The 2021 PMP Exam with Cornelius Fichtner. Data-Driven Coaching - Using Data to Manage and Improve Performance" with Troy Magennis


6:00–6:15 Networking
6:15–7:15 Industry Insights
7:15–7:30 Intermission
7:30–8:30 Dinner meeting

6:00–6:15 Networking

Come join fellow Chapter members and other professionals in breakout rooms or in a Kahoot game to make new connections before our Chapter event. Each Networking event you attend may be different in style and format.

6:15–7:15 PM Industry Insights

The 2021 PMP Exam

The PMP Exam is changing in 2021. A new PMP Exam Content Outline, new question types during the exam and a PMI-developed PMP exam prep course are just three of the many aspects that PMI chapters, instructors and exam candidates need to be aware of as they get ready to support or study for the new exam. In this interactive presentation, Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, will be answering the most pressing questions that you may have about the upcoming changes. He will be reviewing the following topics of the new PMP exam:

  • The Exam Content Outline
  • Authorized Training Partner (ATP) Program
  • PMI Authorized PMP Exam Prep Course
  • Exam Strategy and Training Materials
  • Online Exam
  • Take action for PMI Chapters
  • Take action for PMP Instructors
  • Take action for PMP Candidates

So if you are thinking about teaching or taking the PMP exam in 2021 and would like to understand, what is changing and how to best be ready for the changes, then this session will bring you up to speed.

About the Speaker

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Cornelius Fichtner

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, has been a PMP trainer since 2008. During this time, his PM PrepCast and PMP Exam Simulator have helped over 50,000 students prepare for their PMP exam. Before becoming a full-time instructor, he has been working as a Project Manager in his native Switzerland, in Germany and in the USA since 1990. He has led projects for a management consulting company, a national retailer, an internet startup company, and for one of the oldest financial service providers in the USA. And in 2005 he started the first podcast for project managers - aptly named The Project Management Podcast - with over 500 published episodes to date. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, USA with his wife and their four computers. He is a member of the American Wine Society Tucson Chapter. He enjoys juggling and says that he is excellent with 3 balls, OK with 4, but can only keep 5 balls in the air for a couple of seconds.


7:30–8:30 Dinner Meeting

Data-Driven Coaching - Using Data to Manage and Improve Performance

This session looks at ways to use data for teams to understand and improve delivery performance. We will learn practical ways (and tools) to gain insight into the most problematic areas impacting team flow and value delivery and how to get teams to work on those areas.

The learning outcomes are:

  • 5 rules when measuring performance - failure to follow these rules causes more harm than good
  • 6 dimensions of team performance that need to be balanced to improve total "performance"
  • How to use "Polarities" to help teams avoid pushing too hard on one metric dimension and destroying another dimension (how to coach teams on balanced performance, not local optimizations)
  • How to get started - an example spreadsheet that covers capturing and displaying data to teams 

About the Speaker

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Troy Magennis

Troy Magennis is an IT professional and executive, having helped deliver valuable software to customers at scale since 1994. In 2011 he founded Focused Objective (, which has become the leader and trusted brand for Agile metrics and probabilistic forecasting. He regularly keynotes at Agile conferences eager to share his passion for using data in better ways to improve business outcomes. Previous clients include Walmart, Microsoft, Skype, Sabre Airline Solutions, Siemens Healthcare. Troy currently consults and trains organizations wanting to improve decision making for IT through Agile and Lean thinking and tools, applying Scrum and Lean techniques appropriately and where they are going to make this most significant benefit through quantitative rigor. He also recently launched a SaaS tool for managing flow,

Event Details

Date & Time

18 May 2021

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST-05:00)