Agile Principles in Project Management

  • 23 September, 2021


PMP Updates Exam Content with Agile Principles

PMP® exam content changed in January 2021 and now includes many more questions related to agile principles. This blog will help you understand what agile methodologies are as well as provide some suggestions on how to pass the more agile-focused PMP exam.

Find Out What Agile Principles Are-and Practice Them!

My first suggestion would be to read the Agile Practice Guide published by PMI in 2017. Created with "input from the leading experts in the field of agile practices," this guide is "filled with examples, tips and case studies"1 ("Agile Practice Guide"). It provides a complete introduction to Agile principles and concepts, as well as related terminology.

Next, see if you know any agile practitioners in your network and have a conversation (or two!) with them about how they use agile principles and practices in their daily routine. Networking with experts in agile principles is a great way to learn from others and to help further the project management profession.

Other great resources include taking an exam preparation course from EduMind or purchasing a practice problems and solutions book. Ultimately, you want to try and answer as many questions as possible when you study for the exam, because the key to passing is being prepared-and we all know that practice makes perfect!

Agile Principles in Project Management

My Top Exam Study Tips

Studying for the PMP exam requires a strategy and a plan, so here are few of my top tips to help you prepare for success on exam day.

  1. First, refer to the Exam Content Outline (ECO) on PMI's website. Carefully reading and fully understanding the ECO is probably the most important tip I have for you, because if you are unaware of what will be on the exam, you won't have a good idea of what to study.
  2. Second, create a study plan based on the current ECO, and ensure you set aside sufficient time to study each day.
  3. Next, I highly recommend taking an exam preparation course, like what EduMind offers. Choosing a reputable educational provider takes the guesswork out of the process, so you'll not only learn exactly what to study, but also learn from expert instructors!
  4. Fourth, practice makes perfect. One smart strategy is to spend as much time possible studying your practice questions and flash cards. EduMind is releasing an app soon where you can study these resources anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Think of the times you have a few minutes of downtime-that is the perfect opportunity to practice some content retrieval with flash cards.
  5. Finally, it's essential to take care of yourself before exam day. Make sure you eat a good dinner, get plenty of rest the night before, get breakfast, and arrive with plenty of time to relax and settle in before the exam: here's a separate blog with helpful advice on dealing with exam anxiety, if that's something you're worried about.

Time to Pass!

Now that you're armed with some knowledge, tools, and techniques to help you prepare and pass your PMP exam, consider partnering with EduMind' to take advantage of their award-winning PMP exam prep courses. EduMind's students have a 98% pass rate; in fact, they're so confident you'll pass that they even extend access to course resources for free if you don't! Their innovative learning tools and subject matter expert instructors will provide what students need to succeed on exam day. I hope this blog helped you understand a little more about the new PMP exam as well as provided some framework to your study efforts. Good luck!

Reference:

1 "Agile Practice Guide." Project Management Institute. Accessed September 22, 2021. https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/practice-guides/agile.
About the Author: Rebecca Zapor

Rebecca Zapor has more than 10 years of experience as a project manager and has been PMP-certified since 2014. Most recently, she has been working as a project manager in the healthcare industry.

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