The Exposure Draft of the main ‘Guide Section’ of the 6th Edition is now available for comment – comments close at 5:00 p.m. EDT, 26 July 2016. To offer comments, go to: www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-exposure-draft.
Publication and Exam Schedule
PMI have announced the following schedule for publishing the PMBOK® Guide 6 Edition and updating their exams:
- Draft English Version in PDF: Available in first quarter of 2017 (we use this to start updating our courses).
- Published Launch Date: Third quarter of 2017 in English and 10 other languages.
- PMP® Exam certification updates are expected to occur in Q1 2018 as a result of the PMBOK changes (the update also affects the PMI-SP and CAPM exams).
What’s new in the 6th Edition?
This is a major update, content enhancements in the 6th Edition include:
- Agile practices incorporated into the PMBOK® Guide. Expanded coverage of agile and other adaptive and iterative practices. This will align proven, foundational project management concepts with the evolving state of the profession today. This reflects evidence from Pulse of the Profession® research that agile is used by increasing numbers of organizations in the management of some or all of their projects.
- Introductory sections rewritten! The first three sections of the PMBOK® Guide have been completely revised. Relevant information from previous editions has been retained. New information reflecting the evolution of our profession as a driver of organizational change and a means of providing business value has been added.
- Addition of three introductory sections for each Knowledge Area, Key Concepts, Trends and Emerging Practices and Tailoring Consideration:
- Key Concepts, consolidating information fundamental to a specific knowledge area.
- Trends and Emerging Practices not yet widely used.
- Tailoring Considerations, describing aspects of the project or environment to consider when planning the project.
- Two Knowledge Areas have new names:
- Project Time Management is now Project Schedule Management, emphasizing the importance of scheduling in project management. This aligns with PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling.
- Project Human Resource Management is now Project Resource Management. Both team resources and physical resources are included in this Knowledge Area.
- There are three new processes:
- Manage Project Knowledge is part of the Executing Process Group and Project Integration Management knowledge area.
- Implement Risk Responses is part of the Executing Process Group and Project Risk Management knowledge area.
- Control Resources is part of the Monitoring and Controlling Process Group and Project Resource Management knowledge area.
- Agile appendix added. PMI are also planning to publish a companion practice guide focused on agile – tentatively in the third quarter of 2017.
- More emphasis on strategic and business knowledge and the PMI Talent Triangle™. There is more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents. Information is also included on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market. The PMI Talent Triangle™ was successfully rolled out, late last year, and an integral part of that roll out program was the creation of a new CCR Handbook. This handbook contains important information, concerning PDU category limits and how these may be aligned to the Talent Triangle to maintain PMI credentials see more on the Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) program and the PMI Talent Triangle™.
As we work through the exposure draft, we will bring you more information. Watch this space!