Changes to the PMBOK Guide, 6th Edition

For some project management practitioners, the new edition of the PMBOK® Guide causes fear and anxiety, for others – curiosity and anticipation.

In September 2017, the PMBOK Guide, 6th Edition will be released and includes some significant changes to reflect the current industry trends. The following are changes to the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition that will have the most impact on the PMP® Exam:

  • Four new sections in each knowledge area
    • Key project management concepts
    • Trends and emerging practices
    • Process tailoring considerations
    • Agile practices for adaptive environments
  • Three new component processes
  • Greater emphasis on strategic and business knowledge

Is Agile Going Mainstream?

Different from previous editions, the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition will contain numerous references to iterative practices, including agile. This decision was made in response to the requests of PMIs stakeholders. Each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings.

Is that a “good thing”? DEPENDS!

I’m not a big fan of “agile” project management. I’ll compare and contrast traditional project management practices with the agile practices. Where they make sense, I’ll include them within my toolbox. If they don’t, I’ll call it out as either – product management (specifically software development), fluff or just plain bullsh*t.

PMI Talent Triangle™

A new section on the role of the project manager, including the PMI Talent Triangle® consisting of technical, leadership and strategic and business management.

Is that a “good thing”? ABSOLUTELY!

The PMBOK® Guide will contain a new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the skill sets organizations demand that make project managers more competent and relevant—technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management.

A Switch from Knowledge Areas to Project Management Process

It’s rumored that PMI has finally done what many in the profession have been requesting for years – structure the PMBOK® Guide by the project management process groups and not by knowledge area. This is good news for those who will be studying to become PMPs as well as practicing project managers.

Is that a “good thing”? ABSOLUTELY!

We’ve been teaching our PMP® preparation courses and advanced project management classes around the process groups since 2004. It seemed logical to us to teach PMP® preparation classes AND how project management is practiced in the “real world.”

Join Our Mailing List

Join our mailing list as I unravel the new PMBOK® Guide to update our training content and its impact on the PMP® Exam.

Join Our Mailing List