Consultation update: APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition

The APM Body of Knowledge provides the foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios across all sectors and industries.

Our latest consultation on the proposed storyboards for the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition saw overwhelming support for the content plans which were developed from the initial consultation held at the start of 2018. This feedback, along with comments from our Specific Interest Group committees has helped shape the final structure of the publication which our writing team will now build on.

You can see the results from the consultation in the report below, together with the thoughts of APM Body of Knowledge editor Dr Ruth Murray-Webster.

Download the consultation report

What is the APM Body of Knowledge?

The APM Body of Knowledge provides the foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios across all sectors and industries. Written by the profession for the profession it offers the key to successful project management.

Why are we updating the APM Body of Knowledge?

The project management profession has developed significantly since the publication of the first APM Body of Knowledge in 1992. By the sixth edition (2012) it was increasingly accepted that organisations in all sectors use:

(i)    projects to deliver planned change outputs and,

(ii)   programmes and portfolios to organise projects alongside ‘business as usual’ to deliver benefits.

The seventh edition proposes to continue this theme and will emphasise how contemporary management through projects deals with an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

It also reflects that emerging thinking is to understand projects as social systems and project-based working in the context of accomplishing intended change and associated outcomes of strategic importance.

How we are updating the APM Body of Knowledge?

The seventh edition proposes to continue in the spirit of previous editions, collaborating with the project community to create a foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. The diversity of views and input helps improve what is ultimately produced. To provide access to everyone equally and to ensure we’ve captured a broad range of views fairly, we used an online consultation platform, CitizenSpace.

We will continue to communicate progress via this APM Body of Knowledge web resource. Throughout the process editor Ruth Murray-Webster will update on how the book’s content is taking shape. You can follow her blogs here:

What's next:

We’re due to publish in spring 2019. Take a look at the timetable below:

  • Feb-April: APM Body of Knowledge consultation – now closed
  • June: Consultation report published 
  • July: Revised structure published as work in progress
  • Sep: Writing team share topic briefs online for consultation - now closed 
  • Oct: Writing team finish draft version
  • Nov: First draft of APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition shared online
  • Dec: Finalise draft ready for production
  • Spring 2019: Publish APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition

Take part in APM Body of Knowledge project by sharing your views with us today. Email us at: yourviews@apm.org.uk

Meet our editorial team 

Dr Ruth Murray-Webster HonFAPM

Ruth has been appointed as editor for the 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.

Ruth is an experienced business manager and consultant specialising in delivering business change and risk management.

She has significant publishing experience, especially with APM and is a joint-author of Starting Out in Project Management.

She has a very clear appreciation of the important role that APM SIGs and other communities have in the creation of the APM Body of Knowledge.

She says:

“I was very honoured to be asked to be editor of the first APM Body of Knowledge for the chartered profession. The APM Body of Knowledge has a long history of being written by the profession for the profession, so leading that is exciting.”

Professor Darren Dalcher HonFAPM

Darren will be acting as academic advisor. He is a Professor in Strategic Project Management at the Lancaster University Management School, visiting professor at the University of Iceland and adjunct professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management (SKEMA).

He is the founder and director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM).

He has written over 200 refereed papers on project management and published over 30 books.

Darren says: 

"The APM Body of Knowledge is an important document supporting the development of the project profession in the charter era. I am delighted and honoured to be playing a part in shaping and refreshing the APM Body of Knowledge at such an important juncture."

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