Current PMI Standards Projects

Introducing Version 3.0
The PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms

For anyone involved in project, program, and portfolio management, the PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms is an essential resource to foster understanding and consistent usage of terminology. Use of standardized language promotes better communications among project teams and is an essential component of any profession.

Newly updated, the PMI Lexicon provides nearly 200 consensus-based definitions developed by volunteer experts.

Along with 45 new definitions, the update also offers the reader insight into related terms, with a “See Also” feature in many of the definitions.

For greater success in your research, writing assignments, exam preparation, and in navigating your career, add this resource to your PMI toolbox today.

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.

If you find an error, or have a question, regarding PMI Standards, and wish to make a suggestion for changes to the standards, please submit your recommendations using the Standards Comment Form.

Visit our volunteer opportunities page for more ways to participate.

Current Projects

PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition
PMI is currently in the process of developing the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition. The PMBOK® Guide is the leading global standard for project management. The PMBOK® Guide contains the processes that project management experts agree are necessary for most projects in most environments. The PMBOK® Guide reflects the evolving knowledge within the profession. Processes are presented by Process Group and Knowledge Area.

PMI Standards guidelines and publications are developed through a voluntary consensus process. The consensus process brings together volunteers and/or seeks out the views of persons who have an interest and expertise in the topic covered by the standards.

The PMBOK® Guide has contributed significantly to the advancement of the project management profession worldwide by championing a common lexicon and disseminating generally accepted project management knowledge and practice.

Publication of the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition is expected in Q1 2017. The effort is led by Cyndi Dionisio, Project Chair.

For more information, please contact Kristin Vitello, PMI Standards Project Specialist, via email at

The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition
One of four foundational standards in the library, the fourth edition will continue its evolutionary path from process-based to principle-based standard, expanding on the principles of program management to reflect good practice. All of PMI’s standards are developed through a voluntary consensus process which brings together volunteers and persons who have an interest and expertise in the topic. Publication of the Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition is expected in Q2 2017. The effort is led by Vanina Mangano, Project Chair. For more information about this project, please contact Chenai Maguwah at

The Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition
PMI is in the process of updating the Standard for Portfolio Management. The standard is one of four of PMI’s foundational standards, and will continue to delineate principles of portfolio management which help an organization achieve its strategic objectives. As with all of PMI’s standards, this update will be developed through a voluntary consensus process involving volunteers and subject matter experts in the field. Publication of the Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition is scheduled for Q3 2017. The effort is led by David Ross, Project Chair. For more information about this project, please contact Chenai Maguwah at

Standard for Organizational Project Management (OPM).
This new standard will provide guidance for organizations seeking to implement project management within their organizations in order to manage projects, programs, and portfolios in accordance with organizational practices and in order to achieve organizational objectives. The standard will also provide guidance on the development of organizational methodologies, i.e. project management practices which are tailored or customized to fit the organization’s structure, culture, and practices.

This standard will be a revision and enhancement of the Implementing Organizational Project Management practice guide that was published by PMI in early 2014. A survey conducted after the publication of the practice guide showed a high level of interest in an expanded version of the guide’s content and acceptance of the approach presented by the guide, and PMI is being responsive to organizations’ need for further guidance on these topics by furthering the development of this publication.

Publication of this new standard is expected in 2Q 2017.

For more information, please contact Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, at

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide
PMI Standards has recently started an activity to update the current Construction Extension. The purpose of the revision is to update the content of the Extension to reflect the latest thinking in the management of construction projects, as well as to bring it in line with the guidance provided by the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. The Construction Extension committee was formed and started work in July 2014 and the completed Extension is expected to be published in 2Q 2016. For information about this standard, please contact Karl Best at

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 Q2 2016

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.