So you got your PMP! Congrats!
I hope that your getting your PMP is just the beginning, and not the end, of expanding your professional knowledge. But what do you go after next? Here are some ideas.
1. Consider any "ah-ah" moments you had while studying for the PMP exam. Are there topics that really resonated with you? You may identify such topics either because they're intrinsically interesting to you, or because they are particularly relevant to a past or current project.
2. Consider whether you want "deeper" knowledge or "broader" knowledge about project management.
If you're after deeper knowledge, then you may consider some of the additional certifications from PMI, or additional certifications in PMBOK-style project management. Pursuing PDU's that are geared specifically to PMP's may be a great way to start. Some great reasources are Project Management e-Learning and the PDU Podcast (http://www.cottagepm.com/blog/pm-elearning and http://www.cottagepm.com/blog/pdu-podcast , respectively).
I think that you should also consider broader PM knowledge. Specifically, I think that you should consider doing some reading, watching some podcasts, or getting some training in Agile PM methods, or in other project methodologies, such as PRINCE2. There are other flavors of PM out there.
Why would I suggest that? Because I think that one of the first challenges of the Project Manager is to determine which project approach makes the most sense for the project at hand. All projects are not suited to Waterfall (PMBOK) project management. And all projects are not suited to Agile project management. No methodology is a panacea or guarantees project success. But the first decision that you'll take that influences your project's success is the selection of the methodology that you'll use.
I still firmly believe that if you don't know where to start in PM, getting a PMP or related certification makes great sense. I think that it sets a solid foundation for PM knowledge that lets you then explore the next conversations and knowledge that will influence your project success. Indispensable as I believe it is, it is not the end-all, be-all of PM. Get your PMP, then branch out and get some other PM methodology exposure.
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