The following introductory information about the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the PMBOK® Guide ("A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge") published by PMI® is provided for persons not familiar with either PMI® or the PMBOK® Guide in order to enable them to better understand the content and purpose of the PMP®-CAPM® Examination Preparation Training offered by DBT Project Management.
Project Management Institute (PMI®)
Established in 1969 in the USA, PMI® is the world's leading association for the project management profession. PMI® actively is actively engaged in promoting the profession, setting professional standards, offering accreditation, promoting career and continued professional development, and offering networking and PMI® involvement opportunities worldwide. In 2018, PMI® had over 550'000 memebers worldwide in 208 countries.
Much of the PMP® and CAPM® exam is based on knowledge contained in "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) published by PMI®. The latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide (sixth edition, 2017, which is available in twelve languages) contains 756 pages (English edition) and a wealth of knowledge and best practices about project management. Some of the information includes individual chapters about The Role of the Project Manager, the knowledge areas: Project Integration Management, Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Resource Management, Communications Management, Risk Management, Procurement Management, and Stakeholder Management, as well as the process groups for Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing projects. The PMBOK® Guide contains a subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as good practice.
The new Agile Practice Guide, 2017, contains 167 pages and is also included when a person purchases the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth edition.
Generally recognized means the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time, and there is a consensus among experienced practitioners about their value and usefulness. Good practice means there is general agreement that the application of the knowledge, tools, and techniques to project management can enhance the chance of project success in delivering the expected business values and results.
The philosophy of PMI® is that the project manager will work with the project team and other stakeholders to determine and use the appropriate generally recognized good practices for each project. Determining the appropriate processes to manage a project is referred to as "tailoring."
Thus, what PMI® has prepared and presented in their PMBOK® Guide is different from a methodology. A methodology is a system of practices, techniques, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline. The PMBOK® Guide is a foundation upon which organizations can build methodologies, policies, procedures, rules, tools and techniques which they need to manage their projects.
PMI® Registered Marks
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) and Project Management Professional (PMP®) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Inc., www.pmi.org