PMP Certification: Project Management Knowledge Areas 101—PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition Update (Part 3)

To complete a project successfully, a project manager needs to determine and implement an appropriate combination of processes from the ten Project Management Knowledge Areas described by the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition.

A Knowledge Area is an identified area of project management defined by its knowledge requirements and described in terms of its component processes, practices, inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques.

After Project Integration, Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, and Resource Management, this last article will conclude the three-part series “Project Management Knowledge Areas 101” with Project Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management.

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Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Knowledge Areas of Project Management

by Project Management Process Groups

Integration, Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Resource, Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder: these are the ten Project Management Knowledge Areas that the PMBOK® Guide includes in its 6th edition.

Below an outline of the processes included in Project Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management, to assist you during the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam preparation.

7. Project Communications Management

Ensuring timely and appropriate planning, collection, creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, management, control, monitoring, and ultimate disposition of project information.


  • Plan Communications Management (Planning Process Group)
  • Manage Communications (Executing Process Group)
  • Monitor Communications (Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).

8. Project Risk Management

Conducting risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, response implementation, and monitoring risk on a project.


9. Project Procurement Management

Purchasing or acquiring products, services, or results needed from outside the project team.


  • Plan Procurement Management (Planning Process Group)
  • Conduct Procurements (Executing Process Group)
  • Control Procurements (Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).

10. Project Stakeholder Management

Identifying the people, groups, or organizations that could impact or be impacted by the project, analyzing stakeholder expectations and their impact on the project, and developing appropriate management strategies for effectively engaging stakeholders in project decisions and execution.


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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