PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Changes

Changes to the sixth edition of PMBOK Guide
Changes in the sixth edition of PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

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 also project management processes suitable for use in any industry. The PMBOK guide fifth edition was published in 2013 and was due for an update. Hence in September 2017 PMI released the revised edition of the PMBOK guide. The latest version is PMBOK guide 6th edition. So what exactly has changed in PMBOK guide 6th Edition?

Major Changes To The PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

Following list enumerates major changes to PMBOK Guide 6th edition:

  • PMBOK guide 6th edition is now almost thousand pages manual.
  • The new standard also includes Agile Practice Guide.
  • Number of Project Management Processes have increased from 47 to 49.
  • new processes introduced.
  • process removed.
  • The Role of The Project Manager is a new section in PMBOK guide 6th edition.
  • PMBOK guide 6th edition has improved readability due to good number of tables and charts.
  • The following 4 new sub sections appear across all knowledge areas
    • Key concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices In Project Management
    • Tailoring Considerations
    • Agile / Adaptive Environment Considerations

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Knowledge Area Wise Changes

 Integration Management

  • The executing process group has a new process called Manage Project Knowledge. As a result, number of processes in this knowledge area has increased to 7.

Scope Management

  • PMBOK guide 6th edition has relationship between Project Manager and Business Analyst.
  • It also has reference to
    • Requirements Management – A Practice Guide
    • Business Analysis for Practitioners – A Practice Guide

Schedule (Time) Management

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

Quality Management

  • Perform quality assurance renamed to Manage Quality.

Resource (Human Resource) Management

  • Human resource management renamed to Resource Management.
  • Estimate activity resources, initially under Time (Schedule) management is now part of Resource Management. Therefore, number of processes in this knowledge area has increased to 6.
  • PMBOK guide 6th edition has a new process called Control Resources.

Communications Management

  • Control communications renamed to Monitor communications.

Risk Management

  • Introduced a new process called Implement Risk Responses.Hence number of processes in this knowledge area has increased to 7
  • Control Risks renamed to Monitor Risks.

Procurement Management

  • This knowledge area has seen the most interesting change. The Close Procurement process appears as an output of Control Procurement Process. Therefore, number of processes in the knowledge area has reduced to 3.

Stakeholder Management

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

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Summary of Changes

Following table summarizes major differences between PMBOK guide 5th edition and PMBOK guide 6th edition.

Summary of Changes to Sixth Edition of PMBOK
PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Summary of Changes

Impact of Change

After going through the changes in PMBOK guide 6th edition an important question arises. Will this change affect the PMP examination? The answer to this is, Yes! as a result of 6th edition the PMP exam will change. As mentioned on PMI website the PMP exam will change with effect from 26 March 2018. If you wish to take the test based on PMBOK 5th edition schedule it on or before 26 March 2018.


To conclude this was a brief overview of what’s new in PMBOK guide 6th edition. 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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