The Project Management Institute® has shared some highlights on what has changed in the PMBOK® Guide — Sixth Edition. Below we have summarized that information. For a comprehensive listing of all the changes in the new edition, see Appendix X1 in the Sixth edition of the guide. If you need a refresher to prepare for a certification exam based on the Sixth edition, click here for information on our “What Changed” course.
Extensive Expansion of Agile
Information on agile practices will be included alongside traditional approaches in the Sixth edition and PMI® has partnered with Agile Alliance® to create the new Agile Practice Guide. The PMBOK® Guide — Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide were created to complement each other. Together these two publications are a powerful tool that enable the right approach for the right project. A complimentary copy of the Agile Practice Guide is included when you order the PMBOK® Guide — Sixth Edition.
A New Opening and A New Sector Content
There is a lot of new content in the first three sections of the PMBOK® Guide. For example, aligning projects to the strategic objectives of the organization is covered in great detail.
In the front end, a new chapter about the role of the project manager has been added. It draws valuable information together in one place to give advice on how to lead projects effectively.
New Content in the Knowledge Area Sections
In Project Integration Management, a new process called Manage Project Knowledge was added. It’s about managing knowledge such as lessons learned and ensuring that the knowledge is used on other projects throughout the organization.
In Project Scope Management, there are not many changes but the relationship between the project manager and the business analyst is covered.
In Project Quality Management, Perform Quality Assurance was removed and replaced with Manage Quality. Quality Assurance is often not managed inside the project. Usually, there is an outside department for quality assurance, but project managers should be equipped to manage the quality of the project.
Two of the knowledge areas have been renamed.
Project Time Management has been changed because you can’t really manage time. The new name is Project Schedule Management.
Project Human Resource Management has been renamed to reflect that there are other resources, not just people, so the new name is Project Resource Management.
Other New Content in the Knowledge Area Sections
Project Communications Management didn’t have many changes, but a critical issue that was addressed is the difference between communication such as the act of communicating and communications which are the artifacts of communication such as paper or even video output.
Project Risk Management had some major changes. To start, overall project risks were addressed and not just event-driven risks. And a new risk response called Escalate was added because there are times when risks occur which have to be escalated up either to a program or a portfolio level.
Project Procurement Management got a makeover. It’s now much more international based and not as North American focused.
Project Stakeholder Management had a major change in focus. It shifted from stakeholder management to stakeholder engagement because we can’t control our stakeholders but we can manage how to engage with them.
We at Project Masters are excited to see the strides forward in project management that this new edition of the PMBOK® Guide represents. If you have any questions about this new edition please feel free to contact us. To see our chronological course listing for 2018, click here.