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PMBOK 6th Edition Release Date and Timeline

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This article is a brief overview of the release date for A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Sixth Edition and how this affects the CAPM Exam.

In addition to giving you all the dates of the PMBOK 6 release we will also give you our recommendation on which version you should use for your CAPM exam prep studies.

This article will be updated over time as PMI releases more specific release dates.

 When will PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition be released?

According to PMI, we can expect the following release dates:

  • Draft Release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 (Jan-Mar 2017)
  • Final Release is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017 (Jun-Aug 2017)

The Draft Release is mainly intended for training companies, so that we can begin updating our training materials. Students do not need to worry about that particular version at all.

When will The CAPM Exam change?

The CAPM Exam is largely based on the content found in the PMBOK® Guide. The exam changeover from version 5 to 6 is scheduled as follows:

  • CAPM Exam update to PMBOK 6 will happen in Q1 of 2018 (Jan-Mar 2018)

Which version of the PMBOK Guide should I use to study?

That's easy:

  • Are you taking your exam before Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK 5.
  • Are you taking your exam after Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK 6.

7 Ways to Advance Your Project Management Career

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Project management experts and executive IT recruiters provide tips to project managers on what they can do to give their careers a boost.

 

Everyone wants to get ahead. (Well, almost everyone.) Project managers are no different. Hence the number of certification exams project managers take. But just having CAPM after your name is no longer enough in today's high-tech mobile world.

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So what skills do project managers need to get ahead? Dozens of project management experts, executives and recruiters share their top seven project management career tips.

1. Get certified. 

"There is no getting away from having at least one of the standard PM credentials, e.g.,CAPM -- and now the norm is to have more than one," says Courtney Kirschbaum, CEO at CK Consulting and Her Next Move.

2. Remember that experience matters. 

"Hands-on project experience is more important than certifications," says Chris Mitchell, principal & manager, Technology Contract Staffing,WinterWyman, a recruitment firm.

"Yes, certifications like PMP, Six Sigma, Agile Scrum, etc., are nice to have but most [companies] looks for real world experience geared toward the specific pipeline of work they have," Mitchell says. "So the more experience you have in the area you want to be in, the better your chances of advancement.

3. Speak the language of business, not just project management. 

"Skip the jargon when dealing with non-PM people who don't live in the world of Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt Charts and Monte Carlo analysis," says Joe McElhaney, director of the accounting firm Aronson LLC.

"Articulate the value, progress and estimates of your project in business terms (e.g., dollars, ROI, payback period, etc.) in addition to the traditional scope/performance, cost and schedule terms most PMs use," McElhaney says. "Nothing will advance your career more than using the terms that the people responsible for your promotion use."

4. Don't be a PM zealot. 

"Project management zealots are people who believe they must use every best practice or tool included in whatever methodology or body of knowledge they subscribe to, regardless of whether all of those practices are appropriate for the project," says McElhaney. Instead "a PM [should] apply the right mix of project management tools for the individual project."

However, too often, project managers stubbornly cling to a specific methodology -- the one they are certified in -- even when it may not be the right approach. It's "this is a bad habit [that] often leads to the popular misconception that project management doesn't work or isn't useful," McElhaney says

5. Don't shy away from "hard" projects -- or give up (or assign blame) when the going gets tough. 
"As a project manager, don't be afraid to be bold," says David Laing, director of Innovation, LaserJet & Enterprise Solutions Business, HP.

"Be the go-to person for the hardest projects. When other project managers run away, step up and volunteer to take on the toughest assignments," Laing says. "This will help you gain visibility within your company and enable you to drive results."

Similarly, don't give up or blame others when projects get delayed or encounter setbacks. Instead, work with the team to find solutions and keep the project moving forward. Companies look for and promote problem solvers. And an ability to get the job done, despite obstacles, will put you in good stead with senior management.

6. Be clear about your career goals. 

"Actively pursue and communicate your career goals so that your supervisor, your mentor, your peers and coworkers know where you want to be in five years," says Kari Fernandez, PMP, CSM, senior technical manager,Experis Global Content Solutions, part of the Manpower Group.

"Be very clear about your goals and work together with your supervisor to determine how [to accomplish them]," Fernandez says. "Do this through performance reviews and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings to ensure that you are selected for the right opportunities to advance your career."

7. Play nicely with others. 

"I have seen excellent, technically strong project managers who just rub people the wrong way," says Wu. "Project managers need to remember that the deliverable requires the entire team. Thus, treat people with respect, be firm, but also be nice."

Remember, "everyone you encounter is your customer," Fernandez says. So "treat everyone with the same professionalism, courtesy and service-oriented responsiveness. Ignore titles and roles, and remember that how you treat other people matters," she says. "Your career will flourish as you gain respect and build a network of people who will champion you and your career goals."

Average CAPM Salary 2015

  • Written by Annette Ward
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Project management is one of the key processes of everyday functioning in organizations across the world. It refers to activity required for planning, motivating, organizing, and controlling procedures, resources, and protocols for achieving specific objectives or goals related to daily or scientific problems.

If you are planning to pursue a career in project management then the CAPM certification provides the perfect platform and recognition. It’s an important entry-level certification and those who achieve it are titled as a Certified Associate in Project Management.

Successful completion of this certification course would mean that a candidate possesses the necessary knowledge and skills related to the principles project management.

