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PMBOK7 is expected to be open at August, 1st, but on July, 1st it became available to PMI members.
Now let’s give an overview of PMBOK7, which includes project management standard and guide.
As many other current methodologies, standards, and frameworks PMBOK moves to concept of principles and domains. That does not mean rejection of traditional tools and processes, but those – as well-known – are described at a Digital platform now. Tools, processes, techniques, and methods are implemented in certain company and project conditions within management domains and according to guiding principles. This approach provides more flexibility to organize projects in the most appropriate way.
PMBOK7 following the concept, founded in PMBOK6 offers 4 project management models: predictive, incremental, iterative and adaptive, and recommends development any types of hybrids. Cynefin and Stacey models are aplicable to define the project model.
- brief standard
- appendices, among those sponsor role, PMO role, product management vs project management.
Project management standard defines Value management system and 12 guiding principles.
Value delivery system includes 8 functions:
- Provide Oversight and Coordination
- Present Objectives and Feedback
- Facilitate and Support
- Perform work and contribute insights
- Apply Expertise
- Provide Business Direction and Insight
- Provide resources and Direction
- Maintain Governance
Internal and External environment are also parts of th value delivery system.
12 Project management principles are:
- Be a diligent, respectful, and caring steward
- Create a collaborative project team environment
- Effectively engage with stakeholders
- Focus on Value
- Recognize, Evaluate, and respond to system interactions
- Demonstrate Leadership behaviors
- Tailor based on context
- Build quality into processes and deliverables
- Navigate complexity
- Optimize risk responses
- Embrace adaptability and resiliency
- Enable change to achieve the envisioned future state.
The Guide includes and describes 8 performance domains:
- Development approach and lifecycle
- Project work
The special chapter Tailoring deals with interconnections between Domains, processes, methods, and artifacts.
On January, 15th, PMI(r) published 37 pages of the draft standard PMBOK7.
The main change – and challenge – there are PRINCIPLES instead processes now. PMBOK Standard 7th delivers 12 main project management principles.
Knowledge areas will be described later (probably in electronic form only).
The draft is devoted to soft skills area at 90% level. It seems a bit strange to me ’cause hard skills in the PM area are of high value as well.
The draft presents the “umbrella” approach to project management, including predictive (waterfall), agile and hybrid models. As a part of this approach the project leader role is introduced. This role unites project manager, scrum master and other leadership roles.
Another ‘strange’ item for me is the descriptive approach. Standards are usually predictive. But this one contains descriptions, examples, and references to ‘others”.
The PMP 2020 new version seems to be in line with this draft.
March, 26th – PMP, PMI-ACP
May, 21st – CAPM
June, 25th – PgMP, PMI-BA
The PMI has announced the changes in PMP and other Project management certifications in connection with PMBOK Sixth is available since September, 6th.
The main change is a new chapter concerning project manager’s leadership skills: communication, team skills, business strategy understanding, and others.
Some updates concern new terminology and chapters renaming.
The exam update is announced in Q1 2018 with more strict date coming soon.
PMI.org announced key dates for new versions of PMBOK, Standard for Program management, and Standard for Portfolio management:
- June, 26th – July, 26th: PMBOK 6th Guide public discussion and review
- 3rd-4th quarter 2016 : drafts of Standards for Program and Portfolio management to be published for review
- 3rd quarte 2017: PMBOK Guide 6th official launch in 10 languages
- 1st 2018: PMP certification update for new version
The PMBOK 6th edition coming soon. The Standard for Project Management is to be published by April, 6th. Next 30 days experts discuss it, and next PMBOK 6th draft would be published.
PMI published main news and differences. And the preliminary process table with changes marked is below:
I recommend a very interesting and useful post about gaining life priorities by personal projects.
The PMI published an updated “Project management professional Examination Content Outline” which is effective from November, 2nd.
The main updates (thanks to Oliver F. Lehman for in-depth analysis):
– Number of tasks increased from 37 to 42.
– There is a stronger focus on stakeholders and communications with them.
– Clearer separation of management plans and work-level plans (I made a comment on that during the piloting session).
Students, be ready!