PM 101 – Do you know what a project is?

Aspiring project managers, do you really know what a project is?  The PMP exam will test your knowledge to see if you can truly identify what a project is or isn’t.

A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.  The temporary nature of projects indicates that a project has a definite beginning and end.  The end is reached when the project’s objectives have been achieved or when the project is terminated because its objectives will not or cannot be met (PMBOK 5th Ed. page 3).

Characteristics of a project:

  • Temporary – This refers to the execution of the project and not necessarily the product of the project.
  • unique result – This means that it is unlike anything else, or equal.  Project processes are iterative.  Therefore, not all elements/aspects of the project is unique, but all projects are unique in their own way.
  • Progressively elaborated – It is continuously iterating the process of refining and further detailing the product characteristics based on more detailed information and insight that becomes available as the project progresses.

Since we are able to identify the characteristics of a project and define it as per PMI, PMBOK.  Then we should be able to get these questions right on the exam.

Please feel free to leave your comments or message me if you need clarification.


Project Management

For the past four years, I have developed a passion in Project Management.  An ever  burning flame of passion that does not cease to quench, even on my dullest of days.  The thought of practicing project management in PMI’s  paradigm also has influence, and my be the source of this eagerness to learn new concepts and principles.  Project Management is a Science, and a way of life – and I enjoy managing and coordinating projects.

I love to inspire and teach.  Although I am not a trained teacher, but I think I have been doing pretty well so far…..

If you are interested in doing the PMP exam and need extra help, feel free to contact me or comment below. FREE of cost, no hidden fees whatsoever.

I will share my knowledge with you for FREE.



Here is a list of acronyms aspiring project managers must know.

  • AC – Actual Cost
  • CCB – Change Control Board
  • COQ – Cost of Quality
  • CPM – Critical Path Method
  • EMV – Expected Monetary Value
  • EVM – Earned Value Management
  • IFB – Invitation for Bid
  • OBS – Organizational Breakdown Structure
  • RAM – Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • RBS – Risk Breakdown Structure
  • RFQ – Request for Information
  • SOW – Statement of Work
  • SWOT – Strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • T&M – Time and Material
  • WBS – Work Breakdown Structure

Please feel free to leave your comment below, I am sure more common acronyms could make this list.





The amount of time needed to prepare for the PMP exam varies per individual.

It is unreasonable to state a specific time to prepare for this exam as your real world experience, prior knowledge, and how fast/well you learn will determine the amount of effort you need to exert for this exam.

Nevertheless, you do not need to over study in order to become certified.

An easy way to determine the amount of time needed is to take the following factors into consideration:

  • You should Read the PMBOK at least once – It is essential to read the PMBOK Guide, it is the Bible to the Project Management Profession.
  • Read a PMP Prep book such as Rita Mulcahy Exam Prep (Top recommended), she will give you guidance on the most important topics, tricks of the trade and things you should memorize for the exam. You should also practice the end of chapter questions as you can use this as benchmark to see how well you understood the chapter and where you need to focus more attention.
  • Simulate the exam environment and Practice exams – Since you are allowed only four (4) hours to do the exam, it is crucial to practice time management. By simulating these exams you will be better equipped to answering questions and manage your time while in the actual exam.
  • You will know you are ready for the exam when your mock exams scores are consistently 80% and above.
  • If you are sitting the Paper Based (PBT) exam like I did, then you would most definitely have to choose a date (offered three times per year). You would then have to prepare yourself within this timeline and ensure that you are for this date.  Otherwise you can just visit and schedule your exam.
  • Be Ready, Pass your exam Good LUCK!

Passing the PMP exam

Today I am truly elated to post that I passed the PMP exam on my second attempt.

The following people and texts is a main contributor to my success.
– God, my family and friends
– PMBOk 5th Ed. Read thoroughly once, then still used to reference some chapters
– Rita Mulcahy -I read this book twice along with referencing when I am reading the PMBOK
– Read other material online and  blog post, used Richard Kraneis, PMP, MBA method for remembering the knowledge areas and process groups.
– Practiced about 1200 questions from exam central, Christopher Scordo on the PMI website, Headfirst, all end of chapter questions from Rita.

I will be more than happy to assist anyone with more lessons learned and my exam strategy.
Future aspirants – Good Luck!

Please leave your comments or questions below, I will be more than happy to provide you with feedback!

