Role of Advanced Certifications in Project Management Career & Latest PgMP®/PfMP® stats 2021

Role of Advanced Certifications in Project Management Career & Latest PgMP®/PfMP® stats 2021

Most project management professionals with a certain number of years of experience would like to move up their career ladder to senior positions that provide them with higher visibility, wider recognition, and a definite bump in their pay scale. They would aim to become a

  • PMO Leader of their organization
  • A Program Manager handling multiple connected projects
  • A Portfolio Manager who drives the vision and mission of an organization through successful programs and projects
  • An executive who is implementing a strategic initiative for the success of the organization

Some professionals might be looking to migrate from their current organization to a better/higher position in another organization and might be wondering what could be one of the keys that open that door to success.

Advanced Certifications might be the solution.

Move up the career ladder

Move up the career ladder

Advanced Certifications

Advanced Certifications are for professionals,

  • Who are established in their careers but want to climb up further
  • Who want to increase their knowledge and improve professional ways of working
  • Who are working in a role much more extensive than their current designation
  • Who wants to prove a point to professionals in their space about their capabilities
  • Who wants to prove a point to themselves for self-motivation and increase their self-worth

Advanced Certifications help you to,

  • Change labels from being named an Experienced/Advanced professional to become an Expert/Master of the art.
  • Change levels to elevate yourself to higher levels in the organizational hierarchy. Earn the birds-eye view.
  • From “Doing the work right”, move to a phase where you start “Doing the right work” to ensure your organization’s mission and vision are accomplished through your actions. Go from Tactical to Strategic.
  • It opens doors that were earlier closed in your career and creates new doors for you to venture. Gain global recognition. SKIP THE QUEUE IN PROFESSIONAL EVALUATIONS.
  • Stand out from the crowd, Be that Differentiator.When all is Equal, the certified gets hired.
  • Eliminate career shocks such as layoffs and retrenchments.
Advanced Certifications help you to

Advanced Certifications

Why PgMP® & PfMP®

The PgMP® certification recognizes advanced experience, skill, and performance in overseeing multiple related projects and their resources aligned with an organizational objective. PgMP® certification holders oversee a program’s success — a way to group multiple related projects to achieve benefits that may not be realized if the projects were managed in a stand-alone fashion.

The PfMP® certification recognizes advanced experience, skill, and performance necessary to manage and align a portfolio of projects and programs to realize organizational strategy and objectives. PfMP® certification holders oversee one or more portfolios’ success, balance conflicting demands between programs and projects, and allocate resources based on corporate priorities and capacity. As portfolio management continues to grow and organizations adopt it to achieve strategic objectives, it becomes more critical to have individuals competent in this practice area. As employers demand portfolio managers who can support the organization’s strategic goals, PfMP® certification holders will gain a distinct advantage in employment and promotional opportunities over their peers.

Why PgMP® & PfMP®

Why PgMP® & PfMP®

Both PgMP® & PfMP® from PMI could help you achieve the possible elevation within your organization or get you the golden ticket to join your targeted organization. Compared with the PMP, which is more than a million globally, the numbers for PgMP® and PfMP® are still in the four digits, with PfMP® crossing the 4-digit mark just a few months ago.

The Numbers – What do they say?

Irrespective of the Pandemic concerns, professionals have been pursuing their PgMP® & PfMP® goals aided by the online/remote learning program options. PgMP® has crossed the 3500 number barrier, and as on 1st March 2021, it is now at 3543. PfMP® has crossed the 1000 number milestone, and as on 1st March 2021, it is now at 1035.

Global PgMP Stats 2021

Global PgMP® Stats 2021

 

Global PfMP® Stats 2021

Global PfMP® Stats 2021

USA, China, India, Canada, and KSA contribute to the top 5 numbers in PgMP® and PfMP® numbers.

