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Unformatted text preview: ge of this subject. Subsequently, a variety of editorial changes and corrections were incorporated into the material, and the PMI Board of Directors approved it in March 1987. The final manuscript was published in August 1987 as a stand-alone document titled, The Project Management Body of Knowledge. B.3 1996 UPDATE
Discussion about the proper form, content, and structure of PMI's key standards document continued after publication of the 1987 version. In August 1991, PMI's Director of Standards Alan Stretton initiated a project to update the document based on comments received from the membership. The revised document was developed over several years through a series of widely circulated working drafts and through workshops at the PMI Seminars/Symposia in Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Diego. In August 1994, the PMI Standards Committee issued an Exposure Draft of the document that was distributed for comment to all 10,000 PMI members and to more than twenty other professional and technical associations. The publication of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) in 1996 represented the completion of the project initiated in 1991. Contributors and reviewers are listed later in this section. A summary of the differences between the 1987 document and the 1996 document, which was included in the Preface of the 1996 edition, also is listed later in this section. The document superseded PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) document that was published in 1987. To assist users of the 1996 document, who may have been familiar with its predecessor, we have summarized the major differences here. 1. We changed the title to emphasize that this document is not the project management body of knowledge. The 1987 document defined the project management body of knowledge as "all those topics, subject areas and intellectual processes which are involved in the application of sound management principles to ... projects." Clearly, one document will never contain the entire project management body of knowledge. 2. We completely rewrote the Framework section. The new section consists of three chapters: Introduction, which sets out the purpose of the document and defines at length the terms project and project management. The Project Management Context, which covers the context in which projects operate--the project life cycle, stakeholder perspectives, external influences, and key general management skills. Project Management Processes, which describes how the various elements of project management interrelate. A Guide to the A Guide to the Project Project Management Management Body of Body of KnowledgeE L KnowledgeE PL MP AM SA S A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 2000 Edition 2000 Project Management Institute, Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA NAVIGATION LINKS ACROYMNS LIST ACRONYMS LIST 169 ACROYMNS LIST Appendix B--Evolution of PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Bo...
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