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Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION > Purpose of the PMBOK® Guide - Pg. 4

1 1.1 Purpose of the PMBOK ® Guide CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION The increasing acceptance of project management indicates that the application of appropriate knowledge, processes, skills, tools, and techniques can have a significant impact on project success. The PMBOK ® Guide 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. Good practice does not mean the knowledge described should always be applied uniformly to all projects; the organization and/or project management team is responsible for determining what is appropriate for any given project. The PMBOK ® Guide also provides and promotes a common vocabulary within the project management profession for discussing, writing, and applying project management concepts. Such a standard vocabulary is an essential element of a professional discipline. The Project Management Institute (PMI) views this standard as a foundational project management reference for its professional development programs and certifications. As a foundational reference, this standard is neither complete nor all-inclusive. This standard is a guide rather than a methodology. One can use different methodologies and tools to implement the framework. Appendix D discusses application area extensions, and Appendix E lists sources of further information on project management. In addition to the standards that establish guidelines for project management processes, tools, and techniques, the Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct guides practitioners of the profession of project management and describes the expectations practitioners have of themselves and others. The Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is specific about the basic obligation of responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty. It requires that practitioners demonstrate a commitment to ethical and professional conduct. It carries the obligation to comply with laws, regulations, and organizational and professional policies. Since practitioners come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies globally. When dealing with any stakeholder, practitioners should be committed to honest and fair practices and respectful dealings. The Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is posted on the PMI website ( Acceptance of the code is a requirement for the PMP ® certification by PMI. ©2008 Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) -- Fourth Edition 4