Question: While you were studying for your PMP exam, did you learn anything useful in the real world?
I'm getting disturbing feedback from experience managers who are studying for their PMP certification. Experienced managers working on this designation are aghast at the amount of questinoable theory they're being asked to assimilate.
- Some say it's primarily a memorization test of new words for old supervisory concepts.
- Some say the certification group is creating a layer of elitist language that is theoretical, impractical, out-of-touch with the work-a-day world of managers.
- Some say PMP is a vital and mandatory step towards the future where organizations and employees will all be ISO certified (see PMI web site for ISO compliance info).
... or am I totally wrong here and should I take the jump and start studying for my PMP certification.
What do you say? Has the PMP made you a better manager?