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The Standard of Project Management and PMBOK 7 (“The dawn of a new era!) (Download)

The Seventh Edition is a whole new beast. We are really focusing not so much on the outputs like we have seen before. We are focusing more on the outcomes. By Cyndi Dionisio, member of PMBOK 7 team

The PMBOK Guide 7th Edition does not intend to be an approach to your delivery, but it aims to be an overarching concept that can be applied to every single project and this doesn’t confine you to use any specific methodology. You may use SCRUM, Discipline Agile, XP and even Prince

In PMBOK 7th edition, project management standards are primarily based on principles instead of processes, a paradigm shift from a process-based approach. The current knowledge areas comprising techniques, tools, inputs, and outputs are not included in the recent edition. The book focuses on the principles that are typically accepted and practised in project management. The transforming project dynamics emphasize on ultimate outcomes rather than deliverables. It is quite evident that this diverse field comes with great uniqueness which keeps on focusing on evolving aspects.


Until ver 6, PMBOK predominantly highlighted the waterfall project management techniques. With the transforming technology, competition is getting tougher than ever before. Product life cycles are relatively short while the requirements keep on changing over time with the ongoing progress of the project. Considering the conventional project management strategies, it is unlikely to welcome quickly modifying project requirements.

Subsequently, agile project management techniques and approaches have emerged in the 2000s. The agile guidelines were highly adaptable in project management more specifically to the IT and software industry. The major change in the PMBOK 7th edition is the dramatic shift from process-based project management to principle-based project delivery. Therefore, it supports every type of project delivery. Another noticeable change is the shift in scope that addresses project delivery apart from the project management. This approach is more practitioner-friendly or action-focused.

PMBOK 7 Has two parts

  1. The Standard for Project Management: This deals with Principles and System of Value Delivery

    The principles are the foundation on how you approach something. They are a guide of behavior, they’re open and can apply in different ways and contexts. The standard does not intend to be something like prescriptive, you must do this on things, no, it’s telling you that you should take care of the teams and what is important for you to take care of the teams
  2. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: This deals with the Project Performance Domains

PMP Certification Exam and PMBOK

It is important to note that the PMP exam is for the Profession of Project Management and the PMBOK Guide doesn’t serve as the syllabus of the PMP Exam. To be able to attempt the PMP Exam successfully you should begin the process from latest Exam Content Outline for PMP

 PMBOK Versions

  1. PMBOK 1 – 1996 – ( 9 KA, 37 Processes)
  2. PMBOK 2 – 2000 – ( 9 KA, 39 Processes)
  3. PMBOK 3 – 2005  – ( 9 KA, 44 Processes)
  4. PMBOK 4- 2008 – ( 9 KA, 42 Processes)
  5. PMBOK 5- 2013 – ( 10 KA, 47 Processes)
  6. PMBOK 6- 2017 – (49 Processes, 10 KA and 5 Process Groups)
  7. PMBOK 7 – Q4 2020 (12 Principles and 8 performance Domains)

All editions of the PMBOK Guide till version 6 have been process-based, meaning that the primary, fundamental building blocks were processes, with their inputs and outputs connecting them and creating an integrated network that can be effective in projects. Process-based perspective is limited to what is considered in the standard. This does not mean that process-based approaches are not relevant or useful anymore. Many organizations and project management practitioners continue to use conventional project management delivery methods. Conventional approaches remain relevant in the context of PMBOK 7th Edition as well.

The standard of Project Management: PMBOK 6 vs PMBOK 7

5 Process Groups
Monitoring and Controlling
Project Management Principles
Holistic Thinking
Opportunities and Threats
Adaptability and resilience
Change Management

The Guide to the Project Management BOK: PMBOK 6 vs PMBOK 7

PMBOk Ver 6PMBOK Ver 7
Project Environment
Role of Project manager
10 Knowledge Areas
Project Integration Management
Project Scope Management
Project Schedule Management
Project Cost Management
Project Quality Management
Project Resources Management
Project Communications Management
Project Risk Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Stakeholder Management
Models, Methods and Artifacts
8 Performance Domains
Development Approach & Life Cycle
Navigating Uncertainty and ambiguity
Project work

Project Delivery Principles and PMBOK 7 References

Project Delivery PrinciplesPMBOK- 7 Reference
Be hard-working and respectfulStewardship
Create a culture of responsibilityTeam
Actively engage stakeholders to comprehensively understand the interests and requirementsStakeholders
Emphasize on valueValue
Acknowledge team interactions and respond
Holistic thinking
Encourage, influence, teach and learnLeadership
Customize the delivery strategyTailoring
Ensure quality into procedures and outcomesQuality
Take notice of the complications involved in
knowledge and experience
Report prospects and threatsOpportunities & threats
Be flexibleAdaptability & Resilience
Allow change to accomplish the predicted
future state
Change management



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