This article was originally published in the June 1985 issue of the Project Management Journal. Except for the Foreword, it has been modified only to the extent necessary to make it suitable for web publication.

Published here April, 2001.

Foreword | Introduction | Simplicity | Problems | Content | New Section | Appendix


This article is reproduced for those who are interested in the origin of the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge, now affectionately known as "pimbok" ("PMBoK").

"ESA" stands for "Ethics, Standards and Accreditation", a report originally prepared back in 1982 by the late Matt Parry, Past-president of the Project Management Institute, and his team of thirty-plus volunteers. His report set out recommendations for these three arms of a professional organization. At that time there were only six management topics: Human Resources; Cost; Time; Communication; Scope; and Quality. It is interesting to note that this report correctly referred to these six topics as "Functions", consistent with the term used for similar corporate management functional responsibilities. In the Institute's current documents, these are now referred to merely as "knowledge areas."

By 1984, I felt that it was time to bring more order and content to the body of knowledge. You will see that I added Procurement Management to the list. In a Special Summer Issue of the Project Management Journal August in1986, the late Linn Stuckenbruck added a further section entitled "Project Management Framework". Interestingly, Risk Management was not included until I persuaded the Institute's Board to include this topic in "The Revised PMBOK" distributed to all members in August 1987, which is why I wrote the Institute's "Project and Program Risk Management" handbook to go with it.

I should mention that the version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute in 1987 included many additions and improvements to the charts included with this paper. Nevertheless, readers may reflect today on how far we have advanced since then, or regressed, depending on your perspective! 


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