Changes to the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition

Why is The PMBOK Guide Changing from 5 to 6 edition?

1.Project Management has evolved significantly after PMBOK guide 5 edition which was published in 2013.
2.PMI continually learns more about what drives successful project outcomes through their research and share those drivers with the project management community.
3.PMBOK should be updated with current best practices and standards.


What is an impact on PMP Exam ?

1.Although PMP exam is not just based on PMBOK Guide. It is one of the primary references for the exam.
2.With current update from PMI, latest changes of PMPBOK Guide 6 edition will be applicable after 1st Jan,2018.
3.We recommend you that you should give Exam before 1st Jan,2018. After 1st Jan,2018, Changes in PMBOK will also be reflected in Certification exam

What have NOT been Changed?
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 PMP Exam Structure Isn’t Changing
Score Report Aren’t Changing 
The PMP Exam Eligibility Requirements Aren’t Changing
Below Distribution of PMP Questions Aren’t Changing

Project Management Process Group Percentage of Questions
Project Initiating 13%
Project Planning 24%
Project Executing 31%  
Project monitoring and controlling 25%
Project Closing 7%  


The Major Changes of the New PMBOK Guide 6 vs 5
The most changes to the PMBOK Guide 5 edition are the new addition of 3 new Processes.

1.PMBOK Guide 6th Edition has 49 Process as compared 47 Processes from PMBOK Guide 5th Edition.
New Processes:
a)Manage Project Knowledge ( Executing ),
b)Implement Risk Responses ( Executing ),
c)Control Resources ( Monitoring and Controlling ),

Deleted Process:
a)Close Procurements process has been removed. Its functionality has been consolidated into the "Close Project or Phase” Process

Initiation Planning Executing Monitoring and Controlling Closing
No Changes


a)Estimate Activate Resources Moved from Time Management to Project Resource Management

Renamed Processes:

a)From Plan Human Resource Management to "Plan Resource Management"

b)From Plan Stakeholder Management to "Plan Stakeholder Engagement"

New Processes:

a)Manage Project Knowledge had been added under Project Integration Management

b)Implement Risk Responses had been added in Risk Management

Renamed Processes:

a)From Perform Quality Assurance to "Manage Quality"

b)From Acquire Project Team to "Acquire Resources"


New Process:

Control Resources

Renamed Process:

a)From Control Communications to "Monitor Communications"

b)From Control Risks to “Monitor Risks“

c)From Control Stakeholder Engagement to "Monitor Stakeholder Engagement"

Deleted Process:

Close Procurements


2.Chapters Re-alignment:
There are chapters re-alignment from Chapters 1 to 3. The information in Chapter 1 to 3 will be combined into 2 chapters and a new Chapter 3 will be devoted to “The Role of the Project Manager” where many aspects of the Project Manager’s role will be mapped to the PMI Talent Triangle.

3.The Project Scope vs Product Scope concept is emphasized for the first time in new PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.

4.There is clear distinction between "Communication" (as in communicating between two people) and "Communications" (content, such as published emails,update to portal etc).

5.“Escalate Responses” has been provided to Project Manager escalating a risk to the appropriate party so that the risk is no longer his/her responsibility. Once escalated, the PM will now have the option of either:
a) Removing the risk from the project’s risk register if desired, or
b) Keeping it in the risk register, but classifying it as “Escalated/Assigned To.”

6. Lessons Learned Register is now part of the set of Input, Tools and Techniques which Project Managers will now be encouraged to update on a frequent basis (not just at the end of the project) similar like as Agile.

From where we can get PMBOK Guide 6th Edition ?

1. If you had taken annual PMI Membership, if you can download FREE Copy of PMBOK Guide 6th Edition ( in Pdf ) at Click
2. You can also order paper copy through online from above link. If you are PMI Member, it will cost you $49.50 else it will be $99 USD. 

My Recommendations For PMP Students

Take Your PMP Exam before 1st January 2018
Study the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, if you are planning to give exam before 1st Jan,2018, else please refer PMBOK Guide 6th Edition


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