A PMO Maturity Model for Practical People

Did you know that more than half of Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail within 3 years of kicking off? This absurd failure rate is driven in large part by a gap in expectations. Most of the time, an executive looks around and sees a competitor with their own PMOs driving change and adding value, and they say, “I want that”. But like anything else, a PMO goes through stages of maturity and it can’t tackle huge challenges right away.


Taking the PMP Exam

You’ve applied, you’ve got your test date, and you’ve read both the PMBOK guide and a prep book. Think you’re ready to take the exam? Wrong! You may feel ready, and you may pass if you take the test as you are now. But then again, you may not. And I want you to move beyond the “maybe I’ll pass” stage into “I’m going to crush it!” territory. To do that, you need to prepare for the exam itself, not just the material. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a 1-page strategy guide, or read on to learn how you should approach taking the PMP exam.


Studying for the PMP Exam

The PMP exam is difficult for both novices and experienced project managers, but the sheer volume of material makes studying a challenge on its own! Over the course of my studying, I made a tool to practice intermittent recall and help store the exam material in long-term memory. Scroll to the bottom of this post to download it, or read on to learn why it’s helpful for exam takers. (more…)

Applying for the PMP Exam

Applying for the PMP exam is not difficult, but putting together a proper application takes time. Over the course of my application, I made an excel tool to quickly estimate the project management hours I needed to apply successfully. Scroll to the bottom of this post to download it, or read on to learn why it’s helpful for would-be exam takers. (more…)