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PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

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PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate for the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

Please note that the PMBOK® Guide will also be available in Hindi; however, translation is being managed via a similar process in the PMI India office.

For this in person volunteer opportunity, PMI staff will lead meetings where volunteers, using a consensus-based approach, validate translated content from the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in Tokyo from 27 February - 1 March, 2020. The French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in London from 5 - 8 March, 2020. PMI will cover travel, hotel, and other reasonable travel related expenses for all volunteers.

Volunteer requirements include:

  • Native speaker of translated language

  • Fluent in English (both written and oral)

  • 5+ years of project management experience

  • PMP® certification preferred

  • Familiar with subject matter being worked on or prior PMI standard update participation

  • A willingness and ability to achieve consensus

If you are interested in volunteering, please apply in the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) for the respective language:

Arabic Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Chinese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

French Validation Volunteer Opportunity

German Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Italian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Japanese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Korean Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Portuguese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Russian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Spanish Validation Volunteer Opportunity 

This opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 05, 2019 11:06 AM | Permalink

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Why isn't PMBOK translated to Farsi? A translation is being circulated already but it is not from PMI and validated. There are many PMPs from Iran and a translated PMBOK in Farsi could be a lot of help, if not in passing the test, it could help to advertise Project Management especially to those not familiar with PMI and it's efforts.

Given that what has become known as "agile" or "Agile" is nothing more than a REBRANDING of what has been known since the 12th Century as the "Scientific Method" I would honestly hope that those who are responsible for researching and writing the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition will adhere to the 5 characteristics of the Scientific Method in crafting this document and in fact, will be sure to show us HOW they have complied with all 5 attributes?

1) Empirical Observation
The scientific method is empirical. That is, it relies on direct observation of the world, and disdains hypotheses that run counter to observable fact. This contrasts with methods that rely on pure reason (including that proposed by Plato) and with methods that rely on emotional or other subjective factors.

2) Replicable Experiments
Scientific experiments are replicable. That is, if another person duplicates the experiment, he or she will get the same results. Scientists are supposed to publish enough of their method so that another person, with appropriate training, could replicate the results. This contrasts with methods that rely on experiences that are unique to a particular individual or a small group of individuals.

3) Provisional Results
Results obtained through the scientific method are provisional; they are (or ought to be) open to question and debate. If new data arise that contradict a theory, that theory must be modified. For example, the phlogiston theory of fire and combustion was rejected when evidence against it arose.

4) Objective Approach
The scientific method is objective. It relies on facts and on the world as it is, rather than on beliefs, wishes or desires. Scientists attempt (with varying degrees of success) to remove their biases when making observations.

5) Systematic Observation
Strictly speaking, the scientific method is systematic; that is, it relies on carefully planned studies rather than on random or haphazard observation. Nevertheless, science can begin from some random observation. Isaac Asimov said that the most exciting phrase to hear in science is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny." After the scientist notices something funny, he or she proceeds to investigate it systematically.

There is no shortage of sound research showing us HOW or WHY projects fail, having been identified by Glenn Butts (NASA) over 10 years ago and Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford); and and EC Harris/Arcadis Annual Construction Dispute Review-

The challenge to those responsible to research and write the 7th Edition need to also address these "root cause" issues, particularly how to hold project SPONSORS, project MANAGERS and project Controllers/PMO's both criminally and civilly accountable for their misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance.

Dr. PDG, Jakarta

very interested

Very interesting., thanks for sharing

Please plan to do it in Tamil

why we can not translate in to PASHTO Language from Afghanistan, please share me the requirement i will see if possible to make it happen.

I tried but it seems that it's closed

While I am delighted that PMBOK is being localized, I am disappointed that PMI do not see fit to pay reviewers for their expertise and work (aside from covering expenses). Will they get any kind of compensation, such as a complementary year's membership?
I am a former translator and I earned my PM experience in this industry. Volunteer linguists should really only be used for low-stakes tasks. I do think it is unprofessional and cheeky to ask for PMP-standard work, and not offer some kind of work rate.

For those asking for translations into long-tail languages, please bear in mind that there needs to be a business case for it. It doesn't make economic sense to translate PMBOK into Marathi or Estonian if there isn't a critical mass of PMP users in that market, or if that market typically uses English in a daily PMP environment.

Donde me Registro? Where do I apply?

Hi George, Please note that this volunteer opportunity closed on 20 December 2019.

Hello Laura,

Is going to be another opportunity for the Translation Validation?

Hi Eduardo - I am not aware of any other volunteer opportunities that will be posted for translation validation for PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition.

Hello, @Laura,
I've volunteered for this opportunity, but got no reply on this matter. Could you update me?

Hi Gilberto, Please reach out to PMI Customer Care, and they can point you in the right direction:

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