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Upcoming Presentation: PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – Tailoring Your Approach to Deliver Value


By: Michael Frenette, PMP, PMO Leader, and Jonathan Lee, PMP, Agile Trainer and Coach, Vitality Chicago


Have you had a look at the Seventh Edition of the PMBOK®? What type of methodologies do you use? Are you rooted in predictive methods, adaptive methods, or something else along the continuum?  Have you looked into Disciplined Agile, and how it meshes with the Seventh Edition?  

Is it necessary to move from Processes, Knowledge Areas and ITTOs (Inputs, Tools, Techniques and Outputs) to Principles and Project Performance Domains? Or can you live comfortably in both worlds simultaneously? 

Some may be wondering how the Seventh Edition meshes with Disciplined Agile, and where to find process-driven tools and techniques now that they are not in the Seventh Edition.

Come along to watch a couple of “Froggies,” good buddies from the Leadership Institute Master Class 2015, hop to it, and jump right into how we manage our teams and deliver training considering these pivotal PMI publications. We’ll have a look at some real PMO and course delivery impacts, along with some insights into how we manage in our respective organizations. 

We will cover tailoring, ways of working, ways of thinking and the new timeless and inarguable Principles and Project Performance Domains.

The Details

PMI recently released the Seventh Edition of the PMBOK®. Many of you may have undoubtedly read it and noticed some substantial changes. For one, the Guide has shrunk to about one-third of its original size. For another, there are these new things called Principles and Project Performance Domains. 
The familiar five Process Groups, 10 Knowledge Areas and ITTOs (Inputs, Tools, Techniques and Outputs) get a very brief mention in the new PMBOK® Edition. But fear not - they have found new living space in the PMI Standards+ to make room for the less volatile Principles and Project Performance Domains.

So, what do you do now? Toss everything you knew in the past out the window and start again? Throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say? Unlearn (is that a word?) everything you once knew to be true and take a Monty Python posture? And NOW for something completely different!

Well, you will be happy to hear that the answer to those questions is a resounding “No”!  As with all changes in methodologies, processes, and tools, we must always retain the good and adopt and adapt to what is new and useful given your context. We must always do what is best for our portfolios of programs and projects. If that means retaining something we know and love from the past, then that is what we will do. If it means taking a day or two to read up on a new principle that is really not so new, just perhaps unstated, then we will do that! If it means becoming knowledgeable and maybe even certified in Disciplined Agile, then maybe we will do that! 

But that said, if you and your organization want to potentially see great results by moving toward more agile/adaptive ways of working, you will likely need to unlearn some of your project management skills and embrace agile.  This could be challenging for some dyed-in-the-wool traditional project managers as it involves mindset and practice changes that affect how you interact with your team and stakeholders and serve as a leader.

The options are many, and depending on the approach you select, given your context, you and your teams will need to make appropriate adjustments. Remember that old saying, “There is no silver bullet.” Well, at least, we have never seen one. 

Ask yourself, “What’s right for my project?”  That’s where you want to be!

Interested in learning more and furthering the dialogue? Join our session PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – Tailoring Your Approach to Deliver Value at PMXPO 24 March at 11:30 a.m. ET, the first event in the PMI Virtual Experience Series 2022.

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