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Changes to Impact PMP® Exam 2017

24 Apr 2017
Changes to Impact PMP® Exam 2017

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)

Which version of the PMBOK® Guide should I use to study for the PMP® Exam?

  • If you are taking the exam before Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition.
  • If you are taking the exam after Jan 1, 2018? Use PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.

What are the major changes that will happen?

1. Processes

Total Number of Processes:

 PMBOK 5th Edition PMBOK 6th Edition 
47 49

Processes added, moved & removed:

 PMBOK 5th Edition - Deleted Processes PMBOK 6th Edition + New Processes
 Manage Project Knowledge 
  Implement Risk Responses
 Close Procurements Control Resources
Estimate Activity Resources has been moved from Schedule Management to Resource Management

Nine Processes Renamed:

 PMBOK 5th Edition PMBOK 6th Edition 
 Plan Human Resource Management  Plan Resource Management
 Plan Stakeholder Management  Plan Stakeholder Engagement
 Perform Quality Assurance  Manage Quality
 Acquire Project Team  Acquire Resources
 Develop Project Team Develop Team
 Manage Project Team Manage Team
 Control Communications Monitor Communications
 Control Risks Monitor Risks
 Control Stakeholder Engagement Monitor Stakeholder Engagement

2. Knowledge Areas

Two Knowledge Areas will be renamed:

 PMBOK 5th EditionPMBOK 6th Edition 
 Human Resource ManagementResource Management
 Time ManagementSchedule Management

3. Agile

The  Agile concept is incorporated in all 10 knowledge areas. Each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings.

4.PMI Talent Triangle

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.      

PMI Talent Triangle

5.Chapter Re-alignment

The first 3 chapters of the book have been completely rewritten to highlight importance of project management’s role in the business value creation and any organizational change. In the new edition, the role of the project manager has been expanded as a leader, business expert and strategic thinker.

6.Some Other Changes  

  • The PMBOK® Guide itself is taking on more of a voluntary instead of mandatory tone in some areas. For instance, for Requirements Collection, they might now say something to the effect that, “Here is a list of possible choices of tools. Choose any of these that best might fit your current project."
  • All 10 knowledge areas will focus on new topics like Key Concepts, Approaches in Agile, Tailoring Considerations, Trends and Emerging Practices, Iterative and Adaptive Environments and so on.
  • There will be various notations throughout the new PMBOK® Guide differentiating between processes that are “Ongoing” (continuously executing) vs. "Non-ongoing processes.” This concept will be emphasized for the first time in the new PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition.
  • The Product Scope vs Project Scope concept will also be emphasized for the first time in the new PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.
  • There will be a distinction between "Communication" (as in communicating between two people) and "Communications" (artefacts, such as published emails).
  • The new strategy, “Escalate Responses” provides for a PM escalating risk to the appropriate party so that the risk is no longer his/her responsibility.\