What’s new in PMBoK-06th Edition

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What’s new in PMBoK-06th Edition

Yet it is interesting having a look on the upcoming changes & updates the new version will bring our way.

Well, let’s have a look what we may expect:

Iterative practices especially Agile

As we already heard there is some new content to emphasize the importance and relevance of agile and other iterative practices.

Unlike previous editions, the PMBOK®Guide –Sixth Edition will contain plentiful references to adaptive and iterative practices, including agile. This resulted in response to the demands of PMIs stakeholders. This content will include:

  • Inclusion to The practices often used in an adaptive environment in the front of each Knowledge Area section (Sections 4–13).
  • A supplement to The Standard for Project Management on agile and other iterative practices.

PMI Talent Triangle™

PMI Talent Triangle™ has also enhanced its reflection in the upcoming PMBoK Guide Version.

Sixth Edition contains a new chapter on the role of the project manager which debates the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the skill sets organizations require which make project managers more competitive and relevant—technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management.

Key Concepts

Several key concepts are focused in the first three chapters, in Section I of the Standard concepts are concealed in abbreviated form. A description of the project management processes is included in Section II of the Standard, which is organized by Process Groups, along with their crucial benefits, inputs and outputs. 

Processes; Process Groups and Knowledge Areas

The Process Groups remain the unchanged in the Sixth Edition, though two Knowledge Areas has re-named:

Project Time Management is renamed as Project Schedule Management, stressing the importance of scheduling in project management. This aligns with PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling.
And Project Human Resource Management is renamed as Project Resource Management. It discusses both team resources and physical resources in the processes of this Knowledge Area.

Three new processes are added in the Sixth Edition:

  • Manage Project Knowledge is added in the Executing Process Group and Project Integration Management knowledge area.
  • Implement Risk Responses is added in the Executing Process Group and Project Risk Management knowledge area.
  • Control Resources is added in the Monitoring and Controlling Process Group and Project Resource Management knowledge area.

Estimate Activity Resources is still slice of the Planning Process Group, but it is now shifted to Project Resource Management processes instead of Project Schedule Management processes.

However we do not know about deleting processes at the moment, the overall number of processes appears to grow to 50!

Additionally, some processes have been renamed. This is to align things with research reflecting that project management is more about facilitating and managing than controlling, several processes has shifted from a Control function to a Monitor function. In other cases, alignment to the process naming with the intent of the process. Here are the overall name changes.

PMBOK 5th EditionPMBOK 6th Edition
Perform Quality AssuranceManage Quality
Plan Human Resource ManagementPlan Resource Management
Control CommunicationsMonitor Communications
Control RisksMonitor Risks
Plan Stakeholder ManagementPlan Stakeholder Engagement
Control Stakeholder EngagementMonitor Stakeholder Engagement

The function of the Close Procurement process has now been captured within Control Procurements and Close Project or Phase. Research indicates that limited number of project managers have the authority to formally and legally close a contract. Project managers are responsible to determine & conclude that work is complete, records indexed and archived, and responsibilities transferred appropriately. Hence, PMI now included work associated with Close Procurements within the above-mentioned processes.

Project Management Plan Components and Project Documents

The 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 separately in the inputs or outputs. Rather, the project management plan is the input and project management plan updates is the output.
  • Underneath the input/output table, a list of probable project management plan components is identified. Though, 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 applicable. Underneath 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.

That’s it what we know about the upcoming changes& updates so far. There may be additional changes.We have to wait for updates from PMI & will keep sharing with you.

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Creating Program/Project plans and high-level schedule, providing the basis for the individual project plans. Monitoring and managing Program/Project constraints (Scope, Budget/Cost, Time, Risk, HR, Quality) etc. Handling stakeholder (Vendors, Supplier, Consultants, Govt. agencies, Regulators, and client) management