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PMP vs PRINCE2 - Why one rather than the other?

What are the reasons why a project manager should select PMP certification rather than Prince 2, or vice versa? Are they complementary or competing?
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Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
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PMP Experience Documentation [closed]

I am looking to take the PMP exam in a year or so, and see that one of the requirements is "at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects." ...
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What is the relation between PMBOK and real world Project Management?

While I was studying for my PMP certification I learned many things that over my course of 10 years I was doing differently. Now after being a PMP for a year, I see how you can get value from the ...
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What's the best way to prepare for PMP Certification? [closed]

I am ready to start preparation for the PMP and wanted to get your opinion on the resources you've used (outside of the PMBOK to prepare). I am really interested in a self paced online course, and ...
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MBA vs PMP to prepare for shifting to Management Career

I am wondering for a person who wants to advance his career from the development to management level in IT sector, what will provide him the suitable foundation or knowledge for him? MBA or PMP ? ...
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What does PMP Certification guarantee about a person?

If someone has written PMP on their resume. What can I assume that they know about project management? Would they know what is scrum, extreme programming, waterfall, etc? Would they know which ...
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How Can I Maintain My PMP Certification and Earn PDU's In an Inexpensive Manner?

If you've earned your PMP certification, you now have to maintain your credentials by participating in professional development activities. This is from the PMI Web Page on Maintaining Your ...
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Career path in project management

I am a software engineer working in a CMMI level 5 company with around 2 years and 5 months of experience. I am fascinated towards project management and analysis, for this I want to get some ...
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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

Scope is divided into two categories: Product scope, which is the features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result, and; Project scope, which is all the work needed to deliver a ...
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How to handle selection process for new project manager position I'm interested in?

In the company I'm currently working at, there is a new opening for a project manager position. I've been here for two long years working in a more technical role (software configuration manager), ...
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If someone doesn't have enough experience to get the PMP, should they get the CAPM instead or wait until they have enough experience for PMP?

Lets say someone is still in university, so they still require 7500 hours of project management experience to applying for PMP. Would it be worth their while to do the CAPM or to simply wait until ...
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Is the PMP or other project management certification worth while to have?

This is a classic question whose answer would likely help a lot of people on this site. Is it worth it to get the PMP? How about other project management certifications?
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What ways exist to earn PDUs to keep active all PMI Certifications?

Lets use this question to list all possible ways to earn PDUs. Please moderator covert this question in a community post. Summary of all the answers: PMI Chapter regular meetings (2 PDUs per ...
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Can the scale of a project be considered a constraint?

The triple constraints are listed as Time, Cost and Scope. PMBOK 4th Edition lists 6 project constraints: Cost, Time, Scope, Quality, Risk, and Resources. Can the scale of a project be considered a ...
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How to anticipate delays in the project schedule?

I once managed a very intensive, very complex project that with every tool, illustrated an on-time schedule. But in the end, the project was severely delayed. I understand the concept of "known ...
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Can someone explain the Requirements Traceability Matrix purpose?

So I was taking a sample scope management test online, and Question #9 stumped me -- the question on the traceability matrix. Can someone please explain why b is better than c? Below is the direct ...
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Does my job as a database programmer/report writer contain acceptable PM experience for the PMP Exam?

I would love some feedback on my work experience in the context of the PMP experience requirement. I have an M.S. degree, so I need 4500 hours. I have a background in audit, IT audit, and then ...
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Are there advantages to joining PMI before paying for/taking PMP exam?

I had read somewhere that you can receive a discount on the PMP exam fee if you are a PMI member, but this seems debatable when you consider that you need to pay for the membership. Other than a ...
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Does a PhD degree enable one to take PMP exam? [closed]

this is my first question on this board as I've stumbled over it on my internet search for my question... I'm pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering, have done a several industrial internships (...
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Is it possible to use Rita's and Andy Crowe's books to prepare for the CAPM exam?

I've bought the two books mentioned above to prepare for the PMP exam until I have the required conditions (3+ years of PM work) fulfilled. I've recently had a look at the CAPM exam however, and ...
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How can I write a project charter prior to collecting requirements, defining scope, estimating and so on?

I am trying to set my mind on the PMI rails, but absolutely can't get the order in which a project manager asked to prepare a project charter prior to steps in the planning process group like ...
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Recording work experience on PMP application

can I have 0 hours recorded for some process groups in my PMP application? as I was not involved in all the process groups.
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PMP Experience “within the past five years”

Few years ago I looked into getting the PMP and main reason I didn't was that the "experience verification form" required that all hours listed be within the past five years. Looking at their site ...
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PMP certification 35 contact hours- neccessary to be from training institute?

In the eligibility of the PMP certification it mentions "35 contact hours", I have searched on this for my local region and it seems to be that some training centers listed on the PMP site would ...
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Faulty piece of software discovered, next steps for a Project Manager to take

Consider the following scenario, which is straight out of a PMP exam prep book: The project manager of a large software implementation project just finished a project status meeting. In the ...
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Do we really apply all methodology/approaches mentioned in PMBOK/study guide in our projects?

