Introduction to PMBOK 2004

The Project Management Book of Knowledge or PMBOK 2004 contains the essential
principles, processes and knowledge for the successful implementation and management
of any project.  The PMBOK 2004 also includes several proven best practices that are
widely used by different industries and disciplines.  With valuable contributions from
certified members, the PMI reintroduced the PMBOK 2000 second edition.  PMBOK
2004 was released and supersedes the PMBOK 2000 second edition guide to project
management.

The PMBOK 2004 guide aims to identify the generally recognized good practices of
project and program management applicable to all fields of study and industry from the
IT to construction. Exhaustive studies and explanations are excluded and only the
knowledge and practices that are applicable to most projects most of the time are
included in the discussion.  These principles, practices and processes have been proven to
be accepted and recognized by the different industries and will increase the chances of a
successful implementation of a project.  The PMBOK 2004 identifies the project
management team as the one responsible for the implementation of a project and
identifying what is appropriate for it.

The PMBOK 2004 guide provides a foundation for basic reference and is recommended
reading for individuals wishing to take the Certified Associate in Project Management
(CAPM), the Project Management Professional (PMP), and the Program Management
Professional (PgMP) exam certification, the Project Management education and training,
and other accreditation programs in project management.  The PMBOK 2004 guide is
also recommended reading for Senior Executives and Managers, Project/Program
Managers, Stakeholders, Consultants, Educators, Trainers, Project Team Members, and
any other individual involved in project management.