What is New / Changes in ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) ‘–Sixth Edition

by | Nov 8, 2017 | Project Management

Dear PMP aspirants,

We are all aware that Project Management Institute released A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) –Sixth Edition. A brief note on the changes are listed below for your ready reference.

  1. 2 Knowledge Areas have been renamed
    • Project Schedule Management (Earlier it was Project Time Management)

      • We will be able to manage only the schedule and not the time. So, it has been renamed as Project Schedule Management.

    • Project Resource Management (Earlier it was Project Human Resource Management)

      • Project Manager should manage both team resources (human resources) and physical resources (material, equipment and supplies)

  2. 3 new processes introduced

    • 49 processes now (3 new processes and one process has been removed)

      • Manage Project Knowledge (As part of Project Integration Management)

        • Prior organization knowledge is leveraged to produce or improve the project outcomes, and knowledge created is available to support organizational operations and future projects or phases.

      • Control Resources (As part of Project Resource Management)

        • To ensure that the assigned resources are available to the project at the right time and in the right place and are released when no longer needed.

      • Implement Risk Responses (As part of Project Risk Management)

        • To ensure agreed upon risk responses are executed as planned in order to address overall project risk exposure, minimize individual project threats and maximize individual project opportunities.

  3. 1 process removed & 1 process moved to different knowledge area

    • Close Procurements removed

    • Estimate Activity Resources moved to Project Resource Management

  4. 5 processes renamed

    • Manage Quality instead of Perform Quality Assurance

    • Monitor Communications instead of Control Communications

    • Monitor Risks instead of Control Risks

    • Plan Stakeholder Engagement instead of Plan Stakeholder Management

    • Monitor Stakeholder Engagement instead of Control Stakeholder Engagement

  5. A new distinct session for Project Manager’s role

    • Since the Project Manager plays a vital and critical role to achieve project’s objectives, a focused session is introduced to elaborate the competencies needed to team up with the project manager’s sphere of influence. The PMI Talent Triangle® (3 key skill sets – Technical Project Management, Leadership & Strategic and Business Management)

  6. Considerations to Agile/Adaptive environments

    • Under each Knowledge Area, we can find a note from Agile/Adaptive perspective on how the Project Manager to focus or focuses in such environments.

  7. Inclusion of Agile Practice Guide

    • To provide practical guidance to an agile approach in planning and executing projects

    • To work in an environment disrupted by technological advances as Agile techniques and approaches manage them effectively to provide more immediate delivery of value to customers.

    • Agile places ‘Customer Satisfaction’ as the highest priority to delight the customers.

    • The guide is project-focused and addresses project life cycle selection, implementing agile, and organizational considerations for agile projects.

*PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Vittal G Panduranga, PMP,CTFL
A PMP® and ISTQB CTFL Certified Professional with over 13 years of experience in the BFSI Sector and having worked in leading organizations. Read More.

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