It’s that time again. The Project Management Institute® (PMI) has updated their book A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This occurs every four years. It’s PMI’s way of keeping the book current with today’s project management practices.

For RMC it means that all of our books, software, and classes have to be revised to stay in alignment with the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition. It also provides us with the opportunity to make other changes to our products and courses so we can deliver the best possible learning experiences. And we are hard at it. Read on to learn about what exactly we are changing and how it aligns with the new PMBOK® Guide.

RMC’s flagship product, Rita Mulcahy’s™ PMP® Exam Prep book, is currently undergoing extensive changes. Many are driven by updates found within the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition, while others are made to improve the learning experience and incorporate feedback from our readers and students. We also utilize in-house knowledge gained after the publication of the Eighth edition.

For example, the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition has expanded the Integration Management to include a new “Project Integration Management” process called “Manage Project Knowledge” and provides for the creation of a lessons learned register. To support this our book gives more attention to these new tasks. This is consistent with what RMC has always taught in our courses and described in our products. Our latest work contains new content about the management of project knowledge in our Integration Management chapter.

The expansion of Risk Management in the new PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition includes the “Implement Risk Responses” process to clarify confusion that many project managers have regarding the time when risk response implementation should occur. We’ve updated our risk content in the new edition of PMP® Exam Prep to include and interpret this process.

We’ve also interpreted the changes to the Quality Management process along with the tools and techniques of all quality processes contained in the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition. We added more content to expand our Quality Management chapter.

We’ve changed Human Resource Management to Resource Management. This chapter will now include content about all types of resources, and will reflect the need for project managers to acquire all resources necessary to complete a project, not just team members. We’ve also added content that describes the process of controlling resources.

In addition to our book, we are also making substantial changes to our other PMP® exam prep products. Our bestselling PM FASTrack® Exam Simulation Software will include new and enhanced situational questions. Our flashcards for passing the PMP® exam, Hot Topics will be aligned with our upcoming edition of Rita Mulcahy’s™ PMP® Exam Prep book. Our PMP® Exam Prep eLearning Course along with all of our Instructor-Led PMP® Exam Prep Courses are being completely updated to not only reflect current project management practices, but will have new enhancements to improve the user’s learning experience.

Look for our updated PMP® Exam Prep System that includes our book, exam simulation software, and flashcards at the end of this year. This system should be used to study for the updated PMP® exam that is scheduled to be released March 26, 2018. In the meantime, our eighth edition PMP® materials that are aligned with the PMBOK® Guide–Fifth Edition should still be your best resources to study for and pass the current PMP® exam. Please visit our website for the most current information on our product and class updates and release dates.

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