PMBOK® 6 Walkthru

About the Course

The 6th Edition of the PMI® Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® was published September 6, 2017. It is a major revision.

The first generation of professional project managers aimed to build high-quality systems in a stable environment, informed by 20th Century frameworks, including those of PMI® and PRINCE2®. Their secret weapons were technical know-how, an esoteric set of concepts, processes, and tools, and expert communication across secure computer networks.

In the 21st century, the secret of that same professional community is to have no secrets. In the face of turbulent social and political contexts, it assumes that expertise, frameworks, and security are necessary for successful projects, but not sufficient. As a result, the 21st century practice has become more transparent, more values-driven, faster, and, arguably, more productive.

PMBOK 6 reflects this transformation. Based on advances in systems theory and in agile software development, today's practice aims to interact constructively with an ever-wider spectrum of stakeholders, and to nurture project teams that can build quality deliverables quickly, no matter how turbulent things get in and around the work. Managing projects has become a dynamic, high-profile team sport, not unlike professional soccer. It has become a collaborative systems practice.

To guide this practice, PMBOK® 6 offers innovations in both concept and method. Formally, each Knowledge Area will set out key concepts and advice on tailoring area processes and methods to various project settings and lifecycles. New content appears on many crucial topics, including Stakeholder Engagement, Agile Project Settings, Knowledge Management, and Leadership.

Emphasizing these innovations, this very short course provides an interactive overview of PMBOK® 6.


Organizations in any economic sector with

  • project and operations managers
  • project sponsors, program, and/or portfolio managers
  • a PMO (Project Management Office)
  • business trainers, coaches, instructors
  • members taking PMP® exam Q1 2018 or later


  • background with recent PMBOK® (v.4/5, 2008/13)


  • experience as project manager, sponsor, executive


2 Hours

Class Size

Maximum: 12 Participants


  • Provided: Workbook (c. 30 pages)
  • Recommended (not provided): PMBOK® 6


  • Continued learning plan re PMBOK® 6
    • customized during session
    • by individual, team, organization


Models in Design and Problem-solving

  • Progressive Elaboration of Models in Project Management (PM)
  • Local Models of PM

PMBOK® Model of PM (prior to version 6)

  • Underlying Systems Concepts
  • Review of Structure and Content

The "Disruptive" 1990's

• Advances in Systems Concepts (Progressive Elaboration of Modeling in PM)

• Agile Practice and Manifesto

PMBOK® 6 Innovations in Concept and Practice

  • Business Value, Governance
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Agile Project Settings
  • Knowledge Management


All Cogent Language courses are built by a consistent design pattern. The pattern is project-based learning (PBL). As is "progressive elaboration" in project management, PBL is constructive, collaborative, cumulative, fast-paced, visual, and personal. Here how it works in this course, PMBOK 6® Walkthru.


Participants build a local model of modern project management practice, mapping it to prior versions of the PMBOK. They then walkthru a model of PMBOK 6, highlighting gaps between it and their earlier mappings. Each participant identifies the gap(s) that s/he cares about and tailors a continued learning plan to close them.


Participants build their models and mappings in teams. Their walkthru of PMBOK 6 and gap highlighting may also be cooperative.


In this course, the main learning activities are not topics presented by the instructor - they are tasks participants do. Each task builds on previous tasks and topics, with participants incorporating the work of teammates and accumulating team knowledge in a concrete product.


In order to frame, address, and relate the topics in the ambitious agenda above, the walkthrough moves quickly. It is recommended that participants obtain a copy of PMBOK®6 in advance and preview it. For individual review and follow up, the course workbook provides references to PMBOK 6 and other resources.


Explanations and task work for the course are scaffolded by diagrams, tables, and other structural models in the class workbook and in the presentation of the instructor. The task-based learning process of the class makes extensive use of sketching and whiteboards.


For each group, the facilitator customizes agenda and interaction. Group size is kept small so individuals can benefit from coaching. By way of coaching and interaction, each participant can identify the gap(s) that s/he cares about. S/he can develop a continued learning plan to bridge these gaps by way of the templates in the workbook, including references to specific sections of PMBOK® 6 and other sources informing project management practice going forward.