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The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition to be released in August 2021

We are excited to announce The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition, including the digital, print, and translated versions, will be available 1 August 2021. For more information, please reference our FAQs.

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May Webinar: PMBOK® Guide and the PMP® Exam

Join us for the next Getting Under the Hood webinar on 17 May where we address the relationship and differences between the PMBOK® Guide and the PMP® exam.

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Missed one of our Getting Under the Hood webinars? Visit projectmanagement.com and watch on demand.

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Coming in August 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.

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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 only 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Seven Facts about the Pending Seventh Edition

A quick reference guide to what to expect in the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition.

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The Eight Performance Domains

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

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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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Tailoring Explainer

A quick, clickable reference guide to a tailoring framework.

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Models, Methods, and Artifacts Explainer

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

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