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Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Primer

Overview

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is a project management guide that provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects, including construction, software, engineering, automotive, etc. The purpose of the PMBOK is to provide and promote a common vocabulary within the project management profession for discussing, writing, and applying project management concepts.

To understand the relationship between PBMoK and ITIL® click PMBoK Quick Reference.  This is a sample of our training material and how we prepare our students for the very challenging exams.

PDU

In other to maintain a PMP certification a Project Manager must continue to attend courses that are recognized by PMI to ensure that they are continuing learning.  Professional Development Units (PDU) are based on the total number of hours one spends in a course.  For more details visit www.pmi.org or read this document: Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDU) Category Structure.

History

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) was first published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a white paper in 1987 in an attempt to document and standardize generally accepted project management information and practices.

Content

The PMBOK Guide is process-based, meaning it describes work as being accomplished by processes. This approach is consistent with other management standards such as ISO 9000 and the Software Engineering Institute's CMMI. Processes overlap and interact throughout a project or its various phases. Processes are described in terms of:

  • Inputs (documents, plans, designs, etc.)
  • Tools and Techniques (mechanisms applied to inputs)
  • Outputs (documents, products, etc.)

The Guide recognizes 42 processes that fall into five basic process groups and nine knowledge areas that are typical of almost all projects.

The five process groups are:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Controlling and Monitoring
  • Closing.

The nine knowledge areas are:

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management

Each of the nine knowledge areas contains the processes that need to be accomplished within its discipline in order to achieve an effective project management program. Each of these processes also falls into one of the five basic process groups, creating a matrix structure such that every process can be related to one knowledge area and one process group.

The PMBOK Guide is meant to offer a general guide to manage many different types of projects from different industries.

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