I have a question regarding PMP implementation in our projects. Should we apply all methodology/approaches mentioned in PMBOK/study guide in our projects? In my career I have seen estimation is not ...
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What does it mean to 'crash a project'?

'Crash the project' is a term is used frequently in PMP materials. What does it mean exactly? How is it related to 'compressing the schedule', if at all?
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ETC calculation including SPI

PMBok (page 221) mentions two formulas for estimation ETC based on previous project performance. These are: (1) ETC = (BAC-EV) / CPI (2) ETC = (BAC-EV) / (CPI * SPI) While (1) is completly clear ...
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Number of PMP, CSM and Prince2-certified PMs

What are current world-wide numbers of people who are: PMP (Project Management Professional) CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Prince2 certified
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Explanation on the order of Planning Processes in Rita's Process chart

I am preparing for PMP, currently in Chapter 3 of Rita Mulcahy 's book. I prefer understanding over memorization, the 'why' rather than the 'what'. I searched on the web to understand why the ...
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( PMBOK 5th Edition ) What is difference between Quality Audit and Process Analysis?

For the PMBOK 5th Edition. 2 of the Perform Quality Assurance Tools & Techniques are -Quality Audit -Process Analysis ( Pgs 438-439, Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & ...
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Can the PRINCE2 and Scrum Master Certificates be claimed as Contact Hours?

My understanding is that a requirement to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate is to accumulate 35 Contact Hours (also referred as PDUs by other sources) prior to the ...
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Does developing a software project count towards the prerequisites for PMP certification?

I work as software engineer, with a Masters in Computer Science. My question is about PMP certification. I heard that the prerequisites of PMP certification include 4500 hours of project experience. ...
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Can I go for PMP certification without having any project management experience?

I have 4 years of work experience as Network consultant. I have worked in a team and also led a team of 3. However, I have never worked as a Project Manager. Can I go for the PMP certification or not?
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Requirements for PMI's PMP course

I am interested in working towards my PMP certification. I have a 3 year BSc degree from someplace in Canada which I got back in the mid 1980s. As I read the requirements, they specify a 4 year ...
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When a new standard is about to be released for a PM certification, should I take the current version or wait for the next?

From a project management perspective, Which is more advisable? To go for a certification right away (currently, the PMP with PMBOK n-1) To Wait for the rollout of the next standard (like PMBOK n [...
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What is the meaning of “dollars per module”?

I am working through Rita (8th edition) and there was the following question: Which of the following is an example of parametric estimates? The correct answer is Dollars per module. Of course I was ...
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How important are PMI certifications in the beginning of a PM career?

More specifically, should I consider getting the CAPM while completing graduate studies, or just wait out until I have more experience and can get the PMP?
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Can organizational trainings (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP?

Can organizational trainings on Project Management (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP? For example I recently attended a few trainings on ...
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Does Managing Science Research Projects Count as PMP Project Experience?

I have a friend who has a M.S. in Biology and has led several biology-related research projects with both pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. Her job was eliminated (second time), and she is ...
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Is a company with Tech Leads a matrix organization?

Employees of my company are grouped into pools depending on technical skills (e.g. front-end devs, back-end devs, QA engineers, etc). For each pool there's a Tech Lead who doesn't manage projects (or ...
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PMP Experience Verification

I'm currently studying for the PMP exam and I am wondering if I could use below as experience for the PMP. 2008-2012: Title: Manager (Position located in Taiwan) I managed 2 staff members and ...
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Filling PMP Application as Consultant - Project Role and Organization Details

As a person who is currently working as Consultant at an IT Consulting Firm which roles have ranged from Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Expeditor and Project Contributor, how should I ...
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Specific Practice Exam Website Question (Quality) [closed]

Does anyone have experience with Exam Central practice exam web site? Since there was just a change in the version of the test and such, I was wondering how accurately this site represents what I ...
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How wise is sitting for PMP exam in changing year?

I was planning to sit for PMP by the end of this year (November/December). I've through some books, prepared my experience documentation, obtained initial approval from supervisors, and set plans to ...
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Auditing vs. Inspection

I’m confused about the difference between audit and inspection. I know that they will have different meanings if used in different processes, but I think that inspection is about “deliverable or ...
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Does Project Charter change when the Project manager changes?

What if the project manager changes all of a sudden during the project at any phase (Due to resignation / Personal reasons / Accident). Does the Project charter also change with it? If so, Who does ...
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How many certified project managers in the world?

ISTR that it is estimated that there are over 1 million project managers with the PRINCE2 certification, but can someone point me to an accurate reference for this and/or any other certifications such ...
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Are there any Project Mangement Training classes that include the PMP certification? [closed]

I know there are multiple training classes for PMP but I am looking for classes that have the certification included in the training. Or if not, a voucher for the PMP certification.