !Direct contact to Dr Ginger& Jean Gouix , learnings sharing from applicants, great interna>onal community

    Coaching Harish (Addon Skills) Personalized coaching sessions

    on certain concepts Ques>ons banks Ques>on/answers sessions

    with other applicants. Lessons learnt with successful

    applicants !Really helped me to boost my knowledge, train with about 400 very good ques>ons and

    really prepare the exam.

    My own ar>facts !to assimilate, make links in your mind, building your own things helps a lot


  • Artifacts Make your synthesis of key concepts

    I struggled with ECO un>l I realized tasks were not sequen>al (except ini>a>ng and closing) and most of the ques>ons where asked on task basis. I nally made a puzzle decomposing each task what, how, what for : this helped me a lot

    Each >me I understood something new, I updated my ar>facts.

    ECO puzzle : funny and ecient !

    Your own glossary : e.g - Dene benets Iden>fy benets - Close or terminate the program

    closure - Stang management plan is men>oned in

    PMBOK and PMI lexicon,

    Use and share what you have just learnt : e.g - In my job, I started using new words,

    implemen>ng new things - I shared with my team an introduc>on to

    program management based on our common experience.

    Blank sheets very helpful the week before the exam to refresh knowledge every day and last gaps .

    Processes Tools PMBOK



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    Other slideshares available on : hRp:// Virtual team management : an opportunity to grow Taking over a (rst) management role Mutual enrichment personal and professional lives many others things in prepara>on

    If you want to be informed about next productions, conferences or inuence them,

    please contact me

    [email protected] or

    Celine Durnez Entrepreneur Cer>ed PMP and PgMP