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

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 should be published in 3Q or 4Q 2015. For information about this standard, please contact Karl Best at

Requirements Management: A Practice Guide
PMI is in the process of developing a practice guide on the topic of requirements management, which is slated for launch in 2015. PMI is collaborating with project and program managers; value, software and systems engineers; and business and Agile analysts to define the common processes of multiple disciplines and industries for developing detailed program and project requirements. The intent of this practice guide is to provide depth to the functional execution of requirements management in alignment with our other foundational standards.

For further information about this project, please contact Kristin Vitello via email 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 Q3 2015.

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

Governance of Projects, Programs, and Portfolio: A Practice Guide
PMI is in the process of developing a practice guide on the governance of projects, programs, and portfolios (PPP), which will support project-based organizations in creating an environment to accelerate the implementation of strategy and achievement of organizational objectives while establishing transparency and confidence in decision making and clarity of roles and responsibilities. This new practice guide will advance the topic of PPP governance by capturing existing, proven practices from conceptualization to implementation that practitioners and organizations find informative and useful. The Governance committee was formed and started work in August 2014. The completed Practice Guide will be published in 2015.

For further information about this project, please contact Lorna Scheel 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.