The PMBOK Refresher

Project Management Resources and Professional Acceptance

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  1. At the most abstract (conceptual) level, what is a project management resource?
    • It is a tangible or intangible asset available to the project manager.
  2. What is the purpose of a project management resource?
    • To enable the project manager to manage a project.
  3. Why is a project management resource distinguished from other types of resources?
    • Because it is a resource that has been specifically developed for managing a project.
  4. Name the five fundamental project management resources.
    1. Project Management Knowledge
    2. Project Management Processes
    3. Project Management Skills
    4. Project Management Tools
    5. Project Management Techniques
  5. What is the meaning of knowledge?
    • Knowing and understanding the concepts, terms, and activities that make up a subject.
  6. Name the five PMBOK topics that define the subject of project management knowledge.
    1. "Introductory topics" as described by Chapter 1 of the PMBOK Guide.
    2. Topics about "organizational influences and project life cycle" as described by Chapter 2 of the PMBOK Guide.
    3. Topics about "project management processes" as described by Chapters 3 through 13 of the PMBOK Guide.
    4. Topics about the "standard for project management of a project" as described by Annex A1 of the PMBOK Guide.
    5. Topics about "interpersonal skills" as described by Appendix X3 of the PMBOK Guide.
  7. Name the ten project management processes defined by PMBOK.
    1. Project Integration Management
    2. Project Scope Management
    3. Project Time Management
    4. Project Cost Management
    5. Project Quality Management
    6. Project Human Resource Management
    7. Project Communications Management
    8. Project Risk Management
    9. Project Procurement Management
    10. Project Stakeholder Management
  8. What is a project management process group?
    • A project phase that may include one or more project management processes.
  9. Name the five project management process groups.
    1. Initiating Process Group
    2. Planning Process Group
    3. Executing Process Group
    4. Monitoring and Control Process Group
    5. Project Closing Process Group
  10. Where does PMBOK define the five process groups?
    • In Annex A1, “The Standard for Project Management of a Project.”
  11. What is meant by a skill?
    • A capability for executing a process, technique, or using a tool.
  12. Name the four project management skill sets that are required to carry-out the standards in PMBOK.
    1. Skills for carrying-out a specific project management process.
    2. Skills defined by Appendix X3, “Interpersonal Skills.”
    3. Skills for operating a project management tool.
    4. Skills for managing a project management planning technique.
  13. What is meant by a tool?
    • An instrument, implement, or some object specifically designed for performing an action.
  14. What is meant by a project management tool?
    • A tool specifically designed or adapted for executing a project management process. It enables the project manager to manage a project.
  15. What is meant by a technique?
    • A way of carrying out a process, skill, or use of a tool.
  16. What is meant by a project management technique?
    • A way for planning and executing a project [or part of a project]. For example, some well known techniques are known as waterfall, prototyping, iterative, spiral, and agile. A planning and execution technique may not be well known or be esoteric because it is unique to a process or industry.
  17. What PMBOK terms are synonymous with the term “technique?”
    • Method, methodology, and concept.
  18. Why is project management accepted as a profession?
    • Because the application of project management resources can significantly effect a project’s success.