Process Groups, Knowledge Areas & Processes

PROJECT, a small word but carries large amount of importance for a Project Manager. Every PM is excited when he kicks off a project with his team. The first and the foremost step a PM will take is to get the Project understood at a high level and then mapping the various activities. PM certified as Project Management Professional (as well as few PMs who know) will always go with the Process Map to start with.

A process map is nothing but a high level diagram indicating the integration or relationship between:

5 – Process Groups, 10 – Knowledge Areas, 49 Processes *

Process Groups: Its a logical grouping of inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs (ITTO). There are 5 Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing.

Knowledge Areas: Its an identified area of project management defined by its knowledge requirements and described in terms of its component processes, practices, inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques. There are 10 Knowledge Areas: Integration, Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Resource, Communication, Risk, Procurement & Stakeholders.

Processes: Its a systematic series of activities directed toward producing an end result. This is done by acting upon one or more inputs to create one or more outputs. There are in total 49 Processes.

For my easy reference, I created an excel depicting the above in a high level Process Map. This helps me a lot in real time and as well as if you are planning to go for a PMP Certification.

Hope this helps you as well as it did to me.

🙂 Happy Sharing 🙂

References: PMBoK 6th Edition, or A Guide to the PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE

* Based on PMI’s PMBoK 6th Edition


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