Top 5 PgMP® Countries

Top 5 PgMP® Countries

 

Top Five PfMP® Countries

Top Five PfMP® Countries

A unique aspect in PfMP® numbers is the surge of certification holders from KSA, which has overtaken India to become the second country with the maximum number of PfMP® holders after the USA. With our training partnership with the PMI-KSA chapter, I wish the numbers of not only PfMP® but also that of PgMP® surge ahead. Students from KSA and the PMI-KSA chapter can reach out to me to avail offer associated with our partnership.

vCare Project Management is proud to have supported the following students in February 2021 in their successful pursuit of certification. This 2021, we have been producing excellent results with 10 PgMP®s and 6 PfMP®s achieving success in their certification goals aided by our training services thus far.

Our PfMP® & PgMP®s Success Stories | Feb'21

PfMP® & PgMP®s Success Stories | Feb’21

In the year 2020, we supported 48 PgMP®s and 16 PfMP®s in achieving success. As on 1st March 2021, we have thus far aided 322 PgMP®s of the 3543 PgMP® professionals and 58 PfMP®s of the 1035 PfMP® professionals. We have supported 322 students across 44 countries in their successful PgMP® journey.

vCare Project Management PgMP® Stats

vCare Project Management PgMP® Stats

Because of the hardships that the companies and professionals are going through currently, I have decided to offer multiple discounts and flexible payment options to our upcoming mentoring and boot camp programs in 2021. These include,

  • A 20% discount for Active Duty or Veteran professionals from Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Border, and Coast guards or any other valid military service branch
  • A 20% discount for Women professionals
  • A 20% discount for Differently abled professionals
  • A 20% discount for professionals who are currently in dire financial constraints

Please email ([email protected]) or reach out to me on LinkedIn to avail of this discount post appropriate scrutiny.

Given below are the various online programs’ links. The online mentoring programs / virtual boot camps cover all time zones.

PgMP®: http://bit.ly/2oBKQXQ

PfMP®: http://bit.ly/2oBKQXQ

SAFe® / Disciplined Agile: http://bit.ly/3ogQY0N

PMP®: https://bit.ly/2BU0mFp

E-Learning: http://bit.ly/3b2HOid

You can supplement your PgMP® exam preparation using our PgMP4U mobile app: Android Users: https://bit.ly/30sau42; iOS Users: https://apple.co/2QUngkx

Subscribe to vCare Project Management YouTube Channel to view our success stories: https://bit.ly/2YF0wJl

We are planning to do more webinars in the coming weeks. Subscribe and follow my Podcasts and interviews with Project Management Experts on YouTube at https://bit.ly/2NDY8wd

Aspirants aiming to get the PgMP® / PfMP® / SAFe® / PMP® / Disciplined Agile Credentials in 2021 can book an obligation free session with me to find out how I can assist you in passing the exam in your very first attempt. For any questions related to Project Management career, training, and certifications, you can book an obligation free 15 minutes session with me by visiting http://bit.ly/2SbhTOK

PgMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/2SBPwIp

PfMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/31P7GKR

Conclusion

Going by the numbers and the process involved in gaining the PgMP® / PfMP® certifications, it isn’t that easy for everyone to climb this mountain. These certifications are elusive by nature, and only with a determined focus, dedication, and brilliance coupled with hard work can one be able to achieve success.

I believe that this makes these certifications elite when compared with other senior project management certification offerings. This aspect alone could be the differentiator that highlights you from your peers in the project management community, helping you achieve your objectives.

 

An encapsulation of my life’s journey

An encapsulation of my life’s journey

Walking down the memory lane

When one reaches the pinnacle of one’s career, one begins to reflect upon the difficult journey that led one here. This is precisely the frame of mind that I find myself in, now that I have reached a new era in my life, today being my 50th birthday. As a mentor and life coach, I believe that it is my responsibility to share my life experiences and leave behind a legacy for future generations to look up to. Hence, I have decided to shed some light on my personal life, starting with my childhood which is a topic that I have rarely discussed before.

