Publisher: Project Management Publications, Kentucky, US. Email:
Review published here June 2010

Introduction | Book Structure 
What We Liked | Downside | Summary

Book Structure

At first glance, this book appears very simple in that it lists only two chapters, so the contents are as follows:


Chapter 1: Project Management Areas and Process Relationships

Chapter 2: Project Management Processes and Process Sequencing





However, Chapter 1 contains separate sections covering each of the nine knowledge areas represented by Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, and Procurement. Chapter 2 contains separate sections covering the five management process groups represented by Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. So the two chapters are really two separate sections of the book covering interconnected topics.

But that's not all. The PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition is devoted almost entirely to identifying, explaining, and relating its forty two project management processes. These processes are classified in two different ways to show:[1]

  1. How processes interact within project management process groups.
  2. Which project management knowledge area each process belongs to.

The Guide also illustrates the following three types of relationships:[2]

  1. Relationships between process groups.
  2. Relationships between processes.
  3. Relationships between inputs and outputs within each process.

So the topics in Abdomerovic's book together cover the forty-two "processes" that are interlocked and surface in different areas in his book according to the project management knowledge area or project management process group topic under review. A short Glossary defines the special terms used in the book.

Sounds complicated? Don't blame the author, that's the way the Guide is presented. The Guide is attempting to record a three-dimensional model, in effect illustrating the complexity of project management - and why you need a qualified project manager!

Introduction  Introduction

1. Abdomerovic, M., Brainstorming The PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition, Project Management Publications, Kentucky, USA, 2009, p23
2. Ibid, p24
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