Chapter 3- Knowledge Areas

3.1. Introduction:

In the previous section we briefly covered the project management process framework. This framework consists of 47 processes.  Each process belongs to a project management process group AND a knowledge area. Project management process groups are the overall order of performing the project management processes (see figure 3-1).   Each process in addition to belonging to one of the project management process groups (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing) is a member of a knowledge group (Project Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource, Communications, Risk, Procurement Management, and Stakeholder Management).  Continue reading “Chapter 3- Knowledge Areas”

Reasons Why It’s Useful to Know Microsoft Excel

Understanding basic computer programs does have its benefit. knowing excelIf you’re crunched on time though and are wondering which computer program to invest your learning time in, then Microsoft excel is the one that you should opt for. By understanding how to use Microsoft excel and implementing it in many of your daily routines, you’ll be able improve your organization, knowledge, and even your prospect for employment. To solidify just how important Microsoft excel is, below is an overview of why it is useful to add Microsoft excel to your repertoire of knowledge. Continue reading “Reasons Why It’s Useful to Know Microsoft Excel”

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In today’s high-tech world, just about any job requires Excel skills. Microsoft Excel can be tricky, most people can format cells and apply formulas, but few can do it in a way that helps their boss see what point they’re trying to prove. Plenty of people can present data visually but few can present and manage data in an engaging and efficient way. Continue reading “FREE Excel Learning Course”

2.7 Essential Terms and Concepts

Project Management Process Group:  Is “a logical grouping of project management inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. The Project Management Process Groups include initiating processes, planning processes, executing processes, monitoring and controlling processes, and closing processes. pmp training guideProject Management Process Groups are not project phases.[1]Continue reading “2.7 Essential Terms and Concepts”

2.6 Project Information

During the life of the project a large amount of data and information is generated, collected, processed, and distributed in different formats to project team members and other stakeholders. Project data is collected on a continual basis as a result of performing various Executing processes and are analyzed, aggregated and transformed to information during the Monitoring and Controlling processes.  To many the difference between data, information, and report is arbitrary and fuzzy and as such in the PMBOK® Guide the following divide between project data, information, and report is provided to avoid confusion and improve the efficiency of project communication management. Continue reading “2.6 Project Information”

2.5 Project Management Process Framework

The process framework is the foundation on which most of the PMBOK®[1] Guide is based on; as such the same applies to this course.  There are 47 processes in PMBOK® Guide edition 5.  Each process belongs to a knowledge area (specialized knowledge domain for management of project) and a process group.  Take the time to familiarize yourself with the following table as you are going to see it repeated from different angels and for various emphases for most of the remainder of this course.  The key to understanding this course is to internalize this table. Continue reading “2.5 Project Management Process Framework”

New Structure of PDUs Affecting PMI

Project management is an ever-changing field, especially evident through the new category structure of PDUs that was implemented by the Project Management Institute. pmi talent triangleFor those who are unfamiliar, a PDU is a Professional Development Unit. With new categories added to the mix, the new system is not more streamlined and it is much simpler for project managers to achieve their work goals because the structure enables them to get the reports that they need faster. Below is an overview of how the new structure of professional development units are affecting the professional of project management. Continue reading “New Structure of PDUs Affecting PMI”