Current PMI Standards Projects

As the project management profession evolves, we continue to expand and update our library of standards.

PMI Standards Meetings

We develop our standards through a volunteer consensus process that includes committee meetings as part of ANSI compliance. View upcoming meetings.

PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition

For more information, email to Kristin Vitello, PMI standards project specialist, at Kristin.Vitello@pmi.org.

We are currently in the process of developing A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition. The PMBOK® Guide reflects evolving knowledge within the profession and is the leading global standard for project management. It addresses the processes that project management experts agree are necessary for most projects in most environments. Processes are presented by Process Group and Knowledge Area.

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.

We expect to publish the sixth edition in Q1 2017. Cyndi Dionisio, project chair, is leading the effort.

The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition

For more information, please contact Chenai Maguwah, PMI standards  specialist, at Chenai.Maguwah@pmi.org.

As one of our four foundational standards, 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 PMI standards are developed through a voluntary consensus process that brings together volunteers and those with an interest and expertise in the topic.

We expect to publish The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition in Q2 2017. Vanina Mangano project chair, is leading the effort.

The Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition

For more information, contact Chenai Maguwah, PMI standards specialist, at Chenai.Maguwah@pmi.org.

We are in the process of updating this standard.  The new edition of will continue to delineate principles of portfolio management that help an organization to achieve its strategic objectives. 

The Standard for Portfolio Management is one of our foundational standards. As with all of our standards, we’ll develop the update through a voluntary consensus process involving volunteers and experts in the field. 

Publication is scheduled for Q3 2017. David Ross, project chair, is leading the effort.

The Standard for Organizational Project Management (OPM)

For more information, please contact Karl Best, PMI standards specialist, at Karl.Best@pmi.org.

This new standard will provide guidance to organizations seeking to implement project management to manage projects, programs, and portfolios in accordance with organizational practices and to achieve organizational objectives. The standard will also provide guidance on the development of organizational methodologies, i.e. project management practices that are tailored to fit an organization’s structure, culture, and practices.

The standard for OPM will be a revision and enhancement of Implementing Organizational Project Management: A Practice Guide published in 2014. We are responding to the results of a survey conducted after publication of the practice guide that showed a high level of interest in an expanded version and acceptance of the approach presented by the guide.

Publication of this new standard is expected in Q2 2017

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide

For information about this standard, please contact Karl Best at karl.best@pmi.org.

An activity to update the current Construction Extension is underway. The purpose of the revision is to update the content of the Extension to reflect the latest thinking in the management of construction projects, and to align it with the guidance provided by the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. 

The Construction Extension committee was formed and started work in July 2014, and we expect to publish the completed Extension in Q2 2016.

Project Manager Competency Development Framework – Third Edition

For further information about this project, please contact Elaine Lazar, PMI Standards Specialist, at elaine.lazar@pmi.org.

The goal of the Project Manager Competency Development Framework (PMCDF) is to ensure that practitioners and organizations have support in the area of project manager competency development. The 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 then, 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.

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