PMBoK V5 and PMBoKV6: 10 major changes you should know
Heraclitus: “Change is the only constant”
Project management is a dynamic field that changes with expectations and needs. The Project Management Institute ( PMI), a leading American institute, sets industry standards in the field of project management. It is known for its “A guide to Project Management Body Of Knowledge – PMBOK GUIDE” which provides a guide to project management. PMI reviews the PMBOK GUIDE and updates it every 4 to 5 year.
PMBOK 6th Edition was released on 6 September 2017. This PMI publication is the most recent version of PMBOK Guidance. Both PMBOK V6 has attracted interest from both professionals and aspirants to PMI certifications. People are curious to learn more about the changes and how they would affect the certification.
This article summarizes the top 10 differences between PMBOK (r)Guide 5th Edition and 6th Edition.
1. Changes in knowledge areas:
There is no expansion of knowledge areas. Many knowledge areas are the same. However, two knowledge areas have their names modified to better reflect what they are.
Project Time Management is now Project Schedule Management. It is the schedule we manage, not the time.
Project Resource Management now replaces Human Resource Management. This is to indicate that we manage both physical and team resources.
Process Groups are not changing. The process groups Initiating to Closing, Planning, Executing and Monitoring & Controlling are still in existence
2. Processes are changing:
a)Additional Processes: Three new processes have been added
New process names
Manage Project Knowledge
Project Integration Management
Control your resources
Monitoring & Controlling
Implement risk response
Project Risk Management
b) Process Shift – One process has moved among the knowledge areas (no changes in Process group though).
Name of the process
Knowledge Area (PMBOK V5)
Knowledge Area (PMBOK V6)
Estimate Activities Resources
Project Time Management
Project Resource Management
c) Renamed Processes: Nine processes were renamed as follows:
Take control of your risk
Control stakeholder engagement
Monitor stakeholder engagement
Perform Quality Assurance
Plan Human Resources Management
Plan Resource Management
Plan Stakeholder Management
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Acquire Project Team
Create a Project Team
Develop a Team
Manage Project Team
Manage your team
d) Process Deletion
PMBOK v6 has removed Close Procurement. In reality, the project manager plays a minimal role in this process. Instead, the procurement manager and legal team handle it.
The PMBOK(c), Guide 6th Edition contains 49 processes, compared to the 47 processes in its 5th Edition.
3. Chapter addition:
The PMBOK (r), guide 6th edition has a new chapter (Chapter No. 3) on Role as Project Manager, which addresses the skills required by organizations. This aligns with the PMI Talent Triangle, which was introduced in 2016, and mandates 3 levels in skill sets.
b) Strategic & Business Management
c) Leadership from project managers
To understand the importance and role of project managers, the first three chapters have been rewritten. They