Chicago Software Process Improvement Network
(C-SPIN) Meeting
Thursday, February 6, 2003

PMBOK: A Framework for Project Management
Bill Knudsen / Sleipner Enterprises

Project management is not merely a process, but a deliberate application of principles based on a proven body of knowledge developed over time. This presentation is designed to introduce the audience to the best project management practices as identified in the Project Management Institute’s “Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®)”.

The PMBOK® describes the sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. The knowledge and practices described in the PMBOK® are generally accepted and are applicable to most projects most of the time, and there is widespread consensus about their value and usefulness.

The PMBOK® identifies thirty-nine project management processes in nine Knowledge Areas and five Process Groups. The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the framework in which these project management processes operate, and stimulate thought on how these practices can be applied on attendee’s projects.

Bill Knudsen is the founder and President of Sleipner Enterprises, a firm dedicated to reducing risk and delivering operational, financial, and customer process improvements for middle market companies through better utilization of Information Technology. Mr. Knudsen has developed an approach to project management that combines the best practices formulated by the Project Management Institute with the proven model of an Owner’s Representative, the benefit of which substantially reduces risk and delivers the timely business results project owners expect to receive.

Prior to founding Sleipner Enterprises, he worked as the National Director of Systems Implementation and Integration at Cotelligent, Inc., Program Manager at Andrew Corp., as well as project management and consulting assignments with Coopers & Lybrand, Electronic Data Systems, and General Motors.

Mr. Knudsen is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Masters of Business Administration, concentration in quantitative methods and a Bachelor of Sciences in operations management. He is a certified Project Management Professional and the Vice-President of Finance for the Chicagoland Chapter of the Project Management Institute. He is a frequent speaker on project management topics. 1