Humble Beginnings

To set the scene, imagine a simple village in the Indian countryside in the year, 1970. My childhood was marked by the simple pleasures in life just as it was by the lush foliage and greenery that encompassed me. Despite one’s tendency to view such memories through rose-tinted glasses, my childhood was not entirely a bed of roses, for I was born with a congenital physical deformity which materialized in the form of clubfoot on my left limb. It is important to note that society wasn’t very open-minded or progressive back then, especially in the rural parts of the country. Those who had my condition oft ended up as paupers who begged on the streets, with little to no prospects of landing a decent living. To top it off, I was an introverted child who shunned large gatherings and dreaded the stage. One can only imagine how lowly I regarded myself at the time, for I had not the ambition to yearn for an estimable livelihood. Hence, I owe my current success to my parents and teachers, and I am eternally grateful for their timely guidance and perpetual upliftment. I am also indebted to yoga, which entered my life during this trying period, for imbibing me with the spirituality that has served as a coping mechanism for helping me deal with my physical condition.

A spark was lit, From India to Australia

A spark was lit, From India to Australia

A spark was lit, From India to Australia

With a specific focus and determination to succeed in my education, I successfully achieved the National Talent Scholarship (NTS), in 1987. Conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) I was one among the 700 nationally to achieve this scholarship by passing the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE). Spurred by my parents, I began to dream big, and I set my sights on the prestigious Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTI) for my higher education. After graduating, I bagged a lucrative government job as a Junior Manager at a Public Service Undertaking (PSU), viz. The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). For most professionals, this would be a jackpot and a gold mine because government jobs offer numerous amenities and benefits in addition to a solid retirement plan. However, I was not like most people. When I say that I had dreamt big, I really meant it. After four years, I left the security of my cushy government job and re-entered the job market in a project manager role. However, my career pushed me to the next level and pushed me to Australia because of the immense opportunities. This was unquestionably a gamble on my part because I was risking my job security through my decision to migrate to a foreign country. Program/Project managers need to continually find success because our jobs are meted and evaluated based on the success of each project. But, my efforts paid off as I was able to consistently land my desired postings at established Multinational Corporations (MNCs) such as HCL Technologies and Westpac, where I spent a year each and HP, where I spent seven years. This was no small feat, as it was the late 1990s, and immigration was still a vague concept in India.

Moreover, I was an Indian-origin manager at Australian firms managing professionals from diverse origins but majorly native Australians. Meanwhile, I was working on obtaining professional certifications, starting with the Project Management Professional (PMP). I was able to land a government contract within Australia at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC Canberra) which was a significant milestone for a person of Indian origin such as myself. Alongside other contracts at major firms such as the NSW BusinessLink, AAPT and the City of Gold Coast, I was also rising up the ranks within the Sydney chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), where I volunteered to serve as the Certification Director and Secretary, which is one of my most monumental achievements. In a wonderful turn of events, I got to work with HP for a second time where I was able to leverage my newly acquired skill set to good effect. Subsequently, I got to work at Infosys, Westpac and then, Telstra, which is Australia’s largest telecommunications company.

Yet, out of all this, the endeavour that is dearest to my heart is undoubtedly my very own company that I founded in 2011, viz. “vCare Project Management”. As the CEO as well as being the leading trainer of the company, I play a central role in personally training all of my students in the various facets of project, program, portfolio management and many more. I have also been an official training partner at the Melbourne and New Zealand branches of the Project Management Institute from 2015 to till date.

The United States

The United States

The United States

Having spent more than two decades of my life in Australia, I was honoured its citizenship a few years ago. This was a result of my continuous commitment to the people and the country of Australia. Today I am a proud citizen of Australia, and I carry its values wherever I travel. But time had different plans for me when, due to certain personal and professional developments, I had to migrate to the West Coast of the United States, which is where I am currently residing.

