Upcoming Release of the New PMBOK® Guide V6

PMBOK V6 will be coming soon
Project Management Institute (PMI)® is releasing the newest version of its A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) in the coming months. Project Management Academy® wants to prepare you for the upcoming changes by providing a brief outline of the current proposed changes.

When will the new PMBOK® Guide be released?

According to the latest information from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the new PMBOK® Guide, which is commonly referred to as version six (V6), will be released to the general public sometime in September 2017.

When will the PMP® and CAPM® exams change based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th edition?

The latest information from PMI states the exams will change in the first quarter of 2018.

Why is the PMBOK® Guide updated so often?

The PMBOK® Guide is an accepted American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. As such, ANSI requires all standards undergo a review and an update as necessary every 5 - 10 years. Historically, PMI has updated the PMBOK® Guide every four years since 2009.

How much different will V6 be from V5?

How much different will V6 be from V5?

While the current draft of the PMBOK® Guide Version 6 is subject to change, here is a synopsis of the changes:

Knowledge Area Name Changes:
Project Time Management becomes Project Schedule Management
Project Human Resource Management becomes Project Resource Management
Process Name Changes:
Perform Quality Assurance becomes Manage Quality
Plan Human Resource Management becomes Plan Resource Management
Control Communications becomes Monitor Communications
Control Risks becomes Monitor Risks
Plan Stakeholder Management becomes Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Control Stakeholder Engagement becomes Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
Process count goes from 47 to 49
Relocated/Merged Processes:
Estimate Activity Resources remains in the Planning Process Group, but changes to the Project Resource Management Knowledge Area
The Close Procurements process is absorbed by the Control Procurements process
New Processes:
Manage Project Knowledge (KA: Project Integration Management - PG: Execution)
Control Project Resources (KA: Project Resource Management - PG: Monitor & Control)
Implement Risk Responses (KA: Project Risk Management - PG: Execution)

*KA: Knowledge Area, PG: Process Group


The last area of change relates to the project management plan and project documents. These will be more visible as inputs/outputs, but have less emphasis:

  • On each process where the Project Management Plan is a key input, or where components of the plan are updated as part of that process, they will no longer be listed individually. The Project Management Plan will be listed as an input and Project Management Plan Updates will be listed as the output.

  • Project Documents that are key to a process or that could be updated by a process, will simply have Project Documents listed as the input and Project Documents Updates listed as the output.
    • Beneath the ITTO table for each process, where either of these are listed, there will be a listing of individual components of either the plan or specific documents that could be used as inputs or that could be updated as an output of that process.
    • However, the concept of tailoring will be stressed on each process.

How will Agile, Scrum and other iterative approaches be integrated into the new version?

At the beginning of each of the knowledge areas the iterative approaches and how they can interact, will be discussed. There will also be an appendix added specifically to discuss these iterative concepts in the context of project management.

Will there be any new chapters?

Yes, there will be an additional chapter related to the PMI Talent Triangle®. All project managers should be aware of the three key areas of skill to be successful, relevant and competitive:

  1. Technical
  2. Leadership
  3. Strategic/Business

What action should I take now?

>What action should I take now?
As a general rule, the exams are more difficult with the release of new material. If you are planning on becoming PMP certified in the next year, we recommend taking one of our PMP exam preparation courses now before the changes are implemented in 2018.

PMA® will be hard at work revising our training materials as soon as the new PMBOK® Guide is released. Students can expect to see the newest materials once PMI releases the new exams early next year.


We will update this information as we receive updates from PMI.



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