Entire Series Posted!

The entire Drawn Out Project Management series is posted to YouTube!

After many months, The Crowd Training has finished drawing out and explaining the 49 processes of the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK 6th edition! You can now access the entire playlist or view the processes you need the most support on.


The Crowd Training’s Drawn Out Project Management YouTube series takes all the processes from the 6th edition PMBOK and presents them in a simple, visual way. Similar to a whiteboard, the processes are explained and illustrated much like I have done for hundreds of PMP and CAPM candidates in in-person instructor led courses over the last 14 years. The drawings I did for those students were very effective in aiding their grasping of the various project management processes and concepts, as well as putting the nomenclature and PMI organization of the processes and knowledge area. As you know, we as project managers – or inspiring project managers – do not walk around spewing PMI terms like, “Hey Joe, today I am performing the Identify Risks process as part of the Risk Management area. How about you today?” No, we don’t. At least, I hope you don’t. That would be a bit weird and pretentious.

Nevertheless, for the exam at least, we must memorize and internalize the structure, naming, and flow arranged and codified by the Project Management Institute over that last 40+ years. That is the objective of these whiteboard animations: to give you an easy, free way to memorize and internalize the vast amount of knowledge and terms you are expected to know and apply from the PMBOK 6th edition and project management in general. I hope it helps you in your studies as much as it helped me and my many PMP and CAPM students. Enjoy!

Here is a list of all the 49 PM processes and links to their videos.


Develop Project Charter

Identify Stakeholders


Plan scope management

Plan schedule management

Plan cost management

Plan quality management

Plan resource management

Plan communications management

Plan risk management

Plan procurement management

Plan stakeholder management

Develop project management plan

Collect requirements

Define scope

Create work breakdown schedule

Define activities

Sequence activities

Estimate activity durations

Develop schedule

Estimate costs

Develop budget

Estimate activity resources

Identify risks

Perform qualitative risk analysis

Perform quantitative risk analysis

Plan risk responses


Manage project knowledge

Manage quality

Manage team

Manage communications

Manage stakeholder engagement

Direct and manage project work

Acquire resources

Develop team

Implement risk responses

Conduct procurements

Monitoring and Controlling

Monitor and control project work

Monitor communication

Monitor risk

Monitor stakeholder engagement

Control scope

Control schedule

Control cost

Control quality

Control resources

Control procurements

Validate scope

Perform integrated change control


Close Project or Phase


Control Resources Process Whiteboard Illustration

Created another whiteboard animation of a project management process. This one is on the inputs, outputs, tools and techniques of the Control Resources process in the 6th edition of the PMBOK.

This illustration covers the inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques of the Control Resources process that is part of the Project Resources Management knowledge area in the Project Management Body of Knowledge 6th edition. All the 47 whiteboard process drawings are part of my Drawn Out Project Management series and included in the fully interactive PM City PMP prep course.

Manage Project Team Whiteboard

Another whiteboard animation explaining the processes of the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK has been posted to YouTube. This time on the Manage Team process.

As part of the Drawn Out Project Management series, I am attempting to draw out the inputs, outputs, tools and techniques of the 47 processes of the PMBOK to help explain them and make sense of the overall process. I used this technique when I was preparing for my PMP exam about 14 years ago when it was the 3rd edition of the PMBOK. Today, the PMBOK and the PMP exam is on its 6th edition; nevertheless the drawing of the components of the processes stills works just as well today as it then. In some respects, it works better today because the process inputs, outputs, and tools/techniques are more condensed and universal. There are fewer details to remember and less precision needed in the drawings since the drawings can represent more broad, high level concepts. 

The Manage Team process whiteboard illustrates the ITTOs of the process as it exists in the 6th edition. There is not much different in this process compared to when I created a similar video for the 5th edition. Really the only major item of note is that it resides in the Project Resource Management knowledge area and not the Project Human Resource Management knowledge area – mind blown, I know!

