Well, I just took a two day course offered by my company which gives a high level overview of what PMP entails from a PMI perspective. We went through the major chapters in the PMBOK and did some exercises to understand things like WBS, Precendence Diagrams and Earned Value. A lot of it is intuitively done by me in my day to day work already. It is a matter of formalizing it.
The PMBOK 3rd edition and Rita Mulcahy’s books were cited as good resources for exam prep. I have to agree that PMI’s view of the world and project management’s role in it may not align with reality but it is a good certification to have under your belt so I am going to go for this.
This will also help me gauge my potential for getting back into the study groove before I tackle something more ambitious like CISSP (or a MBA).