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Interview with Suzanne Doyle-Morris: Female breadwinners

Dr Suzanne Doyle-MorrisIn 2009 Beyond The Boy’s Club was the book that most affected me. It is a book about career strategies and options for women in male-dominated fields. Although I don’t work within a male-dominated field, I found it to be full of useful advice that I applied (and I’ve been promoted over the years).
Suzanne Doyle-Morris is now the author of another book. It’s not yet out, but I did get to speak with Suzanne Doyle-Morris about it.
Suzanne, your new book is Female Breadwinners. It’s about how they make relationships work and why these women are the future of the modern workforce. It’s a long title! What is it all about?
Evidently, men have been expecting to be the main breadwinner for generations. It is striking to see how many heterosexual partners today have both the burden and the benefits of this role. These women’s stories show how heterosexual partnerships can challenge many of the social expectations we were raised with.
It is even more surprising that both men and women who are progressive and feminists in their views towards these changing roles still find it difficult to negotiate them within their own relationships. It can be difficult to accept a role that you didn’t expect, regardless of whether you are the breadwinner. These non-traditional roles were met with mixed reactions from their male partners. They felt pride and support, but also resentment as well as competitiveness. This emotion range was not a male phenomenon. The women felt mixed emotions towards their husbands.
As I began to research, write and even mention the topic of female breadwinners, my suspicions were confirmed. Their immediate interest showed me that I was onto something. Many women would exclaim excitedly, “Oh, that’s me or my sister or all the women on my team.” I was astonished at how many women were included in this large, yet largely untapped demographic.
What is the definition of a female breadwinner
Any woman who earns less than her partner or anticipates this happening in the near future would be classified as a woman earning at least as much. I met women who were on par with their partners, and others who took home all the money. I spoke with women who had been in this position for at least three consecutive years. I was concerned that there was a difference in their experience to women who were in temporary positions. But, truthfully, few women know it will be permanent.
It’s a topic that is not commonly discussed. It’s not something we talk about often, and it’s a secret demographic. How did you come up the idea?
Three conversations I had in a single day a few months ago inspired me to write a book about the rise of the female breadwinner. These three conversations showed that primary breadwinners for women are a common but complex phenomenon in modern society. I was convinced by three conversations that there was a story to be told.
It was a warm spring day in London and I was scheduled to attend three different executive coaching sessions. Clara, a senior executive at a global pharmaceutical company was approached by a recruiter about a Head of Country position. This was a big step up for Clara and a great indicator of her potential. The opportunity required her to relocate to Finland.
Clara said, “Naturally, Richard and I will have to discuss it.” Although he could continue his work from home as an IT consultant, I believe it would be a good idea for him to do so. He is the reason I am here.

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Expert Tips on Lessons Learned [Video]

This interview features major projects PM Karlene Aggard and me discussing how to set up a project correctly and the lessons we have learned. The first 1.30m is me padding while I wait to get Karlene involved in the discussion. But Facebook kept us waiting so we had to wait. You can skip that first 90 seconds!
Below is the transcript, in case that you prefer to read it, but not the first 90 seconds of waffle.

