Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A, B, C - Easy as 123, simple as do-re-mi...

Keeping the same theme as the previous post (Everybody Ning Along), I evoke the sweet sound of the seventies and Michael Jackson before he weirded out on us.

Yes, remember that song, "ABC"? It was about how easy it was to fall in love. Basic, essential, is love, n'est pas? And basic and essential is what this blog post is all about.

With all of my work in PM education and training focused on the PMBOK(R) Guide, and in helping people get their PMP credential, and now looking at the new credentials (PMI-SP and PMI-RMP, about which I also plan to post), I had forgotten something that PMI had introduced a long time ago. Not so far back as the seventies, but back in, say, 2002.

I speak of the Basic Knowledge Assessment, or BKA. If you'd like the latest on the BKA, go to the PMI web site segment on this by clicking here. What is this thing called the Basic Knowledge Assessment? It's a 100-question, multiple-choice, assessment designed to help you measure your project management knowledge. No designation or credential is earned for completing it, but it is a way for you to begin mapping a career in project management. You can do this with little investment (US$35) and you get to see your results right after taking the test.

This is not a PMP-Prep test, and the questions are not (necessarily) the same questions you'll get on the PMP exam. However, if you want to try your hand at your PM knowledge without putting in the investment of time and study, and just want to get a basic reading on your knowledge, you may want to consider this route. And now I leave you with the sophisticated lyrics of the Jackson Five. I know - it's not The Dark Side of the Moon, but it's basic and essential...

Shake it, shake it baby, come on now, Shake it, shake it baby, oooh, oooh, Shake it, shake it baby, yeah, 1 2 3 baby, oooh oooh, A B C baby, ah, ah, do re mi baby, wow, thats how easy love can be, A B C its easy, its like counting up to 3, singing simple melodies, thats how easy love can be, teachers gonna teach you how to sing it out, sing it out, sing it out baby ...

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