Friday, April 5, 2013

getting started...

So March ended up being a busy month! Started a new project, travelled a little, watched some TV, caught up on Game of Thrones. You know... the usual.

So now April is here and spring is in bloom, and it's time to layout some of the upcoming topics for TPPMP (I know that's not a sexy-looking acronym... I'll work on it). For the uninitiated, on this blog we'll be meandering through the core principles and philosophies of formalized project management as described and set by the Project Management Institute, AS IT ACTUALLY APPLIES to project management in the digital space. Not engineering or even software development. We are talking banners, emails, websites, etc. Marketing stuff.

Really, what will that mean? I intend to share whatever I've learned in my journey to become a PMP (and hopefully other PMI certifications) so that others might plunge into the ocean along with me. After all, if we all get better at this, then the industry gets better right?

SO - where to start? Well, with the Project Management Book of Knowledge.

The PMBOK is separated into a number of sections, and covers a lot of ground, but its focus is really on the following:

  • 5 Process Groups of Project management (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing)
  • 9 Knowledge areas (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Human Resources, Quality, Procurement, Communications, Risk)

And across these Groups and Knowledge areas, there are 42 major processes. Now, the finer points of how these three things interact is what makes learning and studying for the PMP so difficult. It's intuitive onto itself, but not so much in the "real" world. And the small insights I'll share here (and perhaps what we discuss) will really examine how understanding the PMBOK can actually help us become better at our jobs. (GASP!)

So for April, I am going to start with the basics. Why you should be a PM, why the PMP matters, and why learning about these process groups, knowledge areas, and processes will serve you no matter your industry or your level. Time to get started!

Happy reading!

the practical pmp

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