A relational database for PMBoK

databaseDavid Kershaw wrote a beautiful article on ‘organizing to lead’ in this blog long ago. He sent in this article on a database their company has created for PMBoK. They are sharing the database to interested students for free. Read the article to know more. Thanks David.

My company, Altova, is well-known as a software development tools vender and also has a long history of successful project management. Last year Altova released a project management tool.  As part of that, we redoubled our efforts to certify as PMPs. Altova MetaTeam is project management software for high performance team collaboration.  We made MetaTeam friendly enough that people with a wide range of skills use it for all kinds of purposes.

But MetaTeam is also supports PMI’s PMBOK and works alongside advanced Critical Path scheduling tools like Microsoft Project or ProjectLibre. Because of this, we encourage our own people to be certified as Project Management Professionals (PMP).

As readers of the this blog know, preparing for the PMP exam is a non-trivial exercise in learning the details, processes and standard language of project management. There is no substitute for guided classroom or online training.  But of course we wanted to continue our preparation outside of the classroom.

To do that we created a tool for our own studies that may be helpful for others.  It is a SQL database mapping the PMBOK standard into a relational model. The PMBOK, as presented by PMI, is highly relational.  Processes are grouped, knowledge areas provide another grouping, process inputs and outputs are related, and so forth.  Clearly it is a complex information set.

Good training is a great and necessary introduction to the mass of information.  But most students also read, create flashcards, or do some other additional work on their own. Working with this database is one approach.  We are making the database publicly available, for free, to encourage prospective PMPs.

Read more about how we created the PMBOK database and to download it for your own use visit http://blog.metateam.net/2013/01/a-relational-pmp-study-aid.html.


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Ganapathy Subramanian, Founder and CEO of MS Academy has a B.E degree from CEG Anna University. After 20 years in IT industry, he left a senior management position to pursue and lead his dream project - Management Scholars Academy. In his successful IT career, Ganapathy has been VP-HR at Polaris FT Ltd and Director-Projects at CSC India Pvt Ltd. He has designed, developed, and deployed many innovative leadership training programs, PM competency diagnostics frameworks, and performance management systems for project managers. These programs helped the corporates build PM competency and excel in project management practices. Ganapathy has traveled extensively in the US, UK, Japan and Singapore as a consultant for AT&T, Lucent, Citibank, CSC, Unilever and Visa. Ganapathy has been a mentor to many project managers in CSC, Polaris and now to hundreds of PMs through MS Academy. He has coached many PMs to appear and get the PMP certification. The reason MS Academy's PMP training program has become so popular so quickly is that the trainers give personal time and attention during and after the boot camp and guide the PMP aspirants step by step towards their goal. Please visit http://www.msacademy.in/ or contact ganapathy@msacademy.in for further details.


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