Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition


pmwj21-apr2014-Ure-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title: Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition
Author:  Project Management Institute together with the IEEE Computer Society
Publisher:  PMI
List Price:   List price: US$52.95, PMI Member price: US$42.35
Format:  soft cover; 247 pages
Publication Date:   2013     ISBN: 9781628250138
Reviewer:      James Ure, edited by Jean Richardson
Review Date:              February, 2014

Introduction – A reference book long overdue

In the fall of 2013, PMI partnered with the IEEE Computer Society to publish the Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. Given the complexity and challenges of software development today, this addition to PMI’s Library of Global Standards is perhaps long overdue, but it is still a welcome and significant event. Project methodology has long been part of software development but the PMBOK® Guide editions lack detail and specificity to address the unique context and needs of software projects.

Furthermore, in recent years, as agile frameworks and practices have gained wider acceptance and are increasingly the way software is done, there has been uncertainty about how agile fits within the process-driven structure of the PMBOK® Guide. For better or worse, a view emerged that associated the PMI with “waterfall” and considered anything “agile” as being beyond the scope of our formal body of knowledge.

Fortunately, this false dichotomy and misleading characterization of the PMI is on the wane and the Software Extension does a good job of establishing how the body of knowledge structure accommodates a variety of specific approaches. It includes detail on structured practices common in predictive life cycles together with techniques common in adaptive lifecycles. It also includes the rigor of software quality management associated with IEEE standards and fits all of this within the broader PMBOK® Guide process framework.

Organization – Following the PMBOK® Guide

The Software Extension uses the same section and subsection organization found in the PMBOK® Guide. There are sections for Project Life Cycle, Project Management Processes, Project Integration, Project Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Relations. Each Section has an introduction which outlines how it relates to the corresponding section of the PMBOK® Guide. It is thorough – every subsection is referenced and for areas where the Software Extension has nothing unique to add, a citation is given – “See Section X.x.x.x of the PMBOK ® Guide.” 


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About the Reviewer

pmwj17-dec2013-ure-IMAGE2 REVIEWERflag-usaJames Ure, PhD, PMP

Oregon, USA

James Ure is a seasoned project manager and IT leader with over 15 years of experience managing a variety of software projects. He is the Assistant Newsletter Director for PMI-Portland, and started the Chapter’s Book Review Program.

To see other works by James Ure, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/james-ure/

About the Editor

pmwj21-apr2014-Ure-IMAGE3 RICHARDSONflag-usaJean Richardson, PMP

Oregon, USA

Jean Richardson is an agile coach and project management professional with more than 20 years of experience.  You can read her blog on leadership, agile, and project management at http://azuregate.net/blog-archive /

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World and the Portland, Oregon, USA Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Portland Chapter – www.pmi-portland.org). Publishers provide the books to the PMI Portland Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Reviewers can keep the books and claim PDUs for PMP recertification.  PMI Portland Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].