From Nov 2015 onwards, there will be slight changes to PMBOK 5th edition. Additional tasks will be added to some of the domain groups. The high level domain groups will still remain the same.

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PMI just posted the finalized version of the PMP Exam Content Outline. The draft was already available for the last few months. But the finalized version of the exam content online only crystalized what were already said before that.
What Will Stay?
The new exam will still be based on PMBOK 5th edition. Therefore most PMP exam prep guides on the market will still be valid for your PMP exam prep.
The five domain groups for the PMP Exam remains the same:

  1. Initiating the Project
  2. Planning the Project
  3. Executing the Project
  4. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
  5. Closing the Project

What Will Change?

  • The most significant change to the PMP Exam is that new tasks will be added to the 5 domain groups of the PMP Exam.
  • The intention is to enforce heavier emphasis on stakeholders (including managing, engaging and communicating with the stakeholders) which was usually covered in Project Stakeholder Management knowledge area.
  • Due to the change, the total tasks in PMBOK 5th edition will increase from 37 to 42. Here is a complete breakdown of the change, extracted from the PMP Certification Exam Outline document:
  1. Initiating the Project – 3 new tasks
    1. Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
    2. Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
    3. Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.
  2. Planning the Project – 1 new tasks
    1. 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.
  3. Executing the Project – 2 new tasks
    1. Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
    2. Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.
  4. Monitoring and controlling the Project – 2 new tasks
    1. Archive project documents and materials using generally accepted practices, in order to comply with statutory requirements and for potential use in future projects and audits.
    2. Obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, using appropriate tools and techniques and based on the stakeholder management plan, in order to evaluate their satisfaction.
  5. Closing the Project – No new tasks


  • I expect to hear about more news regarding the changes for the PMP Exam syllabus. As PMI member, I would receive these news through the PMI newsletter. I would then share them right away over here.
  • Since the newly announced PMP certification exam outline still refers to PMBOK Guide 5th edition, you can still all the PMP Exam prep guides and materials recommended by EasyPM Guide.
  • The new PMP Exam will only be effective from 2nd November 2015 onwards. If you sit for the new PMP exam on that day or afterwards, you will get the results right away. PMP aspirants that are taking their PMP certification exam in languages other than English will still be able to request for language aid from 2nd November onwards.
  • If you are anxious about these changes, which is normal, I would strongly recommend you to schedule your exam before 1st November 2015.
  • Despite the relevance of most PMP prep materials out there, you may not be able to find PMP study materials for the new additions to PMP exam syllabus right away.
  • The EasyPM Game Plan recommends a minimum of 4 months to prepare for your application to sitting for your exam. So if you start today, you will definitely make it before 1st November! The PMP Certification Process: From Start to Finish Guide will guide you along the way.

Did you manage to make it before 1st November? Please let me know if you do manage.

If you are one of the lucky ones that manage the early glimpse on the new PMP exam from November 2 onwards…please do leave a note below and share with the rest of us how did it feel like.

I can’t wait to hear from you.