Chapter Introduction

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is the recognized standard for the project management profession. As with other professions such as law, medicine, and accounting, the knowledge contained in this standard evolved from the good practices of project management practitioners who have contributed to the development of this standard. The complete Project Management Body of Knowledge is a collection of recognized good practices that are widely applied by project management professionals and practitioners for the successful management of projects.

The PMBOK® Guide provides guidelines for managing individual projects within an organization. It defines project management and related concepts, describes the project management life cycle, and outlines related processes.

This chapter defines several key terms and provides an overview of the PMBOK® Guide in the following major sections:

1.1 Project Management Standard Purpose

1.2 What is a Project?

1.3 What is Project Management?

1.4 Relationship Between Project Management, Program Management, and Portfolio Management

1.5 Project Management in Operations Management

1.6 Role of the Project Manager

1.7 Project Management Body of Knowledge

1.8 Enterprise Environmental Factors

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Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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