PMBOK Knowledge Areas and Processes


As per PMI’s PM BOK, there are 9 knowledge areas covering total of 42 processes related to all five phases of the project life cycle. These five phases are not process groups.


Below is the basic info for these 9 knowledge areas:

  1. Project Scope Management: Processes under this knowledge area are related to two phases of project life cycle – Planning & Monitoring. It contains total of 5 processes: Collect Requirements, Define Scope, Create WBS, Verify Scope & Control Scope.
  2. Project Time Management: This area talks about the processes for two phases: Planning & Monitoring. It contains total of 5 processes: Define Activities, Sequence Activities, Estimate Activity Resources, Estimate Activity Durations, Develop Schedule and Control Schedule.
  3. Project Cost Management: It covers total of three processes related to Planning & Monitoring. These processes are: Estimate Costs, Determine Budget and Control Cost.
  4. Project Quality Management: Three processes are covered under this knowledge area. These processes are related to Planning, Executing & Monitoring. Processes are: Plan Quality, Perform Quality Assurance and Perform Quality Control.
  5. Project Human Resource Management: This knowledge area talks about two phases of the project: Planning & Executing. Four processes covered under this knowledge area are: Develop Human Resource Plan, Acquire Project Team, Develop Project Team, and Manage Project Team.
  6. Project Communication Management: Five processes under this area talks about all project phases except closing. Five process are: Identify Stack holders, Plan Communications, Distribute Information, Manage Stack holders expectations, Report Performance.
  7. Project Risk Management: It contains 6 processes related to planning phase & 1 process related to monitoring phase. These processes are: Plan Risk Management, Identify Risks, Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis, Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis, Plan Risk Responses, and Monitor & Control Risks.
  8. Project Procurement Management: Four processes in this knowledge area are related to all phases except for Initiating. These Processes are Plan Procurements, Conduct Procurements, Administer Procurements and Close Procurements.PMBOK Knowledge Areas and Processes

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