Process Groups In PMBOK

How do you treat different kinds of work you need to do in your real life? Every work has its characteristics and they wait their time to be performed. Just like the processes of project management. Therefore the necessity to categorize these processes under predetermined groups emerges as a result of best practices in the industry. There are 49 processes in The PMBOK Guide that should be implemented to be able to manage a project. All of these processes are grouped by using two different methods. With respect to the characteristics of the processes and the knowledge area they are a part of. Also, it is clear that process groups in PMP are simply pre-determined categories that are grouped according to the time interval the processes are performed. Actually, they simply describe what kind of process we have to cope with. 

Process groups may be defined, as a logical grouping of the processes by taking into consideration their characteristics. Five process groups gives us hints about which aspects can be considered in a thorough project management lifetime. Process groups aid us to organize the project work we perform as the project progresses and gives us a hand to stay in the correct direction of the project. Unfortunately, more and more days we see many projects with high potential, rolling into the stockade. At this point one should remember how beneficial getting the PMP certification can be. In order to get a proper roadmap not to lose the main road and have succesful projects, the most feasible way is definitely using a globally accepted methodology. 

 5 Process Groups in PMP:

  • Initiating Process Group: This process group has all processes that are necessary to be performed to be able to give a start to a project or a stage by obtaining necessary approval to project and by granting authorization for the project manager. 
  • Planning Process Group: This process group consists of the processes necessary for defining the scope and objectives of the project and determining how, when, where and with whom the necessary activities will be performed to be able to achieve the projects main goals and objectives.
  • Executing Process Group: In order to complete the activities previously defined in the project management plan all processes under this process group should be performed. The execution processes group is mostly used in the implementation stages of projects.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Process Group: The processes concerning monitoring the progress of the project and evaluating their compliance compared with the original project management plan and suggesting corrective actions if necessary form the monitoring and control process group. This set of controlling processes is heavily applied at all stages of project management.
  • Closing Process Group: The processes which were performed to finalize all activities of all process groups at the official closing of the project or a stage are listed in this process group.

1- PMUS 02.06.2021
Thanks for the list. I wonder if we will continue with the same process group after the change in the PMBOK with the new version. Starting from the initiating phase I think it is a sufficient categorizing of the pm processes. You may add the relationships between the process groups as a next step. Just a recommendation.