Cracking the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition Code

I have had discussions with project managers around the world since the publication of my article Cracking the PMBOK® Guide Code (based on the Fifth Edition) in 2016. Since that time, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has published A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition, and there are just as many questions. I’m up to the challenge. Let’s crack the code!

The PMBOK Guide is a collection of principles that both novice and the experienced professionals within the project management community can utilize to form good practices and—with time and effort—develop them into best practices. The key to navigating through the changes fostered by the migration to the Sixth Edition is a firm understanding of the Fifth Edition. I recommend rereading my original article.

The Sixth Edition continues the use of the framework of five process groups and 10 knowledge areas. A minor naming adjustment has occurred with the change of the Project Human Resource Management Knowledge Area to the Project Resource Management Knowledge Area.

The number of processes has grown from 47 to 49:

  • Manage Project Knowledge was added to Project Integration Management under the Executing Process Group
  • Implement Risk Response was added to Project Risk Management under the Executing Process Group
  • Control Resources was…

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