What's New with PMI Standards & Publications
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.
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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:
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.
No change. The Project Environment remains the same with a focus on internal and external influencers.
A move from most projects, most of the time to all projects all of the time.
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+™.
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