The 7 edition of the PMBOK Guide has almost none or little relation to the sixth edition or earlier editions. This is not an evolutionary change, and It is a new start from a clean sheet of paper. Yes, It is cleansing time.
OUT: Processes, Knowledge Areas, and ITTOs.
IN: Principles, Performance Domains, and Models, Methods, and Artifacts.
And these are not cosmetic changes.
The 12 Project Management Principles in PMBOK7
8 Project Performance Domains in PMBOK7:
No. It’s not currently in the syllabus for any examinations and you have lived without it up to now. Would you be wise to buy and read PMBOK 7?
Absolutely you would. For these reasons:
They’re gone. (Almost)
The project management processes of previous editions of the PMBOK Guide all presuppose a Predictive approach to Project Management. Or, at least, a hybrid approach, within a predictive framework.
PMBOK 7 makes no such presupposition. The process groups are merely one model we can draw upon. Therefore, they appear on pages 170-1 in a few paragraphs, in the section on models.
Processes are not deprecated. They are simply identified as a useful model to draw upon when you need it.
The System for Value delivery is part of the ANSI Standard for Project Management. And it’s also important part of this version of the PMBOK7 Guide. PMI defines it : A collection of strategic business activities aimed at building, sustaining, and/or advancing an organization.
PMI gives a long list of people they intend the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition to be for (on page 5 of the Standard). And that list is rightly long. There is real value in here for anyone who wants to make projects, programs, portfolios, PMOs, or any related professional role an important part of your career.
PMBOK7 is a valuable reference work that we can dip into and learn from. PMBOK7 is of less value to people at the start of their careers than for people with some real-world experience. It contains some rather sophisticated thinking.
As a result, I am going to say that PMBOK 7 is very useful to Project Managers. It will give you:
The format of the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition reverses the order from the 6th edition.
What I really don’t like is that at the start of the Guide to the PM Body of Knowledge, the page numbering starts again. This is like two documents in one cover. The pages are organized clearly, with a big, easy-to-read, sans serif font. But I value the use of color in the tables – even if I feel that all of the graphics could have benefitted from color.
PMI has abandoned the execrable use of copy-resistant printing, which rendered the pages of PMBOK 6 gray. This rendered them hard to read. There was poor contrast. Now the pages are nice and white – and god white, with clear, sharp black ink and good (PMI brand) colors for the graphics.
The paper is thin, like PMBOK 6. The result is a document that is nice to look at but nasty to hold. It feels more like a disposable catalog than a $99 book.
Yes, US$99. That’s a lot to pay for around 300-page trade paperback with cheap paper and thin card-stock.