How can one possibly prepare for the PMP Exam in 30 days or less? There are some individuals out there that can pull off this scenario and be done with it. Cornelius Fichtner in his article "How to Prepare for the PMP® Exam in 30 days?" provides as good a plan as any. He has some good links to some of his other self-help project management documentation, which nicely supplements the framework laid out in the article.
As I started reading, my first thought was that a PMP Exam candidate should be certain that there is not another path one could pursue at a slower pace. He mentioned employment mandated timelines. While these do exist, if you find yourself in this predicament, it is worth your while to make an appeal for an extension if the circumstances that led to the 30-day deadline were beyond your control. That said, I was happy to see that later in the article, Mr. Fichtner addressed the issue of perceived urgency versus the advantages to a preparation method that is able to provide you a deeper understanding of the project management discipline. The goal is not to memorize a large quantity of information, but rather to develop an in depth knowledge of the concepts so that when faced with situations that don't follow the examples in the textbook, you can create a solid plan to tackle your project and succeed.
The article had balance and good content. If you are preparing for the PMP Exam, take some time to read his comments and the information at the links he provides. Hopefully it will be useful to you and help you avoid the pressure of an imminent deadline in your professional growth plan.
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