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

The Fourth Edition continues to reflect the evolving knowledge within the profession of project management.  Like previous editions it represents generally recognized good practice in the profession.  The PMBOK®Guide—Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is easy to understand and implement.

NOTE:  Translations for PMBOK®Guide—Fourth Edition will be available for puchase 3rd Quarter 2009.  Please check back for details.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ()PMBOK®Guide—Third Edition
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) is regarded as one of the profession’s most essential resources — a global standard for the industry. It can help project management practitioners prepare for credential examinations, or assist organizations in creating and shaping their project management system. The PMBOK®Guide is not designed to function as a step-by-step how-to book, but rather to identify that subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as good practices.

The PMBOK®Guide has been recognized by several well-respected organizations, including the American National Standards Institute, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Organization for Standardization Technical Report.

NOTE: Anyone with a print version of the PMBOK®Guide —Third Edition will need to download the Errata Sheets.

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  • ● English
  • ● Arabic Translation
  • ● (Simplified) Chinese Translation
  • ● French Translation
  • ● German Translation
  • ● Italian Translation
  • ● Japanese Translation
  • ● Korean Translation
  • ● Portuguese Translation
  • ● Russian Translation
  • ● Spanish Translation

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Third  Edition
Much of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition is directly applicable to construction projects.  In fact, project management practices for construction were among the foundations of the PMBOK® Guide.  Fueled by growing recognition of its value, project management has grown across an array of industries and project types.  In the worldwide construction industry, project management concepts and practice have broadened.  The changes differ sufficiently from other industries and applications to warrant this updated extension.

Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Third Edition
The Government Extension to the PMBOK® GuideThird Edition outlines the guiding principles for government projects and provides a framework to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. Published in 2006, this new standard expands on information in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) — Third Edition. It provides an overview of the key processes used in most public sectors, defines key terms, describes how government projects operate and reviews government program life cycles.

Practice Standard for Earned Value Management
Earned value management (EVM) is one of the most effective performance measurement and feedback tools for managing projects. EVM methodology incorporates project scope, schedule and costs, and is applicable across a range of knowledge areas and practice groups. Published in 2004, the Practice Standard for Earned Value Management expands on the EVM information in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide)—Third Edition. The standard in detail describes the elements of EVM. It also offers examples of how EVM can fit any project size or situation.

Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management
Project configuration management (PCM) is the collective body of processes, activities, tools and methods project management practitioners can use to manage items during the project life cycle. PCM addresses the composition of a project, the documentation defining it and other data supporting it. It is a baseline- and requirements-management process that provides managed control to all phases of a project life cycle. Published in 2007, this standard is consistent with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide)— Third Edition.

Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures — Second Edition
Work breakdown structures (WBS) proved the foundation for defining work as it relates to project objectives. They are used to define project deliverables and establish the structure for managing work to its completion. The Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures — Second Edition supplies project managers and team members with direction for the preliminary development and the implementation of a WBS. Published in 2006, the standard is consistent with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide)—Third Edition.

Practice Standard for Scheduling
Effective project scheduling and time management are critical factors in the success of failure of a project.  The Practice Standard for Scheduling transforms Chapter Six of the PMBOK®Guide —Third Edition ("Project Time Management") into an actionable and objective measurement process for project schedule models and project schedules.  The practice standard presents seasoned practitioners with the tools and information they need to efficiently and effectively schedule projects with confidence, and is targeted at project management practitioners who are knowledgeable of the fundamentals of Critical Path Methodology (CPM) project scheduling.

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