Hope this helps you understand this and the other processes more. I shall keep updating The Crowd Training YouTube channel with new videos. When they will post depends on my time and motivation. I am about 3/4ths of the way through the processes. After I complete the processes, I may move onto explaining other project management concepts and best practices on a whiteboard or with my animated character PM Guy I use for my PM City online courses. But not making any promises yet. I do want to do more with the agile project management and the book and courseware I have recently finished.


Control Quality Whiteboard Drawing Now Available for 6th Edition PMBOK

Another whiteboard drawing explaining a PMBOK process is now available. This time Control Quality.  Feel free to use the whole series to help you review the 6th edition processes. The students in my Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep courses found my whiteboard drawings and explanations very useful in their studies. I decided to help others outside of my PMP exam classes, so I have been working on getting all the PMBOK processes sketched and explained.

If you are a project management instructor, you are free to use them in your training sessions as well. Please give The Crowd Training  http://www.thecrowdtraining.com credit if you do. Thanks!

#pmp #project #quality #projectmanagement

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Free Course Added

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I am presenting my session about the importance of understanding and internalizing the needs and perspectives of your product’s end users and customers at the upcoming Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland Annual Conference next month. Recognizing that not everyone can attend my presentation at the PMI Portland conference, I created an exciting, interactive version of the presentation! And I am giving it away for free on my website: http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/free-content

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For those in the Pacific Northwest area and interested in attending the PMI Portland conference, you can find more information about the conference and my session You Did What In My Shoes? at their website: https://pmi-portland.org/2018-ac-meet-the-speakers/speakers-agile-track

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The “You Did What in My Shoes?” lesson is an interactive, engaging session on the best practices of project management in regards to considering and developing projects based on the needs, expectations, and perspectives of the user and customer.

This lesson is ideal for anyone working on or aspiring to work on projects. Often we lose sight of who were are building, designing, and developing project for and how they will be using our work. Even if we are good at keeping those end users in mind, putting ourselves in the shoes of others is an excellent reminder and results in better outcomes.

Exploring this fun, simple course you learn about the various techniques used by project managers, project teams, agile managers, designers, and others to get into the shoes of others. The You Did What In My Shoes? interactive lesson is a recreation of the breakout session presentation facilitated by The Crowd Training at Project Management Institute (PMI) conferences and Learning & Development conferences across the United States. The objective is to introduce or remind you of these concepts, techniques, and best practices in hopes you incorporate them in your daily professional life and/or explore them further. The lesson is not a complete, comprehensive deep dive into the practices. Only enough to whet your appetite, get in the mindset, and to motivate your interests.

The lesson has interactive content where you can be active in the lesson. Instead of sitting back and passively absorbing the information, you are prompted to enter responses, make decisions, and even help create your own stories, personas, and user experiences. There is even a Mad-Lib styled activity.

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You Did What In My Shoes? lesson is a free offering of The Crowd Training. Feel free to share this link with your friends, colleagues, and others. It is a good lesson for all of us.

If you know of others that can benefit from this material, please feel free to share!

Thank you.

30 Days for $90

This is awesome! A way to experience PM City without investing the full $720. Using the coupon code: 30daysfor90 on the 30 day access city pass to PM City at https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/product-page/30dayPMcityaccess to get the course for $90.

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The course gives you access to all the interactive lessons for all the knowledge areas, plus the games, quizzes, and discussion boards. The course fulfills the 35 hour requirement for project management training for the PMI application.

It is online and self paced, so you can come and go 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Prepare or augment your PMP studies in a whole new successful way!

The highly anticipated PM City Interactive Online Course built from ground up exclusively for the 6th edition of the PMBOK and the PMP certification exam is now available for purchase! This amazing 35 hour Project Management Professional course is a fully interactive wonder to prepare you for the 6th edition of the PMBOK based PMP exam.

PMI accepts The Crowd Training course material to comply with the 35 hour project management requirement for the PMP application. So you can use PM City 6th edition as your primary PMP certification exam prep material or as supplemental material to enhance your preparations.

