PMBOK Mind Map

Mind Mapping is a way for the brain to easily understand and memorize complex information.

Before we talk about Mind Mapping it’s important to understand how the brain functions

  • When we have a thought two brain cells are making a connection. Every time the same thought happens the connection becomes easier.
  • Brain processes information by way of Association and Emphasis.

So what it means is if we can make it easy for the brain to make these connections and associations it will be easy for the brain to memorize information.

Now it is well known that the material in PMBOK Guide is dry and difficult to remember. Anyone studying for the exam requires multiple revisions of the book to fully understand the relationship between the knowledge areas, the associated Project Management Processes and the slew of other terms.

Using Mind Maps it becomes relatively easy to understand the connections between these concepts and further to memorize them.

Here is an example of how this is accomplished. What follows below is an indented list of knowledge areas, the associated Project Management Processes, The Process Group, the Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs of Project Integration Management.

Project Integration Management

1. Develop Project Charter

Primary Inputs

Project Statement of Work

Business Case

Contract

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Organizational Process Assets

Tools & Techniques

Expert Judgment

Primary Outputs

Project Charter

2. Develop Project Management Plan

Primary Inputs

Project Charter

Outputs from Planning Processes

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Organizational Process Assets

Tools & Techniques

Expert Judgment

Primary Outputs

Project Management Plan

3. Direct & Manage Project Execution

Primary Inputs

Project Management Plan

Approved Change Requests

Organizational Process Assets

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Tools & Techniques

Expert Judgment

Project Management Information System

Primary Outputs

Deliverables

Work Performance Information

Change Requests

Project Management Plan

Project Management Plan Updates

4. Monitor and Control Project Work

Primary Inputs

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Organizational Process Assets

Project Management Plan

Tools & Techniques

Expert Judgment

Primary Outputs

Project Document Updates

5. Perform Integrated Change Control

Primary Inputs

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Organizational Process Assets

Project Management Plan

Change Requests

Work Performance Integration

Tools & Techniques

Expert judgment

Change Control Meetings

Primary Outputs

Project Document Updates

Project Management Plan Updates

Change Requests Status Updates

6. Closing

Primary Inputs

Project Management Plan

Accepted Deliverables

Organizational Process Assets

Tools & Techniques

Expert Judgment

Primary Outputs

Final Product or Service or Result Transition

Organizational Process Assets Updates

Now compare this with the mind map to realize how easy it is to digest this long list of words.

Comments (7)

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  1. Tina says:

    Are your mindmaps updated with the new certification information?

  2. Stephen says:

    Yes these mind maps are updated with the PMBOK–Fourth Edition which is the latest edition of the standards.

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