PMBOK Guide 6th Edition


Looking to prepare for your PMP certification, well here are some of the main topics to look out for in the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition. This is the official PMI update page for PMBOK 6:

When will the PMP Exam Change?

The PMP® Exam is largely based on the content found in the PMBOK® Guide. The schedule of the exam from version 5 to 6 changeover is scheduled as follows:

  • The PMP exam is changing beginning 26 March 2018. If you schedule your exam on 26 March or later, you will receive an updated version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.
  • Anyone taking the exam prior to 26 March 2018 will receive the current version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

Changes that have happened

#1 Two new processes have been added. So, now there will be 49 processes instead of 47 processes.

#2 One process is deleted, Three new processes are added.

New Processes that are added are:

  • “Manage Project Knowledge”
  • “Control Resources”
  • “Implement Risk Responses”

Deleted Process will be:

  • “Close Procurements” – The functionality of this process has been consolidated into the “Close Project or Phase” process.

#3 Two Knowledge Areas are renamed:

  • “Project Human Resource Management” is renamed to “Project Resource Management”
  • “Project Time Management” is renamed to “Project Schedule Management”

#4 One Process moved between Knowledge Areas.

  • “Estimate Activity Resources” moved from “Project Time Management” to “Project Resource Management”

#5 Some Processes are renamed:

  • “Perform Quality Assurance” is renamed to “Manage Quality”
  • “Plan Human Resource Management” is renamed to “Plan Resource Management”
  • “Acquire Project Team” is renamed to “Acquire Resources”
  • “Develop Project Team” is renamed to “Develop Team”
  • “Manage Project Team” is renamed to “Manage Team”
  • “Control Communications” is renamed to “Monitor Communications”
  • “Control Risks” is renamed to “Monitor Risks”
  • “Plan Stakeholder Management” is renamed to “Plan Stakeholder Engagement”
  • “Control Stakeholder Engagement” is renamed to “Monitor Stakeholder Engagement”

#6 Tools and Techniques are grouped together based on their intent. The Tools and Techniques groups are:

  • Data Gathering
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Representation
  • Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal and Team Skills

#7 Chapters Re-Alignment

Sections 1 – 3 of PMBOK 5th Edition have been re-aligned and combined into 2 sections. There’s a new section 3 which is dedicated to “Role of the Project Manager”. This section includes information on the project manager’s sphere of influence and competencies. Leadership styles and personality are also discussed as part of this new section.

#8 A new subsection has been included known as “Adaptive Environments” at the beginning of sections 4 through 13.

#9 PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition also emphasizes the Project Scope vs Product Scope for the first time.

#10 There will be a distinction between “Communication” (as in communicating with two people) and “Communications” (artifacts, such as published emails).

#11 The new Lessons Learned Register is now part of the set of ITTOs. Project Managers will now be encouraged to update on a frequent basis (not just at the end of the project). Updates can be done at any time throughout the project, especially at the end of project phases (similar to the “Retrospective” in Agile).

Which GUIDE Version to Choose for PMP Certification?

The answer to the above question is very straightforward:

If you are planning to appear for the exam on or after 26th March 2018, then you have to go for PMBOK 6th Edition.

If your plan is before 26th March 2018, then pick the 5th Edition for your preparations.




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