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  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge 6th Edition (PMBOK) – My Perspsective

    Michelle LaBrosse, CAL, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT

    When you commit to becoming a Project Management Professional, you make the leap from being a big fish in a little pond to joining all the other fish in the sea. It opens your world in some amazing ways you’d never get to experience had you stayed in your little pond.

    I’ve spent the past several months combing through the PMBOK 6th Edition comparing it to the PMBOK 5th Edition to make sure the Cheetah Exam Prep for the PMP will continue to ensure Cheetah students pass the PMP exam after four days of prep.  It is true there is more material in the PMBOK 6th Edition, and they have changed the name of a couple of the Knowledge Areas.  And in several cases, some of the information that was in one knowledge area is now moved to another knowledge area.  They have incorporated some other Project Management methodology ideas such as tailoring and agile methods throughout the PMBOK – but for the most part, this is the same blanket statement repeated in each knowledge area.  The PMBOK 6th Edition has retained much of the same organizational structure as previous versions of the PMBOK and from this test prep person’s perspective after going through six such exam changes, this is not requiring all that significant of a change on our part.

    If you think about it, this makes 100% sense.   Why mess with success?  The original framers of the PMBOK knew the fundamentals of Project Management and captured the general gestalt of Project Management.  Yes, we’ve seen the introduction and proliferation of “lean” and “agile” Project Management techniques and technology tools over the past decade – but the basics phases of a Project and the general knowledge areas remain the same.  The Project Management Institute is a mature organization and as such has the infrastructure in place to ensure their industry guiding document (the PMBOK) both keeps up with the times and stays the course with a worldwide standard for Project Management.

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