PMI SAC PDC 2015

The Project Management Institute Southern Alberta Chapter Professional Development Conference was fantastic for the 2nd year in a row.

Even with a downturn in the economy there was a tremendous turnout with many returning sponsors.

I volunteered as a session host on the first day.  My responsibilities included 2 concurrent sessions.  The 2 speakers for the concurrent sessions were quite knowledgeable and experienced presenters.

All keynote speakers did a really good job.  There was even a common theme around “comfort zone”.  The message was that we should strive to look outside our comfort zone so much so that our discomfort zone becomes our comfort zone.

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Looking forward to next year.

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TOGAF 9.1 Foundation

Overall:

The foundation exam is part 1 (of 2) that is required to obtain the TOGAF certification.

There are no pre-requisites and there are no requirements to uphold the certification.  TOGAF is all about establishing an enterprise architecture practice.

 

The exam is based on the TOGAF study guide.  The foundation guide is not overly lengthy.

The exam is administered through Prometric so you have to attend a nearby testing centre to take the exam.

There are 40 questions and you have 1 hour.  A pass is 55%.

My approach:

I read the study guide twice and I reviewed it about 5 times after that.

I focused on the areas that are highly covered in the exam.  The study guide indicates how many questions are applied to each section.

As long as you have a thorough understanding of ADM, you should be fine.

I spent a total of 1 week studying for this exam.

Result:

97%

Final Thoughts:

Each exam is 320 USD.  That may be a consideration before attempting this certification.

I’ll post another blog on the results of part 2 (TOGAF 9.1 Certified):

https://markrajpal.com/2015/12/25/togaf-9-1-certified/

 

Insanity Asylum Volume 2

I promised to provide a review on this from my earlier blog Insanity Asylum Volume 1, so here it is…

I ended up doing Volume 2 for most of 2015.  However, I have to be honest.  I was not quite a diligent compared to Volume 1, mostly because of a hamstring injury which hindered me for most of the year.

Overall, Volume 2 is harder than Volume 1.  It focuses more on strength/toning and less on cardio compared to Volume 1.  Also, the workouts are longer.

I liked the format a lot better.  A repeated 7-day regime makes more sense than a 30-day routine to me.

Towards the end of 2015 I focused more on my diet.  Once I did that, the results came quickly.

Would I recommend Volume 2?  ABSOLUTELY.

Would I recommend Volume 2 over Volume 1?  ABSOLUTELY.  The workouts aren’t that much longer, and if you’re already willing to put in the time why not go the extra mile.  With that said, I have to admit that the hardest workout so far comes from Volume 1 (GameDay & Overtime).  If you can incorporate that into a rest day or stretch day, you’re doing really well.

Be warned, just like Volume 1, Volume 2 is hard on the body.  After 4 weeks you might want to switch to a less demanding workout for about a week and then get back to Volume 2 if you desire.

What’s next?  I can’t resist.  I’ve heard so much about Insanity Max:30.