A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 6th Edition
The PMBOK® Guide–Sixth Edition – PMI’s flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the Sixth Edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative, and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate into project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge—including discussion of project management business documents—and information on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market.
About the author:
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management. The PMI provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.
PMI has recruited volunteers to create industry standards, such as “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”, which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In 2012 ISO adapted the project management processes from the PMBOK Guide 4th edition.
Reviews about the ebook A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is just what I wanted. It is a full ebook for a cheap price. That is an awesome deal!!! I have not read it yet because I need it for an upcoming class. So, I will not be using it until the class starts. So, I cannot say if the content is compelling or not. From the chapter titles, it seems like the information should be interesting. We shall see.
- Jill Bowen:
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook is very useful while preparing for the PMP exam but don’t plan on reading it like a normal book. It is a *guide* and not a novel. After getting through the first three chapters, I found myself stumbling through Chapter 4 only because it went from one process to the other within integration management and not in real life order like this: 4.1 Develop Project Charter followed by 13.1 Identify Stakeholders. So, if you’re not familiar with the *actual* order of the processes, you will get confused reading sequential chapters 4, then 5, then 6 and so on because real-life project management isn’t liner like this and I don’t think the authors of the PMBOK meant for people to read it straight through. I’d suggest reading Chapter 1-3 first then stop. Read the Standards (Part 2 of the book towards the back) then stop. Now, go back through with an understanding of the real order of things and use Chapters 4-13 as a *guide* to refer back to as you understand and learn to apply all of the ITTOs, etc. outline in great detail in each process group.
This has only just arrived but I was concerned by some earlier reviews that said the ebook is difficult to read. Yes, the printed it is very clear, the diagrams are all in white and are equally clear. I have attached a diagram from the ebook which is of the same quality as all of them. Maybe the reviews were of a previous edition, or a reprint has taken place. Anyway, I am pleased with it.
Does exactly what it says, it’s the latest version of the PMBOK. The reason for leaving the review is that I saw a number of one-star reviews saying they struggled to read the pages due to them being on grey paper (an anti-copying measure). The pages and type are crystal clear on my copy which I’ve read under a variety of lights, so I don’t know what’s happened to other people’s copies. Or eyes…
- Robert Law:
This is a great reference ebook A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge for CPAM and PMP learning/examinations. Have dropped a star due to the wafer-thin pages and print that is sometimes difficult to read (as other reviews have rightly highlighted!). For the exams, I would recommend practice exam question ebooks, which are aplenty on Ebouks.com!
- Steve Walker:
I passed the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam in 2005 and have maintained my certification since. The test is for the most part rote memorization. I believe just about anybody could pass the test simply by studying the manual and practicing with sample exams (many free on the internet), whether they have been involved with project management or not. But the Project management Institute (PMI) requires extensive and audit-able documentation of project experience. Still, anyone can pass the test with dedicated effort.The manual A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is invaluable to passing the test since the test is based on the five “process groups” and nine “knowledge areas” detailed in the book along with formulas and diagrams. In some areas, PMI differs in philosophy from many project managers in “real world” situations. But to pass the test you need to know the PMI way of doing things, especially with esoteric questions based on situations specifically designed to conflict with your natural instinct and practical experience with those situations. Bottom line: memorize the PMI way.
I give A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook 5 stars as the ebook that will help you pass the test.
I had anticipated A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook to be a valuable reference guide to keep on my desk ready at hand but I rarely have to need to refer to it. No project manager practices all of the knowledge defined in the ebook as it is designed for project management as an intellectual and academic exercise, the techniques and process made generic to fit any industry or type of project. “Real-world” project managers tailor this knowledge to their particular circumstances and purpose. “Real-world project managers know inside and out the things they practice on a daily basis.
Still, every project manager should be familiar with and have an understanding of PMI’s PMBOK. There are many things I have adapted to my management that I learned through exposure to the PMBOK and others I have not. Bottom line: PMI has improved my abilities as a project manager.
- Scott Fabel:
If you are a project manager or if your work involves project management tasks, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is the ebook for you. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has recently released its fifth edition of its ever-popular “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” or PMBOK Guide. While I recognize that not every project manager loves this book or uses it to its fullest, I still believe that the knowledge and skills provided in this book will make anyone a better project manager. I’ve been studying, using, and teaching from the PMBOK Guide since its third edition, and I am happy to report that the fifth edition has included some great improvements over the fourth edition. While it’s impossible to list all of them here, I thought I would provide you with my top four major improvements.First, PMI has increased the number of processes from 42 to 47. Five new processes have been added to the previous 42, and 13 of the existing 42 have been renamed, changed, moved, or modified in some way. Four of the new processes primarily relate to planning: Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management, Plan Cost Management, and Plan Stakeholder Management. These were added to ensure consistency with the processes that contribute to the creation of the overall Project Management Plan. The fifth new process is Control Stakeholder Engagement. This was added as part of a new knowledge area, which I will discuss in a moment. The other 13 modifications are almost all related to ensuring consistency with naming conventions (especially within the Monitoring and Controlling process group).
