Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Framework

Here is a quick map of the process groups, knowledge areas, and processes in the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge).  Regardless of the PMI certification, I think it’s useful to know how the knowledge for project management is organized by experts and professionals.   This will help you more effectively navigate the space, and learn project management at a faster pace, because you can better organize the information in your mind.

If you are a program manager or a project manager, the categories are especially helpful for checking your knowledge and for thinking of projects more holistically.   You can also use the knowledge areas to grow your skills by exploring each area and building your catalog of principles, patterns, and practices.

Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
Here is a quick map of the process groups and knowledge areas in the Project Management Body of Knowledge:



Process Groups

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing

Knowledge Areas

  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

Knowledge Areas and Processes
Here is a quick topology view of the Knowledge Areas and the processes:

Knowledge Area


Project Integration Management

  • Develop Project Charter
  • Develop Primary Project Scope Statement
  • Develop Project Management Plan
  • Direct and Manage Project Execution
  • Monitor and Control Project Work
  • Integrated Change Control
  • Close Project

Project Scope Management

  • Scope Planning
  • Scope Definition
  • Create WBS
  • Scope Verification
  • Scope Control

Project Time Management

  • Activity Definition
  • Activity Sequencing
  • Activity Resource Planning
  • Activity Duration Estimating
  • Schedule Development
  • Schedule Control

Project Cost Management

  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Budgeting
  • Cost Control

Project Quality Management

  • Quality Planning
  • Perform Quality Assurance
  • Perform Quality Control

Project Human Resource Management

  • Human Resource Planning
  • Acquire Project Team
  • Develop Project Team
  • Manage Project Team

Project Communication Management

  • Communication Planning
  • Information Distribution
  • Performance Reporting
  • Manage Stakeholders

Project Risk Management

  • Risk Management Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Risk Monitoring and Control

Project Procurement Management

  • Plan Purchase and Acquisition
  • Plan Contracting
  • Request Seller Responses
  • Select Sellers
  • Contract Administration
  • Contract Closure
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