PMBOK guide

Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide)

In 1983, a group of volunteers from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) came together and designed the basics of project management skills. Later, this knowledge developed into a global standard for project management: Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). Although the way companies operate over the decades has changed considerably, good project management practices have remained key to achieving the best business results. The PMBOK® guide is today widely recognized as a comprehensive standard for effective project management.

Seventh edition of the PMBOK® guide

Over the past few years, emerging technology, new approaches and rapid market changes have changed the world of work, driving the profession to evolve. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition has been updated to meet these challenges, better align to how people work today and help you be more proactive, innovative and nimble.

This edition of the PMBOK® Guide:

  • Reflects the full range of development approaches (predictive, traditional, adaptive, agile, hybrid, etc.)
  • Provides an entire section devoted to tailoring the development approach and processes
  • Expands the list of tools and techniques in a new section, “Models, Methods, and Artifacts”
  • Focuses on project outcomes in addition to deliverables
  • Integrates with PMIstandards+ for access to content that helps the user apply the PMBOK® Guide on the job

Including both The Standard for Project Management and the PMBOK® Guide, this modern edition presents 12 principles of project management and eight project performance domains critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes.

You can purchase the book on the PMI® website (, where a guide for all PMI members is available free of charge in an electronic version.

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