California has arguably the most competitive work environment in the entire world, but I am still able to make an impact through my work. At vCare Project Management, I train individuals to be better project-program-portfolio management professionals and also achieve success in the intense examinations that are required for obtaining the most elusive project management certifications, viz. the PgMP® and PfMP®. Through my systemic approach, I unleash their full potential, which subsequently enables them to turn their aspirations into reality. I am ecstatic to report that every single one of my trainees has landed the PfMP® certification and an astounding 86% of them has cleared the PgMP®. To put that into perspective, there are only a mere 3200 PgMP®s across the globe, 274 of whom are my alumni. In 2019 alone, 49 of the global PgMP®s were my students who constituted 20% of the graduates for that year. Backed by the statistics of such a substantial student success ratio, I can proudly proclaim to be the highest producer of PgMP®s. I have visited and conducted training programs and boot camps in most of the major cities of the world.

Given that my profession necessitates extensive travel, I believe that through my diverse experiences, I can claim to be a true global citizen. In February of 2017, I was conferred the prestigious “Global Training & Development Leadership Award” from CHRO Asia at the 25th World HRD Congress, which holds a special place in my heart. I have received hearty testimonials from over a hundred pleased students who have attended my program, and they can testify to its effectiveness. I also continue to hold free webinars on my YouTube channel where I invite other experts of project, program and portfolio management. Truly, words cannot describe how glad I am to know that I have impacted the lives of so many people despite hailing from a humble background.

Giving back

YiPEE Yoga

YiPEE Yoga

Staying true to my core beliefs, I have not lost touch with my roots. I am still an avid yoga practitioner, and in 2012, I had founded YiPEE (Yoga in Park for Extreme Energy) Yoga, which is a volunteer endeavour that aims to give back to society by raising awareness about the health benefits of yoga. Personally, yoga has played a pivotal role in my life as a coping and healing mechanism. As I had previously mentioned, I was born with clubfoot, and yoga had helped me overcome my physical limitations, so I knew that I had to spread awareness about its potential to help others who may be in a similar position. I had been holding free yoga sessions for over 60 people every Saturday morning at Liberty Grove (Sydney, AU), and everyone was welcome to be part of it. Now I intend to restart the same here in Cupertino, California once the COVID-19 crisis comes to a closure. In disciplining my body and mind, I keep every Saturday as a day for rigorous fasting, with neither intake of food nor water. I am continuously doing this since 2005. As a firm believer in spirituality and karma, I never miss an opportunity to learn more about these subjects from those who are more enlightened, and I strive to remain the ever-conscientious learner.

Reflecting back

If I were to narrate my illustrious career to my younger self, I would have scarce believed that I would transcend my humble beginnings and go on to trot the globe as a trainer and educator for so many professionals. This, more than anything else, stands as a testament to the potency of human willpower. I was, but an ordinary Indian kid with an extraordinary dream and I had managed to go from rural India to a global citizen. So, believe me when I tell you that everyone is capable of rising above their circumstances to an unfathomable extent, provided they possess the pragmatism, insight and perseverance to do so. If you take this to heart and believe in your capabilities, you can be rest assured that others will follow suit.

Note: In a mood of celebration I have decided to discount all my following online PgMP®/PfMP®/E-Learning programs purchased between June 20, 2020, to July 20, 2020, by a further 100$. Use the discount coupon code “DHARAM50” to avail this discount.

Online PgMP® Mentoring Programs – http://bit.ly/2oBKQXQ

Online PfMP® Mentoring Programs – http://bit.ly/39jOZSf

E-Learning Programs – http://bit.ly/3b2HOid

DHARAM50

DHARAM50

For any related queries, book an obligation free 15 minutes with me by visiting http://bit.ly/2SbhTOK or drop an e-mail to [email protected].

Celebrating my successful mentoring of PgMP’s across 40+ countries & PgMP stats as on March 2020

Celebrating my successful mentoring of PgMP’s across 40+ countries & PgMP stats as on March 2020

PgMP® Certification

The PgMP® certification is uplifting professionals to experience new verticals with their career opportunities. This elite professional certification is crossing borders and reaching new heights. The importance of pursuing PgMP® is now widely evident from the increasing rate of adoption.

