PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition is coming! As per PMI, the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide is scheduled to be released September 6th, 2017.

What is the PMBOK® Guide?

  • PMBOK is an acronym for Project Management Body of Knowledge.
  • The PMBOK® Guide is a collection of processes and knowledge areas that are accepted as standards within the project management industry.
  • The PMBOK® Guide is updated every four years. The PMP exam changes shortly after to reflect new material.
    • The PMP exam is not strictly a test on the PMBOK® Guide. However, the PMBOK® Guide is considered a key resource for the exam.

What does the new release mean for prospective PMPs?

  • The exam is slated to reflect Sixth Edition material in Q1 of 2018. Therefore, if you are taking the exam before January 2018, continue studying the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. If you plan to take the exam after January 2018, study the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition.

Major Changes to Sixth Edition

  • Two Knowledge Areas have been renamed to more accurately represent their content.
    • Project Time Management is now named Project Schedule Management
    • Project Resource Management is now named Project Resource Management
  • Process changes
    • Three Processes have been added.
      • Manage Project Knowledge (Project Integration Management KA)
      • Control Resources (Project Risk Management KA)
      • Implement Risk Responses (Project Resource Management KA)
    • Close Procurements Process has been removed and merged into Close Project or Phase.
    • Process name changes.
      • Perform Quality Assurance is changed to Manage Quality
      • Plan Human Resource Management is changed to Plan Resource Management
      • Acquire Project Team is changed to Acquire Resources
      • Control Communications is changed to Monitor Communications
      • Control Risks is changed to Monitor Risks
      • Plan Stakeholder Management is changed to Plan Stakeholder Engagement
      • Control Stakeholder Management is changed to Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
  • A chapter has been added detailing the role of the project manager and how to lead projects effectively.
  • Agile project management will have a larger presence.
  • ITTOs (inputs, tools and techniques, outputs) have been simplified!

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