PMBOK® GUIDE – Sixth Edition Process Map

Project Management

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Project Management practices are continually evolving in today’s dynamic environment. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has been able to keep up with the pace of these changes and has been flexible to adopt emerging Agile practices. While keeping up with the trend, there has been a few amendments in PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition. Here are the core changes that PMP aspirants should know as they transition from previous version of PMBOK Guide 5th Edition to the most current one.

The latest Guide to Project Management Knowledge (a.k.a. PMBOK Guide) Sixth (6th) Edition published by Project Management Institute, provides details about key concepts, emerging trends based on today’s dynamic environment, considerations for tailoring the project management processes, and information on how tools and techniques can be applied to various kinds of projects.

In this post, I have summarized some of the core changes made from the previous PMBOK Guide 5th Edition. This also means that as of March 2018, the PMI will test Project Management candidates based on the latest publication of the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition.

The PMBOK Guide should be used as a Reference Guide. The 6th edition of this guide is divided into 3 Parts


PART 1 – A GUIDE TO THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (PMBOK® Guide) consists of 13 Chapters.

PART 2 – THE STANDARD FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This part of the PMBOK® Guide focuses on the ANSI standard of the Project Management. In the previous version some of these topics were covered in Chapter 3.Here you will start appreciating how projects are integrated with various processes and knowledge areas. It is not like you read about each process from one knowledge area to another in a sequential manner. The Process Diagram shown above is based on Part 2 of the PMBOK® Guide. It exhibits a typical view of how each of the processes are interrelated within its respective knowledge area coupled with integrated approach across each of the process groups.

The intent of this illustrated process view is how you can best make use of the PMBOK Guide as a Reference Book as opposed to sequential study from one chapter to other. With the knowledge of a holistic view of interdependence across all processes prepares Project Manager with the skills and tools to manage the project most effectively.

Part 3 – APPENDICES, GLOSSARY, AND INDEX

In multi-part series of this post we will start considering each group of integrated processes and how can they be best applied by the Project Manager/s depending on the type of project.

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