So why develop a web site on Microsoft® Project and how it complements the PMI® - PMBOK® Guide (4th & 5th Edition)? I asked myself that question many times as I was working those late nights on its development.
I could start by going into the history of Microsoft® Project and the PMI – PMBOK® Guide, but I
I was first introduced to Microsoft® Project (pre 98) in the early PC days when there was a number of scheduling software tools on the market. I used a number of them, and thought that some of them were pretty good. It was with the introduction of Microsoft® Project 98 that I saw that through the use of a “standard” menu Microsoft were developing Project to give it a look and feel like Microsoft Office. So what did that mean?
As a consultant you were continually challenged by the project sponsors ability to accept a scheduling tool to help manage the project. Microsoft Office was traditionally on the majority of clients desktops. So the comfort zone associated with the proverbial Excel spreadsheet Task list could not be under estimated. But Projects look and feel to
Microsoft Office made training easier. So the transition to “start” using Project 98 became that much easier to sell to the project sponsors. Over the years the Microsoft Project developers have done a great job of developing Project to the point that now both introducing customers to a project management tool has become easier. Thanks Microsoft!
And then there was PMBOK® Guide.
Again I was introduced in 1996 to the PMBOK® Guide (2nd Edition), when it was ~ 176 pages imagine that. I attended a Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Practitioner (PMP) prep class at the Berkley – extension, in northern California. A great class and I was hooked on the PMI PMBOK® Guide as a project management asset. Again when challenged by clients as to how they could improve their project management practice, PMI PMBOK® Guide was always a recommendation.
So over the years the number of companies using both Microsoft Project and individuals with the PMP credentials have increased considerably. It became clear to me that there was a need to blend the two together. But PMI members will be the first to tell you - “but we don’t do tools” – unfortunately that’s not a good response! And it’s not all about process is my response; it’s about delivering product. Just ask the sponsor, who put up the money. It’s about people, processes and tools. As companies become more mature in their project management practices and evolve towards a System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process, one stage is to develop templates. These templates are designed to make the SDLC process more easily acceptable in its use and governance. That’s where this book comes in.
With the introduction of the PMI - PMBOK Guide (4th Edition) and Microsoft Project 2010 I saw it as a timely opportunity to bring the two parties together in this material, as in "better together - the perfect marriage"....
So how do you stay up-to-date with a "moving target"?
Since I embarked on this "Labor of Love" a lot of things have happened to both Microsoft Project and PMI's PMBOK Guide. We now have Project 2013 and PMI - PMBOK Guide (5th Edition).
Although most of the reference material here refers to Project 2010 and PMI - PMBOK Guide (4th Edition) some reference will be made to the new material. It is hoped that as the site gets out in to the public domain it will be updated to refer to all the latest reference material. And later to even later updated material from Microsoft and PMI.
We will keep you posted on our progress.