Happy New Year 2021!

Happy New Year 2021!
La Multi Ani!
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Bonne année!
Ein gutes neues Jahr!
Boldog Új Évet!
Gott nytt år!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Felice anno nuovo!

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Obtained the Project Management Professional Certification

Although I have attended the PMP Exam Prep online course at Trilex before Easter (during the lockdown period), I only scheduled the exam for 20 July 2020 because I had to travel to Bucharest to take the exam at the Computerland testing center. Another reason to  motivate me was that PMI simplified the prerequisites for the PMP exam.

PMI is also offering this exam with Online Proctored Testing, but I preffered to take the exam at the testing center, to be able to better focus. The difficulty of this exam is that is very long, there are 175 questions in 240 minutes. There is also a lot of content, any topic from the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is a fair question for the exam.

35 hours of training are a prerequsite for this exam. I have attended the the PMP Exam Prep online course at Trilex delivered by Hilde Corbu. I can definitely recommend this course, it was very rich in details and great explanations. We also did a lot of practice tests.

Another prerequisite is a four-year degree and 36 months leading projects (alternately a high school diploma or an associate’s degree and 60 months leading projects). You have to submit an application on the Project Management Institute website which has to be approved before allowed to sit the exam.

Note: The above image is a cropped screenshot of my certificate. You can verify my certification in the PMI Online Certification Registry.

Later edit: The PMP Certification Exam has changed on 2 January 2021.

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More roses

More roses from the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden.

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Cluj by night

Cluj-Napoca is still beautiful, even during pandemic.

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Obtained the PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification

Today is a holiday, but I am happy to report that I have passed the exam and obtained the PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management.

I have attended last week the combined PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course delivered by Hilde Corbu at Trilex. I can honestly say that without this course, I would not have been able to pass the exam.

The Practitioner exam is an open book exam, but is much, much more difficult than Foundation. Even you are allowed to have the book Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 6th Edition during the exam, there’s not much time to search, the book can be used just to confirm where a particular concept is listed in the PRINCE2 themes and principles.

Another reason for the difficulty of the exam is that there are a lot of details in the PRINCE2 book. During the course we discussed each theme and process in detail and Hilde provided us with  recommendations on how to best retain the concepts for the exams. We have also revied the Syllabus and Sample Papers provided by Axelos.

The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is offered by Axelos via PeopleCert. The exam is closed book, is delivered online and can be taken from home. The Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for the Practitioner certification. The exam consists in 68 questions in 150 minutes, but the exam is scenario based, you have to read several scenarios, and respond to associated questions. Attention to details is a must.

Note: The above image is a cropped screenshot of my certificate. You can verify my certification on the PeopleCert website.

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Obtained the PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

This week I took a break from my project to attend a PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course organized by Trilex. In the third day of the course participants were asked to take the Foundation exam in order to continue to the Practitioner section.

I am happy to report that I have obtained the PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management.

The PRINCE2 Foundation certification is offered by Axelos via PeopleCert. The exam is closed book, is delivered online and can be taken from home. The Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for the Practitioner certification.

Although attending a training is not a preprequisite for taking this exam, it is highly recommended, especially if preparing also for the Practitioner exam. I was lucky to attend the combined PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course delivered by Hilde Corbu at Trilex. You should definitely check the Syllabus and Sample Papers published by Axelos before attempting the exam. The exam consists in 60 questions in 60 minutes so it is definitely a speed exam, you either know the topic or you don’t, there is not much time to think.

Note: The above image is a cropped screenshot of my certificate. You can verify my certification on the PeopleCert website.

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Summer is here

Roses are starting to bloom!

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Obtained the ITIL 4 Foundation Certification

I have used the lockdown period to brush my skills. I am happy to report that I have obtained the ITIL 4 Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management.

The ITIL 4 Foundation certification is offered by Axelos via PeopleCert. The exam is delivered online and can be taken from home. It consists in 40 questions in 60 minutes.

The best way to prepare for this exam is to participate to a training. I have attended a great online course at Kluger. Trainer was Alin Dumitrascu.

I have attended the ITIL 3 Foundation course previously, I have also implemented Service Operation processes in verious projects and I found the ITIL 4 Foundation very much different. It is less prescriptive (the processes are not explained in details), but incorporating Agile and DevOps concepts.

Note: The above image is a cropped screenshot of my certificate. You can verify my certification on the PeopleCert website.

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Rainy day

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Happy Easter!

The nature is in full bloom. Happy Easter!

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