PMI-RMP Exam Lessons Learned By Khayyam

July 25, 2020
Fahad Usmani
pmi-rmp lessons learned by khayyam

This is a lessons learned from Mr. Khayyam who is a regular visitor to this blog and has passed the PMI-RMP certification exam.

I passed my PMI-RMP exam on August 15, 2019. I want to thank Fahad for his support vis-à-vis the Question Bank. It is one of the best in the market and helped me during my preparation.

I passed my PMI-RMP exam on August 15, 2019. I want to thank Fahad for his support, vis-à-vis the Question Bank. It is one of the best in the market and helped me during my preparation.

Thank you once again.

I started planning for my PMI-RMP exam earlier this year. The first order of business was to understand what resources would be required. Predictably, I Googled it.

This was when I stumbled upon Fahad Usmani’s blog post “I Passed My PMI-RMP Exam,” where Fahad has detailed his journey of obtaining the PMI-RMP certification. It was thorough yet straightforward, and he had even taken the time to document his lessons learned during his prep.

I got my 30 contact hours from Syscomp, and Mr. Suhail Iqbal was the trainer.

I used the materials he recommended, i.e. Practice Standard for Risk Management, Rita’s book (now that was a tough one to find; some people told me it’s obsolete and you won’t find it, but I did, tucked away in an Amazon warehouse in Texas), and the PMBOK Guide.

As for simulators, I used Fahad’s PMI-RMP Question Bank and PMI-RMP Mock Test before the final exam. I used PM Fastrack as well for the risk domain, but that was generic.

Once I became more comfortable with the preparation, I needed a resource for the exam questions. I tried a few online question banks, but they were not high quality. Once again, Fahad came to the rescue, and I bought his question bank. The questions were excellent, they tested me in every domain and had very good explanations of the answers. Fahad has put a lot of work into getting these together.

I took around two-and-a-half months to prepare for the PMI-RMP Exam. Once I felt confident, I applied for the exam and reached the center on time. The questions were longer than I expected, and some were tough, but overall I found it easy. I finished in two hours, and then I took a break.

After the break, I submitted the answers, and I passed. I got “Above Target” in all domains.

My suggestion to anyone looking to achieve their PMI-RMP certification is to follow the practice standard. It is not too much to go through cover to cover at least four times and then look for other material, be it Rita’s, Head Start’s, or Mr. Kuwaiti’s book. If you have a PMP certification, revise all knowledge areas in the last couple of weeks. Be consistent when you dedicate time for preparation, this will be more manageable.

I would highly recommend Fahad’s mentoring for RMP preparation; his question bank and simulator are amazing and will give you an edge when you take the exam.

I am thankful to Fahad for his support through email as well. He was always very gracious and quick to respond. I wish him all the best.

Best,

Khayyam Sohail Abbasey, PMP, PMI-RMP

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  • I have earned my PMI RMP certification on 24 Apr 2020. Let me share my lessons learned with all those who are making endeavor to attempt this challenging exam.
    Earlier on 18 Mar 2018, I qualified PMI PMP certification in first attempt. Since then I was dreaming to go for another certification i.e PgMP or RMP. However, I remained extremely busy in my day to day official work. During one of PMI Islamabad Chapter networking session I got motivation for RMP certification from few colleges. Finally, I was able to sit back in Feb 20 with my partner Mr Mukhtar Ahmed (he also qualified PMP with me) to devise a strategy for study. The primary sources we thought at this initial stage included PMBoK 6th edition, PMI Practice standard for risk (2009 edition) and reference material shared by our Risk Management instructor Mr Tabjeel Ashraf at Bahria University Islamabad. As we expanded our research, we also got Rita Mulkahy course book on Risk Management Tricks of the Trade, Head Start, Rules of Risk Management by Robert J Chapman . After doing 2-3 passes of above reference material we searched for some practice questions. We got help from Mr Fahad Usmani 100 free questions, his 170 questions data bank, ucertify of Australia, PMI RMP certification free training (180 questions) , Fast Track / RMC Cloud etc. After approx. 5-6 weeks hard work on reference books and practice questions , we were ready to book our test by mid Mar 20. Suddenly COVID 19 situation emerged and all test centers closed. This gave us some additional time to consolidate our efforts and finally appear in exam on 24 Apr 2020. Qualifying such a challenging exam in first attempt (above target) was an honour for both of us.
    I would like to thank Mr Fahad for his thought provoking questions data bank which really helped me a lot to refresh my analysis skill acquired two years back while preparing for PMP. Another good thing about his questions is that they help you to understand multiple scenarios which you can be expected on exam day.
    Good luck to all my friends who are on this path of success.
    Bilal PMP, RMP PMI

    • Hii Bilal, Congrats for PMI -RMP Certification . Also Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Can you share with me the following details also
      1)Do we need to study thourougly other knowledge areas like, Communications, Stakeholder, Procurement, Quality management also? Or just we need to go through these knowledge areas and have an idea for the major items? (For example In stakeholder -salience model, stakeholder cube, for communication -types and methods of communication, like that ). Kindly share you’re experience

      • Thanks Vinay for a very particular question which really concerned me a lot while preparing for RMP. What I did that kept my primary focus on the risk area, however, studied other important areas like integration, communication, stakeholder and procurement etc from PMBoK. You need to develop these areas’ linkages with Risk Management. Refreshing your PMP preparation questions of these areas using RMC cloud or Fast Track will enable you to handle related questions in exam. I hope these tips would assist you in your path to success.

      • Hii, Mr.Fahad,Is the PMI-RMP exam changed? Which edition we need to Refer , PMBOK 5th or 6th Edition on 2020?Since one more process introduced in 6th edition “Implement Risk response” and rest is more or less theoretically same. kindly help me .

        2)Also which other knowledge areas we need to study thoroughly?

        • Hello Vinay, it is still based on the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide. Read the complete PMBOK Guide with more focus on risk-related issues.

          • Thank you Mr. Fahad. I passed the exam on 29/06/2020. I purchased your 170 questions and it was very helpful. In between I checked with PMI through customer care to check whether PMBOK 5 or 6th edition to be referred, they informed me to use 6th edition. Thank you very much for the question bank anf valuable advice

  • I used the RMP book from Fahad for my PMP and it enhanced my depth of understanding and speed of resolving questions. Its based on the PMBOK as well. Great product

  • HI Fahad, Who heads the project management office when all portfolio, program and project managers exist in an organization? Should PMO be placed at the protfolio level? Project board is a committee one level higher than PMO, right? PMO acts the secretary of PMO, right? Project board includes the CEO as its head, right? Change control board reports to project board and thus independently exists by itself? Project board exist independently of Board of Directors (BOD)? Please clarify. TQ

    • Hello Jo,

      It totally depends on organizational structure. There is no fixed setup and every organization has to chose the hierarchy based on its own requirements.

  • Hi Fahad, who will prepare the business case, project, program or portfolio manager? Project charter is prepared by project sponsor. Is the project sponsor the project originator, or program or porfolio manager? Is correct to state that portfolio manager is responsble for value creation (impact to the organization) through his investment of programs and/or projects? Program manager is responsbile for development of benefit management plan, right? Is program manager equivalen to senior project manager position? Is it right to state project director another term for the project portfolio manager, something like General Manager for project portfolio? Project director or portfolio manager reports to CEO, right?

    • Hello Jo,

      I would recommend you read the first, second and third chapters of the PMBOK Guide 6th editions. I hope you will get answers to your questions. If anything not clear even after reading these chapters, please write back to me again here, I will reply you.

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