PMP Examination Content Outline Changes in 2019

The PMP Exam Content Outline will change starting from 16-12-2019. The reference will be the same PMBOK Guide 6th edition, it will not change.

What will change is the exam content outline. Let's explain the old content outline vs. the new content outline.

·         Old content outline, the following table identifies the proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the examination

Domain and Percentage of Questions

Initiating 13%

Planning 24%

Executing 31%

Monitoring and Controlling 25%

Closing 7%

·         New Content outline, the following table identifies the proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the examination

Domain and Percentage of Questions

People 42%

Processes 50%

Business Environment 8%

·         Important Notes About New Changes:

o   The reference will be the same PMBOK Guide 6th edition, it didn't change. The change is related to the domains of the exam.

o   About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches.

o   Each domain (People, processes and business environment) has a group of tasks and each task has a group of enablers.

o   Domain: Defined as the high-level knowledge area that is essential to the practice of project management.

o   Tasks: The underlying responsibilities of the project manager within each domain area.

o   Enablers: Illustrative examples of the work associated with the task.

·         FAQ

o   I am studying PMP now, what should I do?

You should finish studying PMP ASAP and try to take the exam before 16-12-2019.  You still have enough time to study and take the exam.

o   Why does the exam content outline change?

The research conducted through the Job Task Analysis validated that today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and utilize different project approaches. Accordingly, the PMP certification will be reflective of this and will incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum.

 

o   What is included in each domain?

People domain focuses on the project manager as a leader and manager for project team and stakeholders, resolving conflicts, leadership styles, motivation, influencing team members and stakeholders, team performance appraisal, empowering team members and stakeholders, training team members, building teams, removing obstacles for the team, collaboration with stakeholders, dealing with virtual teams,…etc.

Process domain focuses on all the 49 processes with knowledge areas like communications, risk, stakeholders,...etc.

Business domain focuses on project compliance requirements, project benefits, external business environment changes, and organizational changes.

o   Is the agile practice guide included?

No.

o   Where can I find the new exam content outline?

From this link https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/pmp-examination-content-outline-june-2019.pdf

PMI announcement for the change https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp/exam-prep/changes


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