PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Exposure Draft

Help shape the next edition of PMI's flagship publication by participating in the exposure draft process (guide section), open now.

The exposure draft is available for comment from 8:00 a.m. EDT, 26 June 2016 to 5:00 p.m. EDT, 26 July 2016, and is open to any members of the public with an interest in project management.

Launch Date

PMI plans to launch the PMBOK® Guide in 10 languages at the same time as the English version, in third quarter of 2017.

Agile Comes to the PMBOK® Guide

The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition will feature several significant content enhancements. Most notably, this edition will include expanded coverage of agile. This reflects evidence from Pulse of the Profession® research that agile is used by increasing numbers of organizations in the management of some or all of their projects. By including this information, PMI will align proven foundational project management concepts with the evolving state of the profession today.

Significant detail on agile will be included in an appendix. Please note that this appendix will be available for your viewing, but will not be open for comment during the exposure draft process.

As a companion to the PMBOK® Guide, we also plan to publish a practice guide focused on agile tentatively planned for the third quarter of 2017.

More Content Enhancements

New in the sixth edition, each section (or knowledge area) of the guide will have three introductory sections.

  • Key Concepts, consolidating information fundamental to a specific knowledge area.
  • Trends and Emerging Practices not yet widely used.
  • Tailoring Considerations, describing aspects of the project or environment to consider when planning the project.

Other content enhancements include:

  • More emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents.
  • Information on the PMI Talent Triangle and the essential skills for success in today's market.

It's a Guide and a Standard

The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) contains both a standard (The Standard for Project Management) and a guide within the same book.

  • The standard describes the processes, inputs and outputs that are considered good practices for managing projects.
  • The guide expands on the standard with additional information on key concepts, emerging trends, and tailoring considerations, as well as tools and techniques used in project management.

The standard section, which was exposed for comment earlier this year, provides the foundation for the PMBOK® Guide. All other information in the PMBOK® Guide is aligned with the Standard for Project Management.


New for 2016: A Two-Stage Process

PMI is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developer, and our process conforms with ANSI procedures. This means that our standards are developed and approved using a consensus-based process that ensures that all interested stakeholders can participate.

The process for the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition exposure draft differs from previous editions.

  • Stage 1—for The Standard for Project Management—ran from 7 March 2016 to 6 April 2016. It is now closed. This was a full consensus review and each of the 4,424 comments we received was adjudicated by a committee of PMI volunteers.
  • Stage 2—open now—is for the guide section only, which makes up the bulk of the PMBOK® Guide. As in the previous stage, the volunteer committee will consider all comments received in stage 2 with full scrutiny and consideration. Please note that, because this is a limited consensus review, comments will not receive a formal response.

For more information on how our standards are developed, visit What is a Standard?

Get Started

Visit the Exposure Draft page to review and comment on the PMBOK® Guide — Sixth Edition – guide section.

Please note: This exposure draft is for the guide section (the introductory material and knowledge areas) of the PMBOK® Guide. The Standard for Project Management was open for comment in a prior exposure draft.


Exposure Draft FAQs

Have questions about the exposure draft process? Read our FAQs.


Certification Exam Updates

The exams for our certifications will be updated in first quarter 2018. More information will follow regarding which edition of the PMBOK® Guide to use for exam preparation.


Later This Year: Additional Exposure Drafts

Later in 2016, we will update two additional standards: The Standard for Program Management and The Standard for Portfolio Management.

These exposure drafts are tentatively planned for the third and fourth quarters of 2016. No changes will be made to the exposure draft process for these two standards—that is, there will be only one full consensus exposure draft process for each standard.