Frequently Asked Questions
PMBOK® Guide and Agile Practice Guide
Why are the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and the Agile Practice Guide being published together and offered for sale as a bundle?
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.
How does the Agile Practice Guide align with the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
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 will be 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.
Why did PMI partner with Agile Alliance® to create the Agile Practice Guide?
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.
Will translated versions of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and the Agile Practice Guide be made available?
The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition is available in both print and electronic download in the following languages:
- Chinese (simplified)
- Portuguese Brazilian
Translations of the Agile Practice Guide will be available in Q1 2018. Translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition/Agile Practice Guide bundle will be available at the same time the Agile Practice Guide translations are released.
Will PMI be updating its exams to correspond with the release of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and the Agile Practice Guide?
Yes, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exams will be 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 will be updated on 21 May 2018.
Will agile approaches be included in the 2018 PMP exam update?
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.
Will agile be explicitly targeted in future PMP exam updates?
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.
How will the PMI-ACP exam be affected?
The terminology in the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam will be updated on 26 March 2018 to match the terminology in the Agile Practice Guide.
Also beginning 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, will also be available in these additional languages.
How will the CAPM exam be affected?
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, and the new CAPM exam will be released on 21 May 2018 that reflects the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.