Agile Project Management Practices are now part of the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition!
In 1996, the Project Management Institute (PMI) published 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 four years. On September 6th 2017, the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition was released.
One of the most significant changes to PMBOK Guide — Sixth Edition, is the addition of Agile Project Management techniques. For the first time, each project management knowledge area now includes a section entitled “Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments”. These sections 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 also includes greater emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents.
For a complete analysis of the changes between the 5th and the 6th Edition of the PMBOK Guide, watch Kiron Bondale walk you through what you need to know, visit our YouTube channel and watch the webinar recording PMBOK Guide 6th Edition – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!
Planning to write the PMP Exam? Here is what you need to know.
On March 26, 2018, the PMP (and PMI-ACP) exams will be based on the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK Guide (until March 26, 2018 the exam will continue to be based on the 5th Edition of the PMBOK Guide). 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 as March 26, 2018 (the date for the new exam) gets closer, it will likely become more difficult to book an exam session — especially in some of the more popular areas. We therefore not only recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to book your exam, but that you plan on writing no later than by mid-February so that if you do not pass the exam on your first try (yes that definitely can happen!), you will still have sufficient time to rewrite the exam based on the current version and not end up having to study for your second attempt using the updated PMBOK Guide.
If, on the other hand, you are unable to prepare for and write the PMP exam by mid-February, we recommend holding off until approximately 2 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).
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