Looking more deeply at PMBOK Sixth Edition

Continuing on PMBOK Sixth Edition:  I recommend watching this 28 minute video of Suhail Iqbal describing PMBOK Sixth Edition changes. Given the timeline (Q3, the expected date of edition release, begins on July 1), it's an important topic.

Suhail begins by describing the history of the PMBOK and PMP certification process. With PMI starting exam testing based on the Sixth Edition in January 2018, he recommends that project managers interested in taking the exam based on PMBOK Fifth Edition set an exam date no later than September 30, 2017.

Suhail describes the Sixth Edition as a two volume work, based on:

Standard of Project Management
-Content similar to the first three chapters of PMBOK Fifth Edition, expanded
-Then, one chapter for each of the five process groups

Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge
-Covers the 10 knowledge areas (KAs): Descriptions of the inputs and outputs, tools and techniques, and emerging trends

He describes a new emphasis, in the Sixth Edition, on the role and competence of the project manager based upon the PMI Talent Triangle.

Language adjusted to more accurately mirror project work:
-Stakeholder engagement instead of stakeholder management
-Control to monitor:  For example, the newly-named Monitor Risk Management process

Finally, Suhail notes the Sixth Edition's increased integration of Agile principles (beyond the Fourth and Fifth editions' coverage), reflecting PMI's emphais upon Agile as methodology that can be employed in project management outside of the IT space. In part, Agile is integrated into process tools and techniques in PMBOK Sixth Edition.


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