Sitting on my bookshelf, in all of its third edition worthlessness, is my PMBOK. For all of you non-PMI types, PMBOK is the acronym for the Project Management Body of Knowledge, a rather ambitious title conjured up by PMI. The actual title is "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge," which is a little less ambitious but still conjures up images of a leather bound travel guide to the West Indies.
I use the term "worthlessness" because in the past year a fourth edition of the PMBOK was published. Assuming that I knew everything in the third edition, which I didn't despite my handsome PMP certificate, I realize that I am now deficient, lacking the additional knowledge the fourth edition has yet to pass on to me.
The PMBOK is really a Powerpoint presentation expanded into text. Here's a snippet:
See? It's really a bullet list cleverly disguised as a sentence. Since my copy of the PMBOK is out of date, I am now faced with my own PERSONAL ultimate disposition of project information, namely my third edition.
If you're still reading this, you're probably wondering about the dog mentioned in the title. I have this idea to shred the third edition and feed it to my dog by hiding the little shredded confetti pieces in his dog food. Why would I do this? I could tell people that my dog has ingested and processed more project management information than they will in a lifetime. I could say he passed the entire contents of the PMP exam. I could say (on his canine resume) that he was responsible for the "ultimate disposition of project information."
All of which would be absolutely correct, of course.
Finally, since I would replace the third edition with the fourth edition and read said guide, I could know, with no small amount of smug satisfaction, that I was a little more up to date on the PMBOK than my dog.