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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Edition by Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin, Paul C. Dinsmore

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CHAPTER 3

Project Management Process Groups

Project Management Knowledge in Action

GEREE STREUN, PMP, CSQE, PMI-ACP, CSSGB, CSM, GV SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS, INC.

The project management profession’s standard, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), is described as consisting of ten knowledge areas. What is left out of this description is the equally important segment of the standard that describes the processes used by the project manager to apply that knowledge appropriately.

The ten knowledge areas can be effectively arranged in logical groups for ease of consistent application. These process groups are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. They describe how a project manager integrates ...

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