PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition

Kirilka Petrova

   Since the PMP certification exam is changing on 2 January 2021 and PMBOK Guide 7th edition s expected to be released soon, we will take a look at what's changing, and share quality content on the topic.

   In 2020 PMI was adaptive to the people, and to the environment. First, PMI postponed the exam changes that were initially planned for July 2020. Then, PMI allowed a fully online PMP exam from the comfort of your home. It is not surprising that the Institute is now moving from processes to principles. As shared in a the official PMI blog “our ultimate goal with the Seventh Edition, of course, is to make your job easier - to give project management professionals like you greater flexibility to be proactive, innovative, and nimble in response to change - whether it’s disruption from a new technology, competitors, or from a health crisis like COVID-19.”

   For the big picture of what and why it is changing, you definitely can take a look at the post from the PMI Vice President, Global Experience & Solutions. It’s important to note that the PMBOK® Guide is two documents in one: The Standard for Project Management - the consensus-based standard for the profession, and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which provides a framework for applying the Standard. The entire PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition will launch with a digital and interactive element, delivered through PMIstandards+.

   If you want to read a full in-depth analysis of all upcoming changes, you will find the following two articles useful since they provide a lot of clarity on the changes by also explaining the differences between the two versions of the PMBOK Guide:

   We’d also recommend listening to all 4 webinar series by PMI called “Getting Under the Hood of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition”. PMI started them in June, and kept going till September in attempt to answer questions about how the 12 principles evolved for the Standard for Project Management, as well as for the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The sessions also share more about the transition from Knowledge Areas and ITTOs to the new Project Performance Domains, and introduce a tailoring framework that PMs can adapt to evaluate what and when to tailor. Here is a shortcut to each of them:
   We are excited to see what’s next, and especially follow the digital transformation that is soon to be presented via PMIstandards+.

   Before you go, we would love to hear from you what are the topics you are interested in and you want to see in our next editions. Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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