The world of project management education doesn’t stand still. It feels to me like the changes that happen are evolutionary rather than transformative, but it’s still good to see the methods and standards continue to develop.
I’m not actually sure what a transformative update would look like – evolutionary is probably the only way to go.
2017 has got big changes on the horizon for both the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential and PRINCE2®. Let me tell you what’s going on with PMI today and we’ll cover PRINCE2 in another article.
Updated PMI Guidance Due September 2017
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition is due out in September. It’s a standard that describes the norms, processes and practices for getting project work done but alone it doesn’t tell you how to do a project. It’s more of a collection of knowledge, guidelines and best practices.
And it’s being refreshed. This looks to be a really practical update to the guidance.
For example, we’re expecting the tone of the material to be a lot softer. Instead of ‘do this’ it will be ‘here are some options’.
This means project managers will have to rely far more on professional judgment to choose the correct route for their activities, but the guidance is still there to back you up.
There’s also going to be a new chapter on the role of the project manager, aligned to the PMI Talent Triangle.