Nguyen is a Project Management Professional. He has various certifications related to Project Management including PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, LIMC. He also gives trainings and provides consultancy related to project management, risk management, and schedule management, as all these domains are his area of expertise.
Nguyen is also the founder of Atoha, an e-learning platform. We are really honored that he took time out for an interview with the TaskQue team. So, without further ado, let’s start our interview with Mr. Nguyen Si Trieu Chau:
TaskQue: First and foremost, we would like to know, what were the reasons that inspired and motivated you to enter the realm of project management?
Nguyen: Every project is unique, and that is what’s the biggest challenge that’s involved with project management. I love challenges and that is why I love project management.
TaskQue: Since you’re a Project Management trainer/consultant, do you have any recommendations for beginners in project management?
Nguyen: Start with the basics by learning and doing some real projects. You can start with CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management), if you don’t have more than 3 years of experience in project management, or with PMP if you have more than 3 years of experience in project management, or any project management courses.
Do some real projects and try to apply as much as possible into real projects. If you find that it’s difficult to join a professional project management team, you can try with some community projects first to gain experience.
TaskQue: You have trained professionals hailing from different industries. In your opinion, professionals from which industry perform best in the field of project management?
Nguyen: In our country, Vietnam, there are lots of certified PMP in IT and construction fields, so, I think professionals from IT and construction or any other field perform best in project management if they are taught well and are certified in PMP. In addition, professionals from oil & gas, healthcare, etc. can learn a lot from PMP and apply on their real projects.
TaskQue: PMP is a global standard in project management certification. What do you think is the best way to prepare for PMP exam?
Nguyen: Follow these simple 5 steps:
- Study about PMP certification from PMP Handbook at PMI.
- Research the PMP course material.
- Extensive and smart learning. Required learning hours may vary from 100 hours to 400 hours, but that too depends upon your experience.
- Practicing the simulation test and review and fill the gaps.
- Go through the application, Atoha, explore it, take the exam and pass.
TaskQue: Tell us about Atoha? How is it serving the community? What is the vision of Atoha?
Nguyen: Atoha is an e-learning platform that provide SaaS to any companies in Vietnam. We provide an e-learning platform so that they can upload their content on our platform to use for their benefit. We help them to train their employees and customers effectively everywhere, anytime and on all devices.
TaskQue: Which project management certifications would you like to recommend for people who are aiming to make a career in Project Management?
Nguyen: First and foremost, it would be PMP of course. Then you may consider PMI-RMP or PMI-SP if you are working with risk management or schedule management. If you are working in IT field, you can consider PMI-ACP and/or PMI-PBA.
TaskQue: A part from your professional life, what are your hobbies and interests?
Nguyen: Reading, riding, soccer.
TaskQue: How do you stay productive in the time of extreme work pressure? How do you manage your workload? Are there are any tools that you use?
Nguyen: Using my time management skills, I categorize all tasks into Important vs. Urgent “Eisenhower Box” and prioritize them. Some tools that I use are Notes, Calendar, Drive, Dropbox and Slack.