Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – A Glance at the Third Edition

Bogota, Colombia Chapter

Fabio Pereira Teixeira de Melo, PMP, is a project director at ODEBRECHT, a Brazilian-based multinational contractor with a presence in four continents. With more than 20 years of experience in industrial projects and 15 years as a PMI volunteer, Mhe was a member of the core committee responsible for elaborating the third edition of the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide. He is currently volunteering as the director of volunteering at the PMI Bogotá, Colombia Chapter.

With its sixth edition on the way, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is well known to the global project management community. In its item 1.1 – Purpose of the PMBOK® Guide, the guide states that it “identifies that subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as good practice. ‘Generally recognized’ means the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects, most of the time… (PMI, 2013, p.2).

While that remains true, the level of applicability of such good practices may also vary according to the industry in which those knowledge and practices are applied. Besides, each industry has its own set of good practices, which usually appear as the result of a continuous improvement process.

This is certainly the case with the construction industry. While the PMBOK® Guide is fully applicable in that field, construction project managers might have the sensation that “something is missing.” The same goes with new practitioners seeking to use the PMBOK® Guide in order to unveil the secrets of construction project management. Aware of this, PMI decided to develop and publish the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide. The first edition of the Extension was published in 2003, and the second edition came out in 2007. A big gap …

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