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Whats New in the PMBOK 6th edition - Sprintzeal

Whats New in the PMBOK 6th edition PMBOK 5th vs PMBOK 6th

Feb, 28th 18

In September 2017, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has published the 6th edition of the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) guide. Just like PMI released the 5th edition after the 4th edition of PMBOK® guide in December 2012. PMI updated a new version of the PMBOK® guide and the PMP® exam every four to five years as the practices of project management evolves.


Since the update was announced we have received a lot of queries from candidates wondering how the changes will affect the PMP® 2018 exam. You no need to freak out, though the PMI has made several changes but the overall project management framework will pretty remain the same as PMBOK® guide 5.


There are many significant changes in the PMBOK® 6th edition, but in this edition, there has been more adoption of agile and adaptive methodologies in the management of the project.


This time PMI has added the Agile Framework. Agile framework methodologies adoption has become popular among many enterprises and so the PMI has started the PMI-ACP Certification to nurture the needs of this niche. In the last edition, PMI did not have any agile guide in their library yet, they developed a practice guide for it and named it Agile practice guide. This guide contains 186 pages and provides wide knowledge of agile concepts.


This guide is designed to empower you to become a skilled agile professional with the knowledge of agile methodologies, tools and techniques to deliver a better result.

 Let’s start with the changes and the structure in the PMBOK® 6th Edition.


Structure of the PMBOK® Guide:


The guide is divided into 3 parts:

A guide to the Project Management Body of the knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
The standard for Project Management.
Appendices, Glossary and Index.


Role of the Project Manager

A new chapter has also been added i.e. Role of the manager where PMBOK® describes the role of the manager in the team.

It aligned the project Managers skills to the PMI Talent Triangle.


Knowledge Areas Change


There is no addition in the knowledge areas, but two have changed their names:

 1.Project Integration Management
A new process “Manage Project Knowledge” was added.

2.Project Scope Management.

3.Project Schedule Management. 

It used to be known as Time Management knowledge area. It took just a few decades for PMI to that realize that only schedule can be managed, but not time. Well better than never.

4.Project Cost Management.

5.Project Quality Management.
6.Project Resource Management.
Formerly, Project Human Resource Management.
This is done because, the project managers have to manage all the resources manpower, machine and materials.

7.Project Communication Management.
8.Project Risk Management.
9.Project Procurement Management.
10.Project Stakeholder Management.


Every Knowledge Area chapter now includes 4 sections at the start:

1.Key Concepts.
2.Trends and Emerging Practices.
3.Tailoring considerations.
4.Considerations for Agile Adaptive Environment.

Processes Changes


In the 6th Edition of PMBOK®, three new processes are added and one removed.


1. Manage Project Knowledge (new process- In the Project Integration Management Knowledge Area of Executing Process Group).
2. Implement Risk Response (new process- In the Project Risk Management Knowledge Area of Executing Process Group).
3.Control Resources (new process- In the Project Resource Management Knowledge Area of Monitoring and Controlling Process Group).
4.Close Procurement (removed from 6th edition- grouped with close project and phase).

So there are total 49 processes in PMBOK® 6th Edition.


There are some changes in the Processes Name:


PMBOK® 5 edition Process Names
Perform Quality Assurance
Plan Human Resource Management
Control Communication
Plan Stakeholder Management
Control Stakeholder Engagement
Acquire Project Plan
Develop Project Team
Manage Project Team
Control Risks


PMBOK® 6 edition Process Names

Manage Quality
Plan Resource Management
Monitor Communication
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
Acquire Resource
Develop Team
Manage Team
Monitor Risk


ITTOs changes

Input, tools, techniques and Outputs have not changed. There are lots of small changes, but in the exam, we guess they will continue to give less emphasis in PMBOK® guide 6th edition. You can expect several questions on ITTOs in the exam paper.


For PMP® candidates, please note down PMI has decided that PMP® exam will be changing on 26th March 2018 to align with the PMBOK® guide 6th edition. If you are planning or begun your preparation for the exam before 26th March, then better to prepare with the current version of the PMBOK® guide.


For current holder certification, no immediate actions would need to be taken. Only you need to maintain the CCR cycle, then you will be a PMP® in good standing. Overall the guide is more clear, detailed and well-structured compare to the previous edition.


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