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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) Third Edition 2004 Project Management Institute, Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA vii P REFACE TO THE T HIRD E DITION This document supersedes A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) – 2000 Edition, which was published as the second edition of the PMBOK ® Guide . In the time since its publication, the Project Management Institute (PMI) received thousands of valuable recommendations for improvements to the PMBOK ® Guide – 2000 Edition that have since been reviewed and, as appropriate, incorporated into the third edition. As a result of those inputs and growth of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMI volunteers prepared an updated version of the PMBOK ® Guide . The project charter to update the PMBOK ® Guide – 2000 Edition was to: Change the criteria for the inclusion of material from “generally accepted on most projects most of the time” to “generally recognized as good practice on most projects most of the time.” Generally recognized means that the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time, and that there is widespread consensus about their value and usefulness. Add new material reflecting the growth of the knowledge and practices in the field of project management by documenting those practices, tools, techniques, and other relevant items that are generally recognized as good practice. Expand the emphasis on and treatment of the Project Management Process Groups. Expand the treatment of integration and more appropriately convey its importance to a project. Expand treatment of the Initiating Process Group to more accurately describe the front-end of the project and the start of each phase. Expand the closing processes. Evaluate all processes to ensure that they are properly placed, complete, and clear. Review all text to make sure it is clear, complete, and relevant. Ensure consistent terminology and placement of project inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques. Identify the origin of all inputs and the destination of all outputs. Change text, where possible, to improve the translatability of the document and consider changing words and phrases with negative cultural connotations. Expand the index and glossary. Correct existing errors in the predecessor document.
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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) Third Edition viii 2004 Project Management Institute, Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA The PMBOK ® Guide 2004 Update Project Team complied with its charter as described above. To assist practitioners and other interested parties who may be familiar with the PMBOK ® Guide – 2000 Edition, the major differences between the editions are summarized below: 1. Across the entire third edition, in most instances when a new process was introduced, and in other selected cases where existing process names were revised, such process names are in a verb-object format for clarity.
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