Introduction to the New PMP Certification Exam

The five major process groups of PMBOK are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing processes.

Generalize the content of five process groups in a sentence:

  1. The initial process: its function is to set up the target of the project so that the team know what they should do
  2. The planning process: its function is to make the plan for working so that the team members can follow the direction of the plan
  3. The executing process: its function is to make the team member take actions by the plan
  4. The monitoring process: its function is to evaluate the project performance and take precautions of risks.
  5. The closing process: its function is to summarize the project and experience.

The ten knowledge domains of PMBOK are integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risks, procurement, and stakeholder management.

Generalize the content of ten knowledge domains in a sentence:

  1. Integration management: it acts like the thread of a necklace
  2. Scope management: do the things that members are supposed to do
  3. Time management: make everything on track
  4. Cost management: spend the money reasonably within the budget
  5. Quality management: meet the demands
  6. Human resources management: make team members work efficiently with you
  7. Communication management: Deliver the appropriate information to the proper persons in right place and time through correct channels
  8. Risk management: identify risks
  9. Procurement management: Be a good Party A
  10. Stakeholder management: build up a good relationship with project stakeholder

Compared to the fourth edition of PMP certification guidance, PMBOK, the biggest change of the fifth edition is that it divides the nice knowledge domains into ten, and expand 42 project management processes into 47 processes.

1. Divide the nice knowledge domains into ten

In the fifth edition of PMP exam guidance PMBOK, the communication management is divided into communication management and stakeholder management.

In the project management, though communication most of the time refers to communication with stakeholders. After the division, however, communication management attaches more importance to information including the planning, collection, storage, organization, monitor and release of information to make sure that the information is delivered with high efficiency.

While the stakeholder management not only emphasize managing the expectation of stakeholders but their participation. The non-participation or over-interference in the project are both reasons for the failure of a project. In the fifth PMBOK, stakeholder management is listed as an independent knowledge domain, which represents its significance.

2. Expand 42 project management processes into 47 processes

  In the fifth edition of <a href=””>PMI PMP exam</a> guidance PMBOK, 42 project management processes are expanded into 47 processes. The five newly added project management processes are scope planning, progress planning, cost planning, stakeholders planning and controlling management. Besides, the management of stakeholder expectations is replaced by the management of stakeholder participation. Releasing information is replaced by managing communication and reporting performance by controlling communication.

These are the major changes of the PMP certification exam guidance. Do pay attention to the changes when you are taking the PMP exam prep.

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