You Won’t Believe How Insanely Important Planning Is

Percentage process by process groupWe can all agree planning is important.

But is a comment like that as click-baity as the headline?


This is the first in a series of posts where I summarize the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to help myself prepare for the PMP exam.

I’m also PRINCE2 certified but I find that too strong on methodology and far too weak on the human element.

The book — which successfully attempts to be both large and dry — identifies 47 Project Management (PM) processes. It then organizes them in to 10 knowledge areas and five process groups.

Those groups are:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring & Controlling
  • Closing

The first go through the PMBOK was tough. It is, as mentioned, dry.

I have a couple of initial thoughts on the material, so far.

The first is the sheer importance the PMI attaches to planning. Of the 47 processes, 24 (or 51%) relate to planning.

Execution is a huge part of any project but, in PMP terms, just 8 processes (17%) involve that part.

The second thought is on the layout of the PMBOK. The chapters are laid out by the 10 knowledge areas.

But it is only when you spend too much time trying to recall old material or flipping back and forth that you realize the book in no way matches the process flow of a normal project.

In researching the PMP exam, one piece of advice I read was to assume you work in a projectized organization. Yet the book is built in to silos. Oh, the irony!

What I am doing, therefore, is laying out my study by attempting to follow the process of a standard project. It means skipping around the PMBOK a bit but the end result will be more logical.

The blog posts will be collated in a PDF called PMBOK Summarized. The link for that is back on the main Projects page.

2 thoughts on “You Won’t Believe How Insanely Important Planning Is

  1. Hi John, nice to see you are all for go. the link summarized is now a 404 page. Ill be following. good luck.

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