PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is PMI's flagship publication and is a fundamental resource for effective project management in any industry. It has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management.

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. That's why we included information on agile practices will be included alongside traditional approaches in the Sixth edition and partnered with Agile Alliance® to create the new Agile Practice Guide*.

The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide were created to complement each other. Together these two publications are a powerful tool that enable the right approach for the right project.

When you order the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition (in English) you will receive a complimentary copy of the Agile Practice Guide.

This dynamic duo presents solutions for project delivery professionals working in the entire spectrum of approaches — from predictive (or waterfall) to cutting edge agile methodologies.

Translations

The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition is available (print and download) in English and 11 additional languages (Arabic, Chinese [simplified], French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian and Spanish).

The translated PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition/Agile Practice Guide will be available in Q1 2018.

By Project Managers, For Project Managers

The PMBOK® Guide is developed by active practitioners and subject matter experts, then reviewed by the project management community before it is released, to assure it always reflects the current state of the profession.

Why is the PMBOK® Guide changing?

  • Project Management has evolved significantly since we published the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition in 2013.
  • Part 2 of the PMBOK® Guide is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and must be updated every four to five years.
  • PMI continually learns more about what drives successful project outcomes through our research… and we want to share those drivers with the project management community.

What’s New in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?

The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition includes information on how to implement its approaches in agile environments — a first for PMI.

Other additions include:

  • Trends and emerging practices
  • Tailoring considerations
  • A greater emphasis on Strategic and Business Knowledge
  • A new section on the role of the project manager

Sixth Edition: What's New

See what's new in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, including four new sections in each knowledge area.
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*This practice guide was jointly funded by Agile Alliance® and developed in collaboration with members of Agile Alliance®. Agile Alliance® does not endorse any agile methodology or certification.

What does this mean for certification exams?

  • PMP® exam was updated 26 March 2018 to reflect new content in PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.
  • PMI-ACP® exam was updated 26 March to reflect new content in the Agile Practice Guide.
  • New CAPM® exam launched on 21 May.

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