By ensuring that your project management knowledge and frameworks are up-to-date, PMI’s
global standards are the foundation of the profession.
A standard is a document, established by consensus and approved by a
recognized body, which provides for common and repeated use, rules,
guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the
achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context. Developed
under a process based on the concepts of consensus, openness, due process,
and balance, PMI standards provide guidelines for achieving specific project,
program and portfolio management results.
Our standards are developed and approved under a consensus-based process
that ensures all interested stakeholders can participate. PMI is an American
National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developer, and our
process conforms with ANSI procedures.
Standards development follows six steps:
Research-Informed Standards: In addition to these six steps, we will also begin
to incorporate research as part of the standards development process. This
change, which will start with the upcoming new editions of our foundational
standards, enhances the current consensus model, and will better help our
current committees to make informed decisions and identify best practices.
The PMI Standards Program Member Advisory Group (MAG) advises the
standards manager on strategic planning for the standards and related
offerings. They also assist in the development, review and recommendation of
current standards projects.
Standards MAG members are selected by the PMI standards manager to serve
up to five consecutive one-year terms. PMI membership is not required.
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