Karlene: Hello.
Elizabeth: Hi. It looks like you are on the beach.
Karlene: No. Karlene: No. I am actually in an office right now, but it is a very nice part of the office.
Elizabeth: Yes, it’s been quite pleasant here. It’s a welcome change from the bad weather we’ve experienced in the south of England. It’s not as bad as some other places around the world. We are grateful that you joined us today. We had a great chat the other day and have lots of interesting topics to discuss. It would be a great way to introduce yourself to everyone. Please tell us about yourself and your history.
Karlene: Sure. Thank you for having us here. I have been working in the rail industry for 4 1/2 years. I started my career in safety reporting. Then I moved to change management and then as a risk and valuation analyst for major projects within Network Rail. I enjoyed helping major projects succeed during my time at Network Rail. I believe it is important to start them right from the beginning. I noticed a lot of people in the project management community want to get things done. People will have their own ideas and they’ll try to make it happen. But they won’t always be able to step back and ask, “What are we really trying to accomplish and what’s the best way to do it?”
You can value manage by creating a framework. This will help you say, “These is the outcome that we need from the project.” Then you can use this framework to guide you through the project management process to help determine the best option to deliver the outcome you want.
Elizabeth: It’s all about starting it right.
Karlene: Yes, yes. Absolutely. Yes.
Elizabeth: That’s a fair point. I’m certain that you won’t be able to talk about some of the things you work on. That won’t be discussed. You spoke briefly about managing large projects and setting up projects correctly, as well as the value management aspect of things. Although not everyone works on large projects, there are some commonalities. What are the most important things project managers should do at project initiation?
Karlene: It is important to clearly understand the key outcomes you want from this project at the beginning. This should be agreed upon with the project management team. This agreement must be signed by your sponsors and all senior stakeholders in your organization. They will often be the ones that will introduce changes or scope changes later. You have the best chance to get them involved from the beginning.
Functional analysis is a powerful tool for value management. It helps you to understand and define your goals and objectives from the beginning. It’s about clearly defining your core objectives and defining them. It gives you a framework that you can use in many ways. Start with

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Project Manager’s Guide to Expected Monetary Valu (EMV).

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What is EMV?
How does EMV work?
What is the EMV formula?
What is the expected Monetary Value of a Risk?
Example of EMV analysisOption 1: Weddings
Option 2: Children’s barn

Why is EMV important?
EMV analysis: Advantages and disadvantages
Disadvantages

Let’s sum it up…

What is EMV?
EMV is a risk analysis tool that helps you establish contingency reserves for your project activities. It is a statistical technical tool for quantifying risk. It ends with a decision tree which summarizes the financial consequences of following a course.
The expected monetary value can be used to calculate the profit or loss of an activity. This can be done regardless of whether it’s a whole or part of a larger project. The EMV is the P&L of the result.
In decision theory, the expected monetary value is often used to decide between two options. It could be used to make decisions between more options, but I find that decision trees can become more complicated and more time-consuming. Try to narrow down the options to two before you start the calculations.
How does EMV work?
EMV averages the worst and best case scenarios to provide a financial impact. It allows you to consider probability when calculating the potential cost of options. This allows you to compare options and decide the best course of action.
It could be used to:
Determine which solution or product option is best
To offset project risk, establish the contingency reserve.

What is the EMV formula?
The EMV formula is:
EMV = Probability + Impact
Probability can be described as a percentage or fraction of a number, and Impact (of the risk), a positive or negligible monetary amount.
The average outcome of what could happen in the future is the result. It is a simple formula that is sure to be a benefit in your risk assessments.
What is the expected Monetary Value of a Risk?
To calculate the financial consequences of risk management activities, you can use the EMV calculation. It is a quantitative risk analysis technique that uses the probability of an occurrence. It is also known as risk management language.
Positive values for EMV represent opportunities.
EMV’s negative values are considered threats.

Here’s an example. Let’s say that you are the farm’s project manager. Your farm is looking for additional income sources and one of your tasks is to create a cheese-making class for local farmers and interested hobbyists. As you can see, there are four potential risks. You have already identified the appropriate risk responses.
RiskProbabilityImpact $EMV (Probability x Impact)There is a risk that the cheese-making class will be cancelled due to staff shortage25%-5000-1250There is a risk that the cheese-making class will be over-subscribed10%5000500There is a risk that the marketing materials will be late50%-600-300There is a risk that the barn will not be fit for purpose and we have to relocate the class to a more expensive marquee25%-10000-2500The risk event that the class is cancelled has an EMV of $1,250. This is a risky situation, a threat. There is a small possibility that the class will be oversubscribed. The risk is that you will need to postpone another date in order to manage the demand. This risk has an EMV of $500. This is a positive risk and an opportunity.
Add the EMV for each risk in the impact matrix. This will give you the amount of contingency money you should be saving for the project. The 4 risks in this example give a total of $-$3,550, so that’s the amount you should allocate to your risk budget.
In the real world, there won’t be any of these unpredicted events. If a risk does occur, it will cost the full amount to fix, not an arbitrary percentage. If you claim that you have only saved $2,500, your marquee vendor will not be happy. That’s only 25% of the cost to hire one.
The EMV is however a sensible option.

