Project Management Process Groups

Project Management Processes

When managing a project you have to take many steps to go from the beginning to the end of the project. Some examples of these steps are "Develop Project Management Plan", "Manage Project Team", "Control Schedule" etc. These steps can be seen as processes.

In total there are more than forty Project Management Processes. A complete overview of all the Project Management Processes can be found in chapter 3 of PMI's PMBOK.

Process Groups

These forty something Project Management Processes are grouped into the following five Project Management Process Groups:



Processes in the Initiation, Planning, Execution and Closing Process Groups are performed sequentially as the project progresses from initiation to closing.

Processes in the Controlling Process Group are performed throughout the entire project.

Why is Grouping Important?

Grouping of the Project Management Processes provides for a structured approach to managing your projects. Discipline yourself to stick to sequence of the Process Groups. As an example, when a business case is needed, it should be done during the initiation of a project or do not start talking to contractors before you went through the planning processes. How would you know what to talk about before you have a project plan?


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12 thoughts on “Project Management Process Groups”

  1. Hi victor,
    I am busy compiling my Health and safety and food safety projects for your perusal and advice.
    Coming to think of it, it is making sense and I'm excited to projectize my work.
    Watch this space.

  2. @Tomah. Thank you for your comment. Zeal is what it takes to florish.
    You can start by signing up on this website to follow the case study if you have not already done so.
    Next contact me if you need any coaching with any of your projects.
    I am working on an eBook to help aspiring project managers like yourself to get up and running in project management. This ebook will also include support services. I will let you know when the book is available.
    Cheers and keep up the good work.

  3. Iam a complete amature in project management but have the zeal to learn about it. Kindly offer me lessons to coach me on this very important career. The company I work for does alot of project management in facilities & design, Catering in remote sites, IT to name but a few.
    To do case study will be a splendid idea. I welcome it. Thanks

  4. Thank all of you for your comments here on the blog. Also thanks to those who responded by email and verbally.
    I started to prepare the case study.

  5. Good day sir, we are deeply honoured to receive such quality information on project management from you. May God bless you richly for taking time out of your valuable time to mentor us. i am keen on knowing the over 40 project management processes. the 5 project management process groups is very helpful. even though there is no short-cut to knowledge, i find out that i have very little time to study as an architect and lecturer working on PhD.  i fully support the case study initiative. in addition, i would like to suggest weekly quiz for all those you are mentoring. i would like to confirm that i remember all i am learning from you. it would be interesting to see how many people would score A in your weekly tests. i love challenges and i am excited that you are our mentor. i hope it will be a combination of PRINCE 2 and PMP questions. fifty questions a week will keep us on our toes with the answers coming out the following week. thank you sir for everything.

  6. sir, i think it will be a great idea to present a project management of a case study. looking forward to learning from it.

  7. Suhail, thank you for your supportive comment and good suggestion to blog about a case study of a real life project in a series of blog posts. I think this is a great idea.
    I will ask my subscribers if more people are interested in such a series of blog posts. Maybe you can also ask around in your network to see who all are interested and then let me know.
    if there is sufficient interest, I will be more than glad to run the series on a case study.

  8. Dear Victor Hunt,
    Greetings ,
    Your  blog touching project management processes is lucid and precise . Thank you .
    Now i would suggest that you start a series of blogs encompassing a case study of a small real world project example and take all of us step wise through start to end
    giving all that a project manager would be supposed to 
    do at his project . If project is from construction domain it would be still great . A prospective PM , NEEDS TO BE GIVEN A  clear
    scenario of what project management is all about in trenches.This type of mentoring will be a milestone.
    Thank you and all the best.
    Suhail Qadir.
    Srinagar India.

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