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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Ed.

(PMBOK® Guide)

Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute, 2008 , 467 pages

ISBN: 978-1-933890-51-7

Keywords: Project Management

Synopsis:

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For more than 25 years, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) has been a leading tool for the project management profession and an essential reference for the library of every project manager. The PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is easy to understand and implement.

In 1983, Project Management Institute (PMI®) volunteers first gathered to distill the project management body of knowledge. Today, the PMBOK® Guide is recognized as the global standard for project management and is one of the best and most versatile resources available for the professional. The PMBOK® Guide contains the fundamental practices that all project managers need to attain high standards for project excellence.

More than 2 million copies of the PMBOK® Guide are currently in use. In the time since the publication of the PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition, PMI has received thousands of valuable recommendations from the global project management community for improvements and clarifications that have been reviewed and, as appropriate, incorporated into the fourth edition.

The fourth edition has been updated to incorporate the most current knowledge and practices in project management. It focuses on improved consistency, clarity, and readability to facilitate understanding and implementation. Data flow diagrams for each process have been enhanced to show related processes for the inputs and outputs. The processes have been refined and reconfigured. The new edition also includes an appendix that addresses key interpersonal skills that a project manager utilizes when managing a project.

The PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practice project management and deliver organizational results.

Table of Contents:

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  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Section I — The Project Management Framework
    • Chapter 1 —Introduction
      1. Purpose of the PMBOK® Guide
      2. What is a Project?
      3. What is Project Management?
      4. Relationships Among Project Management, Program Management, and Portfolio Management
        1. Portfolio Management
        2. Program Management
        3. Projects and Strategic Planning
        4. Project Management Office
      5. Project Management and Operations Management
      6. Role of a Project Manager
      7. Project Management Body of Knowledge
      8. Enterprise Environmental Factors
    • Chapter 2 —Project Life Cycle and Organization
      1. The Project Life Cycle — Overview
        1. Characteristics of the Project Life Cycle
        2. Product vs. Project Life Cycle Relationships
        3. Project Phases
      2. Projects vs. Operational Work
      3. Stakeholders
      4. Organizational Influences on Project Management
        1. Organiozational Culture and Styles
        2. Organizational Structure
        3. Organizational Process Assets
  • Section II — The Standard for Project Management of a Project
    • Chapter 3 — Project Management Processes for a Project
      1. Common Project Management Process Interactions
      2. Project Management Process Groups
      3. Initiating Process Group
        1. Develop Project Charter
        2. Identify Stakeholders
      4. Planning Process Group
        1. Develop Project Management Plan
        2. Collect Requirements
        3. Define Scope
        4. Create WBS
        5. Define Activities
        6. Sequence Activities
        7. Estimate Activity Resources
        8. Estimate Activity Durations
        9. Develop Schedule
        10. Estimate Costs
        11. Determine Budget
        12. Plan Quality
        13. Develop Human Resource Plan
        14. Plan Communications
        15. Plan Risk Management
        16. Identify Risks
        17. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
        18. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
        19. Plan Risk Responses
        20. Plan Procurements
      5. Executing Process Group
        1. Direct and Manage Project Execution
        2. Perform Quality Assurance
        3. Acquire Project Team
        4. Develop Project Team
        5. Manage Project Team
        6. Distribute Information
        7. Manage Stakeholder Expectations
        8. Conduct Procurements
      6. Monitoring and Controlling Process Group
        1. Monitor and Control Project Work
        2. Perform Integrated Change Control
        3. Verify Scope
        4. Control Scope
        5. Control Schedule
        6. Control Costs
        7. Perform Quality Control
        8. Report Performance
        9. Monitor and Control Risks
        10. Administer Procurements
      7. Closing Process Group
        1. Close Project or Phase
        2. Close Procurements
  • Section III — The Project Management Knowledge Areas
      • Introduction
      • Data Flow Diagrams
    • Chapter 4 — Project Integration Management
      1. Develop Project Charter
        1. Develop Project Charter: Inputs
        2. Develop Project Charter: Tools and Techniques
        3. Develop Project Charter: Outputs
      2. Develop Project Management Plan
        1. Develop Project Management Plan: Inputs
        2. Develop Project Management Plan: Tools and Techniques
        3. Develop Project Management Plan: Outputs
      3. Direct and Manage Project Execution
        1. Direct and Manage Project Execution: Inputs
        2. Direct and Manage Project Execution: Tools and Techniques
        3. Direct and Manage Project Execution: Outputs
      4. Monitor and Contro Project Work
        1. Monitor and Contro Project Work: Inputs