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Estimate at Completion: The Complete Guide + Template

Are your stakeholders asking you similar questions?
Now that we have approved the budget and that the project has begun, how much will it actually cost?
Last month was a long one. What did that do to the budget?
What amount will we have spent on this project by the time it is completed?

There are many studies that show that cost overruns can occur, with some finding that 9/10 projects go over budget (an average of 28%), so it’s not surprising project sponsors want to keep costs under control.
These questions can be answered with a project management strategy. This article will explain what Estimate At Completion is and how to use it. There are four ways to use it.
You can also download a Google Sheets spreadsheet EAC template.

What is EAC in project administration?
What is the formula to estimate completion?
There are 4 ways to calculate EAC1. Project is going according to plan
2. The project has had some difficulties but is now on the right track
3. Project needs new estimates
4. Future performance issues are anticipated by the Project

What is EAC used for?
How do I use EAC?
How to interpret EAC
How to report EAC
What is the difference between EAC & ETC?
Example of Estimate at Completion
Estimate at completion template
Next steps

What is EAC in project administration?
In project management, the estimate at completion (EAC), tells you how much the project will be worth when it is completed.
It is useful because it predicts final costs for the project. And what stakeholder wouldn’t want that information?
It is a tool that can be used to forecast project costs. It uses a variety of inputs, including what has been spent to calculate the expected budget given project performance.
EAC is part the Earned Value family of metrics and a crucial component of earned value analysis. Even if you don’t use earned value management to track project results, EAC can still be used. It’s a great way to make sure your project sponsor is onboard with costs if/when necessary.
EAC, by itself, is a simple concept that can be used to forecast project performance and costs. However, when combined with a variety of other EV measures, it becomes a powerful tool for managing project costs and project performance.
Practitioners who want to learn more about the PMI’s Standard For Earned Valuable are well served by the PMI Standard for Project Performance.
What is the formula to estimate completion?
There are four formulae to calculate EAC. It is important to understand the context before you decide which one to use.
The good news is that all of them make sense given the situation. If you use common sense thinking, you can choose the right one.
Note: Although we are talking about “estimate”, it is important to be a bit more advanced with forecasting than a rough order-of-magnitude estimate. To make the calculations meaningful, you will need to have very precise figures.
There are 4 ways to calculate EAC
These are the four methods to calculate EAC.
1. Project going according to plan
This formula is how to use it:
EAC = BAC/CPI
(Estimate At Completion equals Budget At Completion divided with Cost Performance Index)
This method of calculating EAC uses CPI, which is a reflection on how the project is tracking in relation to the budget forecast.
Use when: The project is likely to go according to plan, and there will be no significant deviation from the original estimates.
Tip: If CPI is not likely to change in the near future (because of some major issue, cost, delay that is coming), then you can choose one of the other methods for calculating EAC.
2. The project has had some difficulties but is now on the right track
This formula is how to use it:
EAC = (BAC + EV) + AC
(Estimate At Completion equals Budget At Completion minus Earned Valuable, minus Actual Cost)
Use when: Although there were some delays or performance issues, they were not major issues. Now, y

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Entrepreneurship & Project Management [Interview]

