New PMP® Exam 2016 Commences – So What’s Actually New

pmpThe new PMP® Exam commenced on January 12th, 2016. Many PMP Aspirants are worried about the so called “big changes” that has happened to the exam questions and wondering if the PMP® Exam Preparation resources {i.e. Training (online, face-to-face, elearning), PMP® mock questions and exam prep books} are still relevant for the new PMP® Exam. Some of them are hesitating to take the new PMP® Exam for the time being. Here is a piece of good news for all PMP® aspirants.

Fortunately, there are quite a few people who are brave enough to take the new PMP® Exam and generous enough to share their lessons learned. I am collating few of their lessons learned.

As you can read from this and other PMP® Exam lessons learned for the new PMP® Exam 2016, the changes are just not major ones. The good news is PMP® Aspirants can still rely on current PMP® Exam Preparation books and mock exams to ace the new PMP® Exam! Just know that there are more questions on Stakeholder Management, Communication Management and about the Project Charter.

Recommended preparation plan:

  • Attend a classroom training being conducted by experienced PMP® Trainers. (only if you have not attended any). If you have attended any training based on Guide to PMBOK 5th edition, that will hold good.
  • For post training preparation you can use the following:
    • Headfirst PMP® book.
    • Rita’s PMP® book (preferably the updated one).
    • Rita’s Questions.
    • Mock Questions from authenticated sources (More questions you attempt the better prepared you are).
  • PDF version of the Guide to PMBOK 5th Edition (given free with PMI® membership).

Follow a plan and stick to it. I have already shared the plan in one of my webinars and blogs which I had used in my endeavor to become PMP® Certified (

Golden rule to pass PMP® exam is 4Ps (Preparation, Practice, Practice, & Practice).

So what’s the actual new PMP® Exam?

Many questions from stakeholder and communications management. You won’t feel like anything will be new or unknown, just more questions. Lot of questions on the before/during/after project charter. It makes sense considering the new tasks added in the Initiating process group. So spend more time on Stakeholder Management and Communication Management chapters and business case/project charter prior taking the exam.

As shared by many recently passed candidates, there is actually little or no “new” knowledge required for the new PMP® Exam 2016. The new PMP® Exam has just shifted a bit of focus to Stakeholder Management, Communications Management and Project Charter, which are top three most important tasks project managers need to know more as found in the PMI’s Role Delineation Study (RDS) in 2015.

Good luck to all of you !!

P.S.: This article is based on my discussion with few candidates who have cleared the PMP® Exam post Jan 11th, 2016.

Skill Set of a Project Manager

spmFor any professional, who is looking to become a Team Leader/Project Manager, It becomes very important to understand the skill sets required for the job and eventually, build/enhance their own skills in the same direction.

KnowledgeWoods – PMP® Global R.E.P. & Microsoft® Partner, works closely with professionals worldwide to build/enhance their Project Management Competency in line with Global Best Practices.

In this KnowledgeWoods video we are going to explain the traits a project manager should have to become successful.

Key Topics:

  1. Skill set a Project Manager should have to be successful.
  2. Professional and personal traits of a project manager

The project manager is the person assigned by the performing organization to lead the team that is responsible for achieving the project objectives. The role of a project manager is distinct from a functional manager or operations manager.

In general, project managers have the responsibility to satisfy the needs: task needs, team needs, and individual needs. As project management is a critical strategic discipline, the project manager becomes the link between the strategy and the team.

This KnowledgeWoods Video is a part of PMP® – Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Content. For more details, please visit:-

Difference Between Project, Program and Portfolio

DPP-1For any professional working on projects, it become very important to understand the difference between project, program and portfolio to better manage each one of them.

KnowledgeWoods – PMP® Global R.E.P. & Microsoft® Partner, has been working closely with professionals worldwide for their PMP® Certification and Competency Development Initiatives.

In this KnowledgeWoods video, we are going to explain what is a project, program and portfolio.

