PMP Certification: Project Management Knowledge Areas 101—PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition Update (Part 2)

Essential to project success, a project manager must develop knowledge and skills in all ten of Project Management Knowledge Areas.

The first article of this three-part series “Project Management Knowledge Areas 101” has described Project Integration Management and Project Scope Management. 

Keep on aligning with the PMBOK® Guide, 6th edition, here you will find an overlook of the processes categorized under the Knowledge Areas of Project Schedule, Cost, Quality, and Resource Management.

The third and final part will consider Project Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management.

Read on!

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Schedule, Cost, Quality, and Resource Knowledge Areas of Project Management

by Project Management Process Groups

As listed in part 1 of “Project Management Knowledge Areas 101—PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition Update”, the ten Project Management Knowledge Areas are: Project Integration Management, Project Scope Management, Project Schedule Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Resource Management, Project Communications Management, Project Risk Management, Project Procurement Management, and Project Stakeholder Management.

What follow are the processes included in the Project Schedule, Cost, Quality, and Resource Management.

3. Project Schedule Management

Managing the timely completion of the project.


  • Plan Schedule Management (Planning Process Group)
  • Define Activities (Planning Process Group)
  • Sequence Activities (Planning Process Group)
  • Estimate Activity Resources (Planning Process Group)
  • Estimate Activity Durations (Planning Process Group)
  • Develop Schedule (Planning Process Group)
  • Control Schedule (Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).

4. Project Cost Management

Planning, estimating, budgeting, financing, funding, managing, and controlling costs so the project can be completed within the approved budget.


5. Project Quality Management

Incorporating the organization’s quality policy regarding planning, managing, and controlling project and product quality requirements, in order to meet stakeholders’ expectations.


  • Plan Quality Management (Planning Process Group)
  • Manage Quality (Executing Process Group)
  • Control Quality (Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).

6. Project Resource Management

Identifying, acquiring, and managing the resources needed for the successful completion of the project.


  • Plan Resource Management (Planning Process Group)
  • Estimate Activity Resources (Planning Process Group)
  • Acquire Resources (Executing Process Group)
  • Develop Team (Executing Process Group)
  • Manage Team (Executing Process Group)
  • Control Resources (Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).

For a detailed analysis of each process, click on “PMP Certification – Free Exam Prep” here or on the right menu.

SOURCE: Project Management Institute (2017). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). 6th ed. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute.

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