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

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SECTION TWO

The Profession of Project Management

Introduction

THE GROWTH OF THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSION

Project management has evolved from the “accidental profession” of years ago—when no one actually planned to become a project manager, but just happened into the position—to a profession based on formalized bodies of knowledge, such as the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and those developed by other professional organizations—the International Project Management Association (Europe) and the Association of Project Managers (UK), among others.

Where once project management was merely an add-on to the role of a civil engineer or systems engineer, today it is more commonly identified ...

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