It is that time of the year that comes every four to five years, and bring itself anxiety and excitement at the same time, welcome PMBOK 6th Edition 2017.
For those of you, who are new to PMI and PMBOK, the guide is updated every four to five years.
The last updated version was in 2013, The PMBOK Guide 5th Edition.
September 6th 2017, the new updated version PMBOK 6th Edition is released.
If you are curious to know, what the PMBOK Guide is and is not, why it is updated every four years, why it is so difficult to comprehend, and what certifications are based on this book, then grab a cup of coffee and read almost everything you need to know about Project Management Body Of Knowledge.
I have been a PMP Certification Trainer from the past 7 years, and I highly recommend everyone should have a copy of the PMBOK in their book shelves, whether they opt for any PMI Certification or not.
It’s not the most exciting and entertaining book, it’s dull and dry and before you blame me after your purchase, please read this blog post that I have written a few years back on – why your first impression towards the PMBOK guide will be bitter.
The Book can be purchased from Amazon via the link above, as a hard copy, but you can grab a soft copy of PMBOK from PMI for free, by becoming a PMI member and save some bucks as well, as explained in the link.
Since many aspirants will get a latest copy of PMBOK 6th Edition 2017, to study for PMP or CaPM Certification, which is due to change and replace the old exam based on Fifth Edition in first quarter of 2018 or Q1 2018. It is not the only book to be read for those certifications but rather should be accompanied by any other book.
Here is my list of the recommended books for PMP or CaPM Certification.
Having said that, I still believe it’s a must have book for everyone, regardless of whether they appear for any PMI Certifications or not.
The book has many changes as we saw in the first draft shared by PMI, with the Project Management community and I’ll write about it in detail in another post, but the most exciting thing for me and many professionals is the inclusion of Agile.
The PMBOK approach was more waterfall and PMI has another certification PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner), but Agile and Scrum has been kind of standard in the IT, and other industries and are very popular approaches.
Giving space to Agile techniques in PMBOK is quite encouraging and a welcome gesture.
Summing it up, I cannot reiterate or reemphasize the importance and usage of this book. Whether you are an experienced Project Manager, or an aspiring Project Manager, or someone with Project Management related responsibilities, or a student, you will find it to be a great reference book.
A word of caution for PMP and CaPM Certification aspirants, the PMBOK 6th Edition shall be use as a reference book for these certifications, and not as a study guide to pass these exams. It is not sufficient and is not designed to help you pass these exams.