PMP: Project Management Professional Certification Training
In today’s environment, Project Managers are tasked with bringing projects in on time and within budget.
Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) is the ultimate training for people seeking PMP and CAPM certification. Interface’s Project Management Institute (PMI)-authorized course covers all PMBOK® 5th Edition content, exploring the nine knowledge areas through a typical project’s life-cycle including Project Stakeholder Management.
Course content and delivery are consistent with the 35 hours required for PMP exam application and preparation. Download the PMI Project Management Institute PMP Examination Content Outline.
Interface is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider (REP), Instructor Steve Fulmer is an active PMP with 30 years of technical project management experience. He teaches project management methodologies that incorporate an MBA and Business Analyst background.
The Interface classroom course covers the Five Process Groups of Project Management – Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing as they would be recognized in an idealized project. Interface’s PMPC class was selected by the State of Arizona as the PMP instruction standard, and the instructor is one of the first non-state employees to attain certification.
This 5-day PMP Certification training class is available both in the in Phoenix, Arizona and online with our RemoteLive™ training technology.
In this video, PMP instructor Steve Fullmer presents the J Curve as found in PMI and how it affects change.
When you’re trying to understand the field, or career field of project management, they’re all related to change. From the PRINCE methodology, and we talk about it in the Project Management Professional course, we have this J curve associated with change.
Management tends to want us to go from where our current state is, to a better state, in a direct line. It just doesn’t really happen that way though. It’s always disruptive, and this disruption is essentially a continuum that goes from here to here, and this is our timeline.
The challenge with this is, the reality that all disruption is going to affect some kind of change. The PRINCE methodology provides us a methodology, a set of tools that help us attempt to understand what this change process is about. This J curve comes right from the PRINCE methodology.
As we take a look at PMI, the concept of the tools and techniques that are introduced in PMI effectively understand the disruption but say, “If you use the right tools and techniques, you can effectively minimize the negative impact that goes along with that disruption.”
Human beings, for better than 6,000 years of recorded history, have opposed change. We have this fight‑or‑flight mechanism that occurs within our brain, that causes us to push back.
What that actually suggests is that our perception of change and reality is much, much worse than either the actual change of the blue curve, or the simplified better change by using the right tools and techniques.
Project managers need to understand tools and techniques in order to facilitate less disruption and a less deep well that we have to go in to get people motivated to effect change.
The concept is not just about tools and techniques. It’s about leadership skills. Once upon a time a project manager was just a manager of tasks, take this step by step.
Agile methodologies effectively address this by saying, “Hey, rather than trying to do the whole thing at once, let’s take it in little increments. Let’s go part of the way and check where we’re going, and another part of the way and check where we’re going, and another part of the way and check where we’re going,” in little teeny increments.
There are other ways to do the motivation. It’s not just about getting tasks done a step at a time. It’s also very heavily about understanding how to be a leader. Does that mean you set the example and run part of the course? Do you plan the route in advance like a frontiersman, send somebody ahead and let’s go do prototyping?
Project management is all these sets of being a pioneer, an engineer, a leader, a manager, a coach, a guide, a motivator.
Go take a look at all of the links for the courses that we offer below, to get more details. In each case, you can look at a video that gives you a great teaching moment to see what these courses are all about.