Announcing “PM Illustrated” – The Fun Way to Prepare for Your PMP® Exam
August 20, 2021
I know, “Fun” and “PMP Exam” are rarely used in the same sentence. When I studied for my PMP credential in 2001, materials were text-based, process-focused, and dry! Unfortunately, not much has changed since then.
However, fun is a serious business in adult learning, it boosts retention and cuts study time. We recall facts about our favorite hobbies and sports teams much easier than boring information because our brains prioritize fun experiences for recall. It is why good trainers who can make a topic enjoyable are so valuable.
The other secret weapon in slashing our study time is Visual Learning. Research into visual thinking by David Hyerle, reports that 90% of the information entering the brain is visual. 40% of all nerve fibers connected to the brain are connected to the retina, and a full 20% of the entire cerebral cortex is dedicated to vision - so let’s use it.
Using a combination of cartoons, images, mind maps, and explanations, we can engage the right and left hemispheres of our brain to build stronger comprehension and better recall. Tests show most people only remember 10% of what they heard three days ago. Add an image to the message, and this figure jumps to 65%.
Why Animal Cartoons?
Because they are cute, funny, and memorable. The memorable part is valuable for exam preparation. Images that are surprising for the context, such as using animals to show project management topics, are “stickier” in our brains. In the book “Made to Stick”, authors Chip and Dan Heath explain we remember things that are simple, unexpected, and emotional.
Animal cartoons about project management do all three.
(Here, we see the herd welcoming the zebra who is a bit different, but it is all good.)
Our brains are lazy and filter out the ordinary or familiar. Recall vacations, often the first few days are memorable because everything is new and different. Then the last few days seem to pass quickly in a blur. Our brain skips the usual stuff, presumably saving space for valuable fresh information.
To help us study for exams more effectively, we can trick our brains into marking everything as new, unusual, and needing to be stored away by associating it with the unfamiliar.
(Be the bridge to success for others)
The good news is you will find recall much easier. The bad news is you might try and thank a snake instead of avoiding it.
The website is not finished yet but is mostly functional now. If you are a visual learner looking for a new way to study project management with the following features:
- See the big picture – Navigate the scope of the PMP Exam Content Outline (ECO) via three different roadmaps
- Chart your own adventure – travel through the topics in any order
- Gamification – Track your progress by earning digital badges with optional leaderboards
- Self Assessment – Check your understanding at the end of each module
I would love to hear your feedback, whether “Too many pictures”, “Too weird,” or “Awesome!” please let me know. Your feedback is valuable and review contributors will be acknowledged in the upcoming book version.
Here’s the link: PM Illustrated – A Visual Learner’s Guide to Project Management - while it works on mobile, it works best on desktop devices.
Managing projects is anything but dull, studying how to do it should not be dull either.