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PMBOK and the PMI

What is the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is a set of terminology and guidelines for project management, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of advancing project management.

The PMI was originally founded in the US in 1969 and has now grown to be the leading project management organization in the world with 240,000 members in 160 countries.

The PMBOK Guide was first published in 1983 to standardize the terminology and practices that were already accepted in the field of project management. It has since become the de-facto international standard for project management.

What’s in PMBOK?

The guide recognizes five basic process groups and ten knowledge areas typical of almost all projects. The basic concepts are applicable to projects, programs and operations.

Within the 10 knowledge areas, there are further processes that need to be accomplished to achieve effective project management.

Additionally, each of these sub processes can fall into one of the give process groups, so all elements can be mapped into a matrix construction.

The PMBOK Process Groups:

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Controlling and Monitoring
  5. Closing

The PMBOK Knowledge Areas:

  1. Project Integration Management
  2. Project Scope Management
  3. Project Time Management
  4. Project Cost Management
  5. Project Quality Management
  6. Project Human Resource Management
  7. Project Communications Management
  8. Project Risk Management
  9. Project Procurement Management
  10. Project Stakeholders Management

The book is now in its fifth edition and can be purchased from this website.

Program Management

Program management is the management of several related projects, using the oversight this provides to support project-level activity and ensure all projects work together to meet program goals.

The PMI guide for Program Management is now in its second edition. It is published by PMI and gives guidance on the management of multiple projects and programs. It is fully aligned with the PMBOK Guide.

It forms the core basis for PMI’s Program Management Professional (PgMP®) qualification and is recommended reading for those taking the PgMP exam.

Purchase the PMI Program Management guide here »