Agile Project Management Practices are coming to the PMBOK® Guide!
In 1996, the Project Management Institute (PMI) introduced the first edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Since then, PMI has updated the PMBOK Guide roughly every 4 years, with the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition expected in the third quarter of 2017.
The most anticipated, and arguably most significant, change to PMBOK Guide — Sixth Edition, will be the addition of Agile Project Management techniques. For the first time, each project management knowledge area will include a section entitled “Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments”. These sections will provide descriptions of how agile practices may be integrated within the traditional project environment. An appendix will include additional detail on agile and on other adaptive and iterative approaches.
The sixth edition will also include greater emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents
Planning to write the PMP Exam? Here is what you need to know.
Historically, in the final months prior to the introduction of the updated PMP Exam based, there is a rush of people wanting to write the exam on the current version. The result is that beginning 3 – 5 months prior to the new exam going into effect, it can become difficult to book an exam session — especially in some of the more popular areas. Another consideration, if you do not pass the exam on your first try (yes that definitely can happen!), there may not be sufficient time to rewrite the exam based on the current version, and you may end up having to study for your second attempt using the updated PMBOK Guide.
What we recommend
If you were planning to obtain your PMP (or CAPM) designation sometime within the next 12 months, we strongly recommend that you plan on writing the exam by the end of November. Why the end of November if the exam will not be changing until sometime during the 1st quarter of 2018? Risk Management! If you do not pass on your first attempt (yes it can happen!), you will still have time to re-write the exam in December or January before the exam changes. Note, since PMI has not yet indicated when in the 1st quarter the new PMP exam will be in effect, for now we are erring on the side of caution and assuming it could be as early as mid-January.
We also recommend not waiting until the last minute to book your exam — if you plan on writing in November, reserve your spot in September or October.
If, on the other hand, you were planning on writing the PMP (or CAPM) exam in the first quarter of 2018, we recommend holding off until approximately 2 or 3 months after the exam change. We recommend this in order to allow sufficient time for the new exam to stabilize and become less of an unknown entity (it is a multiple choice exam, and it takes a few real world iterations before PMI usually strikes the right balance between it being too easy or too hard).
Questions? Give us a call (905-660-7184 or toll free at 800-214-8096) – we are always happy to tailor our recommendations for your situation.