PMBOK® Guide and Standards

The Standards Transformation

Standards are evolving to meet customers’ needs, starting with the PMBOK® Guide.  Find out more and follow along on The Critical Path.  

PMI is responding to practitioners’ needs for reliable professional tools. Here’s what you’ll see in our evolving standards.

More Inclusive Content

Recognizing practitioners’ opportunity to leverage a variety of methods and approaches, the revised standards and guides will represent the full value delivery landscape.

Expect shifts in format and content that serve practitioners’ need for flexibility in delivering outcomes and value to their organizations.

Digitization of Content

Increasing value as an on-the-job reference, our future-state standard products will be available in a digital, accessible format for quick reference in real-world scenarios. This will include additional content focused on helping practitioners apply the standards in context, reflecting various approaches.

Expect an interactive, digital experience that allows you to take the standard and additional content on-the-go for ease of use.

What to Expect

The Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) will be the first standards products to transform.

We remain committed to providing our customers with unparalleled value over the course of their careers.

Stay Connected

We will continue to share updates on our standards transformation. Learn about our process and progress by following us on The Critical Path on ProjectManagement.com, and by following us on social media.

ANSI ASD & ISO

PMI continues to respond to practitioners’ needs for reliable professional tools. As an ANSI ASD (Accredited Standards Developer), many of PMI’s global standards are also ANSI approved. PMI also continues to actively support and participate in ISO (International Organization for Standardization) activities related to the field of project management.

Foundational Standards

PMBok Guide 6th Edition

The PMBOK® Guide and PMI global standards continually and accurately reflect the evolving profession. Extensions to the PMBOK® Guide apply the guidance found in the PMBOK® Guide to specific types of projects, meant to be used in conjunction with the PMBOK® Guide.

Go to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Extensions to the PMBOK® Guide

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Practice Standards & Frameworks

Practice standards describe the use of a tool, technique or process identified in the PMBOK® Guide or other foundational standards.
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Practice Guides

Practice guides provide supporting information and instruction to help you apply PMI standards. Practice guides may become potential standards and if so, would undergo the process for development of full consensus standards.
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Lexicon of Project Management Terms

The lexicon provides a standardized set of frequently used project, program and portfolio management terms with clear and concise definitions to improve understanding and consistent use of terminology.
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About Standards

Find out more about PMI standards, how they are developed and how you can get involved. Discover how PMI supports the success of international standards activities.
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