Project Management Institute

Current PMI Standards and Guides Projects

As the project management profession evolves, we continue to expand and update our library of standards.

Coming in 2021: 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.

As we finalize the development of the new edition, here are some key facts you should know:

  • The Standard for Project Management is the document that carries the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) designation. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) provides a framework for applying the standard.
  • The next edition reflects the full range of development approaches, without preference for one over another.
  • Instead of focusing solely on deliverables of projects, we are helping to put the focus on project outcomes, too.
  • We’re also providing specific considerations for tailoring the development approach and processes to the unique characteristics of the project.

NEW! January Updates

Happy New Year!

As a reminder, two important items for January:

  • The new PMP® Exam that launched 2 January 2021, will continue to use the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition as a reference. Please refer to the current exam content outline for up-to-date information.
  • Our next live event will be a webinar on 20 January 2021: Getting Under the Hood of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Part 7: Forging Our Path Forward.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please email [email protected] and one of our team members will follow up.

Wishing you all a happy new year and we look forward to sharing more in the weeks ahead.

Graphic of changes to the PMBOK Guide 7th edition

Click image above to view changes in the 7th Edition.