A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition draft comments

The Draft ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition’ is currently open for comments. I have made a couple of reccomendations.

1) General comment for ‘lessons learned’. I am interested in understanding why Project Management methodologies and PM knowledge books seem to only use the term ‘lessons learned’? Perhaps the Project Management community needs to shift the focus to more knowledge management, which will open up the language we use in organisations. Lessons learned is only one particular element that can be used to share and use project knowledge.  …Your feedback would be most welcome.

2) Section: 9.1.1.4 Organizational Process Assets needs to also include ‘Lessons learned from previous projects’

As I read more over the next few weeks, more feedback will be provided.

Regards, Stephen



3 thoughts on “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition draft comments

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  2. Stephen

    I think part of the issue might be that organisational “knowledge management” has connotations and expectations which sit outside the ‘sphere’ of project management, for example absorptive capacity. These require organisational-level commitments and engagements, whereas the “project” is often something which is viewed as occurring in isolation of its surroundings (organisational context). Perhaps the irony is that, on the one hand, we are reminded of the “uniqueness” of every project, whilst also expected to find applicable ‘lessons’ from other projects. KM, however, suggests to me a more holistic approach to learning from the past, and (the “knowledge”) and understanding how to use and apply it (the “management”), rather than a token approach to ‘capturing lessons’ from projects .

  3. Terry, thanks for your feedback. I did receive some PMI feedback, one comment was accepted, please refer to the following post http://www.invictaprojects.com.au/pmlessonslearnedblog/?p=578.

    The key para in your comment for me is “…Perhaps the irony is that, on the one hand, we are reminded of the “uniqueness” of every project, whilst also expected to find applicable ‘lessons’ from other projects.” thanks for taking the time to make a comment.

    Regards, Stephen

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