Autumn ……Winter

Have you ever just sit and wonder where the days goes?  You can’t seem to fathom all that transpired throughout your day. Seconds turn to minutes, then to hour and the morning passes and the evening comes..  It’s yet another day and you wonder what its gonna be like ..but before you know it  a week gone by and months… autumn turns winter.

Life is too short to live your days naively.  Every day you should be thankful, not everyone who sees today gets to see tomorrow.  I know life can be a struggle and you just exist in the day and you create a routine….to work, to home, to sleep, to kids… sometimes we seem to forget we have people call friends.// some close and some far.  Then years have passed and you feel so alone and disconnected from life itself.

Do not get caught up…..Get up!  Live!  Live everyday as if it were your last….Have you ever thought about how you would live today if there was no tomorrow?

That’s more than enough reason to live today!


(Recieved this in my email, just thought I would share)

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked well since no one would be poor and no one would be rich, thus providing a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the Socialist plan”…. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they likewise studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one was motivated to study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward (and risk) is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will work really hard to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

A special Father’s Day sentiment to my mother…

Last father’s day (2014) I wrote this piece to my dear mother who had fathered me for the most part of my life.   It encapsulates memories and inside jokes from our past… I just thought I could share.

Unchained Love – My dear Mother 

They say a mother’s love is like a rose and with each and every passing day it grows

But to me your love is like a garden with different variety of flowers that bloom again and again

I can only imagine the day you gave birth, when prematurely I entered this planet – earth

So Close you held me to your bosom the day I was born, I was wrapped in more than one blanket to fill that space in your arms.

It’s so funny I heard a story of a day I was asleep, I fell underneath the bed still wrapped in sheets

Astonished you were, when you thought I was missing, but I was really right there under the bed sleeping

So you thought that was frightening, wait until you hear this, like the day Viviene dropped me and you got into a fit

So many little details of things I have no recollection for instance the day my cousin held my little foot ready to take action.

How happy you must have felt, my first day at school, you knew I was a genius but still wanted me to learn the golden rule

A few weeks through school and I got the hang of it, Ms. Bibbs was furious when after school I just skipped, Concerned she was as everyone she sees she ask, about the little girl from Dundee who left  school by herself after class

Everyone was happy when they realize I got home safe, but soon after I will strike again with a much different case

So it’s Sunday morning and as usual Mr. Mack goes to his farm in his little red van usually park in his garage

Well the bigger kids I assume, knew what to do, so they hopped on and off the van and they got through

Fear chilled my body when the van started to drive, I held on so tight, I just wanted to stay alive

There you go again mommy when you found your little “angel” was in danger, Lord protect my little girl, you cried to the savior

You ran so fast behind me, ensuring I was safe, It was your love that kept me, I knew I would be O.K.

Seems very hard to let go even when I am growing up, Like the day you sent me on an errand and I missed the 6 O’Clock bus

How nerve wrecking troubled and insane it must have felt, as you lay there crying in the road as your heart just melt

Later in the evening when I got home, oh boy were u upset, but truly deep down there wasn’t much regret

The joy I brought back to your heart that night, you vowed you wouldn’t leave me out of your sight

The woman you thought you probably wouldn’t love the day she grows old, is that same woman today that possess a heart of Gold

She kept you from so many dangers, some things which are better left unsaid, but it ripped her heart out the day she thought you could be dead

She rushed all the way to the hospital tormented and confused, knowing in her heart two of her girls she could lose

Luckily the injuries were minor, we came out with only a scratch, Thank God that was all to it, I don’t think she could’ve handled that

Two beautiful souls wrapped in hers, she’d do anything in a heartbeat to protect her girls

Her Love is sometimes hard to explain, It’s made of deep emotion, devotion, sacrifice and pain

She communicates with tears happy or sad, it was a profound victory to see her on that day with my dad

She is very proud of my achievements you all must agree, like the day I received my university degree

Sometimes she does things you question yourself, with no ulterior motive you’re disappointed again

So happy you made her, funny but true, all she was doing was looking out for you.

How happy it would make me if we could grow old together, although many years apart you’re just like my sister

You have such a big heart, so much love to give, without you in my life I don’t think I could live

You are more than a best friend, no one understands me the way you ever could

And when I think my whole world is tearing apart, no one believes in me like you would

The woman who plays multiple roles in my life is as solid as a rock and is always giving me the support I need to keep me on track

She has brought so much light in my life even more than she ever knows, to the world’s greatest mom and dad, the best I’ve ever known.