[Moims-dai] PMBOK guide and the ICF doc

D or C Sawyer Sawyer at acm.org
Mon May 9 20:26:57 UTC 2016

Looks promising to me.  Do you think the rest of the PMBOK would resonate with the communities we’re familiar with?  Bob probably has a view on this.


On May 9, 2016, at 10:03 AM, David Giaretta <david at giaretta.org> wrote:

> Now the wedding is out of the way, I managed to buy a printed copy of the PMBOK 5th edition – which I believe is the latest version.
> The way it describes the process groups is very interesting. The way I read it the intention seems very similar to my understanding of what we are talking about but the way it is explained is much clearer. For example, the introduction to process groups says:
> “The following sections identify and describe 5 project management process groups required for any project. These 5 process groups have clear dependencies and are typically performed in each project and highly interact with one another. These 5 process groups are independent of application areas or industry focus. Individual process groups and individual processes are often iterated prior to completing the project and can have interactions within a process group and among process groups. The nature of these interactions varies from project to project and may or may not be performed in a particular order.”
> The 5 groups are
> -          Initiating
> -          Planning
> -          Executing
> -          Closing
> -          Monitoring and controlling
> The Monitoring and controlling is an overarching activity – see the attachment.  The first 4 stages align very well – it depends how much we want to stress _exploit_ and _disposition_. Monitoring and controlling could fit very well as an overarching activity to make sure the appropriate “Additional Information” is captured.
> Interestingly later in that section there is a table with the process groups along the top and a number of “knowledge areas” down the side - see attachment. In many of the cells there are more specific bullet points which point to sections later in the book. The majority of the book is taken up expanding each of those cells.
> I see a lot of similarity of approach with ours and it would be relatively straightforward to make the adjustment to align our document with the PMBOK approach.
> Regards
> ..David
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