        2. Monitor and Contro Project Work: Tools and Techniques
        3. Monitor and Contro Project Work: Outputs
      5. Perform Integrated Change Control
        1. Perform Integrated Change Control: Inputs
        2. Perform Integrated Change Control: Tools and Techniques
        3. Perform Integrated Change Control: Outputs
      6. Close Project or Phase
        1. Close Project or Phase: Inputs
        2. Close Project or Phase: Tools and Techniques
        3. Close Project or Phase: Outputs
    • Chapter 5 — Project Scope Management
      1. Collect Requirements
        1. Collect Requirements: Inputs
        2. Collect Requirements: Tools and Techniques
        3. Collect Requirements: Outputs
      2. Define Scope
        1. Define Scope: Inputs
        2. Define Scope: Tools and Techniques
        3. Define Scope: Outputs
      3. Create WBS
        1. Create WBS: Inputs
        2. Create WBS: Tools and Techniques
        3. Create WBS: Outputs
      4. Verify Scope
        1. Verify Scope: Inputs
        2. Verify Scope: Tools and Techniques
        3. Verify Scope: Outputs
      5. Control Scope
        1. Control Scope: Inputs
        2. Control Scope: Tools and Techniques
        3. Control Scope: Outputs
    • Chapter 6 — Project Time Management
      1. Define Activities
        1. Define Activities: Inputs
        2. Define Activities: Tools and Techniques
        3. Define Activities: Outputs
      2. Sequence Activities
        1. Sequence Activities: Inputs
        2. Sequence Activities: Tools and Techniques
        3. Sequence Activities: Outputs
      3. Estimate Activity Resources
        1. Estimate Activity Resources: Inputs
        2. Estimate Activity Resources: Tools and Techniques
        3. Estimate Activity Resources: Outputs
      4. Estimate Activity Durations
        1. Estimate Activity Durations: Inputs
        2. Estimate Activity Durations: Tools and Techniques
        3. Estimate Activity Durations: Outputs
      5. Develop Schedule
        1. Develop Schedule: Inputs
        2. Develop Schedule: Tools and Techniques
        3. Develop Schedule: Outputs
      6. Control Schedule
        1. Control Schedule: Inputs
        2. Control Schedule: Tools and Techniques
        3. Control Schedule: Outputs
    • Chapter 7 — Project Cost Management
      1. Estimate Costs
        1. Estimate Costs: Inputs
        2. Estimate Costs: Tools and Techniques
        3. Estimate Costs: Outputs
      2. Determine Budget
        1. Determine Budget: Inputs
        2. Determine Budget: Tools and Techniques
        3. Determine Budget: Outputs
      3. Control Costs
        1. Control Costs: Inputs
        2. Control Costs: Tools and Techniques
        3. Control Costs: Outputs
    • Chapter 8 — Project Quality Management
      1. Plan Quality
        1. Plan Quality: Inputs
        2. Plan Quality: Tools and Techniques
        3. Plan Quality: Outputs
      2. Perform Quality Assurance
        1. Perform Quality Assurance: Inputs
        2. Perform Quality Assurance: Tools and Techniques
        3. Perform Quality Assurance: Outputs
      3. Perform Quality Control
        1. Perform Quality Control: Inputs
        2. Perform Quality Control: Tools and Techniques
        3. Perform Quality Control: Outputs
    • Chapter 9 — Project Human Resource Management
      1. Develop Human Resource Plan
        1. Develop Human Resource Plan: Inputs
        2. Develop Human Resource Plan: Tools and Techniques
        3. Develop Human Resource Plan: Outputs
      2. Acquire Project Team
        1. Acquire Project Team: Inputs
        2. Acquire Project Team: Tools and Techniques
        3. Acquire Project Team: Outputs
      3. Develop Project Team
        1. Develop Project Team: Inputs
        2. Develop Project Team: Tools and Techniques
        3. Develop Project Team: Outputs
      4. Manage Project Team
        1. Manage Project Team: Inputs
        2. Manage Project Team: Tools and Techniques
        3. Manage Project Team: Outputs
    • Chapter 10 — Project Communications Management
      1. Identify Stakeholders
        1. Identify Stakeholders: Inputs
        2. Identify Stakeholders: Tools and Techniques
        3. Identify Stakeholders: Outputs
      2. Plan Communications
        1. Plan Communications: Inputs
        2. Plan Communications: Tools and Techniques
        3. Plan Communications: Outputs
      3. Distribute Information
        1. Distribute Information: Inputs
        2. Distribute Information: Tools and Techniques
        3. Distribute Information: Outputs
      4. Manage Stakeholders Expectations
        1. Manage Stakeholders Expectations: Inputs
        2. Manage Stakeholders Expectations: Tools and Techniques
        3. Manage Stakeholders Expectations: Outputs
      5. Report Performance
        1. Report Performance: Inputs
        2. Report Performance: Tools and Techniques
        3. Report Performance: Outputs
    • Chapter 11 — Project Risk Management
      1. Plan Risk Management
        1. Plan Risk Management: Inputs
        2. Plan Risk Management: Tools and Techniques
        3. Plan Risk Management: Outputs
      2. Identify Risks
        1. Identify Risks: Inputs
        2. Identify Risks: Tools and Techniques
        3. Identify Risks: Outputs
      3. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
        1. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis: Inputs
        2. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis: Tools and Techniques
        3. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis: Outputs
      4. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
        1. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis: Inputs
        2. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis: Tools and Techniques
        3. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis: Outputs
      5. Plan Risk Responses
        1. Plan Risk Responses: Inputs
