New PMP Exam Syllabus in Changes in PMBOK Guide 5 edition

New PMP Exam Syllabus in Changes in PMBOK Guide 5 edition

Why is The PMP Exam Changing?
Wants to ensure that the PMP Exam is an accurate reflection of the tasks, knowledge and skills project management professionals actually perform and need on a daily basis
Every 3-5 years, PMI carries out Role delineation studies (RDS) for each PMI Certifications to ensure relevancy to the current environments.

What is an RDS?
Big survey among project managers with the goal to identify what it is that we do on our projects.
PMI does the analysis of survey and has accurate picture of the tasks that we project managers perform, as well as the knowledge and skills required for our job.
PMI has used this information to update the PMP Examination Content Outline which is basis for the PMP Exam.

What have NOT been Changed?
The current edition of the PMBOK® Guide for the new PMP Exam is still the 5th edition. There are still 5 domain groups for the PMP Exam:
Initiating the Project
Planning the Project
Executing the Project
Monitoring and Controlling the Project
Closing the Project
The PMBOK® Guide Isn’t Changing
The PMP Exam Structure Isn’t Changing
The Domains and Score Report Aren’t Changing (Much)
The PMP Exam Eligibility Requirements Aren’t Changing

The Changes of the New PMP Exam
The most notable changes to the PMP Exam are the new tasks added to the 5 domain groups of the PMP Exam by putting more emphasis on stakeholders.

InitiationPlanningExecutingMonitoring and ControllingClosing
Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.

Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.

Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.

Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

Archive project documents and materials using generally accepted practices, in order to comply with statutory requirements and for potential use in future projects and audits.

Obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, using appropriate tools and techniques and based on the stakeholder management plan, in order to evaluate their satisfaction.


No Changes

Distribution of PMP Questions

Project Management Process GroupPercentage of Questions
Project Initiating13%
Project Planning24%
Project Executing31%  ( Previously - 30% )
Project monitoring and controlling25%
Project Closing7%  ( Previously - 8% )

My Recommendations For PMP Students
Take Your PMP Exam before 11 January 2016
Study the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
Don’t worry about the coming change too much!
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