About this lesson
The PMBOK® Guide is the reference document upon which much of the PMP® exam is based. The PMBOK® Guide contains a description of project management processes, tools, checklists, and templates.
The PMBOK® Guide is the reference document upon which much of the PMP® exam is based. The PMBOK® Guide contains a description of project management processes, tools, best practices, checklists, and templates.
When to use
The PMBOK® Guide should be used as the primary source for study when preparing for the PMP® 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 two parts. Part 1 has 13 Chapters, Part 2 is the industry Standard, six Appendices and a Glossary.
Part 1 Chapters
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 49 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 that are best practices for accomplishing 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 2 is the formal standard of project management. There is a lesson that covers this in more detail.
There are six Appendices. Appendices X3, X4, X5, and X6 address different attributes of the project environment and contain material that may be testable. Material from the appendices are addressed in various lessons.
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. There is a lesson devoted to the Glossary.
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