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PMBOK® Guide: What’s New in Human Resource Management?

Note: This post is the sixth 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 this earlier post.

So, what’s different in Human Resource Management? Very little. This is one of the KAs where a “plan” process already existed, although it has been renamed in the 5th edition for naming consistency from Develop Human Resource Plan to Plan Human Resource Management. The other three processes: Acquire Project Team, Develop Project Team and Manage Project Team retained the same names, as their content.

stevecaselyiconAs far as the details of Human Resource Management go, there also aren’t vert many changes, neither are they major. The most significant change is the addition of a new technique for acquiring the team. Other than that, the changes consist of slight nuances in the inputs, output, tools and techniques, to help maintain consistency throughout the new edition.

Bottom line, not a lot of changes in this KA, so if you were already familiar with the expectations for Human Resource Management in the 4th edition, you’re good to go with the 5th edition.

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