Upon purchase, you gain 30 day access to the huge expansive of PMP 6 preparation content. Content that ranges from engaging graphics, interactivity, professional voiceovers done in a casual conversational manner, whiteboard explanations, games, assessments, PMP mock exam questions, reading tasks, full color “PM City Guides” for every PM City neighborhood, discussion boards with other PMP Citizens and PMP Instructors, complete navigation control thru the PM City, and so much more!

Like nothing in the project management training world you have every seen before. The Crowd Training’s PM City is an online engaging training course that guides you thru the mounds of content required for any PMP candidate to sit for and pass the PMP certification exam! Using interactivity and advanced, modern instructional design and instructional technology, PM City presents a better, more effective way to prepare for the grueling, demanding PMP certification exam.

You are in control of your learning! Take control. Experience success!

Your access is good for as long as you want it! Not sure when you want to sit for the exam? No problem. Not even sure you know when you want to start studying? No problem. Just curious to see how the product keeps getting better and better? You can!

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Modules Included in the Course

Each of the following modules include interactive lessons, video, animations, assessments and review games.

Project Integration Management
Develop Project Charter
Develop Project Management Plan (PMP)
Direct and Manage Project Work
Manage Project Knowledge
Monitor Project Work
Perform Integrated Change Control
Close Project or Project Phase
Project Scope Management
Plan Scope Management
Collect Requirements
Define Scope
Create Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Validate Scope
Control Scope
Project Schedule Management
Plan Schedule Management
Define Activities
Estimate Activity Durations
Three point estimation for durations extended explanation
Sequence Activities
Relationship types extended explanation
Develop Schedule
Critical path extended explanation
Control Schedule
Project Cost Management
Plan Cost Management
Three point estimation for costs extended explanation
Estimate Costs
Determine Budget
Earned Value Analysis extended explanation (EVA)
Control Costs
Project Quality Management
Plan Quality Management
Manage Quality
Control Quality
Project Risk Management
Identify Risks
Plan Risk Management
Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
Plan Risk Responses
Risk response strategies extended explanation
Implement Risk Responses
Monitor Risks
Project Resource Management
Plan Resources Management
Estimate Activity Resources
Acquire Resources
Develop Team
Manage Team
Control Resources
Project Communications Management
Plan Communications Management
Manage Communications
Monitor Communications
Project Procurement Management
Contract types extended explanation
Plan Procurement Management
Conduct Procurements
Control Procurements
Project Stakeholder Management
Who are stakeholders extended explanation
Identify Stakeholders
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Manage Stakeholder Engagement
Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
Navigating PM 6 City (Course Introduction)
Purpose and design of this course
Working with The Crowd Training
Obtaining Your PMP
Preparing and studying for the exam
PMI application and guidance
Projects, Programs, Projects, and the PMBOK
Traditional project management v agile project management
Knowledge areas and process groups
Project Environments
Project selection
Project documents and project plans
Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)
Organizational Process Assets (OPA)
Project organizational structures
Role and skills of a Project Manager
Professional Responsibility
Course Farewell, Next Steps
Review what was covered
Additional The Crowd Training opportunities
Printing certificate of completion and using the learning management system

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This course presents you a certificate of completion that is accepted by PMI as proof you have successfully completed your 35 hours of project management training as is a requirement on the PMP application on pmi.org.

‘PMI’, ‘PMP’,  ‘Project Management Professional’, and ‘PMBOK’ are trademarks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Another Drawn Out Process – Control Scope

As I make my way thru the processes of the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK, I am posting my hand drawn explanations of the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs on YouTube.

Here the latest: Control Scope. The Control Scope process is part of the Project Scope Management knowledge area. It is also the last of the scope processes I needed to draw out and post. Therefore, if you go to The Crowd Training’s YouTube channel, you will see all the Project Scope Management knowledge area processes.

At this point, there are 30 videos posted. Only 19 more to go!


27 Sixth Edition PMBOK Processes Posted; 22 More to Go!

There are 49 processes in the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK (TM). My goal is to sketch out on a whiteboard and explain all of them.

