Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs provide information about the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide, as well as exam updates.

PMBOK® Guide and Agile Practice Guide

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  • Over the past few years, more and more stakeholders have asked us for content on agile—and more are using agile practices, which is confirmed by our Pulse of the Profession® research. Our goal is to support the entire landscape of project delivery practitioners, regardless of the environment they work in, whether it be predictive, agile, hybrid, or one of the many other approaches in use today.

  • These two publications are made to work hand in hand and are a powerful tool for project managers regardless of their practice preferences. The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition is the first time PMI includes information about agile approaches to project management in both the PMBOK® Guide itself and its appendix. The Agile Practice Guide, which was created in partnership with the Agile Alliance®, is a fitting companion to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and is intended to serve as a bridge to connect waterfall and agile approaches.

  • Agile Alliance® is a leading membership organization for agile practitioners. By partnering with them, we can help bring you the most comprehensive information in the field of project delivery.

  • The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide are available in both print and electronic download in the following languages:

    • Arabic
    • Chinese (simplified)
    • French
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese Brazilian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Yes, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exams were updated on 26 March 2018 to correspond with the release of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and the Agile Practice Guide, respectively. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam was updated on 21 May.

  • As always, the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition will be included as one of the numerous resources for the updated exam. It will also be updated to include new terminology from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. PMI exams are developed by volunteer experts who write exam items based on their own professional experience as well as a variety of well-accepted and commonly-used resources. Therefore, these experts may decide to include agile or hybrid methods in the new items they create aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, based on their own real-life experience.

  • The content of our examinations is determined by our exam content outlines (ECOs), which are updated through a separate process—called a Role Delineation Study (RDS). Because the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition has now been added to the approved resources for the PMP exam, agile content may be included in the PMP exam items written by our volunteers and will likely be included in the next ECO.

  • The terminology in the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam was updated on 26 March 2018 to match the terminology in the Agile Practice Guide.

    Also as of 26 March, ACP candidates can choose to take the exam in five additional languages — Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish (as well as English). Exam Guidance tools, including the ACP Handbook and Exam Content Outline, are also available in these additional languages.

  • The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is based solely on the PMBOK® Guide and tests knowledge and understanding of its concepts, tools and techniques. For that reason an entirely new Exam Content Outline is available for the new CAPM exam that was released on 21 May 2018 which reflects the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.

Did You Know?

The PMP®, PMI-ACP and CAPM exams have changed:

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