My PMP journey with the Winning Plan for PMP

While studying for my PMP exam, I came across the promising reviews for the book “Winning Plan for PMP” by Vidyesh Ave and Ms.Vidhiraj. I was impressed by the reviews, and couldn’t resist buying this book. Amazon Prime member, I received the book instantly. The authors have been very generous with their advice. The words and language reflect their desire to help others pass this exam. The book contains a detailed plan that is extremely helpful for novices who are struggling to earn this credential. I followed the plan and followed the recommendations.

The best part was the Whatsapp group that was created by the Authors. The forum is a great place to ask stimulating questions and have stimulating discussions. Authors can participate and sometimes challenge one’s reasoning, thereby correcting or strengthening it. I appreciate the effort these guys put forth. They even assign a mentor to assist with exam preparation.

I was able to correct my thinking and it helped me to think and solve the problems.
I was able to pass my PMP with an AT score.
Sharing my study plan:
I had a detailed plan. I spent 3 hours each day on my study. I spent 6-8 hours each weekend studying. I listened to relevant videos while driving. I made sure that I solved at least 50 questions each day from different sources. I also completed 5 mock tests before the exam. I have solved 6000 questions. So that I was familiar with the exam, I took the mock exam at the time I was scheduled. The mock tests helped me to relieve stress and I was able to get a seat at the test centre an hour before the scheduled time. My brain dump of 49 processes took me 3.5 minutes. I had practiced a lot and was doing this exercise every day. Although the questions were difficult, they weren’t too long. The brain dump was very helpful in answering the questions. There were many questions about change management. No question on Agile .

My preparation sources :-
PMBOK- Although many trainers discourage the use of this, I found it to my best resource. I read it three times and made notes. I also made my own notes about each step.
Rita – I used the book with PMBOK to test my knowledge by solving problems. I was able to score 85-90 on the exams. I carefully reviewed my reasoning with the book.
Maneesh Vijaya also recommended “Read and Pass PMP notes”. This book was extremely helpful in understanding the subject. It is available only in kindle.
I answered all questions of Kim Hidelman, Headfirst.
I also used videos of Ricardo Vargas, Izenbridge and Praizion to help me understand key concepts.
I also recommended the following apps: PMP Exam mentor, EZPM. They were fantastic.
Mock tests – Elsayed on Udemy and Andre on Udemy. PMAspire, PMPrepcast – Free Version, OpenPM. Joseph Philips, Scordo, Oliver Lehman.
A few more points:- I started this journey to learn PM knowledge and apply it to my project. I wanted to manage it professionally. I created forms and templates, as well as various processes that were specific to my project. The exam was for me a side effect. I am from a non-IT background, heading Plant Utilities, EHS and new projects in an US Multinational.Another point is that many aspirants sacrifice sleep. I made sure I slept 6-8 hours at night at least one week before the exam. I stopped reading material a day before. I found the material in this group extremely useful. I had also prepared a diet plan to help me better manage exam.

Vidhi and Vidhyesh, thank you! Best wishes! !
Srinivas Patil (PMP).
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