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Delphi Technique in PMBOK 6th edition
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I've been reading the PMBOK 6th edition lately and I noticed that the Delphi Technique is not mentioned. Anyone knows why this is so?
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Yes it seems to be removed. I would have thought it's one of the suggested techniques used in some decision making circles to gain consensus.
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Mauricio -

I covered this in a recent webinar I did comparing the 5th and 6th editions.

A few useful tools & techniques have been eliminated including:

- Delphi
- Critical Chain Method
- Pareto charts (along with a number of other quality tools)

I would agree that they should have left it in as it's a well recognized approach to eliminating bias in the decision-making process.

Kiron
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4 replies by Gloriela Oro, Krishna Pakki, Mauricio Fuentes, and Vincent Guerard
Oct 30, 2017 8:16 PM
Mauricio Fuentes
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Kiron,

Thanks for sharing. I was not aware about those other tools & techniques being left out.
I also think that those tools should have been left in.
I also wonder why the decision was made to let them out.
At first I thought that it could be an issue of intelectual property about Delphi, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
It would be interesting to get a hold of someone who was involved in the decision-making process and ask him/her.

Mauricio
Oct 30, 2017 11:50 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks for the additional information
Nov 06, 2017 4:41 PM
Krishna Pakki
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I haven't read PMBOK 6th edition yet, but read about leaving Delphi technique out.

In my experience, i always depended on Nominal groups, Brainstorming, and interviews (some times anonymous inputs came through these interviews though).

rarely used critical chain method... with gaining popularity and wider use of Critical Path Method. Also, instead of having different buffers, we add the schedule contingency at the end of project timeline and have a schedule contingency management process similar to that of cost.

Pareto charts ... is a surprise that it is removed.
Nov 11, 2017 7:33 AM
Gloriela Oro
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Hi Kiron.
Is your seminar available in this site?
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Interesting. I wonder why that decision was made.
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2 replies by Mauricio Fuentes and Sergio Luis Conte
Oct 30, 2017 8:16 PM
Mauricio Fuentes
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Me too.
Nov 07, 2017 4:35 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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There was a hugh work between the group of authors and reviewers that took more than one year to clear understand what tools and techniques to keep. The work was done between project management community using several tools like questionaries. Most ot the techniques and tools were removed because there are others that replace them. Others because few people use them. That is what I know. But let me say, it does not matter. For example, to perform elicitation we use a technique that is not listed into any BOK but works for us.
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Oct 30, 2017 4:49 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Mauricio -

I covered this in a recent webinar I did comparing the 5th and 6th editions.

A few useful tools & techniques have been eliminated including:

- Delphi
- Critical Chain Method
- Pareto charts (along with a number of other quality tools)

I would agree that they should have left it in as it's a well recognized approach to eliminating bias in the decision-making process.

Kiron
Kiron,

Thanks for sharing. I was not aware about those other tools & techniques being left out.
I also think that those tools should have been left in.
I also wonder why the decision was made to let them out.
At first I thought that it could be an issue of intelectual property about Delphi, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
It would be interesting to get a hold of someone who was involved in the decision-making process and ask him/her.

Mauricio
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1 reply by ATHANASIOS GKOLAS
Oct 31, 2017 9:00 AM
ATHANASIOS GKOLAS
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Me too.
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Oct 30, 2017 5:48 PM
Replying to Ed Tsyitee Jr
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Interesting. I wonder why that decision was made.
Me too.
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That's an interesting news for me.
Thanks Kiron and Mauricio for the update
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Thanks for the question Mauricio, I didn’t realized they removed Delphi.
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Oct 30, 2017 4:49 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Mauricio -

I covered this in a recent webinar I did comparing the 5th and 6th editions.

A few useful tools & techniques have been eliminated including:

- Delphi
- Critical Chain Method
- Pareto charts (along with a number of other quality tools)

I would agree that they should have left it in as it's a well recognized approach to eliminating bias in the decision-making process.

Kiron
Thanks for the additional information
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As a follow-up, if you have 45 minutes to kill and want my detailed editorial on the differences between the two editions, you can check out the YouTube video recording of the webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4wDvBaq02s

Enjoy!

Kiron
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4 replies by Mauricio Fuentes, Sante Vergini, and Srikanta Konanur
Oct 31, 2017 10:12 AM
Srikanta Konanur
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Mr Kiron, I watched your presentation on You Tube. It is really really great. You have clearly analysed in detail about the changes and presented it so well. Particularly, I liked your opening slides of Good, Bad and Ugly and at the end your advise on taking exams.Please do accept my sincere appreciation!
Oct 31, 2017 10:12 AM
Srikanta Konanur
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Mr Kiron, I watched your presentation on You Tube. It is really really great. You have clearly analysed in detail about the changes and presented it so well. Particularly, I liked your opening slides of Good, Bad and Ugly and at the end your advise on taking exams.Please do accept my sincere appreciation!
Oct 31, 2017 4:52 PM
Sante Vergini
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Great video, thanks for that Kiron.
Oct 31, 2017 5:18 PM
Mauricio Fuentes
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Great video Kiron.
It provides a nice and detailed outline of the changes.
It's great for people like me who are in the middle of reading the new PMBOK.
Another interesting change that I noticed is that PMI has now created a "Standard for Project Management" which is included as Part 2 in the PMBOK 6th edition. The PMBOK 5th edition had the "ANSI" logo on the cover, whereas the PMBOK 6th edition has the "ANSI" logo on the first page of Part 2.

The "Standard for Project Management" seems to be a skeleton version of the PMBOK, where the processes are described very succintly without including Tools and Techniques.

I guess that it might be easier to maintain an ANSI certification with a more compact document than a more detailed and larger one.
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Good to know! Thanks for the additional information Kiron!
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