Library of PMI Global Standards
PMI’s library of global standards is grouped into foundational standards, practice standards and frameworks, and standards extensions and practice guides. These categories reflect the expansive nature of project management, and will continue to grow and evolve along with the profession.
These standards provide a foundation for project management knowledge and represent the four areas of the profession: project, program, portfolio and the organizational approach to project management. They are the foundation on which practice standards and industry-specific extensions are built.
The PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition is the preeminent global standard for project management. It provides project managers with the fundamental practices needed to achieve organizational results and excellence in the practice of project management.
Like previous editions, this standard presents generally recognized good practices and reflects continually evolving knowledge.
Chinese (Simplified), French,
Italian, Japanese, Korean,
Russian,and Spanish translations of the Fifth Edition are completed and available for PMI members to download. Additional translations will be published as they are completed. In the meantime PMI members can download sections of these languages: Arabic, German.
The Standard for Program Management—Third Edition is the resource for helping program managers find the best means of achieving their goals and driving organizational success. With the ability to help assess the variety of factors linking projects under one program and provide the best allotment of resources between those projects, the standard is an invaluable tool for program, project and portfolio managers alike, as well as project stakeholders and senior management.
If project and program management are disciplines for doing the work right, portfolio management is the discipline for doing the right work. Portfolio managers oversee a collection of projects or programs and other work that are grouped together to meet strategic business objectives.
Organizations can benefit from achieving organizational project management maturity — when projects aren’t just executed randomly, but are tied to business strategy and support business goals. The Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) provides the tools organizations need to measure their maturity against a comprehensive set of organizational best practices.
Practice Standards and Frameworks
Practice standards describe the use of a tool, technique or process identified in the PMBOK® Guide or other foundational standards.
Practice Standard for Project Risk Management▼▲
Project risk management involves planning risk management, identifying risks, prioritizing risks before they occur in order to minimize negative impacts of threats on your projects and maximize the upside impact of opportunities, conducting quantitative risk analysis to estimate overall project risk, responding to identified high-priority risks and monitoring and controlling those risks and their responses. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Practice Standard for Earned Value Management—Second Edition▼▲
Based on the fundamental principle that past patterns and trends can be good indicators of the future, earned value management (EVM) helps you clearly and objectively see where your project is going and compare it to where it’s supposed to be. This standard describes the elements of EVM and offers examples of how it can fit any project or situation. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management▼▲
Project configuration management (PCM) is the collective body of processes, activities, tools and methods project practitioners can use to manage items during the project life cycle. PCM addresses the composition of a project, the documentation defining it and other data supporting it. It is a baseline- and requirements-management process that provides managed control to all phases of a project life cycle. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures—Second Edition (Reaffirmed)▼▲
Work breakdown structures (WBS) are used to define project deliverables and establish the structure to manage work to completion. This standard supplies project managers and team members with direction for the preliminary development and implementation of work breakdown structures. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Practice Standard for Scheduling—Second Edition▼▲
Effective project scheduling and time management are critical factors in the success or failure of a particular project. The Practice Standard for Scheduling transforms chapter six of the PMBOK® Guide, Project Time Management, into an actionable and objective measurement process for project schedules and schedule models. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Practice Standard for Project Estimating▼▲
Effective project management requires consistent and repeatable processes and methodologies to manage the constraints of scope, time, cost and quality. The Practice Standard for Project Estimating provides guidance for achieving that through a sound estimating discipline for your project. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Project Manager Competency Development Framework—Second Edition▼▲
This framework standard identifies ways to improve the personal competencies you need to be successful. Increase your capacity for personal growth with guidance for refining the three areas of project management competence: knowledge and skills, performance, and personal behavior and attitudes. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
PMI Standards Extensions
Standard extensions expand upon our foundational standards to provide more information on specific project types or industry information.
Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition▼▲
This standard, developed by PMI jointly with IEEE Computer Society, provides guidance on the management of software development projects, and bridges the gap between the traditional, predictive approach described in the PMBOK® Guide and iterative approaches such as agile more commonly used in software development. Purchase this item in PMI marketplace.
Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Third Edition▼▲
Much of the PMBOK® Guide is directly applicable to construction projects. In the worldwide construction industry, though, project management concepts and practice have broadened. The changes differ sufficiently from other industries and applications to warrant this updated extension. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide Third Edition▼▲
This standard outlines the guiding principles for government projects and provides a framework to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. It provides an overview of the key processes used in most public sectors, defines key terms, describes how government projects operate, and reviews government program life cycles. Purchase this item in the marketplace.
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Practice guides provide supporting information and instruction to help you apply PMI standards. Practice guides may become potential standards and if so, would undergo the process for development of full consensus standards.
Implementing Organizational Project Management: A Practice Guide▼▲
Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide▼▲
Understand how to navigate complexity in projects and programs using principles, tools and techniques referenced in the PMBOK® Guide and other PMI foundational standards.
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Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide▼▲
Go in-depth on the change management processes discussed in our foundational standards. This guide helps project and program managers to identify and account for change elements within a project or program plan; to create clear and powerful strategies to guide organizational development; and to execute those strategies reliably and effectively.
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