Tuesday, February 05, 2013

New White Paper: PMBOK Guide 5th Edition and MS Project 2010 - A Practical Step-by-Step Approach

Latest - PMBOK 5th Edition with MS Project 2013 ]

First thing, first. Thanks to PM World Journal and its editorial team for acknowledging, encouraging and publishing the paper. Without whom I would not have wrote the paper in the 1st place. This paper was first written in early 2009, with then edition of PMBOK with MS Project 2007. 

Over the years, the white paper was popular and gained acceptance in the real world management and academia circle. Since 2009, a lot of water gone under the bridge! PMBOK has come up with 5th Edition and MS Project is still number-1 in terms of acceptance in project management, albeit with the new MS Project 2010 tool.

Decided to write on the newer version of it and with an exhaustive analytic approach, with complete practical description on actually how to use MS Project while following up PMBOK 5th Edition! As, mentioned in the white paper:

The major comparisons between PMBOK and MSP are outlined with primary focus on the Time Management. There are various major constraints defined in PMBOK guide, [v.i.z.] scope, quality, budget, schedule, resources and risk. It must be noted that the traditional triple constraints defined in earlier PMBOK Guide has been done away with since the 4th Edition.To have a complete understanding, certain Input, Tools and Techniques and Outputs (ITTO) of other Knowledge Areas (KA), such as Scope Management KA, Human Resource Management KA and Integration Management KA from PMBOK guide, have been used. In some places of the document, PMP and PMBOK Guide have been used interchangeably. 

The white paper completes elaborates in all majors inputs, tools and techniques and outputs of Time Management with certain others from other knowledge areas. 

While applying the MS Project 2010 on various PMBOK's ITTO, it becomes a real pleasure! As and when you learn to apply the practices, I felt truly how both the PMBOK and MS Project has been designed to help out on many things. But, nothing is perfect? Eh! Still, a number of things can be done with it and it is truly a marvel.

Below is one such excerpt for Resource Optimization Techniques, one of the ITTO mentioned in "Develop Schedule" and "Control Schedule" process area. 

4.2.6 Resource Optimization Techniques - Resource Leveling (PMBOK/MSP)“Resource Optimization Techniques” is one of the Tools and Technique defined in “Develop Schedule” and “Control Schedule” PA of Time Management KA as defined in PMBOK guide. One of the Resource Optimization Techniques is the “Resource Leveling”. In order to level the resource, first the critical path of the project is analyzed, the ability of the organization’s to supply resources is determined and over allocated or under allocated resources are properly assigned. In MSP, the concept of resource leveling is same and it can be done manually or automatically. Additional resources can be assigned to task, a task can be delayed or a resource assignment can be delayed. Various Resource Leveling options are available under “Properties” group of “Resource” Tab in MSP...
Below the link for the complete white paper - filled with practical hands on approach on PMBOK 5th Edition and MS Project 2010.

Link: PMBOK Guide 5th Edition and MS Project 2010: A Practical Step-by-Step Approach

Web PDF Copy: Full PDF Link For the Paper

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