The PMBOK Guide What has changed?
Let’s first acknowledge that this information is not new. The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is now in its fifth edition. In January, it was made available to us.
Why not talk about it now?
Well? Some of you have asked great questions. It boils down to this:?So there’s a new PMBOK?” What should I do? Let’s start with the simple stuff.
You are studying for an exam that’s based on The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. You must use the most current edition. You will also want to use the most current edition of study materials. You know this, but it is not your question. Your question is about other types and your responsibilities as project managers and how you do your job. This is exactly what we’ll be discussing right now.
Shouldn’t all your project management training materials be thrown out and revised for the fifth edition? The PMBOK Guide? Not necessarily. Your training should cover project management best practices, and not be tied to specific sections of PMBOK. You are probably fine.
What about those who are looking to train? If you are preparing to take the PMBOK, then you need to be prepared. Guide-based exams require you to use the most current edition of the guide. You also need materials that correspond to the guide’s most recent edition. You don’t need PMBOK if you are taking training to understand and apply project management best practices and how to become a project manager. You don’t have to be a guide specific person and not have to be critical of a package or class that hasn’t been updated in the last few months. There are many good classes and programs that will teach you best practices that do not violate the PMI. Project Management Institute process, but do not specifically refer to the PMBOK? Guide as a text. They don’t replicate the process groups and bodies of knowledge. This is perfectly acceptable. You will still learn how project managers work.
Another question, and this may be what you are thinking, is “Do I have to change the way I do my job because of the new PMBOK?” Guide?? Guide? These are good questions to ask. Take a look at the PMBOK. Guide has a section that explains what is new. You are likely already following the recommended approach. The addition of Project Stakeholder Management, a new body and of knowledge, is a major change. These processes were largely found elsewhere in previous versions. Guide states that you must make changes. This is something you and i should have done already.
You may not be having the success you want as a project manager, or the method used by your team is not generating the results you want, it is time for you to make some changes. This is true regardless of whether or not we have a new guide. Both you and I have a responsibility for monitoring the PMI and the updates. What updates are made to the PMBOK? Guide We want to take a look at our approach and determine if we need to make any updates. This should be part of our continuous growth and improvement.