The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ("PMBOK® Guide") provides a leading source of information for assessing the success of the Project Management Institute ("PMI"). Even today, when the market is flooded with "systems" and "derivatives", the PMBOK® Guide increases the PMI presence. Although there are many factors that make the PMBOK® Guide a special book, one technical aspect has to be singled out - the PMBOK® Guide differs substantially from other project management systems by its output/input characteristic.
The purpose of this paper is to emphasis this output/input characteristic as an accurate path for analysis, improvement and application of the project management system.
The scope of this paper covers the status of the output/input characteristics described in the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition. It shows that improvements from the PMBOK® Guide Third Edition have been achieved. However, the Fourth Edition is still lagging the consistency of the output/input characteristics achieved in the PMBOK® Guide 2000 Edition and some of its derivatives.
The paper recommends a set of tools that could be used to reveal output/input characteristics of the PMBOK® Guide, or to advance other project management systems with this attribute. If the output/input characteristics of a project management system are neglected, then the opportunity to develop a system that fits "most projects most of the time" will be undermined.
To follow the discussion in this paper, you will need to refer to a copy of the latest PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition, 2008.