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PMBOK® Guide: What’s New in Integration Management

Note: This post is the first in a series reviewing the updates in each of the 10 Knowledge Areas (KA) in the new A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition. If you want the big picture of what’s changed in the 5th Edition, check out my earlier blog.

steve_glasses So, what’s different in Integration Management?  Well, honestly, very little in this specific KA. For starters, the 5 of the 6 processes are the same: Develop Project Charter, Develop Project Management Plan, Monitor and Control Project Work, Perform Integrated Change Control and Close Project or Phase. The one change is that “Direct and Manage Project Execution” has been renamed “Direct and Manage Project Work” to more appropriately describe the intent of this Process.

But, under the covers, there is a little more support in terms of techniques, deliverables and tools. For example, the technique of Meetings has been added throughout the processes to ensure that this valuable technique is properly used throughout the project. A significant number of additional inputs have been added to the Monitor and Control Project Work Process, emphasizing the importance of performance information in this process.

I would say one significant change is the addition of the Change Log as an output of Perform Integrated Change Control. While I believe this is a very obvious addition, and something that I expect everyone has been producing all along, it ensures that the PMBOK aligned with our established best practices. The other significant change, and also one that simply better aligns the PMBOK with industry best practices, is the recognition that the Project Management Plan contains subsidiary management plans from each of the other KAs.

Bottom line, the updates in the Integrated Management KA are very minor and should present very little change to anyone trying to better understand the PMBOK 5th Edition and/or prepare for the PMI-PMP® exam based on this edition (beginning Aug. 1, 2013).


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