I once worked for someone who said that everyone has the right to choose to buy a bucket or a brush. He meant that if you were unhappy at work, you could set up a window cleaning business and start your own business.
Chris CookBut what if there were a better way? There is a way to do things within your business. Chris Cook believes that you have the skills necessary to do this.
Chris is the author and editor of The Entrepreneurial project manager. This book aims to improve your technical skills as an administrator, add the entrepreneurial elements, and create a high-powered team. This book will help you become the best project manager possible.
Chris was available to answer my questions about these ideas. We started talking about his journey in managing projects.
Chris, how did your journey into project management begin?
Project management is something that I have always valued as a result of my construction background. Project managers were the most knowledgeable about the project and managed all aspects, from the schedule to the payments.
My alma mater offered a graduate program in project management. It seemed like a natural next step for me.
It is also fascinating because project management has a balance of science and art. It is important to have a solid science foundation, but it can also be very helpful to be able to scan the room to get a sense of who people are and what the project means for them. This balance keeps project management exciting.
Your book is about entrepreneurship, and the role of the project manager. Where did you get the idea for this book?
Construction industry is heavily dependent on experience. While you can study, take notes and learn as much as you like, the construction industry is largely dependent on experience. You will not be able to find the right opportunities until you have put in the work.
This style is not compatible with my millennial mentality. Entrepreneurism doesn’t care about your age or how many years you have put into the craft. If you’re good, you’re good.
I heard project managers talk about how little time they had, how many calls they had to return emails and how many emails they were waiting for responses. I was left wondering why. They all seem to have the same problems, yet they continue to do the same thing.
I could see the potential to use entrepreneurial mindsets (i.e. I could see the opportunity to use entrepreneurial mindsets (i.e., doing more with less, 10x your goal, effective vs. eficient) and apply them in project management to maximize productivity.
What do you think project managers look like?
Investors are open to all types of entrepreneurs. Think of Shark Tank on TV.
That is Dragon’s Den.
Investors expect entrepreneurs to answer their questions. The person who founded the company should have the answers to all questions, including marketing, customer acquisition and price points.
It shouldn’t be necessary to contact a lawyer to obtain patent information or an accountant to get the actual numbers. They don’t need to rely on anyone to tell them where to go with their business. These entrepreneurs must know the most important aspects of their business.
This is how I see project managers. While they may not be able to perform all tasks, there is an expectation that they will know the key answers in many areas.
This is so fascinating. It’s understandable, but project managers don’t often have the opportunity to move the needle or act entrepreneurially. How do you apply this to a large organisation?
In my book, The Entrepreneurial Project Manager, I have a whole chapter about dealing with challenges and how you can see them as opportunities. Consider challenges as games. Although this approach may seem childish, it is worthy of criticism. However, it removes ego.
The challenge is made impersonal so that everyone can criticise the work without offending anyone. It also applies rules to this challenge. In games, you will succeed if the rules are followed.

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Is the AZ-104 worth it?

Microsoft Azure is used worldwide by companies of all sizes, from large multinational corporations to small local businesses. Despite their many differences, all companies that use Azure share one thing: they all require IT staff to ensure their Azure runs smoothly. Microsoft offers an exam that will prove whether an administrator is ready to manage all Azure’s capabilities. It’s called the AZ-104. Passing it earns you an associate-level Azure certification.
An Azure administrator is responsible for maintaining a company’s Azure environment. This includes managing users, configuring storage and deploying compute resources. It also involves monitoring virtual networking resources. The AZ-104 test administrator’s ability and knowledge to perform all these job responsibilities. Continue reading to find out if the AZ-104 is worthwhile your time, money, and effort.
What is the AZ-104?
AZ-104 is the certifying examination for Microsoft’s associate-level Azure certification. The exam’s full title “Exam AZ104: Microsoft Azure Administrator” is the title of the certification. The AZ-104 exam tests administrator’s ability manage, implement, and monitor an entire Azure environment.
Microsoft offers many certifications related to Azure administration. Azure Administrator Associate is not the most basic. Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals certification is for IT professionals just starting to get their feet wet with Azure. Intermediate-level certifications include the Azure Administrator Associate and AZ-104.
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Start training. Many other Azure certifications are focused on specialized knowledge such as Azure Stack Hub operations and Identity and Access administration. The AZ-104 covers all aspects of Azure administration, not just the specialized certifications. An Azure Administrator Associate can be an all-purpose member in an Azure administration team. A team of Azure administrators has many responsibilities for a company’s Azure environment. The AZ-104 test measures whether an administrator is capable of managing Azure identities, configuring storage resources, deploying Azure compute resources and backing up Azure resources.
What are the AZ104 Exam Objectives
Only one exam is required to earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. It is the AZ-104. AZ-104 has five objectives.
Azure Identity Management and Governance
Storage management: Implement and manage
Manage and deploy Azure compute resources
Configure and manage virtual networks
Monitor and back up Azure resources

