Project Management

Dynamic Project Management Framework: A Brief Approach to the PMBOK® Guide Execution

Andrés Falcón

Topics: Integration Management, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), Knowledge Shelf

Using  the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fourth Edition (Project Management Institute [PMI], 2008) with a project is not always a straightforward task. Many times we have difficulties selecting the task we should use first, determining the correct order in which to proceed, and deciding whether we should use all of the tasks included in one group.

The primary goal of this paper is to help establish a conceptual mechanism, guidance, or high-level approach to the practical use of the PMBOK® Guide processes in a given project. We will use the idea of a rolling wave process over an entire life cycle, keeping the intention of providing a tool to fill in the gap between methodology and practical use.

The steps we are going to cover lead you through a quick review of the concept of framework and a more explained use of the project life cycle, on which this dynamic concept is based. Finally, the iteration and dynamic concept will be introduced.

The PMBOK® Guide as a Framework

In general, a framework is an empty structure that is applicable, with some rules and specific methods, to a given purpose. This implies that something was previously created, proved, and normally already applied. Since this framework has already been created, we do not have to reinvent the wheel, which helps us to improve the quality …

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