As on March 1, 2020, the global PgMP® count has reached 3176. In that, vCare Project Management has contributed to the success of 273 PgMP®s across forty countries. This number is 9% of the total global PgMP®s.

Global PgMP® Stats

Global PgMP® Stats

February 2020 has produced 19 new professionals to the PgMP® community and amongst that vCare Project Management has contributed to the success of 4 of them. This count constitutes 21% of the total PgMP®s of February 2020. Kudos and best wishes to all the 19 new PgMP®s.

Welcoming 19 New PgMP®s

Welcoming 19 New PgMP®s

PgMP® Fact File

  • The USA is on the top of the list with 1257 PgMP®s. Five new PgMP®s were added in February 2020. The USA continues to maintain its leadership in PgMP professionals with 40% of the total global PgMP®s
  • India, Canada, and UAE have each added three new PgMP®s to their count (India – 353, Canada – 219 and UAE – 81)
PgMP® stats

PgMP® stats latest trends

  • Australia is just 9 PgMP®s away from reaching 100. My upcoming scheduled PgMP® boot camps in June 2020 at Melbourne and Sydney should facilitate those aspiring professionals who wish to make it to the list within the top 100 PgMP® professionals in the Country.
  • By supporting Edward Githure from Kenya on his PgMP® journey, I have now successfully mentored PgMP® professionals across 40 different countries with my direct classroom programs or my online mentoring programs. Special thanks to Edward for helping me achieve this feat.
vCare Project Management PgMP® Stats

vCare Project Management PgMP® Stats

Our PgMP® Success Stories | February 2020

Our PgMP® Success Stories | February 2020

My first direct PgMP® and PfMP® boot camps in Saudi Arabia were highly successful. This success and also based on multiple requests from aspirants in Saudi has made me schedule new direct training programs in Riyadh (http://bit.ly/38LWJMX & http://bit.ly/2P9Izh4) and Al- Khobar (http://bit.ly/2T2ykvN) for March 2020. Hoping to see more successful PgMP®s and PfMP®s from Saudi Arabia by the end of 2020 that have been aided by vCare’s guidance.

I firmly believe that “Knowledge shared is Knowledge squared” and this case applies to the increasing propagation of PgMP® certification. Many Local Chapters, Partners and Project Management Experts are collaborating with me for conducting PgMP® boot camps across different parts of the world.

With a focus on my upcoming programs scheduled to happen at Germany and Italy, the expert individuals supporting these programs have also taken time to discuss on different topics surrounding project, program and portfolio management through podcasts. These discussions will significantly benefit the community as a whole in which critical insights on various titles are delivered. Please find below my latest interaction with Thomas Walenta on “Top 10 tips to become a Pro Program Manager”

Heartfelt thanks to Thomas Walenta and Vincenzo Arnone for their time and contribution. You can gain access to these discussions and many more scheduled to happen in the coming days by subscribing to my YouTube channel by visiting http://bit.ly/2RMvsTv. Apart from gaining knowledge, one can also post their queries in the comments section below with the hashtag #AskDharam. Selective questions will be clarified on the following videos whenever we find the time.

Early applicants for the upcoming PgMP® boot camps can avail special benefits and group discounts. Please share this information with your friends who would find it useful.

PgMP® Training Calendar, 2020

PgMP® Training Calendar, 2020

For more information on our upcoming direct PgMP® programs, visit http://bit.ly/2oCfpg0.

For people who are unable to join any of our direct classroom programs due to distance, safety or schedule concerns, kindly check out our online mentoring program options. Both Group Mentoring and Fast Track Personal Mentoring programs for PgMP® and PfMP® exam preparation are available

Program Management PgMP®- Online Mentoring Programs

Portfolio Management PfMP®- Online Mentoring Programs

PgMP4U is an online mobile application that helps one to prepare for the PgMP® exam ‘On The Go’. The app gives the essential support required for cracking the PgMP® exam.

