By now you may be familiar with the many ways that you can earn professional development units (PDUs) toward credential maintenance. However, there are few unique instances in which you can earn PDUs and experience the added bonus of shaping the profession. Being a PMI standards volunteer is one such opportunity.
Most professions consist of a core body of knowledge, a code of ethics, research, credentials and standards. PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) has long been the go-to standard for practitioners around the globe with more than 3 million copies currently in circulation. Other PMI global standards include titles like the Practice Standard for Project Scheduling and The Standard for Program Management, to name a few.
"[The] Standards are the backbone of the profession and not only are required for less seasoned [project managers], but they are also a good reference point for those seasoned [project managers]…" says Shelly Brotherton, PMP, chair, Practice Standard for Estimating; vice chair, Practice Standard for WBS—Second Edition.
What you may not be so familiar with is how PMI standards are created.
There are different types of standards, but the type of standard that demands the most time and effort is a consensus-based standard. This is the type of standard that PMI creates.
Developers of consensus-based standards must adhere to the principals of:
Without PMI's dedicated standards volunteers and their significant contributions, there would be no standards. Each standards team is generally comprised of 10 to 15 people.
Once the PMI standards program manager has identified the chair of a new committee, a call for volunteers is issued on PMI.org. The chair reviews applicants' resumes and nominates subject-matter experts to become part of the standard development committee.
The selection is based on creating a balanced group of volunteers with the greatest experience and knowledge who can remain open to the overall views of the committee and to the public review.
The PMI standards program staff is proud of these men and women who have lent their energy, time, patience and considerable knowledge to the elevation of the project management profession.
"We are producing a document that should have a major impact on our industry and how we all perform our jobs," says Charlie Follin, PMP, vice chair, Practice Standard for Scheduling—Second Edition.
Check out volunteer opportunities on PMI.org for upcoming updates to PMI's global standards.
Are you planning to attend the PMI® Global Congress 2010—North America in Washington D.C., USA, 9-12 October? You will be able to have your professional development units (PDUs) automatically credited to your certification transcript when you scan your badge as you enter each congress session.
After the congress, the PDU information is downloaded to the online Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) system and credited to your transcript for maintenance of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credentials.
To determine if a session will provide PDUs for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® and the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®, review the information in the event guide provided on site. There are currently 19 sessions that will provide at least 0.75 PDUs for the PMI-RMP® credential and nine sessions that will provide at least 0.75 PDUs for the PMI-SP® credential.
Attendees should allow about two to three weeks after the congress concludes to see the PDUs on their transcripts.
Register by 23 September for special rates.