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PMBOK Process Diagram

PMBOK Process Diagram

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Project ManagementNetwork Diagram:ATool for Understanding thePM Life Cycle
1-800-COURSESwww.globalknowledge.com
Expert Reference Series of White Papers
 
Overview
Fully understanding the Project Management Institute’s (PMI
®
)approach to project management can be diffi-cult.This is not because of the complexity of the material.The difficulty arises from having a body of knowl-edge that is structured for referencing,not learning.PMI divides the tasks associated with project management into 44 processes.There are also 44 different man-agement activities that must be completed,in a specific order.These activities,or processes,are well described by training manuals.Unfortunately they are discussed in isola-tion from each other.As a consequence it is very hard to develop a comprehensive understanding of the rela-tionships between the many processes.If you are new to PMI,you need a summary document that provides an overview and introduction to the bigpicture.Once you can see the forest,it is possible to study individual trees.Fortunately,if you are trying to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP
®
)exam,such anoverview is now available through Global Knowledge.The Project Management Network Diagram (PM Network Diagram) provides a visual illustration of the projectmanagement life cycle (in terms of the chain of events that take place in a project).
Study Time
As a graphical presentation of the project management life cycle this diagram summarizes a large portion of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK
®
).It can radically reduce the time required to preparefor the PMP exam.In effect,the PM Network Diagram does for the learning process what a network diagram does for projects.Itprovides a visual aid that simplifies the explanation and discussion of project management stages,their rela-tionships,and their timing.
Time Well Spent
When preparing for an exam,you will want to make the most efficient use of study time.In order to be effi-cient,it is necessary to know “what you need to know”.
Brian Denis Egan, Global Knowledge Instructor, MBA, PMP
Project Management Network Diagram:
ATool for Understanding the PM Life Cycle
Copyright ©2005 Global Knowledge Network, Inc. All rights reserved.Page2
 
There are many study guides that review what you need to know in 500 pages.Unfortunately they do not pro-vide effective overviews or clarify whether every detail needs to be memorized.The PMP Network Diagram provides the overview that study guides lack.On one 8.5”x 11”page,the PMNetwork Diagram summarizes the knowledge needed to answer 50 – 70 percent of questions on the PMPexam.The diagram provides an overview of what you need to know.Ofcourse it is still necessary to learn what you need to know,but this is greatly simplified by this roadmap.
Topics Covered
In this white paper you will be introduced to:Complications in studying for the PMPThe PM Network DiagramStudy tips and techniquesThis white paper is essential reading if you are considering taking the PMP exam.It will save study time byclarifying what you need to know.
Background
The PMP Exam is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge.The PMBOK
®
was created and ismaintained by the Project Management Institute (PMI).The PMBOK
®
is a compilation of the PMI’s know-how.It is its dictionary of terms and practices.It is a refer-ence tool for anyone wanting to lookup a PMI term or procedure.The PMBOK
®
documents PMI’sversion of best practices in the field of project management.The PMBOK
®
is not a study guide.It is not a training manual.It is not very pleasant reading.Anyone who hasstruggled through the PMBOK
®
deserves a medal.
Complications with Studying for the PMP Exam
The biggest mistake that people make when preparing for the PMP exam is to treat the PMBOK
®
as a trainingmanual.The PMBOK
®
is not a training manual.It is a reference tool.Imagine trying to learn English by readingadictionary – pretty tricky.Anyone who “studies”the PMBOK
®
is wasting a lot of time.Another common error is misinterpreting the nature of the PMP Exam.Is it not a test of project managementknowledge.It is a test of your knowledge of PMI’s terminology.Seventy years of project management experience will not get you a passing grade on the exam.The exam doesnot test your general knowledge;it tests your specific knowledge of PMI’s version of project management andits terminology.The point is that actual project management experience might even work against you.For example,if you donot use the term “scope definition”in the same way as PMI,you are going to give incorrect answers.Youmust know its terms and use them its way.
Copyright ©2005 Global Knowledge Network, Inc. All rights reserved.Page3

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