The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is an industry-recognized certification for project managers from the PMI or Project Management Institute. The certification exam is based on the PMBOK, or Project Management Body of Knowledge. This is a set of standard terminology and guidelines (a body of knowledge) for project management. The current version, version 6 was released in 2017.

The PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition, is due to be released in Q of 2021

The updated Standard adopts a principles-based format in order to be more inclusive of the full range of approaches to value delivery—not just the predictive approach traditionally associated with project management but the agile, adaptive, or a hybrid approach.

The 12 governing Principles in the Standard are built around a set of statements that best summarize the generally accepted actions and behaviors of project management practice regardless of development approach. The Principles provide broad parameters within which project teams can operate and remain aligned with the intent of the Principle.

The seventh edition of the Guide builds on the Standard and is structured not around Knowledge Areas and ITTOs but around Project Performance Domains, a group of related activities that are critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes. The Domains include important management practices but are not prescriptive “how to’s.” Each section explains why the specific domain is important for effective project management.

The Guide also has an expanded section on tools and techniques titled Models, Methods, and Artifacts. In-depth information about how to apply these tools and techniques by project type, development approach, and industry sector is presented on a new, digital platform called PMIstandards+™.  

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