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PMBOK Guide

PMBOK® Guide book

1 Title/current version of PMBOK® Guide books
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition

2 The basics of PMBOK® Guide books
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK® Guide) is a guide providing a comprehensive set
of knowledge, concepts, techniques and skills for the project
management profession.

3 Summary of the method PMBOK® Guide book
The PMBOK® Guide is a publication from the Project Management
Institute (PMI), an entity that is globally recognized as governing
the project management discipline. PMI was founded in 1969 in
the US and has become one of the principal professional non-profit
organizations in the specialism. The first edition of the guide was
published in 1996; the latest English-language PMBOK® Guide -
Fifth Edition, was released in January 2013.

 The PMBOK® Guide is process-based: it describes work as being
accomplished by processes. This approach is consistent with other
management standards such as ISO 21500 for Project Management,
ISO/IEC 9001:2008 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) and outputs (documents, products, etc.)

The guide identifi es 47 processes that fall into five basic process groups
and ten knowledge areas that are typical for almost every project.
The five process groups are Initiating, Planning, Executing,
Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.

The ten 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 and
Stakeholder Management.

Each of the ten knowledge areas contains the processes that are
advised to be accomplished within its discipline in order to achieve
effective management of a project. 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.

4 PMBOK® Guide books target audience
Although the publication typically targets (senior) project
managers, the processes described involve all roles with an
interest in project management, such as senior executives,
programme and project managers, project team members,
members of a project office, customers and other stakeholders,
consultants and other specialists. As an introduction, an easy
accessible pocket publication is also available, aimed at a broader
audience involved in projects.

5 Scope and constraints of the PMBOK® Guide book
PMBOK® Guide is a generic approach that can be applied to any
project.

Strengths
• Extensive participation by different industry sectors and organizations
that are using project management all over the world
• Recognized as a ‘world class’ standard in the profession and,
because of that, used as the book of reference for many other
project management standards and methods
• Generic; it can be applied to any project
• Focus on process, similar to other frameworks and standards
in use such as ITIL®, COBIT® and ISO*. Fully aligned to the
latest global project management standard, ISO 21500
• Evolution and continuous improvement in line with modern
concepts of quality
• Certification programmes (PMP and CAPM) associated
and guaranteed deployment of accreditation skills from all
over the world.* Fully aligned with the broader concept of
project, programme and portfolio management (PMI provides
additional standards for this)

Constraints
• The PMBOK® Guide is not exhaustive: although the
PMBOK® Guide provides tools and techniques for the
application of processes, it does not provide a method.
• The PMBOK® Guide does not provide real life examples of
tools and templates for practical application
• The PMBOK® Guide is more of a framework a (conceptual
over-arching and generic model) than a method (for direct
practical application)

6 Relevant website of PMBOK® Guide books
www.pmi.org/

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