Each of these broad categories can go into more detail, but it is clear that AZ-104 is designed to determine if an IT professional can assume the role of Azure administrator and be proficient right away.
How Much Does the AZ104 Exam Cost?
To attempt the AZ-104, you will need to pay $165. The AZ-104 exam is the only requirement to earn the Azure Administrator Associate certificate. There are no prerequisites so $165 is all you have to pay. The test would be difficult for most people if they didn’t prepare properly. This is why it is important to consider the cost of training, courses, and books.
You may be eligible to take the test if your ability to work or keep a job was directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This offer is limited and you should visit Microsoft’s AZ104 page for more information.
What experience do you need for the AZ104?
Technically, you can attempt the AZ-104 without a formal prerequisite. It is important to remember what certification is testing for: whether an administrator is ready and able to perform as an Azure administrator.

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Is AWS SysOps worth it?

Many IT professionals are becoming AWS certified. AWS is the undisputed leader in cloud computing. Administrators are in high demand because they can leverage AWS solutions to benefit organizations.
AWS Certified SysOps Administration – Associate is one of the most sought after AWS certifications. The SysOps Admin exam covers seven domains: Deployment and provisioning, Data Management, Security and Networking.
It requires a lot of study, but AWS SysOps Admin cert is associate-level. This means that you should have some experience with AWS platforms.
Let’s take a closer glance at this certification to determine if it is worth adding to your certification collection.
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Start trainingWho Should Earn AWS SysOps Administrator?
AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certification is for system administrators responsible for AWS services and systems. This cert is essential if you are responsible for supporting the cloud and infrastructure of your organization. If your organization uses AWS products and services, it’s a must-have.
SysOps Administrator certification validates a wide variety of knowledge and skills, including:
Implementing, managing, and operating fault-tolerant, scalable, highly available systems on AWS
Controlling and implementing the flow of data from and to AWS
Migration of workloads from on-premises to AWS

You should have at least one-year experience in managing systems. You should be familiar with the basics of system administration in AWS. If you don’t feel comfortable with the concepts, you might not be ready to take this exam.
Let’s look at some scenarios that will help you decide if AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate is right for you.
Scenario 1 – You are an administrator whose environment is expanding to the cloud
You are familiar with how to configure and administer services for popular AWS products. You have passed some AWS exams and are familiar with basic tasks in AWS administration.
You would like to learn more about AWS’s redundancy and scalability options. You have been given the responsibility of migrating existing services to AWS or have expanded your role to include additional services online.
Cloud infrastructure maintenance requires an exceptional knowledge of AWS. This includes tasks such as configuring and deploying services, managing data flow to each service, and more. This certification prepares you to become an associate-level AWS SysOps Admin.
Scenario 2: Public Cloud SysOps Administrator
As a public cloud SysOps administrator, you are already familiar with cloud environments and the many services and systems available online. This means you are responsible for many online services. AWS SysOps Administrator certification provides you with the knowledge and skills to deploy scalable services when your business requires it.
There is a product for every problem or challenge you will encounter in the AWS ecosystem. This means there are many options available when you consider a new build or deployment.
AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate certification confirms that you are able to make sense of it all, and find the best solution. You can also save time researching by not having to go through mountains of documentation while searching for new solutions.
Exam Prerequisites for SOA-C01 Examination: None
Technically, there is no prerequisite to sit for the SysOps Administration exam or any AWS certification exam. AWS does provide the recommended knowledge and experience that candidates need — and SPOTO recommends that you consider those prerequisites. Otherwise, your chances of passing the exam are slim.
AWS recommends that you have at least one year of experience with AWS and the ability of ope.

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Is the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate Worth It?

