The Nine Project Management Knowledge Areas

The PMBOK describes nine knowledge areas or categories of the project management discipline PMP certification . Gaining expertise in any one of these knowledge areas can help you become a rock star in your organization. Understanding and applying all nine will make you irreplaceable.

To begin this new series, I want to reference Kathy Schwalbe, Ph.D, PMP, and professor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As an active member of the PMI and an expert in the industry, she has written several textbooks and how-to guides on the subject

. In her book “Information Technology Project Management”, she describes each of the nine knowledge areas and identifies some of the tools and techniques used in each area. These knowledge areas include:

Integration Management – project selection methods and methodologies, stakeholder analyses, charters, project management plans, project management software, change requests, change control boards, review meetings, and lessons-learned reports.

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