A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

What is this book about?

This book is a combination of professional knowledge about project management, which is considered to be the standard. It is a well-known factthat the standard is an official document that describes established norms, methods, processes and practices. The PMBoK guide is exactly the kind of standard. Inside the book you will find out the key concepts and terms in the field of project management. More specifically:

10 professional fields of project management; the life cycle of aproject; process groups;factors, whatinfluences onthe project and its success; methods and techniques applied in the individual projects.
The widespread admiration of this guide shows that the using of relevant knowledge, processes, skills, tools and methods can be crucial to succeed. The main purpose of the PMBoK is focusing on the part of project management knowledge that usually is considered to be a good practice.

“Usually considered to be” means that described knowledge and practice is applicable to the most projects.
“Good practice” is an agreement that using of these skills, tools and methods can increase the likelihood of the success for a wide range of projects.
However,“GoodPractice” does not mean that these knowledges should always be applied to all projects. The project management team hasto determine the relevance of these knowledges to each project by themselves.

Who is it useful for?

The Project Management Institute(PMI)is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management. The PMI provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.

Who is the author?

Project Chair of PMI(ProjectManager Institute) Cyndi Dionisio said “ This content is developed for project managers by project managers.As in other professional fields(such as jurisprudence, medicine, accounting) the knowledge is based on the best practices and experiences. A lot of managers from different countries pull together all their practices and experiences in one book(first was published in 1986). 


The PMP, Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and CAPM exams will be updated in the first/second quarter of 2018. The exam questions will reflect the changes included in the PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition. The PMBOK Guide, by ANSI standards, must be updated every 4 to 5 years. One reason is that it continually learns from research and actual experience, and then shares these knowledge with the rest of the PM community.

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