Project Management Institute

Exposure Draft FAQ

A standard is a repeatable framework for carrying out activities, such as a project. A standard provides precise criteria, to be used consistently as a definition, rule or guideline. A standard is widely accepted and, when consistently applied, helps practitioners and organizations improve performance.

The Standard for Project Management, which is incorporated within A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), is a consensus-based standard.  PMI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards development organization, and PMI’s standards development procedures aligns with ANSI requirements.

Although some practices may remain constant, others may change over time due to shifting business demands or new technology impacts. PMI standards change periodically to reflect current and commonly accepted good practices in the field.

In accordance with ANSI requirements, PMI reviews its standards at least every five years to ensure they remain current.

PMI plans to publish the seventh edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) which will include an updated version of The Standard for Project Management.  The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition is scheduled for release in Q4-2020.

There are six steps to the standards development process:

  1. PMI charters a volunteer committee to develop or update a standard.
  2. The volunteer committee drafts and/or refines an existing standard.
  3. A group of subject matter experts review initial drafts of the standard and provide feedback to the committee.
  4. The committee revises the draft standard and prepares a document for public review and comment.The committee considers input from the public and may revise the standard in response.
  5. The final standard is presented the PMI Standards Consensus Committee which consists of volunteers from the profession for final validation.
  6. The new standard is submitted for approved by the PMI Director, Standards & Publications before it is released.

When a draft or revised standard is considered ready for external review, the draft document is presented to anyone who wishes to review the document and provide comments for a period of 30 consecutive days.  This process helps to ensure that the final standard reflects a consensus view of commonly accepted good practices in the field.

PMI will release The Standard for Project Management for public review and comment from 8:00 am EST, 15 January 2020 to 5:00 pm EST, 14 February 2020.

The PMI volunteer committee reviews and decides how to handle each comment received on the draft standard. The committee views each comment and decides how each comment will be addressed. The committee may accept comments exactly as submitted or with modification by the committee that takes into account multiple perspectives. The committee incorporates such changes into the next draft of the standard. The committee may defer some comments as being beyond the scope of changes for this edition. These comments are archived and are shared with the next PMBOK® Guide development committee. Some comments may be rejected. This may occur for several reasons including but not limited to: the comments reflected one individual’s perspective and was not supported by other comments; or the comments reflect practices or approaches specific to an organization or industry and are not applicable to any project. Editorial and grammatical comments will not be considered because the text will change and shift based on adjudication of comments and final editing.  For this reason, we strongly encourage commenters not to suggest editorial or grammatical changes to the text. Once the comment adjudication process is completed, the updated draft version of the standard undergoes final editing. The edited version goes to the PMI Standards Consensus Committee, a volunteer group that validates the standard is ready for release. The PMI Director, Standards & Publications provides the final approval for the standard to be released.

The exposure draft process is an opportunity for any stakeholder within the project management community to provide feedback on and proposed changes to the standard. This process ensures that the standard applies across different industries, geographies, project types and deliverables.

Anyone who has an interest in project management can review and comment on the draft standard. Individuals must be a registered user on PMI.org and must check applicable boxes box agreeing to exposure draft participation terms and conditions.

You can learn more about the standards development process by visiting the What is a Standard? on our website, PMI.org.

In the past, the two main parts of the PMBOK® Guide – The Standard for Project Management and the Guide to the Body of Knowledge for Project Management – underwent a period of public review and comment even though only The Standard was required to do so. In keeping with our commitment to delivering high-quality and relevant standards and related content which reflect the changing environment of the profession, while keeping pace with such changes, PMI will not release the Guide portion for public review and comment. The PMBOK® Guide development committee created the content for the Guide. That content was then reviewed by close to 200 volunteers from the global project management community, and the content was then updated using their feedback. So while the Guide will not undergo public exposure, the content reflects a broad practitioner view of good practices that support effective project delivery.

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As a commenter, you can review the draft standard and navigate through the document. You can make comments in the tool and submit recommended changes to the exposure draft. You may appeal a decision related to your comments once the committee has adjudicated all comments and sent you notice of the committee’s decision.

Everyone must read and agree to the Assignment of Copyright notice before entering comments on the exposure draft. This process confirms your intent to allow your content contributions to become part of the PMBOK® Guide, which is PMI’s intellectual property.

Once the PMBOK® Guide development committee has reviewed and considered all comments, you will receive email notification about whether your comments have been accepted as submitted; accepted but addressed with other submitted comments; deferred as being outside of the scope of the current update; or rejected. You will also receive a rationale for the PMBOK® Guide development committee’s decision. If your comment was either accepted or accepted with modification, it will be integrated into the revision draft version. If your comment is deferred, it will be given to the next update committee for review and consideration for the next edition of the PMBOK® Guide.

Once you are logged in to the Exposure Draft tool, you can click on the Training link on the navigation toolbar at the top of the page and access a written users guide or recorded tutorial on how to use the tool.

PDUs cannot be earned for commenting on the exposure draft. You can learn more about activities that quality by accessing the Ways to Earn PDUs section on PMI.org.

The Exposure Draft tool uses your username and login information from your PMI.org account. Follow these steps to create a PMI.org username and password:

  • Visit PMI.org.
  • Register as a user or become a member.
  • Create a profile on PMI.org. 

The Exposure Draft tools supports the following Internet browsers:

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  • Google Chrome: latest two versions
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest two versions

Check the version of your Internet browser to ensure it is supported. Mobile devices like tablets and phones are not supported at this time.