PMP Exam Changes: Ultimate Guide to PMP Exam Changes in 2016


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Update Sept-2015: While there is no updates to PMBOK at all for new PMP exam changes, Cornelius has confirmed that there will be a FREE upgrade to PM PrepCast incorporating all the information required to be studied for the new exam!

Update Aug-2015: PMI has postponed the date of new exam from 2 November 2015 to 12 January 2016.

This means that there is still time to get your PMP under current scheme of things! So, Stay calm and get that PMP! 🙂

In the first part of this guide you understood why, when and how PMI makes changes to PMP exam.

In this part we shall see the exact change that are made to PMP Examination Content Outline – basically the syllabus for PMP exam.

What are the overall PMP exam changes?

In PMBOK-5 guide PMI introduced a new Knowledge Area to address Stakeholder management in its entirety (in PMBOK-4 these were spread in other KAs). So it was natural to expect RDS to simplify/add/refine some more around Stakeholder management.

Other changes are done to areas of procurement management, lessons learned and aligning business objectives to deliverables.

  • 8 new tasks are added
  • Initiating domain – THREE new tasks added – task 2, 7, & 8
  • Planning domain – ONE new task added – task 13
  • Executing domain – TWO new task added – task 6 & 7
  • Monitoring & Controlling domain – TWO new tasks added – task 6 & 7
  • Closing domain – NO new tasks added

Note that these tasks do not correspond to tasks you see in PMBOK! The task numbers above indicate changes to Examination Content Outline – the PMP syllabus.

What are the specific PMP exam changes in the syllabus?

Change1 : Executing domain gets 1% additional coverage and Closing domain loses 1%

Exam Impact: This may actually translate into you getting 1-2 questions more in Executing PG on the exam and 1-2 questions less in Closing PG.

Changes to Question distribution across 5 domains

DomainPercentage of items on test - on or before Jan 11, 2016Percentage of items on test - from Jan 12, 2016
Total100%100%
Initiating13%13%
Planning24%24%
Executing30%31%
Monitoring & Controlling25%25%
Closing8%7%

Change 2: Initiating domain – 3 new tasks added

  • Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Conduct benefit analysis with relevant stakeholders to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
  • Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

In terms of Knowledge and Skills here are side-by-side comparison.

Initiating a Project - Knowledge & Skills

For exam on or before Jan 11, 2016For exam from Jan 12, 2016
Cost-benefit analysis
Business case development
Project selection criteria
Stakeholder identification techniques
Risk identification techniques
Elements of a project charter
Analytical skills
Benefit analysis techniques
Elements of a project charter
Estimation tools and techniques
Strategic management

Change 3: Planning domain – 1 new task added

  • Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.

Planning a Project - Knowledge & Skills

For exam on or before Jan 11, 2016For exam from Jan 12, 2016
Requirements gathering techniques
Work breakdown structure tools and techniques
Time, budget and cost estimation techniques
Scope management techniques
Resource planning techniques
Workflow diagramming techniques
Types and uses of organizational charts
Elements, purpose and techniques of project planning
Elements, purpose and techniques of communications planning
Elements, purpose and techniques of procurement planning
Elements, purpose and techniques of quality management planning
Elements, purpose and techniques of change management planning
Elements, purpose and techniques of risk management planning
Change management planning
Cost management planning, including project budgeting tools & techniques
Communications planning
Contract types and selection criteria
Estimation tools and techniques
Human resource planning
Lean and efficiency principles
Procurement planning
Quality management planning
Requirements gathering techniques
Regulatory and environmental impacts assessment planning
Risk management planning
Scope deconstruction tools and techniques
Scope management planning
Stakeholder management planning
Time management planning, including scheduling tools and techniques
Workflow diagramming techniques

Change 4: Executing domain – TWO new task added

  • Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

Executing a Project - Knowledge & Skills

For exam on or before Jan 11, 2016For exam from Jan 12, 2016
Project monitoring tools and techniques
Elements of a statement of work
Interaction between the work breakdown structure elements within the project schedule
Project budgeting tools and techniques
Quality standard tools
Continuous improvement processes
Continuous improvement processes
Contract management techniques
Elements of a statement of work
Interdependencies among project elements
Project budgeting tools and techniques
Quality standard tools
Vendor management techniques

Change 5: Monitoring & Controlling domain – TWO new tasks added

  • Capture, analyze and manage lessons learned, using lessons learned management techniques in order to enable continuous improvement.
  • Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan in order to verify compliance with project objectives.

Monitoring & Controlling a Project - Knowledge & Skills

For exam on or before Jan 11, 2016For exam from Jan 12, 2016
Performance measurement and tracking techniques
Project control limits
Project performance metrics
Cost analysis techniques
Variance and trend analysis techniques
Project plan management techniques
Change management techniques
Integrated change control processes
Risk identification and analysis techniques
Risk response techniques
Problem solving techniques
Reporting procedures
Performance measurement and tracking techniques
Process analysis techniques
Project control limits
Project finance principles
Project monitoring tools and techniques
Project quality best practices and standards
Quality measurement tools
Risk identification and analysis techniques
Risk response techniques
Quality validation and verification techniques

Change 6: Closing domain – NO new tasks added

Here’s side-by-side comparison on Knowledge and Skills changes

Closing a Project - Knowledge & Skills

For exam on or before Jan 11, 2016For exam from Jan 12, 2016
Contract closure requirements
Basic project accounting principles
Close-out procedures
Feedback techniques
Project review techniques
Archiving techniques and statuses
Compliance (statute/org)
Transition planning techniques
Archiving practices and statutes
Compliance (statute/org)
Contract closure requirements
Close-out procedures
Feedback techniques
Performance measurement techniques
Project review techniques
Transition planning techniques
That’s the comprehensive list of new PMP exam changes!

I am sure at this point you have lot of questions buzzing in your mind. The last part of this 3-part series answers some of those questions.

Dates to remember: new PMP syllabus comes into effect in PMP tests conducted on or after January 12, 2016
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Read the other two posts in this 3-part series.
Part 1: New PMP Exam Format: Ultimate Guide to PMP Exam Changes in 2016
Part 3: New PMP Exam Tips: Ultimate Guide to PMP Exam Changes in 2016.

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