Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PMBOK 5th Edition with MS Project 2016 - A Practical, Hands-On Guide

The whitepaper "PMBOK 5th Edition with MS Project 2013 - A Practical Guide" and its earlier edition since 2009 have been used as a reference in many management articles and periodicals. Shorter versions of it, with certain summary items, have been published by international publications. I have seen many downloads of the paper from the drive it has been shared from. Considering its popularity, I have this new paper "PMBOK 5th Edition with MS Project 2016 - A Practical Guide for Time Management". 

Also as MS Project has up with its new version - MS Project 2016, which has new functionalities such as multiple timeline bars, custom date ranges for a single view, style theme change, 'tell me what you want to do', I believe it is time to update the white paper. 

This paper is an enhanced version of "PMBOK 5th Edition with MS Project 2013". I have added on the other Resource Optimization Technique, i.e., Resource Smoothing. Resource calendars which can come from HR Management and also Procurement Management have been added along with a flow diagram depicting them all.  And of course, complete white paper is tested with the new MS Project 2016. 

Few excerpts from the paper:
During planning, Scope Baseline is created in “Create WBS” process of Scope Management KA. Schedule Management Plan from “Plan Schedule Management” along with the Scope Baseline from “Create WBS” are fed into “Define Activities” of Time Management KA to create activities from the work packages. These activities are then sequenced in “Sequence Activities” process to create a Schedule Network Diagram.  
Simultaneously, Resource Calendars from “Acquire Project Team” process of HR Management KA and “Conduct Procurements” process of Procurement Management KA act as inputs to find out the resource estimates, duration estimates. Schedule network diagram, resource estimates (or requirements), duration estimates and resource calendars finally create the Project Schedule in “Develop Schedule” process. Develop Schedule also creates Schedule Baseline for the project, which is then monitored and controlled in “Control Schedule” process. 
The overall interaction of the processes of Time Management HR Management and Procurement is shown below along with certain inputs and outputs. 

I have made this paper free since PMBOK 4th edition and MS Project 2007. Following the tradition, this paper is also free for my readers. Click on the pop-out icon on far right of the below embedded view to see it directly over the drive or you can scroll to view the content.

The complete paper can be seen as one link. (PDF Link)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Sir, this was much helpful as i'm preparing for PMP exam


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