6 Major Components of the PMBOK Guide

Revealed: 6 Major Components of the PMBOK Guide


Today, I will be looking at the PMBOK Guide. It is is one of the compendia that you need to read for your PMP exam. I want to talk about six major components of the Project Management Body of Knowledge otherwise known as the PMBOK Guide.


Firstly, Project Management as a discipline and profession consists of several key components. If these components are well managed by a project manager, it can lead to a successful project. The PMBOK Guide explains clearly how a project can be managed successfully.


Revealed: 6 Major Components of the PMBOK Guide

Also, the guide is not separate from one another. There are areas that they interrelate. Their relationships will be covered in my future articles.


#1 Project lifecycle

In analyzing a project lifecycle, they are the series of phases that a project passes through from its start to its completion.


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#2 Phase Gate

Phase gate is a collection of logically related project activities that culminates in the completion of one or more deliverables.


#3 Project Phase under the PMBOK Guide

Also, the Project Phase is a collection of logically related project activities that culminates in the completion of one or more deliverables.


#4 Project Management processes

This is a systematic series of activities directed towards causing an end result. It happens where one or more inputs will be acted upon to create one or more outputs.


#5 Project management process group

Furthermore, the Project Management process group is a logical grouping of project management inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs.


It can be said that the Project Management Process Groups include Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. Project management processes groups are not project phases. They are completely different.


#6 Project Management knowledge area

Project Management Knowledge area is an identified area of project management. It is defined by its knowledge requirement. It is also being described in terms of its component processes and practices. This also includes inputs, tools, and techniques.


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Why PMBOK Guide is Important to Project Managers


Many have always wondered about the PMBOK guide which is otherwise known as Project Management Body of Knowledge. It is one of the books that aspiring and certified Project Management Institute certified Project Managers should have handy if they want to manage Project Successfully.


The PMBOK Guide which is in its Sixth edition consists of concepts that relate to Project management practices as wells as guidelines for managing individual projects and corporate projects as well. One thing you should know is that unlike Prince2 methodology where you are expected to follow the principles to the letter. The PMBOK guide remains a guide. It is just to assist you in managing projects. You are not to follow the principles discussed in it like a Dummy.

Why PMBOK Guide is Important to Project Managers

Note as well that if you are preparing for the PMP exam and you want to pass in one sitting. You need to think PMBOK. You should believe the PMBOK more than any Kangaroo Project Management practices that happen in your organization.


The PMBOK describes the established norms, methods, processes, and practices that provide a base of best practices for Project Management professions. This great tool provides common methodologies and terminologies for Project Management practices across the world.


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It ensures that Project Managers adopt the same method and use the same methodology when managing a project. With it, there are guarantees that your project will succeed if you adopt these methodologies because they are tools and techniques that have been tested and trusted by other Project Managers across the globe.



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