Second, PMI has added a brand new knowledge area, Project Stakeholder Management. Rest assured that PMI has kept the same 5 process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. The fifth edition has also kept the previous nine knowledge areas: Project Integration Management, Project Scope Management, Project Time Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Communications Management, Project Risk Management, and Project Procurement Management. The new knowledge area, Project Stakeholder Management, brings the knowledge area count to ten. This new knowledge area is the result of splitting out some of the previous Project Communications Management knowledge areas into its own knowledge area. Additionally, this new knowledge area reflects PMI’s belief that stakeholder management is a vital aspect of successful project management. There are four processes in the Project Stakeholder Management knowledge area: Identify Stakeholders (in the Initiating Process Group and previously part of Project Communications Management), Plan Stakeholder Management (a new process in the Planning Process Group), Manage Stakeholder Engagement (in the Executing Process Group and previously part of Project Communications Management as the Manage Stakeholder Expectations process), and Control Stakeholder Engagement (a new process in the Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).
Third, PMI has greatly improved its consistency in the use of Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports. These three inputs and outputs have been consistently named throughout the entire PMBOK Guide to align with the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) model that is used in other Knowledge Management fields. The confusion among these terms has always been a sore spot in my courses, and I have had to spend quite a bit of time explaining how they relate–and how they differ. The changes made to the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide should greatly reduce this confusion.
Fourth, PMI continues to strive to be relevant in agile project management. While I have never personally seen the challenge of integrating the PMBOK Guide’s framework into an agile environment, many people believe that the framework in the PMBOK Guide is just too burdensome for agile. While PMI has not reduced the rigor of the PMBOK Guide, there are no more references to how the framework can be tailored in an agile environment. Although not part of the PMBOK Guide, PMI has also recently introduced an agile project management certification, which signifies its belief in the growth of agile project management.
Overall, I am very happy with this new edition. Surely, there are many more changes than what I could possibly list here. Nevertheless, I believe that these four improvements should give you a sense of what the new edition has to offer. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the field of project management.
- Mohammed Saeed:
I read A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook 4 times as it was an assigned ebook for a project management methodology course that I took during the master’s degree plus for my prep period to write CAPM exam “Certified Associate in Project Management” which I, fortunately, passed it. In my humble opinion, the PMbok is the holy book for all project management specialists. Moreover, it is well structured and easy to read.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is the PMI Bible, so there’s really no way you can get away around that. Why did I only give it four stars? Well, I would have rather given it three stars, but just to be fair I gave it four. Simply put, there are tons of other books that are all translators of this one book. We all know it could be more engaging.
- Mohammed Zaitoun:
Thank God I have got my PMP A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook seems a very solid ebook but it contains most of what you need to know to pass
My advice to all solve as many questions as you can
It is hard to “like” A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook; this is not a pleasure read, nor does it provide details on exactly what to do when or how to do it. I also believe that in some companies and situations, the idea of controlling risk and cost is ridiculous.Also, one can argue that the comprehensive attempt is not as effective as the highest risk attempt, reflecting some differences between the American and European ideas of project management and their leading associations.
Be aware that the knowledge areas are what is presented, but the process groups are what is most useful. Thus to pass the PMP the reader must apply significant thinking and integration skills.
Then again, what would a good PMP be without those skills?
I just read the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook and studied it heavily to pass the CAPM exam.A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook has a lot of really good foundational information for project management. The cost management, risk management, and procurement management sections are probably the most technical and require a lot of attention to get all of the concepts. Taking a class in addition to this book is probably the best way to really get a handle on some of this stuff.
The ebook is well structured and if you read it from end-to-end, you start to see the pattern of how they present the information. If you study the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook in the format they present, it will be much easier to pass the CAPM test.
The negatives about the book are that, in some ways, it feels like project management is made much more complicated than it needs to be. I think this A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook covers everything and the kitchen sink. But in the real world, most companies that are using Agile or other non-traditional Waterfall methodologies would not be able to adopt some of the practices laid out in the PMBOK simply because things move really, really fast!
That said, the PMBOK is a good foundational book for anyone in the project management vocation who wants to deepen and expand their knowledge. It is also great for learning a lot of the common lingo that you run into as a project manager.
Overall, worth the read and some if you’re interested in this sort of thing. But don’t pick up A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ebook as a “casual” read. You will be sorely disappointed.
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