Trey Deón, PMP – Leverage local PMI chapter study group

pmp lessons learned Trey Deón


First, I acquired my 35 contact hours from ESI International-George Washington University.  Then, I read the PMBOK 5th addition cover to cover and took a Velociteach, timed PMP simulation to baseline my skillset and identify gaps.

PMP lessons learned TreyDeónI felt like I needed additional help, so I attended a Rita Mulcahy 2-day PMP Prep boot camp, which was extremely beneficial.  Following the boot camp, I participated in a study group with my local PMI chapter led informally by a PMP credential holder.  The study group lasted for 2 months.

Study Plan

After the study group, I developed my own personal intense daily study plan which included:

1. Read the PMBOK again at least one more time concentrating and paying particular attention to definitions.

2. Begin taking more test exams. I took them excessively.  I got them anywhere I could, including free versions from the Internet.

3. When I achieved a typical score of, say, 75% or more, I used the test exams as study guides to close my gaps.

4. Finally, I set my exam date for 21-July, 2015 and continued my study efforts using Rita Mulcahy tools and resources and practiced my brain dump 3-hours a day.

The entire process took me 6-7 months overall.  It was intense but so worth it.  What a huge relief and accomplishment when I passed!


Trey Deón, PMP

Also read: What I found about PMP prep during my 4-month prep journey – by Muhammad Shahid, PMP

Click here for my recommended PMP study resources.

– Shiv

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