Key Topics:

  1. What is a Project, Program and Portfolio.
  2. Differences between Project, Program and Portfolio.
  3. How these initiatives are important from an organization perspective.

The relationship among portfolios, programs, and projects is such that a portfolio refers to a collection of projects, programs, subportfolios, and operations managed as a group to achieve strategic objectives.

Programs are grouped within a portfolio and are comprised of subprograms, projects, or other work that are managed in a coordinated fashion in support of the portfolio.

Individual projects that are either within or outside of a program are still considered part of a portfolio.

Although the projects or programs within the portfolio may not necessarily be interdependent or directly related, they are linked to the organization’s strategic plan by means of the organization’s portfolio.

This KnowledgeWoods Video is a part of PMP® – Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Content. For more details, please visit:-

Building an Effective Team

BET-1In this video we are going to ways to build an effective team.

This video covers the following:

  1. Stages of team development.
  2. Project manager’s responsibilities in each stage of team development.
  3. Steps to build a performing team.

Explain Project Scope Statement

scopeIn this video we are going to explain project scope statement.

This video covers the following:

  1. Steps to create an effective project scope statement.
  2. Importance of a project scope statement.

Project Scope Statement contains the description of the project scope, major deliverables, assumptions, and constraints, thereby ensuring that the project and product are described in detail and there is no ambiguity.

Earned Value Management (EVM)

EVMIn this video we are going to explain the concept of earned value management.

This video covers the following:

  1. Calculation of Earned Value, Planned Value, Schedule Variance, Cost Variance, Cost Performance Index, Schedule Performance Index.
  2. Analysis of project status.

Earned Value Management is a methodology that combines scope, schedule, and resource measurements to assess project performance and progress.

Critical Path Method (CPM)

CPM-2In this video we are going to explain the concept of critical path method.

This video covers the following:

  1. Critical Path
  2. Critical Path Method
  3. Calculation of early start, early finish, late start, late finish

Critical path is the sequence of activities that represents the longest path through a project, which determines the shortest possible duration. Typically, it determines the time the project will take. Any deviation in this path can affect the project duration in a negative or positive way.

PMP® or Practitioners’ Approach to Project Management (PAtPM®) – Which Way to Go???


Project Management is undoubtedly one of those professions which always keeps an individual on top of his toes. To survive in this domain, one has to keep himself updated with the changing concepts and principles of the project management arena. Thorough knowledge of the terminology and the methodology is a must. Fine leadership and management qualities are something one just cannot do without.

This is why it becomes mandatory for a project professional to learn and keep a clear approach towards project management, and to also keep himself equipped with globally recognized and widely accepted project management certifications like PMP®.

We have, thus, designed two of our training courses i.e. PMP® (Project Management Professional) Preparation Program and PAtPM® (Practitioners’ Approach to Project Management) Program so as to help the practicing as well as aspiring project managers understand the domain better and gain significant competency on the profession of project management.

Tabulated below are the basic differences in the structure, focus and approach of these programs. Scroll down to figure out which of the two courses appeases your need the most:

PMP® (Project Management Professional) Training Program PAtPM® (Practitioners’ Approach to Project Management) Program
  • If your aim is to crack the PMP® certification exam and gain the prestigious PMP designation, you should opt for PMP® training
  • If you wish to learn the actual project management methodology, and have plans to appear for PMI certifications later on, then go for PAtPM® program
  • This is a crash course where the primary aim is to intensively prepare the participants to crack the PMP® certification exam at the first attempt
  • The primary aim of this program is to ensure that the participants get thorough with the actually practiced project management concepts, and also to encourage them to make a difference in their work environment by applying the Best Practices in Project Management using Microsoft® Project
  • Participants are taught the key project management concepts on which they will be tested in PMP® Certification Exam
  • Participants are taught by making them manage a project throughout its life cycle in the context of a Case Study project.
  • The program covers an overview of the Guide to PMBOK®
  • The program provides deeper and more elaborated understanding and application of the concepts of Guide to PMBOK®
  • This is more theory oriented
  • This is a practical oriented program
  • Provides a fair idea of the project management processes
  • Elaborates the actual flow of processes across the Five (5) Project Management Process Groups i.e. right from Project Initiation till the Final Close Out
  • Provides a clear idea of the PMP® exam pattern and the type of questions
  • Provides a clear idea of what all goes into a successful project and how to deliver a project successfully
  • Intended for participants willing to learn the tactics for passing PMP® certification exam
  • Intended for participants looking to build competency on Project Management
  • This course does not involve any training on Microsoft Project software
  • This course actively involves training on Microsoft® Project 2013 software

