BVOP Certified Project Manager is a title acquired after successfully passing an online certification exam in the BVOP.org platform.
The difference with this project management certification program is that it uses its own methodology. BVOP stands for Business Value-Oriented Principles. This is a methodology that goes beyond the scope of ordinary project management and includes many additional good practices, recommendations and principles.
BVOP is a management style created by Business Value-Oriented Principles Ltd in 2018. The organization has published its BVOP Ultimate Guide, which contains the entire collection of management knowledge of the organization to date. The BVOP Ultimate Guide is also the only regulated text that BVOP Certified Project Manager title candidates need to know before starting their online certification exam.
The first published information on the value of the BVOP methodology
The first published studies on project management practices following the BVOP methodology are presented in the report Business Value-Oriented Project Management (BVOPM), 2019 Vol. 2 Marta Cooper, 2019, PolicyMatters, ISSN: 1941-8280.
The article describes an experiment with two parallel teams working on two identical projects. The size of the team and the professional skills of the specialists are also the same.
In short, the results are 12 weeks faster delivery of the product by the team following the BVOP principles of management and operation.
The experiment lasted a total of 18 weeks.
Reviews of BVOP Certified Project Manager
The first thing I spontaneously wanted to do was to contact one of the people whose reviews were published on the BVOP website. I didn’t expect any real results, but I managed to connect with 2 out of 6 people through the Linedin platform. We discussed this project management certification briefly because people were still at work and I was a regular intruder journalist. However, after receiving a real feedback from these people, my interest increased.
After reading the interesting publications and topics focused on business value in project and product management practices, I decided to join the BVOP certification program. I contacted the team and asked for a price discount as I was still in the role of a researcher. To my surprise, I was told that I would receive a promotional discount code. I created my account and indeed a minute later the notification came to my email. I logged in to my account and my promo code was waiting for me there.
The other good news for me was that I received free trial exams, which I saved for later.
Then the hard part began. I started studying the BVOP Ultimate Guide.
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I took 4 weeks to learn the whole BVOP Ultimate Guide. Of course I didn’t read all day. I had the opportunity to spend 2 hours a day. I can calculate a total of 60 hours of studying the subject.
Surprisingly, I understood all the texts. I do not have any project management experience, nor have I been involved in product design or technical activities. I have an educational background. However, it seemed to me that I could easily learn all the chapters of the BVOP Ultimate Guide.
At the end of the second week I started my first mock exam. I failed. I admit that I was disappointed because I believed a lot in my current knowledge so far.
Of course, after that I read more and continued to study. At the end of the fourth week, I started my second test. I took the test. I felt euphoria and a rush of energy. I spontaneously started my last third attempt without thinking about whether I would pass it. After almost an hour of carefully and diligently reading the questions on my laptop screen and marking my assumptions, the good news did not linger. I also took the last test.
I had lunch, I went out into the air. I rested for about an hour and gathered strength for the real certification exam after which I had to have the Business Value-Oriented Project Manager (BVOPM) title.
The tension was much stronger in the real exam, but obviously learning and diligence paid off. I passed my certification exam and my certificate was already waiting for me exactly as it was written in the instructions.
I probably won’t be doing project management or any kind of management any time soon because my creative passion is still very high. My professional path in this field I still think is not even in the middle, but if one day I think about project management in a real professional environment, BVOP will be my preferred methodology.