The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

SECTION ONE
Section One: Introduction

PROJECT MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE … PLUS

Serious students and practitioners of project management are already familiar with the PMBOK® Guide—the professional standard published by the Project Management Institute. This document provides the foundation for the study and practice of our discipline. Like most standards, it is both very detailed and very high-level. That is to say, each knowledge area and process group described in the PMBOK® Guide is described in as much detail as possible when creating a document that must, by definition, apply to all projects in all fields of endeavor. For the new project manager—or the project manager faced with a specific problem in need of a specific solution-such standards often seem frustratingly academic: far removed from the daily grind of getting the work done.

But the Guide, while of tremendous value in describing the parameters of the field, was never intended as a step-by-step manual for running a project. Instead, it functions more as an ideal or pure vision of project management. Meanwhile, between the vision and the reality-as poet T.S.Eliot wrotefalls the Shadow.

The chapters that follow are designed to help you take the fundamentals of project management one step further into the sunlight. Respected expert practitioners have supplied chapters on the processes and knowledge areas that, rather than reiterating what you can read in the PMBOK® Guide, will help you to apply the standards and principles of the profession. Many of these authors were themselves involved in the 2004 revision of the PMBOK® Guide. In addition, supplemental readings related to many of the knowledge areas have been provided. Some of these readings are classics from the first edition of this handbook, while others were specially created to bring the reader up to date on issues and applications related to that knowledge area.

Because this section of the handbook is envisioned as a companion to the PMBOK® Guide, we've maintained the

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