This is an update to my previous postings regarding this topic.
First of all the most important information:
When will PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition be released?
According to PMI, we can expect the following release dates:
- Final Release is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017 (July-Sept 2017)
When will The PMP Exam change?
The PMP Exam is largely based on the content found in the PMBOK® Guide. The exam changeover from version 5 to 6 is scheduled as follows:
- PMP Exam update to PMBOK 6 will happen in Q1 of 2018
What are the major changes that will happen?
Agile and other iterative practices
As some of us already heard there will be some new content to emphasize the importance and relevance of agile and other iterative practices.
Different from previous editions, the PMBOK®Guide –Sixth Edition will contain numerous references to adaptive and iterative practices, including agile. This decision was made in response to the requests of PMIs stakeholders. This content will include:
- The practices often used in an adaptive environment in the front of each Knowledge Area section (Sections 4–13).
- An appendix to The Standard for Project Management on agile and other iterative practices.
PMI Talent Triangle™
Will the new PMI Talent Triangle™ find its reflection in the upcoming PMBoK Guide Version? Of course!
The PMBOK®Guide –Sixth Edition will contain a new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the skill sets organizations demand that make project managers more competitive and relevant—technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business 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.
Processes; Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
The Process Groups remain the same in the Sixth Edition, although 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.
And Project Human Resource Management is now Project Resource Management. We discuss both team resources and physical resources in the processes of this Knowledge Area.
There are three new processes in the Sixth Edition:
- 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.
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.
Since there will be one process be deleted - "Close Procurements" process has been removed. Its functionality has been consolidated into the "Close Project or Phase” Process - the total number of processes will count up from actually 47 to 49!
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, several processes are shifted from a Control function to a Monitor function. In other cases, the process name was aligned with the intent of the process. The chart below identifies the overall name changes.
PMBOK 5th Edition
PMBOK 6th Edition
Perform Quality Assurance
Plan Human Resource Management
Plan Resource Management
|Acquire Project Team||Acquire Resources
Plan Stakeholder Management
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Control Stakeholder Engagement
Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
The function of the Close Procurement process has now been captured within Control 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, they have now included work associated with Close Procurements within the aforementioned processes.
Project Management Plan Components and Project Documents
Please note the following changes to the project management plan components and project documents:
- The components of the project management plan that are inputs to a process, or that are updated as outputs from a process, are not listed individually in the inputs or outputs. Rather, the project management plan is the input and project management plan updates is the output.
- Beneath the input/output table, a list of potential project management plan components is identified. However, the components of the project management plan that will be inputs or updated depends on the needs of the project.
- Project documents are listed as an input and project documents updates is listed as an output, as appropriate. Beneath the input/output table there is a list of potential project documents that may be inputs, or may be updated as an output. The needs of the project will determine the actual project documents that should be inputs or updated as an output.
additional Changes (as known yet):
There will be chapters re-alignment in Chapters 1 to 3. The information in Chapter 1 to 3 will be combined into 2 chapters and a new Chapter 3 will be devoted to “The Role of the Project Manager” where many aspects of the Project Manager’s role will be mapped to the PMI Talent Triangle.
Which means analyzing the project to determine how much emphasis to put on each process (based on the scope & size of the project).
“Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes”:
There will be various notations throughout the new PMBOK differentiating between processes which are “Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes.” This concept will be emphasized for the first time in PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition.
"Project Scope vs Product Scope":
concept will also be emphasized for the first time in PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition.
"Earned Value tool kit":
supported by the PMBOK will now include “Earned Schedule Management".
There will be distinction between "Communication" (as in communicating between two people) and "Communications" (artifacts, such as published emails).
The new strategy, “Escalate Responses” provides for a PM escalating a risk to the appropriate party so that the risk is no longer his/her responsibility. Once escalated, the PM will now have the option of either:
a) Removing the risk from the project’s risk register if desired, or
b) Keeping it in the risk register, but classifying it as “Escalated/Assigned To.”
"Lessons Learned Register as new ITTO:
The new Lessons Learned Register is now part of the set of ITTOs. Project Managers will now be encouraged to update on a frequent basis (not just at the end of the project). Updates can be done at any time throughout the project, especially at the end of project phases.
New Appendix Information:
- Summary of Key Concepts
- Summary of Tailoring Considerations
- Summary of Tools & Techniques
- Adaptive & Iterative Approaches
This is what we know about the upcoming changes yet. There may be additional changes until the final version will be released.
We will inform you accordingly.