We hope the points demarcated above will help you make a wise decision in choosing the course that best matches your requirement.

But, still if you feel there is anything left, No Worries! You can contact us for a one-on-one discussion at +91 120 – 4060 100 / 1800 103 6033 or simply send in your queries at

Wish You Oodles of Luck for all your Project Management Endeavors!

My PMP® Journey and Lessons Learned

My-PMP-JourneyKnowledgeWoods Consulting conducted a webinar on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015, 04:30 PM IST

The purpose of this Webinar is to share the PMP® examination experience. After sitting before a computer answering 200 PMP® Exam questions, I am finally a certified PMP®. The whole preparation journey is both a joyful and fruitful experience for me and my professional life.

In this session, I will try and put across my lessons learned in the famous format of ITTOs adopted by PMI® for the 47 processes described in the Guide to PMBOK Fifth Edition.

This is an interactive webinar which helps participants understand PMP® Exam Prep Method as per Guide to PMBoK® Way via Inputs, Tools & Techniques & Outputs.

During the Webinar, the speaker will answer questions like:-

Inputs to Pass PMP®:-

  1. PMI® Membership.
  2. Requisite Education & Project Management Experience.
  3. An intent to Pass PMP® as quickly as possible and not delay it.

The Tools and Techniques used:-

  1. Training, Mind Maps, Assessment Tools, Performance Review, Information System, Benchmarking


  1. PMP® Exam Success, Final Product/Service/Result, Transition, Lessons Learned, Continuous Improvement

Common Project Problems!

Common Project Problems!
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In today’s competitive business world, every project have threats and its own challenges. Therefore, every project manager(s) / leaders and even project staff member(s) carry equivalent responsibilities to act like sensors and smart enough to communicate  or take corrective action accordingly so as to avoid any foreseen risks that may incur losses to their project(s). Most of the problems can be recognized and are even predictable. While assessing any project(s), it always recommended to stay honest and must have unbiased approach so that problems & changes can be handled skillfully and communicated fairly to all stakeholders including the client(s).

There are few indicators which may give an idea the approaching problems like :-

  • Project(s) start date(s) are not yet finalized( i.e. in floating state),
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  • When Project reports are many but lacks effective communication to stakeholder(s)
  • In Hurry-Up Mode, considering trade-offs in the project(s) due to other business priorities
  • If Key person QUITS!
           And more…….

Having said there are more such indicators which exists in every project(s), our expert will be sharing more such instances cheap football kits and ways to overcome such circumstances. To gain better insights on this conception, We are conducting this webinar will help you to increase your knowledge and also leverage on the presenter’s industry experience at the fullest by participating in Q & A  round Cheap England football shirts at the end of the webinar.

Key Takeaways

  • Ways to identify key problem indicators and taking necessary steps to avoid project failures
  • What to do when you have great people who don’t know what they’re doing
  • How to manage the changes in the ongoing project(s).
  • How to control the cost

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Software Developer/Engineer |  Project Manager | Project Staff / Team Leader  | Business Analyst | Consultant | Functional Manager | Software Professional | Project Planner | Delivery Leader/Manager | Project Director | Manager / Head Information Technology | Program Manager | Civil Engineer | Research & Development Professional | PMP® Certification Examination Applicant