In general, Project Management knowledge can be divided into 10 areas. These are specific areas that a project manager should be well-versed with – and they come into play multiple times in a project or a phase of the project.
What are these Buckets of Knowledge?
These are project manager’s ability to,
- see an overall picture of how all project management activities interact and depend on each other (the overall ‘How’)
- manage the project and product scope (what is to be produced?)
- identify, assign, manage and control effort duration for the project activity (by when?)
- identify and manage costs associated with resources and activities (what is the price?)
- determine, perform and control quality as identified by the ‘correctness of project outcome to the documented requirements’ (does it meet stakeholder expectations?)
- hire, develop and manage people, deal with their performance and other issues, motivate them and get them to be productive and efficient
- identify communication needs of stakeholders (who should know what, when, and by which means?)
- proactively assess, identify project internal and external risks and plan strategies to deal with them (what may go wrong?)
- identify which part of project needs to be done/procured from outside and how to go about it (who else can do what my team cannot?)
- critically identify stakeholders (who are impacted by this project?)
If you wanted some help in remembering them, here’s a mnemonic that has helped me. Either use this one, or make one of your own!
“Integrating Scope and Schedule will Cost our Quality Resources to Communicate with a Risk of Procuring Stakeholders!”.
If this didn’t make sense, it probably serves the purpose of a mnemonic – a phrase that is a bit wacky, silly or outrageous. The trick is to make it out of the ordinary so the mind remembers it easily. 🙂
Here is a mind map to understand these knowledge areas –
Figure 1: The Project Management Domain Knowledge Buckets
A quick note before we move on: as I mentioned in earlier post many a concepts and terms are repeated in these notes. This redundancy very useful to remember the concepts. The more we come across something, better are our chances of remembering them.