When the project management team and or the project management team leader begins the process of managing a particular project and or series of projects, it is fundamentally important to establish a series of hard and fast guidelines that are in place for the purposes of both maintaining and achieving a level of constancy among the team but also to provide for a simple place to go to find out the answer to the simple question “How?” without having to reinvent the wheel constantly along the way. For these purposes, it is wise for the project management team and or the project management team leader to implement a set and fast series of procedures for the course of the project and or projects. The procedure refers to a highly detailed series of specific steps that are to be taken over the course of the project. These are typically to be followed in a highly specific order as well, and in most cases, the endpoint of the procedure as a whole is the accomplishment of a pre-specified task of sorts, in this case, completion of the project and or of a particular phase thereof.
This term is defined in the 3rd edition of the PMBOK but not in the 4th.