When I was preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam over 14 years, I drew pictures to help me comprehend and remember the project management concepts and the official processes. That was way back when the PMBOK was in its 3rd edition.

When I instructed PMP Exam prep classes, I used and refined my process drawings to explain the concepts and processes to the class participants. It was an excellent way to help me explain to them the big picture and comprehensiveness of the process. The whiteboard drawings explained the purpose and objectives of the process, as well as visualized the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs defined by the PMBOK for that process. It also helped that a whiteboard was the only multi-media tool I had to help me instruct.

For four to five days straight, for eight to ten hours every day, I had to prep these PMP candidates for a difficult, wide ranging exam. An exam that had a relatively high failure rate. I was essentially tasked with dumping huge loads of knowledge and information on them in a short period of time… for days. I made it as interesting as I could. Shockingly, I actually had a decent student sucess rate in passing the PMP exam. But without PowerPoints, computers, posters, games, or any other visuals of any kind, I had to make the most of my whiteboards or flipcharts. That’s where the power of my drawings shined.

Years later, past participants would come up to me and say that they still remember many of my drawings. A majority of them would recreate my drawings over and over again as they studied the material. Some even could recreate a process drawing on the spot years after they passed their PMP exam. Because of that, I realized that even though I do not get the opportunity as often to instruct project management exam prep classes in person I can still share the process drawings that helped a lot of people pass the exam.

Now that we are in the 6th edition of the PMBOK, I am making my way thru the processes and posting them all for free on YouTube. I am also including them in my much larger learning production called PM City. PM City is a full 35 hour interactive PMP preparation experience with the aim of getting people ready to pass the PMP exam. [You can learn more about The Crowd Training’s PM City online PMP course and use the discount code thisistheyear to get a year access for only $201.80 at http://www.thecrowdtraining.com ]

The drawn out whiteboard drawings alone will not prepare you fully to sit for the exam, but certainly help comprehend the process, review the process, and assist in your memorization and compartmentalizing of the content. I hope the videos help you on your path to becoming a Project Management Professional.

The current playlist has 27 videos. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeYSGv4FkK21_919uCpAsfaWYAupNqzLE

The goal is add another project management 6th edition process every week. Keep checking back. Only 20 more to go!

PMBOK 6 PMP Exam Starts Today

Today, March 26, 2018, the Project Management Professional – PMP – certification exam is officially based on the 6th edition of the PMBOK and related content. Any PMP exam prep material based on the 5th edition you are using to study for the PMP exam is technically obsolete. Nevertheless, I would argue that there are a lot of concepts and practices that are still valid. I have been thru PMBOK changes and their corresponding changes from 3rd to 4th to 5th  and now to 6th. Yes, there are considerable changes, but not enough to throw out everything you have been studying and learning from up to this point.


Nonetheless, to stay aligned to the latest organization and lexicon it is recommended that you primarily use content exclusively made for 6th edition. You will have more confidence with the content you are learning is what you can expect to see on the exam.

To help update your materials to the 6th edition, The Crowd Training is giving away its 6th edition online interactive PMP Exam prep course for only $66! The list price is $720. That’s over 90% off. And it is for lifetime access. But better act quick, only the first lucky 6 people to use the promo code 6for66 get the extra special price. Head to http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 now before it is too late!

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Don’t forget the promo code 6for66!

More about the PMBOK and the new exam can also be found at the official Project Management Institute site http://www.pmi.org  The PMBOK and PMI are trademarks of the Project Management Institute.

New Promotional Video Posted

I finished producing a quick 5 minute explanation and highlight reel of my interactive Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep online course. I had a lot of fun creating the video. I hope you have as much fun watching it!

For those who are ready to join PM City – http://www.thecrowdtraining.com/pm6 – and want keys to the city on the cheap, use the promo code thisistheyear and get a lifetime subscription to the entire 35 hour project management course for only $201.80! [Regular price is only $720]