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the global leader in cloud services, offers instant value with all of its certifications. Amazon offers 11 certifications at four levels: Associate, Professional and Specialty. The AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certification is the most popular and broadest-based, and one that IT professionals should seriously consider.
What is the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate?
The AWS SysOps Administrator Associate is one of three Associate-level certifications. It is considered the most difficult at that level. It is designed to validate the knowledge and skills of anyone with “technical expertise” in AWS deployment, management, operations, and administration.
Amazon has six specific validation objectives for this certification:
Manage, deploy, and manage scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant systems on AWS.
Control and implement the flow of data from and to AWS.
Based on your compute, data, and security requirements, choose the appropriate AWS service.
Identify the best AWS operational best practices.
Calculate AWS usage costs and identify cost control mechanisms.
Migration of workloads from on-premises to AWS

What is the Associate Test for AWS SysOps Administrator?
The AWS SysOps Administrator Associate exam is broken into seven domains, with the following weightings:
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Start trainingMonitoring & Reporting (22%)
High Availability (8%)
Provisioning and deployment (14%)
Storage and Data Management (12%)
Security and Compliance (18%)
Networking (14%)
Automating and Optimizing (12%)

Each domain has clearly defined task-based divisions which primarily focus on your ability within AWS.
Domain 1: Monitoring & Reporting
AWS monitoring services allow you to create and maintain alarms and metrics.
Recognize and distinguish performance and availability metrics.
Based on availability and performance metrics, take the necessary steps to correct the problem.

Domain 2: High Availability
2.1 Use case-based scalability/elasticity.
2.2 Recognize and distinguish highly resilient and available environments on AWS.

Domain 3: Deployment & Provisioning
3.1 Identify and implement steps necessary to provision cloud resources.
3.2 Identify and fix deployment problems

Domain 4: Data and Storage Management
4.1 Manage and create data retention.
4.2 Identify and implement data encryption, data protection, and capacity planning requirements.

Domain 5: Security and Compliance
5.1 Manage and implement security policies on AWS.
5.2 Use AWS to implement access controls
5.3 Distinguish between the roles and responsibilities within the shared responsibility model.

Domain 6: Networking
6.1 Use AWS networking features.
6.2 Use AWS connectivity services
6.3 Collect and interpret relevant information to troubleshoot network problems.

Domain 7: Automation & Optimization
7.1 Use AWS features and services to manage and evaluate resource usage.
7.2 Employ cost-optimization strategies for efficient resource utilization.
7.3 Automate manual and repeatable processes to reduce overhead.

It is important to remember that AWS uses live exams to test new questions and gather statistical information. Do not let an odd item on the exam get you down. Answer the question to your best ability and move on to the next question.
How Much Does the AWS SysOps Administrator-Associate Exam Cost?
$150 per attempt is required to take the Aws SysOps Administrator Associate exam. Amazon offers practice exams for $20. You should take at least one to gauge your preparation for the real deal.
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Is the AWS Solution Architect – Professional Worth It

