Criteria for Exclusion
The criteria for forming the structure of the PMKS has already been identified
in the section "Concept Mapping, the preferred choice" discussed earlier. Criteria
for content has been established by our Objectives and Assumptions. However,
knowing what to exclude is just as important, because project management tends
to draw from, or trespass upon, a number of established management areas. We
don't want to find ourselves including the whole world!
The boundary between project management knowledge, information or experience,
and general management disciplines is bound to be a fuzzy line resulting from
different perceptions and usage. It may also vary with the complexity and technology
of the project. In principle, however, the essential guidelines are that:
- The PMKS excludes most areas of general and technical management, such as
accounting, law, personnel administration, and the theoretical basis for the
technology vested in a project and its associated disciplines, which are not
directly involved in managing the project.
- The PMKS therefore does include sufficient reference to relevant
material in other management and technology disciplines to enable the project
management practitioner to be effective in understanding and appreciating
project requirements and technical management issues.
[Note: This is not to suggest that managing the technology of the project
is not important. Indeed, the work of technology management must be closely
integrated with that of project management.]
For example, an understanding of the part of accounting which deals with the
collection, identification and allocation of actual costs is vital knowledge
for the project management practitioner.