PMBOK® Guide Walkthru

About the Course

Project management has no headquarters. Although more degrees are granted in it every day, it did not begin at school. Nor does its future depend on universities, controlled experiment, or government money. It is something different. It is the coordinated action and reflection of a large number of people working in a wide range of fields. It is a community of practice.

This particular practice has become the premier framework for collaboration among 21st century organizations. It offers them a proven approach to building new things right the first time, despite complexity, conflict, and turbulence.

This course offers a practical introduction to the most prestigious guidance in learning pertinent soft skills, concepts, and professional practice, namely, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ®.


Organizations in any sector with

  • project and/or operations managers
  • members considering PMP® certification
  • business trainers, facilitators, instructors, or coaches
  • sponsors/executives looking at enhancing project management maturity of their teams/organizations


  • None


2 Hours

Class Size

Maximum: 12 Participants


  • Provided: eWorkbook (c. 30 pages)
  • Required (not provided): PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition


  • Continued learning plan re PMBOK® Guide
    • customized during session
    • by individual, team, organization


Models in Design and Problem-solving

  • Modeling in Project Management
  • Local Model of Project Management

PMBOK® Guide Model of Project Management

  • Cybernetic Systems Paradigm
  • PMBOK® Guide Structure, Basic Concepts
    • Project Management (PM) - Definition, Lifecycle, Phases, Manager Role
    • PM Environment - Stakeholders, Performing Organization, Risk
    • PM Project Process, Process Group, Knowledge Area
    • Progressive Elaboration of Knowledge in core Areas
        • Scope - Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Quality
        • Schedule - Critical Path Methodology (CPM)
        • Cost - Project Baselines, Earned Value Management (EVM)

PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition

  • Paradigm Shift: Ideal-Seeking Systems Paradigm, Agile Development
  • Innovations in Concept and Practice
    • Business Value, Governance
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Leadership
    • Agile Project Settings
    • Knowledge Management


All Cogent Language courses are built according to a consistent design pattern: they have a learning path that is "cogent" to the needs of participants. We have found that, for our participants, a learning path is cogent when it is constructive, collaborative, cumulative, fast-paced, visual, and personal. Here's what makes this course cogent.


Participants build a local model of modern project management. The facilitator leads a walkthru of their model, mapping it to the practice organized by the PMBOK® Guide, and highlighting gaps between the two mappings. Participants identify the gap(s) that they care about and tailor a continued learning plan to bridge those gaps.


Participants build their models and mappings in teams. Their gap highlighting and prioritizing may also be cooperative.


In this course, the main learning activities are not topics presented by the instructor - they are tasks participants do. Each task builds on previous tasks and topics, with participants incorporating the work of teammates and accumulating team knowledge in a concrete product.


In order to frame, address, and relate the topics in the ambitious agenda above, this Overview moves quickly. For follow up by individuals and/or teams, the workbook provides references to PMBOK® Guide and other resources.


Explanations and task work for the course are scaffolded by diagrams, tables, and other structural models in the class workbook and in the presentation of the instructor. The task-based learning process of the class makes extensive use of sketching and whiteboards.


For each group, the instructor customizes agenda and interaction. Group size is kept small so individuals can benefit from coaching. By way of coaching and interaction, each participant can identify the gap(s) that s/he cares about. S/he can develop a continued learning plan to bridge these gaps by way of the templates in the workbook, including references to specific terms of the PMBOK® Guide and other sources informing project management practice going forward.