Author: Leandro Benda., PMP

Leandro Benda

On Tuesday 9 November 2021, our 8th PMI Switzerland Open Space took place on Zoom. In Open Spaces, each participant is able to freely ask questions and/or share his or her expertise and opinion.

The topic of this online event was "The PMBOK 7". The topic was hosted with great talent by our volunteer Patryk Nosalik. On this occasion, 26 project managers joined from different sectors such as food processing, IT consulting, trading, building construction and more.

Different "virtual rooms" of 15 minutes each were created during the event in order to have various exchanges on themes of the participants’ choice. These virtual rooms were each managed by a facilitator to encourage engagement and ensure the best experience for everyone.

The questions selected for the discussion included:

  1. What is the biggest change in PMBOK 7 compared to PMBOK 6?
  2. What is the risk of PMPs in the future? Will they be less technical with the new PMBOK 7?
  3. What will change in the content of the PMP exam?
  4. Is PMBOK6 obsolete now?
  5. Do ITTOs still have value?
  6. Where will PMs find technical knowledge if not in PMBOK?

Each participant was able to freely ask questions and share his or her expertise and opinion and interesting answers were provided on these topics.

From these exchanges, it resulted that the PMBOK 7 will have the following new features compared to the PMBOK 6:

- More pragmatic approach

- More tailoring

- More global picture approach

- Offers more tools for the daily business, for example on the topic of leadership

This more global picture approach could perhaps allow project managers in the future to have more time to focus on tasks that bring even more added value. However, PMBOK6 still remains the reference for traditional methodology and it still has value for existing or new PMs.

We invite you all to register for our future Open Spaces which will take place online via Zoom. Dates and topics will be communicated soon. You will have the opportunity to share and learn more on the numerous and important changes that this new edition proposes.

All our events can be consulted via the PMI Switzerland events page.

Leandro Benda, PMP