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PMBOK V7 Not Impressed. V6 Provides More Value
In comparing the new PMBOK 7th edition to the sixth edition I’m not really impressed with the shift in focus from process-based to principals-based guidelines and standards doesn’t really provide much benefit in terms of establishing guidelines and standards for how to perform project management. The standards section of the new 7th edition don’t really stand out as “standards”. The 7th edition is more descriptive than prescriptive like the 6th edition was.

At least they are still keeping the sixth edition and it’s agile extension active which I continue to find more helpful when determining a standardized process lifecycle approach to refer to in performing both traditional and agile project management. Additional feedback/opinions on this topic is welcomed
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I fully agree with you. It seems to me (because in version 7 there was not public debate on the content) the PMI tried to follow the new "agile wave" and make a first integration with the adquire DA, but in this way the PMBOK is more "software products" oriented than ever. In my opinion the debate should was if project manager is a tactic role or an strategic role. Then, the PMBOK would still be a guide about "the how" instead the actual version which has a level of abstraction that make it unusable mainly in lot of domains than software. With that said, the intention to make it with less pages with references to a new PMI´s site where techniques and practices could be found fail too. At the end, I guess all these stuff is part of a new PMI strategy trying to adapt to new waves. Unfortunatelly, in my personal opinion, is a wrong step.
John -

There's been a couple of fairly long discussion threads on this topic with folks falling on both sides of the divide. Tailoring to fit a project's context is important, so the lack of prescription is a good thing. However, this doesn't mean that the guide couldn't provide greater guidance for specific situations, similar to what the DA toolkit does.

Kiron
Both standards combined, provides great value in my opinion. The 7th edition alone, maybe not so much but there is for sure some added value.
Agree, John, the value is less than before.
PMI lost its leadership.
I've read a lot of comments about PMBOK 7 and I'm relieved to see that I'm not alone in my disappointment.

How does this shift impact the PMP certification? What incentive is there to get your PMP certification? What value will a PMP provide to an organization? I think others have mentioned it, what is the future of official Project Management?

And how does this impact those that obtained their PMP certification prior to this shift?

Just a few thoughts I had as I am contemplating whether or not to pursue the PMP.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jul 06, 2022 12:32 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Susanne -

The PMBOK Guide is only one of the references for the PMP credential. Recruiters and hiring managers rarely know enough about the PMP to understand its evolution from the first (written) version of the exam to today's.

So from a pure career support perspective, the PMP continues to be worth pursuing if nothing else to prevent your resume from being filtered out prematurely.

But like all knowledge-based credentials, holding it doesn't provide you are a competent PM, only that you understand how to apply the PMBOK framework to specific scenarios.

Kiron
Jul 06, 2022 11:54 AM
Replying to Susanne Shanteau
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I've read a lot of comments about PMBOK 7 and I'm relieved to see that I'm not alone in my disappointment.

How does this shift impact the PMP certification? What incentive is there to get your PMP certification? What value will a PMP provide to an organization? I think others have mentioned it, what is the future of official Project Management?

And how does this impact those that obtained their PMP certification prior to this shift?

Just a few thoughts I had as I am contemplating whether or not to pursue the PMP.
Susanne -

The PMBOK Guide is only one of the references for the PMP credential. Recruiters and hiring managers rarely know enough about the PMP to understand its evolution from the first (written) version of the exam to today's.

So from a pure career support perspective, the PMP continues to be worth pursuing if nothing else to prevent your resume from being filtered out prematurely.

But like all knowledge-based credentials, holding it doesn't provide you are a competent PM, only that you understand how to apply the PMBOK framework to specific scenarios.

Kiron
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jul 06, 2022 1:07 PM
Rami Kaibni
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To Kiron's point, recently, I have yet to see a job opening without a PMP requirement so PMP remains one of the top credentials for employers.
Jul 06, 2022 12:32 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Susanne -

The PMBOK Guide is only one of the references for the PMP credential. Recruiters and hiring managers rarely know enough about the PMP to understand its evolution from the first (written) version of the exam to today's.

So from a pure career support perspective, the PMP continues to be worth pursuing if nothing else to prevent your resume from being filtered out prematurely.

But like all knowledge-based credentials, holding it doesn't provide you are a competent PM, only that you understand how to apply the PMBOK framework to specific scenarios.

Kiron
To Kiron's point, recently, I have yet to see a job opening without a PMP requirement so PMP remains one of the top credentials for employers.

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