An interview with PMP/PMI expert Daud Nasir
What are you going to learn from reading this post?
Our last two blog posts covered a ton of information and shared invaluable advice on studying for a PMI certification. As well as discussing the benefits of studying a PMP course, our guests, Andrew Stellman and Mohamed Khalifa Hassan also shared with us their thoughts on project management and project management skills.
We highly value the professional opinions of experienced PMI/PMP certification instructors like Andrew and Mohamed. Daud Nasir, who is interviewed in this post, also shares equally measured advice, so if studying and passing Project Management Courses has been on your radar then read on!
Brief bio: Daud Nasir
Daud Nasir has extensive PMI/PMP training and certification advice and experience that he's generously agreed to share with us in this blog post. Having developed and delivered over 3,000+ hours of training to over a thousand professionals with regards to PMP Exam preparation; Daud also created the 'de-facto' PMP Exam revision book that includes the 2,500 mock questions and answers which became a best-seller. Currently Daud works at GetXSolution, a consulting and training organization in Canada.
What's the biggest challenge you've experienced with regards to students passing PMI/PMP courses? In other words, what areas do students tend to struggle with, or do you suspect that they struggle with?
Generally speaking many students with non-technical background find formula questions a bit difficult. Sometimes students with lot of project management experience (like 20-30 years) working for same or few employers throughout their career find it difficult to adapt to PMBOK way of thinking. I believe they have developed their own terminology and best practices and find it hard to switch. Here is the good news. I have not seen anyone fail who has created a plan and put in the right amount of effort to prepare for the exam. Usually the ones who could not pass were too busy and could only spare a day or two before the exam.
Having a PMP, for example, was at one time a distinguishing mark usually held by more senior project managers. However, over time, PMI very successfully marketed the credential to the point that now there are so many PMPs that having the credential no longer makes one candidate stand out more than the next. Would you agree with that statement?
I would partially agree. Having a PMP may not make a candidate stand out but not having one will most likely weed him/her out. For example, pick up any white-collar job posting and you will see it prefers candidates with project management knowledge, experience, or credentials. So having a PMP definitely gives an edge though it is unlikely that a PMP credential alone will land a job.
What's the #1 most in-demand or useful project management skill for 2016-2017 in your opinion?
As far as I have seen, ability to manage diverse project teams (using soft skills) will probably be important. In terms of which skills will make a difference for projects, I think it is risk management. As project complexity is increasing, it is imperative that more focus be put on understanding and managing risks.
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