FAQ - What is the Future of the PMP Credential?

Your PMP credential proves that you have been exposed to the best practices of the project management profession. You have passed a challenging exam to prove your understanding.

in the beginning...

PMI's PMP certification was the first formal program to get all project managers talking the same language. When we all use the same terms to describe our work, our clarity ultimately leads to better project performance. When project team members are scattered among remote sites, all project terms must mean the same thing to all members. PMP training and certification helps ensure greater understanding and better project outcomes.

Traditional project management is referred to as "waterfall" project management. At the beginning of the project, the Scope, Time and Cost are defined. Sequential activities are planned, executed and monitored to ensure that the project delivers the desired product on time and within budget. 

If surprises occur, waterfall project management includes processes to detect problems and plan and execute their resolution. 

In the current Version 5 of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, more unknowns were managed. For the first time, waterfall project management included Progressive Elaboration and other principles to manage change. 

In the new Version 6 of the PMBOK, even more Agile principles have been included in waterfall project management.

what about the future of the pmp?

All other certifications, including Agile, have a foundation in the processes of traditional waterfall project management. The PMP training will include many new ways to handle change, including several Agile methodologies.

Will the PMP ever go away? Probably Never. 

Will the PMP include more processes that adapt to change? Absolutely Yes.

In the future, we will see a new buzz phrase: hybrid project management. Hybrid projects will include the best of waterfall, plus the best of Agile. Early in project planning, hybrid project managers will tend to follow these steps:

  1. Perform a Work Breakdown Structure of the deliverable.
  2. Determine which WBS elements are predictable; plan waterfall processes.
  3. Determine which WBS elements are not predictable; plan Agile processes.