How does PMP add value on the job
Post by: Nithya Jai, Greenhorn
on Dec 04, 2007 10:05:00
Most of the certifications test the person's theoritical knowledge about the subject rather than the practical aspects like on the job expertise etc
on Dec 04, 2007 13:03:00
I have found that very little of the material on the PMP exam is "theoretical". If you understand the ideas behind managing changes, defining your project's scope, building a schedule, managing quality, etc. then you will definitely find opportunities to immediately apply them to your projects. In fact, that's why we teach all of the processes, tools and techniques in the context of project scenarios throughout the book. They just don't make sense unless you look at them as part of a bigger project.
Post by: Don Kim, PMP, Greenhorn
on Dec 07, 2007 08:03:00
I do think the PMP will add value to you career, but it has experienced some "watering" down recently, IHMO.
Its like anything, once something breaks out of a niche such as the
PMP designation, that was once known about and held by a select few,
starts achieving its goal of becoming a commercial standard, much of
the good gets lost with the bad as the commercial, monetary concerns
become more emphasized.
For example, I think we all have witnessed the rise of boot camps that promise passing the exam through rote memorization, clever memory triggering schemes and techniques to evaluate the questions and answers to look for clues to find the best answer. This has the problem of diluting the exam's prestige, and I find it a bit distasteful as well (Btw, the "Head First PMP" book does
not at all advocate this, and actually teaches PMBOK fundamentals and does so in a very user friendly way).
But regardless of the ideological debates, anyone right now involved
in project management as a profession, it will only benefit you more
than hurt you to pursue it.
1. It provides a common vocabulary and area of knowledge from within
which those involved in project management can communicate more efficiently and effectively.
2. The growing popularity of the PMP designation, though experiencing
some of the downsides of this popularization, is in general a good thing as it creates more visibility for the profession.
3. Unlike other certification, such as technology specific
certifications like those from Microsoft or Cisco, the PMBOK provides a
pretty general framework and body of knowledge that will stay timely for
years to come.
4. I think the recent adoption by the ISO standardizing body to standardize the PMBOK is a testament to this. The PMP was the first and only certification to obtain this, which is a designation other certifications cannot boast.
5. For individuals profiting from training, writing prep books, etc.
to those who are wanting to pass the exam, so what? That's the beauty
of living in an entrepreneurial, capitalist society, and if they do a
bad job, the market will usually take care of it.
6. Finally, good project managers will always be good managers
regardless of having or not having the three letter designation next
to their name, but why not increase our marketability and edge you
gain by getting the certification?
Just go for it! I know the intense studying I did for it, definitely