At the CAPM Forum ( which was great ) last Wednesday several folks were interested in knowing about the CPSM Exam and more importantly how one can prepare for it. This post includes feedback I received from folks who have taken the CPM in the past and now took the CPSM. Here goes:
- The CPSM is a far more advanced exam than the CPM.
- It tests you for not only your reading of the material, but your experience and job knowledge on the strategy front.
- It is your ability to think about the strategic aspects particularly the "whys?" of your function and the related functions covered in the syllabus.
A good way to prepare for the CPSM is to be more thoughtful as you go about your daily work. For example, think about "why's" in not only your function (say procurement) but related functions like logistics,innovation,technology and the other syllabus topics. Thus avoid a "tunnel" vision about your job role and think about how the other parts of the supply function work and how they all fit together in your corporation. Another very important part is to attend the workshops and seminars that come your way because they tend to be on the cutting edge or "bridge" elements of the exam and normally explore the
strategic "why's" beyond the "how's" of various topics.