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Looking for a Beginner's Guide to the Universe
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Is there a "dictionary" of sorts for those of us just getting into the profession? I have been keeping track of certain links and definitions, along with mentioned authors, from the webinars that I've watched. It's for my own reference but I was thinking that maybe someone has already done this? If not, I'd gladly write something up for future "newbies".

Thank you in advance for your input.
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There is a glossary in the PMBoK. From my personal experience taking on projects in a variety of domains however, looking up terms and acronyms myself has been extremely valuable in whatever new gig I've landed.

The process itself of looking something up and writing it down is extremely useful because it's involving both visual learning, the mental processing to put it into your own words, and the kinesthetic process of writing it down. That's one reason taking notes can be very valuable. Even if you never read the notes, it improves memory.

While I would certainly not try to talk you out of building your own glossary, I would recommend people develop theirs just like you are suggesting doing yourself.
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https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/lexicon
But it is in the context of the PMO. Remember you have other ways to perform project management like IPMA, GPM, etc.
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I was really expecting some sort of Douglas Adams reference in this topic.
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Jun 12, 2019 1:11 PM
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Jeffrey -

There are some books specifically aimed at newcomers to the profession such as The Olde Curmudgeon's Guide to PM.

These would be much more useful than just reading a glossary or lexicon.

Kiron
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Jun 12, 2019 8:13 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I was really expecting some sort of Douglas Adams reference in this topic.
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Yes, there is great value in having common understandings. I believe that one of the great benefits of professionalization is that common understanding.

But, despite sanctioned glossaries from PMI and others, there is still considerable ambiguity.

Examples: scope has at least 2 official meanings (in PMI there is product scope and project scope) and probably more than that for unofficial meanings.

Ask any 5 people what governance means, and you'll get 5 different answers, each of them being variants of "here's what it means where I work."

And you'll find some incredibly mediocre understandings. Portfolio management, requirements, and strategic planning (in the PMI definitions) come to mind.
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The most recent version of the PMBOK Book version 6 which includes the Agile Practical Guide has an extensive list of most commonly used terms and acronyms that are part of the a Project Managers "Speak". It also includes a detailed description of each term and it relevance into PMBOK methodology.
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Did you try PM Edge? https://edge.pmi.org/

You can find the link Knowledge and tools Education.
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Thank you everyone. Your replies were helpful and I hope they will assist others in the future.
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Also, check this out. Not specifically what the ask was, but still good stuff....
https://www.pmi.org/pm-port
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