1 July, 2021

PMBOK 7: 7th Edition of the PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – with Nader Rad


Nader Rad is a member of the Core Team that put together PMBOK 7, the 7th Edition of the PMBOK Guide. He’ll tell us what he thinks of the changes.

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Nader Rad

Nader K Rad started working with projects over 20 years ago: first, as a project planner in construction projects, and then in large process-plant projects. In parallel, he was also involved in IT projects and start-ups, moving from project planning into project management. He went on to help companies improve their project, program, and portfolio management systems.

Now, he spends most of his time contributing to standards (P3.express, NUPP, PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile®, and the PMBOK® Guide), and developing eLearning courses in the company he runs with Frank Turley, Management Plaza.

PMBOK 7 Core Team

Among those standards is the PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. Nader is on the core team responsible for creating the 7th Edition, due out in August 2021. It promises to be a radical departure from its six ancestors!

That’s why I wanted to speak with him about the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition. Of course, everything Nader says is his personal opinion and not the official opinion of PMI / PMBOK 7 team.

PMBOK 7 Discussion Time-stamps

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  • 00:00 – Nader Rad
  • 01:48 – The Great Great Great Great Grandfather of PMBOK 7
  • 02:07 – The PMBOK Guide 7th Edition
  • 03:01 – Nader Rad’s Nearly Universal Principles of Projects (NUPP)
  • 03:24 – How did you come to be part of the PMBOK7 core team?
  • 05:17 – Contrasting the 6th and 7th Edition approaches
  • 06:17 – The evolution from the 1st to the 6th Edition
  • 06:39 – How will PMBOK7 differ from previous editions?
  • 08:10 – Size matters: Will PMBOK 7 be smaller than the 6th Edition?
  • 09:32 – Was the core team briefed to be revolutionary?
  • 10:16 – How will the PM community react to PMBOK7?
  • 13:06 – What will be the impact on the CAPM and PMP exams?
  • 13:59 – PMI Standards+
  • 18:18 – What are your highlights from PMBOK 7?
  • 20:59 – Nader’s book recommendations
  • 23:30 – What are your overall feelings about PMBOK7?
  • 24:43 – Did the public draft of PMBOK7 lead to significant changes?
  • 25:54 – PMBOK 7 – a remote project team
  • 26:31 – What changes would you like to see in the future for the PMBOK Guide?
  • 27:34 – Project Managers and change
  • 31:08 – Nader’s work and getting in touch with him
  • 33:51 – Bonus Question: PMBOK 7 and the ANSI standard
  • 36:33 – Close

Our detailed article on everything we know about PMBOK 7

PMBOK 7: Last Update on the 7th Edition of the PMI’s PMBOK Guide

My video: Managers’ Reading List: Great Books for Managers

My bad!

Nader has pointed out that I grabbed the WRONG book cover to illustrate his recommendation of Thinking on Purpose for Project Managers I got the link in the description right, but darn if Bandler didn’t mess with my mind at 22:15 So, I hope Nader and Bill Richardson (author of Thinking on Purpose for Project Managers) will forgive me.

Nader Rad’s Courses at OnlinePMCourses

Nader Rad teaches many of the PTCoE certification courses that we offer.

What Kit does a Project Manager Need?


I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own. 

Check out the Kit a Project Manager needs

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Mike Clayton

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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