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A portion of the PMBOK® Guide is a standard for project management recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). That portion is Part 2 of the document, The Standard for Management of a Project.
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The Standard for Project Management of a Project
A portion of the PMBOK® Guide is a standard for project management. That portion is Part 2, The Standard for Project Management of a Project.
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Although Part 2 is a standard, it is considered a guidance standard and not a mandatory standard or regulation. However, some companies or buying groups may impose portions of the standard on themselves or their suppliers.
When preparing a high level project management methodology, Part 2 is a good reference.
The PMBOK® Guide Part 2, The Standard for Project Management of a Project is a reference standard. It contains the 49 best practice processes organized by process groups. Each process is described with a brief paragraph stating the purpose, goal or benefit of the process followed by a list of the process inputs and outputs. Part 2 does not contain any information concerning how a given process should be accomplished - that is in Part 1.
The preceding chapters of the PMBOK® Guide were organized by knowledge area. These provided good insight into an area of project management activity. Part 2 is organized by process group. It provides insight into the inter-relationship between processes across knowledge areas.
When studying for the PMP® exam, I recommend studying the processes in both settings. Other modules in this course discuss the relationships between the processes for each process group and each knowledge area.
The Project Management Institute is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developer.
PMBOK and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
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PMI, PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.