Why PMPs Should Actually Read the PMBOK 6th Edition

Four Reasons to Read the PMBOK 6th Edition

The Project Management Institute (PMI) released the PMBOK 6th Edition on September 6th, 2017. Some certified project managers may respond with, “Ho-hum. I’m glad I got my certification behind me.” However, I think PMPs and other certified project managers should actually read the PMBOK 6th edition. Why?

PMI Members can download their PDF copy of the PMBOK 6th Edition.

Four Reasons to Read the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

1. Stay Current

PMI conducts Role Delineation Studies for each certification every five to seven years. These studies help PMI understand how project managers perform their duties and lead cross-functional teams within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope.

The way project managers manage projects continues to evolve. Things have changed significantly since PMI published the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition in 2013. The Sixth Edition includes current content on agile and other iterative and adaptive practices. In essence, PMI wants to help you align your professional development to current project management practices.

Appendix X5 contains practical tips on tailoring considerations for Knowledge Areas. Discover how to select the appropriate Knowledge Areas and inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs for each of your projects.

The Sixth Edition also contains bundling of the Inputs—Tools & Techniques—Outputs (ITTO). The bundling simplifies the concepts and makes it easier to understand.

2. Get the Agile Practice Guide

When you purchase the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, you will receive the Agile Practice Guide. PMI says the guide was created in partnership with Agile Alliance and “provides tools, situational guidelines and an understanding of the various agile approaches available to enable better results.” Furthermore, the guide contains information on life cycle selection, implementing agile, and organizational considerations such as culture, business practices, and PMOs.

Are you a PMI Member? You can download your PDF copy of the Agile Practice Guide.

3. Understand How to Get PDUs

The new Chapter 3 is entitled “The Role of the Project Manager.” The project manager’s role has been mapped to the PMI Talent Triangle — technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management. This will help project managers better understand skill sets organizations want. This information can also help project managers find ways to get professional development units (PDUs).

4. Refresh Yourself

How long ago did you get your PMI certification? I got PMP in August of 2001 and my PMI-RMP in December of 2012. I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget things if I don’t periodically refresh myself. That’s why I reread certain books every year or so. It helps me to reinforce key principles and to move information from my short-term memory to my long-term memory.

Want additional information? Check out this PM Podcast: PMBOK 6th Edition. Cornelius Fichtner did an excellent job interviewing Cyndi Synder Dionisio, the chair of the team that updated the PMBOK Guide. Thanks to Cyndi and the team for their excellent work!

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