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.

Autumn News Updates

Upcoming events that explore key concepts in the current draft include:

30 November: Getting Under the Hood of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Part 6: Putting it All Together

In addition, consider registering for the Virtual Experience Series session on 12 November.

Finally, to engage with us directly, please email [email protected] and one of our team members will follow up.

Graphic of changes to the PMBOK Guide 7th edition

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