Current PMI Standards Projects

As the project management profession evolves, we continue to expand and update our library of standards.

Standards development activities

PMI’s standards are developed through a voluntary consensus process. This process brings together volunteers and subject matter experts with an interest in the standards’ topics.

Specific activities:

  • Write the standard’s content, taking into consideration recommendations from the previous edition, market and other survey results, and new developments in project management.
  • Track disposition of all exposure draft comments, suggestions, and feedback, including any appeals and their resolution, with the assistance of PMI staff.
  • Review all text and graphics in the standard to make sure the information is clear, complete and relevant, revising as necessary.
  • Ensure that the content is harmonized with any other relevant PMI standards.
  • Prepare a report with a recommendation to the standards manager for concepts, approaches and tools that may be candidates for inclusion in future editions.

PMI standards participation

PMI’s standards process relies on public feedback, so it’s only fitting that we give you multiple ways to contribute to the development of our standards.

Standards Program Working Sessions feature breakout discussions on two to three topics. Each is facilitated by committee members who need your ideas and feedback. Volunteers can even earn professional development units (PDUs) for participating. Sessions are held periodically at PMI’s North America and EMEA global congresses.

PMI exposure drafts are a critical component in reaching consensus among the many stakeholders of our standards: These include, but are not limited to, the committee, PMI members and project, program and portfolio professionals worldwide.

Exposure drafts are available for 30 days. You can download and print a copy or read it directly online, and then input your recommendations. Access the current exposure drafts.

If you have an idea for a new project for PMI Standards, download and submit the Project Proposal Form.

Visit our volunteer opportunities page for more ways to participate.

Current Projects

Project Manager Competency Development Framework - Third Ed.
The goal of the Project Manager Competency Development Framework (PMCDF) is to ensure that PMI and its members, both individual and corporate, have support in the area of project manager competency development. The PMCDF – Second Edition was developed to “provide both individuals and organizations with guidance on how to assess, plan, and manage the professional development of a project manager.”

Since publication of the current edition of PMCDF, structural changes in the project management profession, including the areas of portfolio and program management, necessitate an update to the framework.

The PMCDF – Third Edition is currently under development, with an expected publication date in Q3 2015.

For further information about this project, please contact Elaine Lazar at

The PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms was introduced in 2012.
It includes 145 commonly used project, program and portfolio management terms. The Lexicon will be updated in 2014 with the addition of many new terms. The work of the 2014 PMI Lexicon Committee will be completed at the end of this year.

For further information about this project, please contact Elaine Lazar at

PMI standards meetings

PMI standards are developed through a volunteer consensus process that includes committee meetings, and is part of ANSI compliance. View a list of the upcoming meetings.