What's New with PMI Standards & Publications

The Standards Transformation

PMI standards products are evolving to meet customers' needs, starting with the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition available now.

PMI Guide to Business Analysis

Reaffirmation of the Standard for Business Analysis

The field of business analysis is a critical leadership competency for projects, programs and portfolios. Business analysis helps to produce high-quality requirements, engage stakeholders and help drive successful outcomes. The Standard for Business Analysis provides a foundation to grow business analysis practices and is adaptable for any organization in any industry, and across the continuum of project delivery methods. BSR/PMI-17-005-2017 (R202X), The Standard for Business Analysis (reaffirmation of ANSI/PMI-17-005-2017)

Members may download a free copy as a member benefit. Nonmembers may purchase a copy for $74.95.

Send comments to: Lorna Scheel; [email protected] and copy [email protected].
All comments are due by 30 May by 5:00 EDT.

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Retiring the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition

As of 31 March 2022, PMI has started the phased process of retiring or "sunsetting", the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Stakeholders may continue to purchase print copies through retailers and resellers, but only while supplies last. Once the stock is depleted, PMI will not reprint additional copies of the Sixth Edition.

However, we know that many professionals, especially those preparing for the CAPM exam still refer to and use the Sixth Edition in their daily work. Therefore, we are maintaining several different ways stakeholders can access the content for the foreseeable future.

  • PMI members can download a free PDF of the edition and non-members will be able to purchase it in an eBook format, both in English and other languages currently supported.
  • Stakeholders can gain digital access to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition content via PMIstandards+. PMI members can access it free, and non-members can access it via a monthly subscription.
  • The Sixth Edition will remain available through select Library Subscription Services where prior licensing agreements are in place.

The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition carries the ANSI-accredited Standard for Project Management, so we recommend syllabi be based on this edition. But please note, after the evaluation of the content, select concepts from the Sixth Edition are still viable project management practices. For example, we recognize and support the Process Groups Model outlined in the Sixth Edition as one of several valid and reliable models. Therefore, we are developing a new resource dedicated to supporting the Process Groups Model, with plans to announce it later this year.

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PMIstandards+ Adds Table of Contents for PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition

As promised in last month’s update, we have added a temporary table of contents tab for the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition to assist you while we work to develop enhanced functionality to search and navigate standards and guides.  

You can access the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition table of contents by visiting standardsplus.pmi.org, logging in with your PMI ID, and clicking the grey tab on the left side of the logged-in home page. From here, you can access each section of the guide directly by clicking on any section header.

Please note this is a temporary solution while we continue to build out our enhanced table of contents functionality. The new functionality will provide users a new way to explore these titles on desktop and mobile, presenting the content within the structure of the document, to aid students, certification candidates, or those looking to explore this standard as an on-the-job reference. This new functionality is slated for a mid-2022 release, starting with the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.

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Program Management Fourth Edition

The Standard for Program Management

The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition is currently undergoing a revision to introduce additional principle-based content. Principles such as Leadership, Risk, and Change are expected to be included, in addition to others.

Be a part of the revision by giving us feedback! Comments will be solicited as part of the review process, and we will announce when that process has started. We look forward to hearing from you.

Business Analysis Practice Guide

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide the PMI leading publication for tackling project issues associated with the poor performance of requirements-related activities — a core task in the practice of business analysis. Poor requirements practices are a leading cause of project failure. 

Originally published in 2015, Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide is currently being revised to capture the current state of Business Analysis in the workplace and in the marketplace. The updated edition will ensure that the Practice Guide reflects current thought leadership in the field and that PMI is at the forefront of trends for Business Analysis.

Now available: The PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition

For years, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) has been the go-to resource for helping practitioners use best practices to deliver value on the job.

However, rapid enhancements in technology and the need for organizations and practitioners to more quickly adapt to changes in the market have caused our profession to evolve. Practitioners are now tasked with identifying the right delivery approach (predictive, adaptive or hybrid) to get the job done and deliver value. To make sure the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition remains relevant, it must reflect this flexibility and assist the practitioner in managing the project at hand to deliver outputs that enable envisioned outcomes.

The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition, which includes a revised The Standard for Project Management, will support this need for flexibility by adopting a principle-based structure for the standard and performance domains for the guide, in place of Process Groups and Knowledge Areas.

Stay in touch. You can email us at [email protected].

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The Standard for Project Management is the document that carries the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) designation. The PMBOK® Guide provides a framework for applying the standard.

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Instead of focusing solely on deliverables of projects, we are helping to put the focus on project outcomes, too.

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The next edition reflects the full range of development approaches, without preference for one over another.

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We’re also providing specific considerations for tailoring the development approach and processes to the unique characteristics of the project.

Changes from the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition to the Seventh Edition

The degree of change with the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh edition is more significant than what you may have seen in the past. We’ve restructured the content and introduced a principle-based structure that summarizes the what and why of project management. Here is a quick snapshot of the changes:

Overall Approach

The standard moves from processes to principles: The 12 project management principles in The Standard for Project Management are built around a set of statements that guide the actions and behaviors of project management practitioners regardless of development approach. 

Basis for Design

The guide moves from Knowledge Areas to eight project performance domains defined as groups of related activities that are critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes.

Project Environment

No change. The Project Environment remains the same with a focus on internal and external influencers.

Project Application

A move from most projects, most of the time to all projects all of the time.

Target Audience

A move from only project managers to anyone involved in a project, with specific focus on team members and team roles.

Tools and Techniques

The addition of an expanded list of tools and techniques in a new section of the guide titled “Models, Methods and Artifacts”—with additional content on how to apply these tools and techniques by project type, development approach and industry sector are available on a digital platform, PMIstandards+.

Tailoring Guidance

A new section with guidance on tailoring, which is the deliberate adaptation of the project management approach, governance and processes to make them more suitable for the given environment and the work at hand.

PMBOK Guide® - Seventh Edition Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our FAQ for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Links to Past Webinars

A full list of past webinars with easy links to on-demand recordings.

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The Eight Performance Domains

A quick, clickable reference guide to the eight performance domains in the guide-portion.

See the Performance Domains

Value Delivery System Explainer

A clickable reference guide that brings the concept of information flow in the creation of value to life.

Read the Reference Guide

Tailoring Explainer

A quick, clickable reference guide to a tailoring framework.

Explore the Framework

Models, Methods and Artifacts Explainer

A quick, clickable reference guide to what we mean by models, methods and artifacts

Read the Explainer

12 Project Management Principles

A clickable reference guide that outlines the 12 project management principles.

Explore the Principles

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