Principle-Based Standard

With project delivery approaches evolving more rapidly than ever before, there is no singular way to deliver outcomes.  This is why our new standard in project management will shift from a process-based standard to a principle-based one.  Here’s what that means.

Process-based standards, while effective in supporting good practice, are prescriptive by their very nature. The focus on process results in a standard that cannot reflect the full value delivery landscape of approaches, and cannot rapidly evolve with the profession.

By shifting to a principle-based standard, PMI can reflect effective management of projects based on predictive, agile, hybrid, or emerging approaches.  (This is in alignment with other recently published standards.) Learn a clever way to tell the difference.

The principles, which are under development, will be built around a set of statements. The principle statements capture generally accepted objectives and underlying concepts for the practice of project management. Then, the principle statements provide broad parameters within which project practitioners can operate and still remain aligned with the standard.

The result of this transformation will be a standard that reflects our current and future practitioners’ needs – and remains relevant as practitioners identify the appropriate approaches to deliver outcomes.