Prepare for the PgMP® exam | 'On The Go'

Prepare for the PgMP® exam | ‘On The Go’

Google Android: https://bit.ly/30sau42

Apple iOS: https://apple.co/2QUngkx

Our telegram group will assist aspirants in preparing for the PgMP® exam. It is a very active group with vibrant discussions happening daily. Individuals can get inspired more through the analysis and brainstorming happening in the group. If interested, kindly message me to add you in the group.

For any questions related to Project Management training and certifications, you can book an obligation free 15 minutes session with me by visiting http://bit.ly/2SbhTOK

PgMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/2SBPwIp

PfMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/31P7GKR

Email: [email protected]

 “Working together for SUCCESS.”

Program Manager’s Dilemma : Agile vs Waterfall

Program Manager’s Dilemma : Agile vs Waterfall

Before we talk about the role of a Program Manager in the Waterfall or an agile environment, let us understand what these methodologies are,

Waterfall: Waterfall is a traditional methodology that focuses on completing the project in a linear format. The project requirements and plans are pre-defined during the planning phase. In waterfall methodology, the project is broken down into smaller tasks where each task depends on the completion of the previous job before proceeding further. Waterfall methodology is considered easy to manage due to its pre-defined processes.

Agile | Program Manager | Program Management Certifications | Program Management Training | PgMP | SAFe | Certification | Waterfall

Agile: Agile methodologies include iterative processes, which focus on delivering the product in the shortest possible time. It is a flexible method designed to adapt to changes. Agile focuses on short-term plans of regular intervals rather than planning the whole project at the initiation stage. It prioritizes the work, depending on the customer’s essential requirements.

Agile | Program Manager | Program Management Certifications | Program Management Training | PgMP | SAFe | Certification | Waterfall

Program Management and the role of a Program Manager: Program aims at executing a group of components (i.e. projects, subprograms and other related activities) that are interdependent and has a common goal towards the output of the program. Program managers are responsible for leading those components towards a beneficial outcome. They initiate program governance to define the program management plan and monitor the signs of progress. They also adopt the usage of tools and techniques approved by the organization.

Agile | Program Manager | Program Management Certifications | Program Management Training | PgMP | SAFe | Certification | Waterfall

When considering Agile and Waterfall, Agile is more of a product-based, whereas Waterfall is more of a project-based. Agile focuses on delivering the product on a sprint basis, whereas Waterfall dispatches the deliverables only when the project is complete. Unlike other methodologies, Agile focuses on short term goals and are iterative. Waterfall has a clearly defined process where changes are incorporated when it is only required.

Agile | Program Manager | Program Management Certifications | Program Management Training | PgMP | SAFe | Certification | Waterfall

So considering these, Program manager makes the choice of methodology that best suit the nature of work required for accomplishing the program objective.

Now the question comes should the program manager opt for Agile or Scrum master certification or they should go for PgMP® (Program Management Professional). It depends on your role in the organization. Consider whether you are looking to manage an agile team or lead a group of projects or programs. If you were aspiring to promote yourself in the organization, it would be better for you to go for PgMP®.

Agile | Program Manager | Program Management Certifications | Program Management Training | PgMP | SAFe | Certification | Waterfall

In the below video, you can watch my Interaction with Thomas Walenta on the Agile, Waterfall methodologies and the role of Program Manager in this space.

You can subscribe to my personal YouTube Channel using the link http://bit.ly/2RMvsTv. Here you will find videos of success stories, Q&A sessions and interactions with project-program-portfolio management experts. Successful certification achievers will be sharing insights on how they planned and attained their career-enhancing certifications along with critical tips and tricks to pass the exams. You can clear your doubts with me by typing your queries along with #AskDharam in the video comment section. Selective questions will be clarified in later videos whenever I have time. Subscribe to the channel and get notified on new videos.

You can also call or message me at +16502830123

Email: [email protected]

“Working together for SUCCESS.”