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PMI body of knowledge standards

PMIs Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK’ Guide) is the bible of the project management field. PMIs Project Management Professional (PMP’) credential is the field standard for determining professionalism and competency in the practice of project management. But there was a time was the field lacked a common body of knowledge and a credentialing process, a time when project managers struggled to understand and differentiate project management as a distinct profession. This article discusses the founding of PMIs PMBOK’ Guide and PMP’ credential, from its initial introduction during the PMI 1976 Montreal (Canada) Symposium to the publication of the August 1986 issue of Project Management Journal’. It details the timeline and the process for developing and defining--as well as identifying the key issues and concerns involved in creating--a project management body of knowledge and accreditation program as well as a professional code of ethics for project managers.
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