Don’t over-interpret the PMBOK Guide…

I just got turned on to Glen Alleman’s Herding Cats blog via Bas’s Shared Blog.  Bas’s link was to one post, but Glen’s post on Mis-Misinterpretations of PMBOK caught my eye (the comments are a good read also).  Glen hits on one of my favorite mis-steps: claiming a methodology isn’t PMBOK-compliant because it isn’t structured according the process groups (hint: the project life cycle discussion is in Chapter 2 of the Third Edition). 

Getting caught up in memorizing and regurgitating such industry standards is a pet peeve.  It is akin to being an expert on Black Letter Law: how interesting or useful is it to be an expert on something basic and elementary?

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