Amazon Web Services (AWS), has revolutionized how we develop, deploy, maintain and update websites and applications. It is extremely difficult to find the right people to create a coherent cloud business strategy. An AWS certification can help you fill that gap. The AWS Solutions Architect – Professional certification is one of the most sought-after and respected AWS certifications.
IT professionals who have AWS Solutions Architect – Professional certification can earn an average salary of $160,000. This is a testament to the demand for AWS skills. Although the certification is desirable, it may not be a good fit for your career goals. Let’s find out what certification is and what the exam objectives are. There are a few roles that could be suited for this certification.
What is AWS Solution Architect – Professional?
Amazon offers three levels of certifications: professional, associate, or entry. The professional level, especially the solutions architect, is designed to prove that you are capable of building, deploying, and scaling AWS to the required specifications.
It is strongly recommended that test takers have previous professional experience before taking the exam. Amazon recommends that you have at most two years of experience in designing and implementing AWS infrastructure before you take the exam. It’s a smart idea to start your AWS journey with a basic certification such as Cloud Practitioner or Solutions Architect – Associate if you are still a beginner in AWS.
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Start trainingThe exam, which is multiple-choice and costs $300 USD, is three hours in length. It is closely monitored and proctored. It can be taken at your home. AWS offers a $40 practice exam that is less expensive than the actual exam. It is strongly recommended that you take the practice test before taking the actual exam.
Who Should Take Solutions Architecture – Professional?
It is important to remember that this exam assumes that you have experience using AWS. You have a low chance of earning this certification if you have very little or no experience with cloud computing. Instead, you should earn an associate-level certificate.
This certification is for architects who are already certified. It will validate your knowledge and keep you current in your profession.
Let’s talk about several roles where AWS Solution Architect – Professional would be very beneficial.
AWS Cloud Developers
This cert is an option for developers who work with AWS regularly. There are many reasons why this cert is viable. A typical developer will have a solid understanding of CloudFormation Templates and AWS API’s. There may also be a strong desire for the other side, such as the billing console and management console. An AWS Solutions Architect-Professional certification provides the knowledge and confidence to navigate these business oriented aspects of AWS.
It will not only give developers confidence in the business but also strengthen their existing knowledge. This is especially true for CloudFormation. Many architects oversee everything IaaS-related, including the CloudFormation Templates as well as their associated diagrams.
Product owners
Although most product owners are business-oriented subject matter specialists, there are some cases when a more technologically mature person is required. A product owner acts as a liaison between developers, stakeholders, and the product. A traditional product owner might not be the best fit for a product that is still in its early stages of development.
This is the perfect opportunity to fill that role with an architectural professional who understands the finer points of busin

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Is the AWS Solution Architect – Associate worth it?

Amazon Web Services (AWS), is undoubtedly one of the most ubiquitous technologies in the world. AWS solutions are indispensable for any company or organization in any industry. AWS-certified professionals are one of the most valuable resources a company can have.
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is a person who has been certified by Amazon in the creation, design, and deployment of secure and reliable applications in AWS. AWS Solutions Architect Associate can be trusted with the right tools for the job. They can also be trusted to solve technical implementation problems and make things work. Earning the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certificate will demonstrate your AWS expertise.
What is the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate?
AWS Solutions Architect – Associate is a certification directly from AWS that validates individuals who can plan and design custom AWS solutions. As the name implies, a certified Solutions Architect Associate can see what a company needs and then can plan how to build the architecture while anticipating possible problems. The certification’s focus is on designing resilient, high performance, secure, and cost-optimized architecturals.
The AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification is for IT professionals whose job responsibilities involve looking at the “big picture” of an organization and coming up with creative solutions. Many organizations don’t realize the potential solutions to their problems that AWS offers. Certified Solutions Architects identify the needs of their organization, determine what AWS resources and tools could be used to help them, and then plan the architecture that will make this possible.
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Start training. To earn the AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification, you must pass only one exam: The SAA-C02 exam.
What is the Associate Test for AWS Solutions Architect?
The SAA-C02 exam is the only requirement for AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification. The exam is divided into four sections, which AWS refers as “Domains”.
Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures
Domain 2: Design High-Performing Architectures
Domain 3: Design Secure Applications & Architectures
Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures

It is notable that in each domain, two words are used: “design” or “architectures.” While each domain’s internal content in terms of resilience, security, scalability and cost is important, the main focus of the certification is the ability of holistic architectural solutions to be taken into consideration.
How Much Does the AWS Solutions Associate Exam Cost?
The AWS Solutions Architect – Associate exam (Exam SAA -C02) costs $150. This is the only exam you must pass to earn the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification. AWS has eliminated prerequisites for all its certs. The total cost is $150 if you are ready to take it.
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification is an option, but it’s not required.
What experience do you need to be an AWS Solutions Architect Associate?
AWS recommends that candidates have at least one year of experience in the field before they attempt the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam. AWS recommends that candidates have at least one year of experience in “designing available, cost effective, fault-tolerant and scalable distributed systems on AWS.” The SAA-C02 test covers a wide range of practical knowledge in the field of de