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PMBOK – An Inventory of Project Management Ideas

 

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Most organizations today are highly motivated to use popular techniques and tools to speed up their projects and be more effective in the competitive environment. The PMBOK Guide is one of those great sources of ideas that help plan and manage various projects. Although the PMBOK Guide is not a project management methodology "in the pure state", many people prefer using the ideas defined by the PMI (Project Management Institute) to develop and implement an approach for managing their project initiatives.

The PMI has developed the PMBOK Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) to make the art of managing projects easier and understandable for professionals and especially for people having no special education. Hence, any organization involved in projects can without difficulty learn the ideas of the PMBOK to make its project management effort indispensable for effective business results. In this context, it is appropriate to describe the PMBOK as a great inventory of helpful project management ideas. Meanwhile, taking into account the said above, we want to note that for convenience we use the term "methodology" when referring to the PMBOK Guide. It’s just an attempt to simplify the layout of our further articles, so please do not be too captious and critical to our initiative.

The PMBOK Guide provides a set of guidelines and standardized methods on managing projects through managing their processes. It means that the methodology offers a process-based approach to project management. The Guide highlights five groups of the high-level processes, including Initiating Process Group, Planning Process Group, Executing Process Group, Monitoring & Control Process Group, and Closure Process Group. With reference to this statement, it is convenient to divide the entire lifecycle of managing a project into five phases, such as:

  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Tracking
  • Closure

Each of the processes are included in nine knowledge areas that are dedicated to organization of project management aspects, such as Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource, Communications, Risk, and Procurement. In such a way, the methodology makes a framework of managing most process-based projects most of the time.

When you’re going to do your new project and follow the ideas of the PMBOK Guide for this purpose, you can plan the lifecycle of the project by the five phases. For convenience, it is reasonable to break down the phases into the processes that also fall into a range of simple, more manageable tasks. In such a way you can use an effective task-based approach to managing the high-level processes and phases of your project.

With help of VIP Task Manager you can utilize such an approach in your project. The software lets create simple tasks, combine them into to-do lists, build task hierarchies and develop project trees. Every task has a range of various attributes such as Name, ID, Due Date, Priority, Assigned, Start Date, Attachment, Task Group, and others. The task management functionality of VIP Task Manager allows your development team to collaborate, share information, and exchange notifications in real-time mode.

Below we present the Table of Contents to list five articles describing the PMBOK Guide, the high-level processes, and phases. The articles also focus the reader on how to use VIP Task Manager to manage sample tasks of every process during each of the phases.

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