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The Essence of the PMBOK: (Project Management is the way of life)

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By Dr. T D Jainendrakumar

Madhyapradesh, India
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Through this article I am striving to drive the basic project concepts mentioned in the PMBOK through the project process flow in an Industry as well as in a person’s life and want to emphasize that the Project management Knowledge is not only the requirement of project managers to acquire but this knowledge is also needed for the common person to lead a normal and a cheerful life. That is project management is the way of life.

Basic Project Concepts defined in PMBOK

Project is defined in PMBOK as a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project has a definite beginning and a definite end, it does not mean that it is a short duration; it can be short or long. A project produces a product or artefact, quantifiable, an end item or a   component item. Project has a capability to perform a service, such as call center. Project produces a result, such as research results or documents. Each project is unique in nature for example a contractor who is constructing villas for his customers are building unique villas for his each customer as each individual customer’s interest will be different and hence each villa will be unique. Project also improves the functionalities of the product or service in step by step over a period of time in consultation with the stakeholders, which is usually referred as Progressive Elaboration.

If a project is large it can be divided into sub Projects and make manageable component of a project may be performed by a separate organization it could be a project phase or sub projects. A program is a group of related project or sub-projects, and program activities managed in a coordinated way by a program manager.

Project has a life cycle called Project life cycle, Project life cycle is the series of Phases broken-down based on objectives, results & deliverables. What is a deliverable?

Deliverable are a unique and verifiable product, result, or capability to perform a service that is required to be produced to complete a process, phase or project. A deliverable often marks the end of a phase of the project or a major milestone. At the end of each phase a review will be performed to decide whether the project has met its objectives or not and continue to enter into the next phase or not that is why it is called Phase end, Phase exit, stage gates, or kill points.

Projects start as a result of Market demand, Strategic opportunity and business need, Environmental consideration, Customer request, Technological Advancement, Legal requirements and Social needs etc.

Now what is Project Management, according to PMBOK it is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, & techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. Project management is accomplished through the appropriate application and integration of the 47 logically grouped project management processes categorized into 5 process groups: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, Closure which are grouped into 10 knowledge areas.

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About the Author

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Dr. T D Jainendrakumar, PhD, MCA, PMP is an international PMP trainer, EX-Scientist/Principal Scientist/Joint Director, N.I.C, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of India, Madhyapradesh. He has over 25 years’ of extensive experience in the areas of IT Project management in e-governance at Ernakulam District Collectorate, District Courts of Kerala, Central Administrative Tribunal Ernakulam, Rajeev Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (400 crore project), New Delhi and Principal Systems Analyst in National Informatics Centre, Madhya Pradesh State Centre especially in the following areas of specialization: IT practice management (Project Management Methodologies, Tools and techniques, Standards & Knowledge);IT Infrastructure Management (Project Governance, Assessment, Organisational Instructions & Facilities and Equipments); IT-Resource Integration Management (Resource Management, Training & Education, Career Development & Team Development);IT-Technical Support (Project Mentoring, Project Planning, Project Auditing and Project Recovery); and Business Alignment Management (Project Portfolio management, Customer Relationship Management, Vendor Management & Business performance management).

Teaching Project Management & ICT Subjects for professionals and post graduates. Master of Computer Applications (MCA), a 3 year post graduate course dealing with software Engineering and Project Management from a premier institute Anna University Campus. He is a PMP of PMI USA since 2008. Resource person of PMI, you can see his name in the PMBOK 4th edition and 5th edition published by PMI, USA under the list of contributors for project management. Scored 4.11 out of 5 in the project management (2005) examination conducted by brainbench.com, secured a Masters Certificate in Project Management, and is one among the top scorers (First in India and 3rd position in the world in the experienced category).

Published many international journal papers in PM World Today having cumulative index factors more than 2 in the areas of specialization of Project Management & Information Technology.

Holding a Hon’ Doctorate from Cosmopolitan University, USA in Project Management & Information Technology. Presently working as an independent project management consultant and an International Project management (PMP) trainer. Provided PMP training to the senior officials of big MNCs like M/S. Earnest & Young and He is a visiting professor and sharing his knowledge and experience and to handle classes in Management Information Systems, Quality Management, Project Management and Software Engineering to some of the big universities. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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