PMBOK 5th Edition: Knowledge Area and Process Group changes 1/9

September 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Posted in PMI, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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In January of this year, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released the 5th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). While the book was released in January, the revised version of the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam was not released until July 31, 2013.  That means it’s now my favorite time of the year: time for Robin to develop a new Project Management Professional practice test for our customers! Each time I take on a PMP revision, I begin with a thorough analysis of the differences between the old and new PMBOK editions. As I review the two standards, I make notes of all the changes so that I can ensure that I am using the current terms, process names, Process Groups, and Knowledge Areas. Having just finished reviewing the new book, I thought this would be a great time to let all of our blog followers know about the Process Group and Knowledge Area changes.

Major and minor changes between PMBOK 4 and PMBOK 5

Many of you already know that I am a big fan of charts and tables. One of my favorite tables in the PMBOK is Table 3-1, which is included in both the 4th Edition and 5th Edition. This master table gives an overview of all Knowledge Areas, Process Groups, and processes so you can better understand their relationships. In reviewing the two versions of this Table, I discovered these key changes:

  1. A new Knowledge Area named Project Stakeholder Management has been added.
  2. Five new processes have been added.
  3. Eleven processes have had name changes.

Having isolated this information from Tables 3-1 (4th Edition and 5th Edition), I then listed all changes that I could find between the two editions, from name changes to additions and subtractions.

Process Groups

The Process Groups have not changed. They are still Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.

Knowledge Areas

First, the newly added Project Stakeholder Management Knowledge Area contains four processes:

  • The Identify Stakeholder process has been moved from the Project Communications Management Knowledge Area, but remains in the Initiating Process Group.
  • The Plan Stakeholder Management process is a new process in the Planning Process Group.
  • The Manage Stakeholder Expectations process has been moved from the Project Communications Management Knowledge Area, but remains in the Executing Process Group. The process has been renamed the Manage Stakeholder Engagement process.
  • The Control Stakeholder Engagement process is a new process in the Monitoring and Controlling Process Group.

The Project Integration Management Knowledge Area has one change: The Direct and Manage Project Execution process has been renamed to Direct and Manage Project Work.

The Project Scope Management Knowledge Area has two changes:

  • A new process named Plan Scope Management has been added within the Planning Process Group.
  • The Verify Scope process has been renamed to Validate Scope.

The Project Time Management Knowledge Area has one change: The Plan Schedule Management process has been added  within the Planning Process Group.

The Project Cost Management Knowledge Area has one change: The Plan Cost Management process has been added within the Planning Process Group.

The Project Quality Management Knowledge Area has two changes:

  • The Plan Quality process has been renamed to Plan Quality Management.
  • The Perform Quality Control process has been renamed to Control Quality.

The Project Human Resource Management Knowledge Area has one change: The Develop Human Resource Plan process has been renamed the Plan Human Resource Management process.

The Project Communications Management Knowledge Area has five changes:

  • The Identify Stakeholders has been moved to the new Project Stakeholder Management Knowledge Area.
  • The Plan Communications process has been renamed to Plan Communications Management.
  • The Distribute Information process has been renamed Manage Communications, and has undergone some revisions.
  • The Manage Stakeholder Expectations process has been moved to the new Project Stakeholder Management Knowledge Area.
  • The Report Performance process has been renamed the Control Communications process and has undergone some revisions.

The Project Risk Management Knowledge Area has one change: The Monitor and Control Risks process has been renamed to Control Risks.

The Project Procurement Management Knowledge Area has two changes:

  • The Plan Procurements process has been renamed to Plan Procurement Management.
  • The Administer Procurements process has been renamed to Control Procurements.

Well, there you have it: All the changes to Process Groups and Knowledge Areas in PMBOK 5th Edition.  Also, keep in mind that I am communicating to you the official stance of PMI according to the PMBOK 5th Edition. Some folks will want to discuss the possibility that the Identify Stakeholders and Management Stakeholder Engagement processes that were moved are actually new processes. But they aren’t. If you read the content and compare it to the 4th Edition sections, you will see that much of the information is exactly the same. If you want to see a bit of the information I communicated above in a table format, please go to Heather Christian’s blog post at http://heatherchristian.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/knowledge-area-and-process-changes-in-the-pmbok-5th-edition/. Watch for my upcoming PMBOK series posts that will go into the nitty-gritty details about the Process Groups and the changes within the processes. The first post will be on the Initiating Process Group. Also, for those customers anxiously awaiting our PMP 5th Edition practice test, please know that we are working on the development and hope to have a new product released later this year. (And yes, we will release a new CAPM 5th Edition practice test as well!) Until next time -Robin

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