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Differences between ITIL and PMP (#3 in the series PMP and ITIL – Framework Methodologies With Valuable Synergy)
By Paul T Rice

The differences between the ITIL framework and the project management framework are inconsequential when compared to the overall effectiveness of combining the two. Similarities aside, project management is not specific to IT. The PMP framework, focusing on effective execution of projects, can be applied to any area of any organization. Unlike ITIL, the project management framework does not operate on a lifecycle approach, but is organized into nine key knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement management.

As previously mentioned, rather than analyzing the breakdown of each project, the ITIL framework examines the whole picture – a key difference. By taking a larger view of services in the organization as a whole via a lifecycle approach, ITIL sets out to examine service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement. Take, for example, an organization that is building and deploying an email service – on one level, ITIL will evaluate what is needed; PMP will then take this information and further break it down into easier-to-manage increments.

Paul T. Rice, the Director of Training Services at Fruition Partners, is an IT consultant and professional instructor with over 18 years experience managing large IT projects, developing effective teams, and providing Strategic Consulting and Education services to many Fortune 500 IT leaders globally. He is an ITIL Implementation consultant for Fruition Partners, and among the businesses he works with, WestLake Training and Development, an information technology training company, has benefited from his knowledge as an accredited IT instructor, an ITIL Service Manager, and a subject matter expert in Applications Management.

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