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!