PMBOK 6th Edition is on the way
The updating process for A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition is forging ahead.
The PMBOK® Guide is unique among the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) global standards because it contains both a standard and a guide, as it has in past editions. The standard presents key concepts—it is the foundation that describes what to do to achieve successful projects—while the guide expands upon the foundation with additional information on how to use proven practices. The standard in the Sixth Edition will have more prominent placement in the Guide than in previous editions.
Let us look at some of the key changes suggested for inclusion in the Sixth Edition.
There is more detailed information on the Agile approach to managing the project life cycle and other iterative practices including. Information about Agile and other iterative practices often used in an adaptive environment are included in each Knowledge Area section as well as an appendix to the Standard for Project Management on Agile and other iterative practices
There is a new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle, including greater emphasis on the strategic and business knowledge aspect of project management.
Many key concepts addressed in the first three chapters of the PMBOK® Guide are covered, in abbreviated form, in Section I of the Standard. Section II of the Standard contains a description of the project management processes, organized by Process Group, along with their key benefits, inputs and outputs.
The Process Groups remain the same in the Sixth Edition, although two Knowledge Areas have new names:
There are three new processes in the Sixth Edition:
Estimate Activity Resources is still part of the Planning Process Group, but it is associated with Project Resource Management processes instead of Project Schedule Management processes.
In addition, some processes have different names. For example, to align with research showing that project management is more about facilitating and managing than controlling, PMI have shifted several processes from a Control function to a Monitor function. In other cases, PMI have aligned the process name with the intent of the process. The table below identifies the name changes.
There are some other high level changes to the Standard for Project Management. The function of the Close Procurement process has now been captured within Monitor Procurements and Close Project or Phase. Research shows that few project managers have the authority to formally and legally close a contract. Project managers are responsible to determine that work is complete, records indexed and archived, and responsibilities transferred appropriately. Thus, PMI has now included work associated with Close Procurements within the aforementioned processes.
Note the following changes to the project management plan components and project documents:
The Sixth Edition is targeted for publication in the first quarter 2017. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and PMP exams will be based on the Sixth Edition from the first quarter 2018.
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