In 2002, PMI began publishing industry-specific application-area extensions to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide was first published in 2003 and has been updated with each subsequent edition of the PMBOK® Guide. The industry extensions were updated periodically to maintain consistency with each new version of the PMBOK® Guide. This edition of the Construction Extension eliminates specific processes and references that become obsolete with each new edition of the PMBOK® Guide. This new format, generally described as principle-based rather than process-based, ensures the industry-specific extensions remain aligned with subsequent editions of the PMBOK® Guide. Generally accepted project management terms, interpretations, and practices are not included in this extension to the PMBOK® Guide, and the practitioner is strongly encouraged to use both documents together.
This edition supersedes the Construction Extension—Second Edition and aligns with, and serves as a supplement to, the current and future editions of the PMBOK® Guide. The PMBOK® Guide describes specific knowledge and practices generally recognized as good practices on most projects most of the time. The Construction Extension describes supplemental knowledge and practices that are generally accepted as good practices on construction projects most of the time. The Construction Extension includes Knowledge Areas specific to the construction industry, which do not appear in the PMBOK® Guide: Project Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Management; and Project Financial Management. As described in Section 3, these Knowledge Areas are aligned with the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups in the PMBOK® Guide. Processes, tools, and techniques are not replicated and only construction-specific practices are specifically described.
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