Project Management Terminology

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This is generally how the five process groups work, but then there are those nine nasty knowledge areas that fall within those five groups.

The nine knowledge areas offered by the PMBOK are extensive in that they fall within process groups only with more detail.

Integration Management - Think of this area as everything you need from project start to end. This knowledge area basically consists of the five process groups only closer monitoring and overseeing is required.

Scope Management - Scope creep and how to manage it is key in this knowledge area. You need to control and prevent scope creep and stick to the scope statement prepared or you'll find the project out of control.

Time Management - You can't rely on the hope that milestones and goals will just appear. Time management requires paying close attention to schedules to ensure deliverables can be achieved.

Cost Management - Are you over or under budget? Utilizing this knowledge area allows you to gain the upper hand on project costs and stop or intercede when overruns appear.

Quality Management - As the HPIC, you can't have a sloppy, disorganized project. This knowledge area is all about ensuring quality and controlling missteps. Human Resource Management - This knowledge area is tricky because it contains the "human" element. Not only must you deal with change management issues but also team conflict. From choosing to monitoring teams to managing external stakeholders, the HPIC must mix all these "human" elements to flow in tune to realize a successful outcome.

Communications Management - Communication is king in any project. You must have a communication plan accessible to everyone and one that allows for interaction. This knowledge area also means holding those dreaded status meetings and ensuring everyone is on the same page. In other words, if anything changes, everyone working on the project every stakeholder must be aware of changes, additions or improvements.

Risk Management - You aren't playing the famous board game here. Risk management means you have to assess and prioritize risks, monitor and control risks, and create a risk register showing how risks will be and are dealt with. Procurement Management - This knowledge area is often a constant throughout the project. Everything from software to equipment to vendors to who will offer services and what type are included in procurement management. Think of this knowledge area as your purchasing department.