Project Management Network Diagram: A Tool for Understanding the PM Life Cycle
Fully understanding the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) approach to project management can be difficult. This is not because of the complexity of the material. The difficulty arises from having a body of knowledge that is structured for referencing, not learning. PMI divides the tasks associated with project management into 44 processes. There are also 44 different management activities that must be completed, in a specific order. These activities, or processes, are well described by training manuals. Unfortunately they are discussed in isolation from each other. As a consequence it is very hard to develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between the many processes. If you are new to PMI, you need a summary document that provides an overview and introduction to the big picture. Once you can see the forest, it is possible to study individual trees. Fortunately, if you are trying to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam, such an overview is now available through Global Knowledge. The Project Management Network Diagram (PM Network Diagram) provides a visual illustration of the project management life cycle (in terms of the chain of events that take place in a project).