Comparison of PMBOK 4th Edition with the 3rd Edition – Project Communications Management
The diagram shows a comparison of the PMBOK 4th Edition and the 3rd Edition. (Click the image for a larger view.) As you can see, not a lot has changed in terms of processes within the Project Communications Management PMBOK Project Management Knowledge Area. The processes have simply been renamed to start with a verb. However, there is one major change and that is the creation of a new process called Identify Stakeholders. This signifies the importance of addressing stakeholder needs early on in the project.
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PMP Tip: For the CAPM and PMP exams, it is important for you to recall the names of the processes as specified in the PMBOK. In other words, Stakeholder Identification is not the same as Identify Stakeholder.
Project Communication Management Process impacts other PMBOK Project Management Knowledge Areas, such as Project Cost Management. For example, you will be required to communicate the Cost Performance Index of the project to relevant stakeholders. The communication involved is dictated by the processes in the Project Communications Management knowledge area. This PMBOK guide focuses on this knowledge area.
Project Communications Management consists of the following processes:
- Identify Stakeholders
- Plan Communications
- Distribute Information
- Manage Stakeholder Expectations
- Report Performance
Now, let’s look at each process in the Project Communications Management Knowledge Area for effective project management communication.