Unboxing PMBOK / PMP post#2 Tips to simplify PMBOK, PMP study

As we discussed earlier, the PMBOK is 700 plus pages and this is one of the reasons why people skip studying PMBOK and look for other quick fix approaches often resulting in failure or giving up before completion. Again I want to reiterate that PMBOK is a wealth of information for project managers, and if the approach is right, it is easy to understand and remember.

First and foremost, PMBOK is organized according to the 10 knowledge areas of;

  1. Project Integration Management
  2. Project Scope Management
  3. Project Schedule Management
  4. Project Cost Management
  5. Project Quality Management
  6. Project Resource Management
  7. Project Communications Management
  8. Project Risk Management
  9. Project Procurement Management
  10. Project Stakeholder Management

Even if it is a good way to organize the best practices, it is not according to the natural flow of a project. There is a way to overcome this. Approach pmbok the process group wise of;

Project initiation

Project planning

Project execution

Project monitoring and control

Project closing

This sequence is according to the natural flow of projects and is easy to logically recollect.

All project are formally initiated or kick started. At this stage a project manager is designated. The project manager guides the project into planning and execution. Across all phases the project progress is monitored and controlled. Formal closure happens at the end of every phase which include the end of the project as well.

There is a natural logic in this flow which will make your PMBOK understanding logical and easy to recollect and apply.

Our Unboxing of PMBOK will follow




Monitoring & Controlling


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Project Management Research Institute conducted PMdistilled PMP preparatory program at Kochi on March 3,4

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