A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

PMBOK is developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), USA. It describes the knowledge within the profession of project management.

  • It is a recognized standard for project management
  • It is a the Bible for the PMP Exam
  • It describes established norms, methods, processes, and practices
  • It is “not” a methodology for managing projects; rather it provides guidelines
  • It evolved from the recognized good practices of project management practitioners
  • It is revised every 4-5 years because Part 2 of the Guide is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and must be updated every 4-5 years.
  • The current edition is 6th and was released in Sep 2017.
  • It describes 49 Project Management processes across 5 Process Groups (logical grouping) and 9 Knowledge Areas (areas of specialization)
  • It is “not” industry-specific; in other words, it can be applied to projects in any industry

Note: While the PMBOK Guide is one of the main resources for the PMP exam, the exam is “not” based on this guide. Rather, the exam is based on the PMP Exam Content Outline.