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The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the world's leading project management certification. Now  including predictive, Agile and hybrid approaches, the PMP® proves project leadership experience and expertise in any way of working. It supercharges careers for project leaders across industries and helps organizations find the people they need to work smarter and perform better.

The PMP “Examination Content Outline” describes the knowledges a project management practitioner has to own to pass the PMP test, it has been updated by the Project Management Institute (the certification’s organization) starting from Jan 1st 2021.

Until Dec 31, 2020, the Examination Content Outline was based on the PMI PMBOK Guide sixth edition's 5 groups of processes: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Control, Closing. Starting from Jan 1, 2021 the Examination Content Outline has been transformed refering no more the PMBOK Guide's groups of processes.

The table below defines the three domains of the Examination Content Outline, applicable starting from Jan 1st 2021, related with the percentage of items on test:

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Most of the People’s domain, part of the Process’s domain and also part of the Business environment’s domains are based on Agile and Lean mindset. Generally speaking, PMP test has been moved from quite the 100% of predictive/traditional project management knowledges it required until the Dec 31, 2020 to about 50% Agile, Lean and 50% of predictive/traditional project management knowledges it requires now from Jan 01, 2021.  

Inside new PMP “Examination Content Outline” document, each domain is composed by “tasks” a practitioner has to own to be able to take the PMP test.


People’s domain is composed by the following “tasks” a practitioner has to own:

  1. Manage Conflicts
  2. Lead a team
  3. Support team performance
  4. Empower team members and stakeholders
  5. Ensure team/members stakeholders are adequately trained
  6. Build a team
  7. Address and remove impediments, obstacles, and blockers from the team
  8. Negotiate project agreements
  9. Collaborate with stakeholders
  10. Build shared understanding
  11. Engage and support virtual teams
  12. Define team ground rules 


Process’s domain is composed by the following “tasks” a practitioner has to own. Some of them are related to the 10 "knowledges area" of PMBOK guide:

  1. Execute project with the urgency required to deliver business value
  2. Manage communications
  3. Assess and manage risks
  4. Engage stakeholders
  5. Plan and manage budget and resources
  6. Plan and manage schedules
  7. Plan and manage quality of product/deliverables
  8. Plan and manage scope
  9. Integrate project planning activities
  10. Manage project changes
  11. Plan and manage procurements
  12. Manage project artifacts
  13. Determine appropriate project methodology/methods and practices
  14. Establish project governance structure
  15. Manage project issues
  16. Ensure project transfers for project continuity
  17. Plan and manage project/phase closure or transition

Business environment ’s domain is composed by the following “tasks” a practitioner has to own:

  1. Plan and manage project compliance
  2. Evaluate and deliver project benefits and value
  3. Evaluate and address external business environment change for impact on scope
  4. Support organizational change

You can find details of the description about each task of each domain inside the “Examination Content Outline” document. You can download it from here:

The PMP test is no more mostly based on the PMBOK Guide (Project Management  Body Of Knowledge Guide) as it was until Dec 31, 2020, instead the Guide is just one of the referenced text. PMI suggests to read several other books, they are listed here: . The reference list include also the PMI PMBOK Guide the PMI Agile Practice Guide and several other books coming from traditional, Agile, Lean, Scrum, Information Technology and other knowledge framework for a total of 10 books.


Altought, PMI writes: “exam candidates should be aware that the PMP exam is not written according to any single text or singularly supported by any particular reference. PMI does not endorse specific review courses, resources, references or other materials for certification preparation. The references listed of the above link are not inclusive of all resources that may be utilized and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed means of passing the exam.”

It's clear that the study of the referenced books is not enough to prepare to take the PMP exam.

That is one of the main reasons because a training course from trusted and in the field experienced trainers needs to be done. As a practitioner you need to look for trainers to be expert on several knowledges domains coming from several body of knowledges.

One of the consequence this transformation is the new PMP exam is much larger in knowledges to learn than before. The new PMP is times much larger than the old PMP because the introduction of much more knowledges needed to learn like Agile, Lean, Scrum, ecc…

This cause a training course to be much longer.

PMI requires 35 contact hours of training in project management but we think a much time consuming training class have to be taken, from experienced trainers, to get the results. For a practitioner having the whole set of eligibility requirements (you can find it inside the PMP Handbook guide you can download from here: ) we think a training class of at least 60 hours of training have to be completed.

The 60 hours of training teach most of the Agile and Lean practices and the whole set of traditional project management knowledges.


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