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Sources of PMBOK Sixth Edition Changes

Project and sponsor organization

In this update we shall look at what sources PMI looked at before coming out with the sixth edition of PMBOK

  1. Feedback on 5th Edition from PM Community: The Project Management community provides lot of feedback while using the standard. These inputs are carefully collected and discussed for inclusion the next version. One of the key addition on this category is alignment with Agile framework and methodologies. The overall standard echoes this evolution.
  2. Alignment with ISO 21500 standard: PMBOK and ISO Guidelines on Project Management share many of the common practices though the structure vary. In the sixth edition, changes done in ISO 21500 are aligned. It will be interesting to see the below exhibit on how the relationship between sponsoring organization and project organization is presented in the current ISO 21500. The project lifecycle has undergone significant changes in the current release. You see the influence between each other.
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Fig 1: Project organization Vs Sponsor organization
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Fig 2: Project Lifecycle as per PMBOK sixth edition
  1. Harmonization among the PMI foundational standards: PMI releases multiple standards and the following are considered as foundational standards.
      1. Project Management Body of Knowledge
      2. The Standard for Program Management
      3. The Standard for Portfolio Management

    To quote an example, in the sixth edition Benefit management is introduced to synchronize with Program and Portfolio Standard.

  1. Consistency with PMI Lexicon: PMI maintains a repository of 300 plus PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms at https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/lexicon . As a PMI member one can refer to or download a read only PDF copy. The current version is 3.1 and is fully aligned to PMBOK sixth edition.

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