PMBOK Guide 6th Edition – An Overview of Changes

Changes to the sixth edition of PMBOK Guide
Changes in the sixth edition of PMBOK Guide

The Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® is an indispensable resource for project managers as well as for PMP aspirants. The guide includes the standard for project management and key concepts and project management processes that can be used in any industry. The PMBOK guide fifth edition was published in 2013 and was due for an update in 2018. With effect from September 2018 the PMBOK guide been revised and the latest version is the sixth edition of PMBOK. So what exactly has changed in PMBOK?

Major Changes To The PMBOK Guide

Some of the major changes to the PMBOK guide sixth edition are

  • The standard consisting of six hundred odd pages is now almost thousand pages guide.
  • The new standard also includes Agile Practice Guide.
  • Number of Project Management Processes have increased to 49.
  • Three new processes have been introduced and one process has been removed.
  • A new section called The Role of The Project Manager has been added.
  • The readability has been improved a lot with a good number of tables and charts.
  • Four new sub sections appear across all knowledge areas
    • Key concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices In Project Manageement
    • Tailoring Considerations
    • Agile / Adaptive Environment Considerations

Knowledge Area Wise Changes

 1. Integration Management

  • A new process called Manage Project Knowledge has been added.
  • Number of processes in the knowledge area has increased to 7.

2. Scope Management

  • Relationship between Project Manager and Business Analyst
  • Reference to
    • Requirements Management – A Practice Guide
    • Business Analysis for Practitioners – A Practice Guide

3. Schedule (Time) Management

  • Project time management has been renamed to project schedule management.
  • Number of processes in the knowledge area has reduced to 6.
  • Estimate activity resources has been moved to Resource (Human Resource) Management.

4. Quality Management

  • Perform quality assurance has been changed to Manage Quality.

5. Resource (Human Resource) Management

  • Human resource management has been renamed to Resource Management.
  • Estimate activity resources which was under Time (Schedule) management has been moved to Resources Management.
  • Number of processes in the knowledge area has increased to 6.
  • A new process called Control Resources has been added.

6. Communications Management

  • Control communications has been changed to Monitor communications.

7. Risk Management

  • Number of processes in the knowledge area has increased to 7.
  • New process called Implement Risk Responses has been added.
  • Control Risks has been changed to Monitor Risks.

8. Procurement Management

  • Most interesting change been done to this knowledge area. The Close Procurement process has been removed and now appears as an output of the Control Procurement Process.
  • Number of processes in the knowledge area has reduced to 3.

9. Stakeholder Management

  • Plan stakeholder management is now Plan Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Control stakeholder engagement is now Monitor Stakeholder Engagement.

Impact of Change

After going through the changes another important question arises is that will this change affect the PMP examination? The answer to this is – Affirmative! As mentioned on PMI website the PMP exam will change with effect from 26 March 2018. If you wish to appear for the PMP certification exam based on PMBOK fifth edition you need to schedule your test on or before 26 March 2018.

Conclusion

That was a brief overview of what’s new in the sixth edition of Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge. There are also a number of changes to the tools and techniques of each processes. A detailed study of the standard will further enhance the understanding of these changes.

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