Project management as a discipline is evolving, and so is PMP® exam. PMBOK® is changing its version, from PMBOK® fifth to Sixth edition. Some of the leading lights in project management and active practitioners from around the world underscored the need to introduce agile approach based on research carried out by PMI. This led to the release of PMBOK® Sixth edition last September 2017, ensuring PMP® certification stays relevant to the changing trends of present times.
For the first time, implementation in agile environment is included in PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. This is an important announcement weighed in the context of how waterfall and agile approaches can be bridged. As a result PMBOK® is aligned with Agile Practice Guide. PMI partnered with Agile Alliance® for developing the Agile Practice Guide.
So, will this impact the PMP® certification exam? When will the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition be released? When will the PMP® Exam change in 2018?
For the uninitiated, please be informed that PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition was released on 6th September, 2017, and books are available in different formats. If you are a PMI member, please visit the website and download relevant study materials in pdf format.
PMP® Exam will change on 26 March, 2018. Candidates who take up the exam before 25th March, 2018, the exam reference material will be PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. And, for those who take the exam on or after 26 March, 2018, the exam reference material will be PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Kindly note that that the PMP® certification exam is not solely based on PMBOK® Guide. It is one of the key reference materials to prepare for the exam.
You might want to know what are the other changes in PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
The role of Project Manager is studied more prominently. A dedicated chapter deals Project Manager focusing on leaderships, skills, competency, and experience in effectively leading and managing a project.
There will be 49 processes. 3 new processes have been added and one deleted. The newly inducted processes are:
• "Manage Project Knowledge"
• "Control Resources"
• "Implement Risk Responses"
Close Procurements process has been removed.
Two Knowledge Areas have been renamed.
• Time Management is renamed as Schedule Management
• Human Resource Management is renamed as Resource Management
The Knowledge Area will feature four sections, namely,
• Key Concepts
• Trends and Emerging Practices
• Tailoring Considerations
• Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments
Other additions include:
• Trends and emerging practices
• Tailoring considerations
• A greater emphasis on Strategic and Business Knowledge
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