PMBOK 6th Edition – 10 Knowledge Areas and 49 Processes

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In the course of recent decades, PMBOK Guide has been the establishment of Project Managers in conveying effective ventures. To keep up the similarity with the advancing innovation, new updates are acquainted with PMBOK by PMI. Being a venture the board proficient it’s an unquestionable requirement to remain refreshed on these changes. In this PMBOK sixth Edition blog, I will discuss every one of the progressions presented in the most recent version of PMBOK Guide i.e. PMBOK sixth Edition.

Utilizing the underneath points, I will give you a total understanding of PMBOK sixth Edition:

We should rapidly begin with the primary subject in the rundown, that is PMBOK Guide.


PMBOK Guide establishes the framework of venture the executives. It contains the entire accumulation of procedures, best practices, phrasings, and rules that are internationally acknowledged as brilliant norms inside the venture the executives business. That is the reason PMBOK Guide is regularly viewed as the “Authoritative handbook for Project Management”.

It is a Guide that is produced by dynamic professionals and topic specialists. Before it is discharged, the venture the board network surveys it to guarantee that it incorporates the present condition of the calling. At the end of the day, it is a guide by the undertaking supervisors for the task directors.

PMBOK Guide is under the PMI’s leader distribution. PMI (Project Management Institute) which is a not-revenue driven proficient enrollment relationship for the venture the board experts. It plays out an RDS in each 5-multi-year interim. An RDS (Role Delineation Study) is a worldwide study among the undertaking the executive’s network. It is performed to distinguish how everyday undertakings of venture chiefs have developed since the last modification.

The plain first version of PMBOK was discharged in 1996 by PMI. From that point forward, numerous versions were discharged with the most recent one i.e., PMBOK sixth Edition, being discharged on September 2017. The following is the portrayal of the whole PMBOK discharge history:


In the next section of this blog on PMBOK 6th Edition, I will discuss the major differences between PMBOK 5th Edition and PMBOK 6th Edition.

PMBOK 6th Edition vs PMBOK 5th Edition

PMBOK 5th Edition was released in 2013 and was recognized as a comprehensive and real-world compatible framework for project management practices. Many changes and updates have been introduced in PMBOK 6th Edition, but still, the overall framework remains same as Edition 5. To give you a better picture, I have listed down the major differences among both of these editions in a tabular form.

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Now, that you know about the changes between PMBOK 5th Edition and PMBOK 6th Edition, lets now see, what new additions are introduced in PMBOK 6th Edition.

New Additions in PMBOK 6

PMI has not just updated the topics and sections from PMBOK 5th Edition but has also introduced few things which are completely new in the latest edition. Below is the list of new additions:

  1. New Processes

    In the PMBOK 6th Edition, three new processes have been introduced.

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  2. Removed Process

    In PMBOK 6th Edition, a process called Close Procurement have been removed. The reason behind this is, a project manager doesn’t really play any role in this process as Procurement activities are generally handled by the procurement manager & legal team.

  3. New Chapter Addition

    In the new edition, PMI has introduced a new chapter which defines the ever-expanding role of a Project Manager. It also includes the PMI Talent Triangle that mandates 3 levels of skill sets.


  4. Tools & Techniques

    The number of tools and techniques for projects has been reduced to 132 in the new PMBOK edition. Moreover, to enhance the importance of project tailoring, few of these tools and techniques have been grouped together based on their purpose. Below are the groups that are formed:

    1. Communication
    2. Communication Skills
    3. Data Analysis
    4. Data Gathering
    5. Decision Making
    6. Interpersonal & Team Skills
  5. New Sections in Knowledge Areas

    PMI has also introduced four new sections in each of the Knowledge Areas, which are:

    1. Key Concepts
    2. Trends and Emerging Practices
    3. Tailoring Considerations
    4. Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments
  6. Introduction to Agile

    Now, this is most important and most impactful change that has been introduced in PMBOK 6th Edition. PMI has made an effort to align the traditional project management ways with agile methods. Few of the changes that have been introduced with respect to Agile/ Adaptive methods are:

    1. Addition of Agile/ Adaptive environment sections in each Knowledge Areas.
    2. ITTOs (Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs) of Agile methods.
    3. Agile, Iterative, Adaptive, and Hybrid environments have a separate appendix.
    4. Along with the PMBOK 6th Edition, a separate Agile Practice Guide has also been released.
  7. Usage of Notations

    For the first time, notations have been introduced in the PMBOK 6th Edition. These notations will help you in differentiating between “Ongoing” (continuously executing) and “Non-ongoing processes”.

  8. Translations

    PMI has released PMBOK 6th Edition in English along with eleven other languages like:

    1. Arabic
    2. Chinese
    3. French
    4. German
    5. Hindi
    6. Italian
    7. Japanese
    8. Korean
    9. Portuguese Brazilian
    10. Russian
    11. Spanish

So, this concludes the list of major changes introduced in PMBOK 6th Edition and also brings us to the end of this blog. I tried to keep the topics short and informative. Hope it helped in adding value to your knowledge.

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