The 6th Edition of the PMBOK is nearly here, and already available for pre-order on Amazon. It looks like it will only be available in paperback initially, but a digital version is sure to follow, and PMI generally gives users access to a PDF version with certification.
There has been a lot of speculation on what will make it into the final version of the sixth edition of the PMBOK, but with the September 15th release date so close, the intel is getting pretty good on what to expect.
We've been told by PMI to expect more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents, and a few structural changes.
Here's a little insight into what is coming next month:
Project management has undergone some big changes since the last edition of the PMBOK was released. PMI has faced a big challenge with the rise of agile, the preferred method for many IT and product release projects. While the waterfall methodology will remain the basis of PMBOK, this edition will mark the introduction of agile and its place in PMI world. A new section will appear called Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments.
PMI Talent Triangle™
This handy tool for keeping track of the main skill sets for project managers will feature more prominently. Anyone that is already PMP certified, and has logged-in to their PMI account recently, will be familiar with the 3 PDU topics: technical, leadership, strategic. This is meant to help focus project managers on the concepts that will help them to be most valuable to organizations, as well as helping you to keep track of how many PDUs you need to keep your PMP certification valid.
There are two knowledge area name changes, with Time Management becoming Project Schedule Management, and Human Resource Management becoming Project Resource Management. These minor updates are meant to keep the PMBOK language current with modern project speak, and don't include any changes to the actual content of these areas.
There are 4 changes to the process groups in the new PMBOK:
- 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.
While none of these changes are big shifts from the 5th Edition of the PMBOK, they are valuable updates that should be welcome by project managers, bringing the guide closer to current project practices.