Published here March 2019

Introduction | Comments about the Product

Comments about the Product

Thank you for your interest in the PMBOK 1987 reborn in 2018. The major PDF file is password protected (sent in a separate Email), with copying and printing only allowed.

Some things that are worth noting in this republication are:

  1. Each of the functional sections was originally written by project management institute experts of the day. But remember, that was over 30 years ago.
  2. All the original text has been re-entered after careful scrutiny for errors of spelling and grammar.
  3. Most of the figures contained in the text in the function sections have been scanned and cleaned up, but as a result these illustrations have lost their sharpness. Nevertheless, the contained texts are readable.
  4. The work breakdown charts at the end of each project management function sections have been redrawn to fit on an 8.5 x 11 page. The originals each filled two pages.
  5. The authors of each section were required to extract the project management terms that they used in their texts and summarize these at the end of their texts typically in chronological order. For ease of reference, these have all been collected together and summarized into one Glossary list at the end of the book.

Printing: The pages are arranged for double-sided printing, for those that have that capability available. The whole document is in black and white, except for the front cover page. This page is enclosed separately should you wish to print it in color. It is not included in the main print run.

While working on resurrecting the 1987 PMBOK document, I have been impressed by what I have read. Clearly the PMI members of the PMBOK team in those days put a huge amount of effort into what they felt was important to document at the time. The exercise was dealt with like a project, and even given a number: #121. That team's objective was to lay a foundation for a recognizable profession, that is distinct from general management, and that did not tread heavily on the toes of general management supporters.

Thus, this initiative would provide a basis for discussing and teaching the subject of project management, as well as provide a foundation for developing a Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification. At the same time, the intent was to put the Project Management Institute firmly on the public map for the years to come.

The authors of the day were very perceptive of the future for project management being applied in all walks of life. So these texts are well worth reading for their insights, since they are still largely applicable today, even if ignored, some 30 years later.

Happy reading,

R. Max Wideman, FPMI
Editor of the original PMBOK

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