About this lesson
Understanding the domains found in the PMBOK® Guide will prepare an individual to manage a project. These domains are universally applicable across industries and project types and are essential aspects of project management throughout the project lifecycle.
Project Management Domains
The PMBOK® Guide has organized project management into eight domains. These domains contain numerous processes, methods, and models that are used to conduct the management of the project.
When to use
The domains of the PMBOK® Guide should be used on every project. The domains are applied concurrently throughout the life cycle of the project. Performance in one domain will impact the performance of the others.
Understanding the domains found in the PMBOK® Guide will prepare an individual to manage a project. Different projects will require a different level of emphasis between domains, but all projects rely on each domain to some extent.
The eight domains are:
- Stakeholder Performance – This integrates the activity of communicating with stakeholders to understand their needs, gain and maintain their approval for the project approach.
- Team Performance – This domain is concerned with building and motivating the project team so as to ensure they have ownership of their role in the project and are able to complete their activities.
- Development Approach and Life-Cycle Performance – This domain provides a structure to the project. Through the use of phases, models, and methods the project is planned and the organization builds consistency in project performance.
- Planning Performance – This domain is focused on developing and maintaining a project plan. It addresses scope, schedule, resources, and balances the risk between these attributes of the project.
- Work Performance – This domain focuses on the actual execution of project tasks. A key element of this domain is the communication and coordination between team members.
- Delivery Performance – A project has a purpose to create or deliver a new product, process, or other organizational benefits. This domain is based upon defining and assessing the efficacy of the project deliverable (s).
- Measurement Performance – This domain tracks the project status and involves the problem-solving and decision-making associated with problems that are identified with the project. Ultimately, it reports on the value delivered to the organization from accomplishing the project.
- Uncertainty Performance – All projects have risks and uncertainties, both threats and opportunities. This domain is the proactive management of the risks and uncertainties.
Hints & tips
- Every aspect of project management is associated with one or more domains. Do not become overly concerned about which domain is involved, since all domains impact each other, almost everything on a project is associated with multiple domains.
- Review the domains in your Lessons Learned session or Sprint Retrospectives to identify what is working well and what is not.
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