5th Edition PMBOK® Guide—Chapter 1 (Introduction) overview

On January 1st, 2013, the Project Management Institute has made available the 5th Edition of its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, known as the PMBOK® Guide for short. This new edition of the Guide is the result of a long review process at the Project Management Institute to make sure that the Guide is relevant to some of the new trends in project management, such as the growth of Agile methodology in IT projects, or the importance of Six Sigma projects for quality improvement.

IMPORTANT:    If you plan to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification test BEFORE July 31, 2013, you need to study for it using the 4th edition of the PMBOK® Guide.   If you plan to take the certification test ON OR AFTER July 31, 2013, you need to study for it using the 5th edition of the PMBOK® Guide.    You can download a copy from PMI if you are a member, or obtain one from a bookseller.  If you do order a copy of the PMBOK® Guide from Amazon.com or another bookseller, please make sure you order the right edition.   Also, if you order one of the popular exam study guides, like that by Andy Crowe or Rita Mulcahy, make sure your study guide is geared towards the correct version of the PMBOK® Guide.

For those wanting a review of the 4th Edition PMBOK® Guide, you will need to look at my tips on passing the PMP exam that were published on this blog last year.   This year I will be giving tips on passing the PMP and CAPM exam for those using the 5th Edition PMBOK® guide.

1. Introduction

For those wanting a quick overview of the basic facts about the 5th Edition, I review you to my post of October 25th, 2012:


I will be going through various topics in the 5th Edition PMBOK® Guide, chapter by chapter, in the same way I did last year with the 4th Edition PMBOK® Guide, with the goal of helping those prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam. Knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide is essential for passing either of these exams.

2. Topics in Chapter 1

The first chapter covers definitions that are basic to project management. Although often glossed over by those studying for the exam, there are some important concepts buried in the text which can, if either poorly understood or misunderstood entirely, lead one to lose precious points on the certification exam. For that reason, I will do a series of blog posts, each covering one major concept of Chapter 1. Here are the titles of the sections of Chapter 1:



1.1 Purpose of the PMBOK® Guide
1.2 What is a Project?
1.3 What is Project Management?
1.4 Relationships between Portfolio Management, Program Management, Project Management and Organizational Project Management
1.5 Relationship between Project Management, Operations Management, and Organizational Strategy
1.6 Business Value
1.7 Role of the Project Manager
1.8 Project Management Body of Knowledge

The first topic I will address tomorrow is that of “what is a project?”


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