        2. Plan Risk Responses: Tools and Techniques
        3. Plan Risk Responses: Outputs
      6. Monitor and Control Risks
        1. Monitor and Control Risks: Inputs
        2. Monitor and Control Risks: Tools and Techniques
        3. Monitor and Control Risks: Outputs
    • Chapter 12 —Project Procurement Management
      1. Plan Procurements
        1. Plan Procurements: Inputs
        2. Plan Procurements: Tools and Techniques
        3. Plan Procurements: Outputs
      2. Conduct Procurements
        1. Conduct Procurements: Inputs
        2. Conduct Procurements: Tools and Techniques
        3. Conduct Procurements: Outputs
      3. Administer Procurements
        1. Administer Procurements: Inputs
        2. Administer Procurements: Tools and Techniques
        3. Administer Procurements: Outputs
      4. Close Procurements
        1. Close Procurements: Inputs
        2. Close Procurements: Tools and Techniques
        3. Close Procurements: Outputs
    • References
  • Section IV — Appendices and Glossary
    • Appendix A — Fourth Edition Changes
      1. Consistency and Clarification
        1. Consistency
        2. Clarification
      2. Process Changes
      3. Chapter 4 — Project Integration Management Changes
      4. Chapter 5 — Project Scope Management Changes
      5. Chapter 6 — Project Time Management Changes
      6. Chapter 7 — Project Cost Management Changes
      7. Chapter 8 — Project Quality Management Changes
      8. Chapter 9 — Project Human Resource Management Changes
      9. Chapter 10 — Project Communications Management Changes
      10. Chapter 11 — Project Risk Management Changes
      11. Chapter 12 —Project Procurement Management Changes
      12. Appendices
      13. Glossary
    • Appendix B —Evolution of PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
      1. Initial Development
      2. 1987-87 Update
      3. 1996 Update
        • Standards Committee
        • Contributors
        • Reviewers
        • Production Staff
      4. 2000 Update
        • PMI Project Management Standards Program Member Advisory Group
        • PMBOK® Guide Update Project Team
        • Contributors
        • Reviewers
        • Contributions to Predecessor Documents
        • Production Staff
      5. Third Edition Update
        • Structural Changes
        • Process Name Changes
        • Elimination of Facilitating and Core Process Designations
        • Writing Styles
        • Chapter 1 — Introduction Changes
        • Chapter 2 — Project Life Cycle and Organization Changes
        • Chapter 3 — Project Management Processes for a Project Changes
        • Chapter 4 — Project Integration Management Changes
        • Chapter 5 — Project Scope Management Changes
        • Chapter 6 — Project Time Management Changes
        • Chapter 7 — Project Cost Management Changes
        • Chapter 8 — Project Quality Management Changes
        • Chapter 9 — Project Human Resource Management Changes
        • Chapter 10 — Project Communications Management Changes
        • Chapter 11 — Project Risk Management Changes
        • Chapter 12 —Project Procurement Management Changes
        • Glossary
        • PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition Project Leadership Team
        • PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition Project Core Team
        • PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition Project Sub-Teams
        • Significant Contributors
        • PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition Project Team Members
        • Final Exposure Draft Reviewers and Contributors
        • PMI Standards Member Advisory Group (MAG)
        • Production Satff
    • Appendix C —Contributors and Reviews of PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition
      1. PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition Project Core Team
      2. PMBOK® Guide 2004 Update Project Sub-Teams
      3. Significant Contributors
      4. PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition  Operation Team Members
      5. PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition Project Content Contributors
      6. PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition Project Content Reviewers
      7. PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition Project Team Members
      8. Final Exposure Draft Reviewers and Contributors
      9. PMI Standards Member Advisory Group (MAG)
      10. Staff Contributors
    • Appendix D —Application Area Extension
      1. Need for Application Area Extensions
      2. Criteria for Development of Application Area Extensions
      3. Publishing and Format of Application Area Extensions
      4. Process for Development and Maintenance of Application Area Extensions
    • Appendix E —Additional Sources of Information on Project Management
      1. Professional and Technical Organizations
      2. Commercial Publishers
      3. Product and Service Vendors
      4. Educational Institutions
    • Appendix F —Summary of Project Management 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
    • Appendix G —Interpersonal Skills
      1. Leadership
      2. Team Building
      3. Motivation
      4. Communication
      5. Influencing
      6. Decision Making
      7. Political and Cultural Awareness
      8. Negotiation
      9. References
    • Glossary
      • Inclusions and Exclusions
      • Common Acronyms
      • Definitions

Reviews:

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

by Roland Buresund last modified 2010-05-19 12:14

Rating: ******** (Very good)

A book to understand, and to use. Not really suited for reading (lol). If you're into project management or processes, this is a very good process view of project management.

But be warned, it is not really a book to cram or use as a study guide, you need some experience and theoretical background before tackling this one.


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