Body of Knowledge (glossary)

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(1) The purpose of the Guide is to describe the portion of the Body of Knowledge that is generally accepted, to organize that portion, and to provide topical access to it. (Bourque and Fairley 2014)

(2) Identifies that subset of the project management body of knowledge generally recognized as good practice. “Generally recognized” means the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time, and there is consensus about their value and usefulness. “Good practice” means there is general agreement that the application of these skills, tools, and techniques can enhance the chances of success over a wide range of projects...The PMBOK® Guide also provides and promotes a common vocabulary within the project management profession…The Project Management Institute views this standard as a foundational project management reference for its professional development programs and certifications. (PMI 2008)

(3) Document explicitly intended to capture the knowledge for entry into the practice of [an] engineering [discipline] at the professional level. (ASCE 2008)


(1) Bourque, P. and R.E. Fairley (eds.). 2014. Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society. Available at:

(2) PMI. 2008. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4th ed. Newtown Square, PA, USA: Project Management Institute (PMI).

(3) ASCE. 2008. Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future, 2nd edition. Reston, VA, USA: American Society of Civil Engineers.



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