The PMP® exam and magic bullets

by Kristie Fogarty
27 September 2016

Kristie Fogarty
Kristie Fogarty, PMP

After more than 10 years of working in and on projects and most recently as a self-employed project manager I made the decision to invest six weeks of my life to obtaining the sought after Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification.

Initially I set out to ‘simply gain a certification’ but what I received was so much more. Studying and passing the PMP® exam resulted in a by-product of solid framework, new techniques and a foundation to reflect projects against, particularly during those shaky times that can sometimes happen. No project is the same, any great project manager knows this and what I loved about the PMBOK® Guide framework is that it lets you pick and choose the techniques that are most appropriate for the project, team and sponsor.

I believe we need to stop looking for magic bullets, a certification should never replace real life experience, but I believe it will improve the quality and performance of that experience. It’s one more tool that improves what you bring to companies, projects and most importantly (for me) to the people that you lead.

The stigma of why one needs a certification when they already have years of experience needs to be put to bed. It’s a limiting belief that you can learn everything there is to know about project management by experience alone. Certification and education needs to be seen as an ‘and’ not ‘instead’. The world is constantly evolving and so too are our projects and the teams we lead, I believe we owe it to them to bring the best version of us to the table.

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