Do you want to know more about project management without attending any classroom trainings or viewing any online tutorials? All you have to do is to read the book entitled “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” or also known as PMBOK Guide. Now on its third edition released in 2004, the book is published by the Program Management Institute (PMI) as an internationally recognized standard that provides the fundamentals of project management applicable to a wide range of projects including engineering, software, automotive etc.

The first version was released as a white paper in 1987 for the purpose of documenting and standardizing project management information and practices. With a more than a million copies distributed all over the world, PMI received countless positive comments and suggestions to further improve its contents, hence the release of the second and third editions respectively.

The book recognizes 5 basic process groups and 9 knowledge areas typical to almost all projects. These are enumerated below:

5 Basic Process Groups
1. Initiating
2. Planning
3. Executing
4. Controlling
5. Closing

9 Knowledge Areas
1. Project Integration Management
2. Project Scope Management
3. Project Time Management
4. Project Cost Management
5. Project Quality Management
6. Project Human Resource Management
7. Project Communications Management
8. Project Risk Management
9. Project Procurement Management

Throughout a project or phase, processes may overlap or interact with each other. These processes are described in terms of the following:
1. Inputs (documents, plans, designs, etc.)
2. Tools and Techniques (mechanisms applied to inputs)
3. Outputs (documents, products, etc.)

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