What you should know about the changes made in the PMBOK® Guide- Sixth Edition

We've made a brief FAQs guide to help you understand what to expect in the new PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition and how these changes are going to affect your preparation for the PMP or the CAPM exam.


What is PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition?

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is PMI's project management resource which provides a framework that compiles all the essential principles and practices on project management.  PMI certifies project managers with the CAPM and PMP exams which are aligned with the current PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition.

Is the PMBOK Guide - Sixth Edition released and when will the CAPM and PMP test will be taken according to this edition?

Yes, PMI released the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition on September 6, 2017, and CAPM and PMP tests will be aligned with the new edition after March 26, 2018.

What has changed with the new edition?

First of all, if you are new to this test, have never read the PMBOK® Guide before and are now considering taking the test with the new edition, there is no need to bother yourself with the changes.  In a nutshell, what has changed is that the Agile part is more solid and integrated throughout all knowledge areas, some terminology has changed and a few processes have been added.  The new edition is also designed to reflect the technical, business and leadership aspects of the certification which are also integrated in the certification renewal process.  So, if you are now getting ready to study the PMBOK® Guide, go ahead with the new edition and you will get certified as per the latest standards which are going to be relevant for the next 3 to 4 years.

If you’ve already had some experience with the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, but are not ready yet to go and take the test by March 26, skip to the new edition. You will need some further study as there is new content added and keep the following changes in mind:

1. Agile concepts included in all Knowledge Areas. There are now new inputs, tools and techniques and outputs related to agile methods and there is a separate appendix on Agile environments.

2. New chapter on Leadership.  PMI stresses competences and skills which projects managers should have and should be aligned with PMI’s triangle: technical skills, business and leadership.

3. Knowledge areas, Terminology and Processes updates: 

Knowledge area

·         Human Resource Management Knowledge area has been renamed Resource Management, indicating that project managers not only manage people but also manage all tangible and intangible resources within a project.

·         Time Management has been renamed Schedule Management.


·         Plan Stakeholder Management process has been renamed Plan Stakeholder Engagement.

·         Plan Human Resource Management has been renamed Plan Resource Management.

·         Control Communications has been renamed Monitor Communications.

·         Control Risks has been renamed Monitor Risks.

·         Control stakeholder Engagement has been renamed Monitor Stakeholder Engagement.

·         Perform Quality Assurance has been renamed Manage Quality.

Note: There is a considerable shift of behaviors from “controlling” to “monitoring” showcasing PMI’s attempt to picture Project Managers as people who work with people, stressing leadership qualities, instead of authoritative figures who control people.  However, there are processes that keep the verb “control” for good reason such as: control schedule, control quality, control procurement, control resources.

4.  3 new processes and 1 process removed

New processes

·        Manage Project Knowledge.  Here PMI pinpoints the importance of including lessons learned behaviors in the daily routine of a project manager.

·        Implement Risk Response. There was a gap between the 5 planning processes and the one monitoring and controlling process in Risk Management Knowledge area, which was somehow entertained by the Direct and Management Project Work.  Now with this addition risk in project is more reasonably managed.

·        Control Resources. With this new addition, assessing actual vs planned usage of equipment, material etc. becomes clearer.

Removed process

Closing Procurement is removed and the activities involved in this process are now part of the Close Project or Phase process.

5. The new edition provides more content on ITTOs (Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs).  Now every ITTO also has a Lessons Learned component, therefore more stuff to study.

6. Around 20% more effort is needed to study the new edition.  Almost no content has been removed from the PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition, on the contrary more content has been added and /or revised. There is new content, considerable content on Agile practices and more elaborated content on ITTOs to study.

Take a look of a broad overview of changes in PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition vs the PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition


PMBOK® Fifth edition

PMBOK® Sixth edition

Knowledge Area

Project Time Management

Project Schedule Management

Knowledge Area

Project Human Resource Management

Project Resource Management

New Processes added

  1. Manage Project Knowledge (Section 4.4)
  2. Control Resources (Section 9.6)
  3. Implement Risk Responses (Section 11.6)

1 Process Removed

Close Procurements (Section 12.4)

Close Procurements added as part of Close Project or Phase

1 Process Shifted
Estimate Activity Resources

Process was in Project Time Management Knowledge Area (Section 6.4)

Moved to Project Resource Management (Section 9.2)

Name Changed

Perform Quality Assurance (Section 8.2)

Manage Quality (Section 8.2)

Plan Human Resource Management (Section 9.1)

Plan Resource Management (Section 9.1)

Acquire Project Team (Section 9.2)

Acquire Resources (Section 9.3)

Develop Project Team (Section 9.3)

Develop Team (Section 9.4)

Manage Project Team (Section 9.4)

Manage Team (Section 9.5)

Control Communications (Section 10.3)

Monitor Communications (Section 10.3)

Control Risks (Section 11.6)

Monitor Risks (Section 11.7)

Plan Stakeholder Management
(Section 13.2)

Plan Stakeholder Engagement (Section 13.2)

Control Stakeholder Engagement (Section 13.4)

Monitor Stakeholder Engagement (Section 13.4)


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Last Update At: 2018/02/26 - 13:49:24


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