About this lesson
The PMBOK® Guide is the reference document upon which the CAPM® exam is based. The PMBOK® Guide contains a description of project management processes, tools, checklists, and templates.
When to use
The PMBOK® Guide should be used as the primary source for study when preparing for the CAPM® exam. In addition, the PMBOK® Guide is an excellent reference for project managers and project teams. The PMBOK® Guide should be consulted when establishing a new project management methodology or updating an existing methodology. It is also a good source when preparing project management training material.
The PMBOK® Guide serves as both a body of knowledge of processes and best practices and as a standard of common definitions and principles of project management. It is organized into 13 chapters, a second part which is an ANSI standard, six appendices and reference sections including a glossary.
Chapters 1-3 provide context and background for project management. These chapters explain the characteristics of the project environment. Core principles that are used throughout all of the other chapters and processes are introduced in these chapters. There are several modules that address the topics in these chapters.
Chapters 4-13 contain the 47 project management processes, allocated across the ten project management knowledge areas. Each chapter contains the processes for a different knowledge area. Each process is described using the inputs and outputs of the process. A list of common tools and techniques used to accomplish the work of the process is also provided. There are many flow charts throughout these chapters showing how the processes are interconnected. There is a lesson in this program for each of the knowledge areas and additional lessons that review each of the processes.
Part II – The ANSI Standard
Part II is the formal standard of project management that is contained within the document.
There are six appendices. The first two do not contain testable material. The final four do have testable material that relates to the previously mentioned chapters.
- X3 – Agile, iterative, adaptive, and hybrid
- X4, Key concepts for knowledge areas
- X5, Tailoring
- X6, Tools and techniques for PMP
There are three reference sections in the PMBOK® Guide. The only one with testable material is the glossary. The glossary should be studied as part of preparation for the PMP® Exam. Many of the exam questions will be phrased using terms from the glossary. If you do not know the term, it will be difficult to answer correctly. In addition, many companies may use the same term found in the glossary with a different internal definition. The questions on the exam are based upon the PMBOK® Guide definitions.
Hints & tips
- Study the PMBOK® Guide. It contains all the information that will be tested.
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