The CAPM certification will enable individuals to handle the primary challenges of project management, which include achieving all of the project objectives and goals keeping in mind various preconceived constraints. The primary constraints include time, scope, budget, and quality while the secondary constraints include optimization of allocation of required inputs and integration of these inputs in a manner that meets certain pre-defined objectives.

Why CAPM is so popular

The certified associate in project management (CAPM) certification is a credential that is currently being offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The certification course has been designed specifically for beginners in project management. The aim of the CAPM certification program is to enable candidates’ with an in-depth understanding of fundamental knowledge of project life cycle and organization, terminology and various processes that play an integral role in effective project management. The advantage of PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification is that it will provide you with project management credential that is globally recognized. Your CAPM certification will indicate to your prospective employers anywhere across the world that you are well versed with various global project management processes as well as terminology.

Average Pay after CAPM Certification

PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is considered as one of the highest paying certifications with an average annual salary of $101,103.

 

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The salary of candidates varies according to job role and experience. A candidate with less than a 1 year experience will have a median annual salary of $45,611 and this it will increase to $77,914 with 10 years of experience or even more.

 

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Job titles for CAPM certified professionals

The entry level designations in the industry for CAPM certified professionals are business analyst and project coordinators. The mid-level jobs for CAPM certified professionals include associate project manager, and project manager while the top level includes senior project manager, deputy project manager and director – project management.

What sets CAPM certification apart from other Project management certifications?

PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is considered as one of the top certifications in the world today. It provides the following skills to candidates through the course:

  • Skills for initiating a project

  • Monitoring, executing, controlling and completing a project
  • Project preparation as well as planning proficiency
  • Planning for quality at each stage of the project
  • Estimating cost of activity
  • Perform quality assurance
  • Foreseeing as well as planning for the uncertain and unexpected
  • Leading, hiring, and managing project teams

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is the only in-depth, detailed course in project management that imparts knowledge in areas like scope management, cost and time management, integration and quality management, risk management, human resource management, stakeholder and procurement management among others.

The knowledge gained by a CAPM certified professional can be applied for achieving high levels of competence in project management the practice. The primary incentives for this certification include professional recognition worldwide, increased career and growth opportunities, and high salary.

The 5 Project Management Tools You Need to Have

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Professional project managers have to be a mix of traffic cop, problem solver, juggler and translator.

 

Not only do they have to know where everything is, who’s doing what, what’s late, and what’s on time at any given moment, they also have to communicate all of that to a team of very busy people. How do they do it? Are they superheroes?

Actually, some might be. Managing not just people’s varying work styles, but also the technology and flow of information that seems to change by the day – from compatibility and version control, to accessibility and hardware – project managers are knee-deep in it all, requiring them to adapt and adopt as fast as anyone in today’s workforce.

Super or not, they all have some help. Whether you’re a project management by trade or just looking to get your life and work in order, these five project management tools definitely deserve a place in your utility belt.

 

TRELLO

As project management tools go, the Web-based Trello comes with one of the lowest learning curves out there. Its notecard-style layout is clean and intuitive, and its simple interface makes it easy to use for anyone new to project management tools. Sharing and collaborating is easy, too. But Trello’s best feature may be its flexibility. Its simplicity allows it to function as a task manager, a to-do list, a bulletin board, or just about anything you need it to be. And just because it’s great for beginners doesn’t mean it’s a lightweight. There’s plenty of functionality here for veteran project managers. Basic use is free. Available for iOS, Android, Windows 8 tablet, and the Web.

 

FLOW

With an attractive interface and plenty of power under the hood, Flow is a great tool for novices and pros alike. Its functionality is a bit beefier than Trello’s, but it’s still easy to use. Flow has a terrific dashboard that allows users to see everything all in one place. It also has a unique ability to break work up into different levels, labeled as “workspaces, groups, lists, tasks, and subtasks.” There’s a lot to like here, but Flow really shines when it comes to collaboration and communication. Its social-media-style commenting and alerts system will be instantly familiar to just about anyone. Starts at $19/month. Available for iOS, Android, Mac, and the Web.

 

ASANA

While not as visually appealing as Trello or Flow, Asana has plenty of punch. Keeping multiple stakeholders informed and on-task is easy, thanks to its robust task management system. And since it comes with its own inbox, your email account won’t get overloaded with status updates and comments from collaborators. Asana is heavily focused on tasks and milestones, so if there’s a dog-eared copy of The Checklist Manifesto on your bedside table, Asana might be the tool for you. Basic use is free. Available for iOS, Android, and the Web.

 

BASECAMP

The one that started it all. Basecamp has been around for 15 years, and it’s seen plenty of imitators come and go. And while it’s not as feature-rich or visually snazzy as some others on this list, Basecamp still has a lot to offer. There are the usual to-do lists, goals, and discussions. Document sharing is extremely easy here, and Basecamp’s calendar tool makes visualizing your progress a breeze. For fans of simple, effective project management tools without a lot of window dressing, Basecamp will be a sure thing. Starts at $20/month. Available for iOS, Android, and the Web.

 

CLARIZEN

If pure firepower is your thing, then you’ll probably love Clarizen. In addition to all the features listed on the project management tools above, Clarizen offers the ability to manage budgets, track expenses, and handle complex scheduling tasks. It also integrates with common business tools like SalesForce, Microsoft Outlook, Jira, and Google Apps. There’s even an Excel add-in for the data wonks out there. If you need a tool to manage your personal to-do list, Clarizen is definitely overkill. But if you need to keep tabs on everything, then it’s probably just what you’ve been looking for. $29.95/month. Available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the Web.

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