Getting up to standard
In September, 1999, the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard. This article describes the importance of formal standards, the function of ANSI, and the fifteen-year effort that resulted in this noteworthy achievement. The development of standards not only help to define a profession, but they enable that profession to regulate the conduct of its members, express its social responsibility, and allow the discipline to grow. ANSI accreditation provides the Project Management Institute numerous benefits, among which are increased credibility, the promotion of documented procedures in business processes, participation in national and international standards arenas, and the facilitation of communication among members.