To support the importance of project tailoring, many tools and techniques are grouped together based on their purpose. The groups include: • Data gathering • Data analysis • Decision making • Communication • Interpersonal and team skills • Communication skills
Each project must determine which processes, and what approach is most appropriate for individual project. The Sixth Edition emphasizes the need to tailor all aspects of project management, including the processes, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs, life cycles and all others, as deemed necessary. In order to facilitate this tailoring, this section contains a list of questions to help with the tailoring of the project management aspects for each individual project.
The use of various aspects of agile, iterative and adaptive approaches for projects is increasing. This includes development methods, techniques, outputs and other activities and practices. The section describes specific approaches that are associated with various agile environments to help practitioners recognize and integrate these practices into their projects where it makes sense to do so.
Each process has been categorized by one of three descriptions: • Processes used once or at predefined points in the project • Processes that are done periodically as needed • Processes that are done continuously throughout the project
Rather than listing individual components parts of the project management plan as an input or output of a process, the entire project management plan is listed. The individual components that would be helpful as inputs or updated as outputs are contained in the textual description.