PMBOK <> PMBOK Guide

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Greg Githens
Coach, United States

PMBOK <> PMBOK Guide

The 'PMBOK' refers to all published knowledge, where as the 'PMBOK guide' refers to the document published by PMI that refers to a smaller subset of the PMBOK. This is a frequent point of confusion.
The statement that it is "complex for smaller projects" might be made under the (incorrect) assumption that the PMBOK guide represents a formal approach to managing projects. The guide clearly states that it is up to the project team to select and use the knowledge appropriately. Many people hear the word "standard" and think that it is a prescriptive standard (in the engineering sense of the word); when the intent is to describe generally accepted knowledge that requires judgment for proper application and results.

  Cristobal Colón, United States
 

PMBOK vs PMI Guide

You make a good distinction between the two concepts. A PMBOK could be a parallel or subcomponent of a larger knowledge...

  Greg Githens
Coach, United States
 

Further Clarification of Bodies of Knowledge

All legitimate professions have bodies of knowledge, and those bodies of knowledge may contain good practices and discre...

  Cristobal Colón, United States
 

PMI Offers a PROVEN PM Structure

Is it the word "proven" or "structure" that counters the professional standard terminology? The PMBOK wouldn't be what i...

  Greg Githens
Coach, United States
 

Semantics and Intent

The thrust of my comments are to clarify misconceptions about what constitutes a professional standard and to clarify th...

 

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