A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition was released September 2017. The new PMBOK® Guide 6th edition contains 978 pages, including the Agile Practice Guide (186 pages). When compared with PMBOK® Guide 5th edition was only 616 pages, the 6th edition is one of the major content updates.
|Year||Edition||Process Groups||Knowledge Areas||Processes||Pages|
|2017||Sixth + Agile||5||10||49||~980|
Process Group - The 5 process groups will remain the same: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling and control.
|Knowledge Areas||Project Management Process Groups|
|Initiating||Planning||Executing||Monitoring and Controlling||Closing|
| Project Integration Management||4.1 Develop Project Charter||4.2 Develop Project Management Plan||
||4.7 Close Project or Phase||7|
| Project Scope Management||
| Project Schedule Management||
||6.6 Control Schedule||6|
| Project Cost Management||
||7.4 Control Costs||4|
| Project Quality Management||8.1 Plan Quality Management||8.2 Manage Quality||8.3 Control Quality||3|
| Project Resource Management||
||9.6 Control Resources||6|
| Project Communications Management||10.1 Plan Communications Management||10.2 Manage Communications||10.3 Monitor Communications||3|
| Project Risk Management||
||11.6 Implement Risk Responses||11.7 Monitor Risks||7|
| Project Procurement Management||12.1 Plan Procurement Management||12.2 Conduct Procurements||12.3 Control Procurements||3|
| Project Stakeholder Management||13.1 Identify Stakeholders||13.2 Plan Stakeholder Engagement||13.3 Manage Stakeholder Engagement||13.4 Monitor Stakeholder Engagement||4|
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2 of the knowledge areas are renamed:
In the 6th edition of PMBOK, three new processes will be added and one will be removed:
So there are 49 processes in PMBOK 6 (47 PMBOK 5 processes + 3 new processes - 1 process).
PMBOK guide 6th edition will gear towards more suggestive wording instead of mandatory wording. Thus, 9 processes have been renamed as follows:
|PMBOK 5 Process Name||PMBOK 6 Process Name|
|Perform Quality Assurance||Manage Quality|
|Plan Human Resource Management||Plan Resource Management|
|Control Communications||Monitor Communications|
|Plan Stakeholder Management||Plan Stakeholder Engagement|
|Control Stakeholder Engagement||Monitor Stakeholder Engagement|
|Acquire Project Plan||Acquire Resource|
|Develop Project Team||Develop Team|
|Manage Project Team||Manage Team|
|Control Risk||Monitor Risks|
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.
PMBOK 6 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.