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SDO: Project Management Institute


Primary Contact

Leah Huf
Product Manager, PMI Standards
14 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA
Phone: +1 610 356 4600 ext. 5040

Organizational Overview

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with more than 600,000 members in nearly every country. Through global advocacy, networking, collaboration, research, and education, PMI prepares organizations and individuals at every stage of their career journey to work smarter so they can drive success in a world of change.

PMI, founded in 1969, is actively engaged in setting professional standards, providing a professional career path for project managers, and maintaining a portfolio of globally recognized professional credentials: The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, with more than 1M active certificate holders, is the leading certificate in the profession. PMI also certifies professionals as Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, Program Management Professional (PgMM)®, Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®, PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®, Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®, Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC), and Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC).

PMI’s global standards have helped establish PMI as the premier authority in project management. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is the leading guide to project management practices. First published in 1987, the PMBOK® Guide has sold millions of copies in seven editions and is a perennial best-seller among business management titles.

PMI currently has 15 standards in print with multiple translations, making it the leading project management standards development organization in the world. PMI is the only project management association developing standards for people, projects, programs, portfolios, and organizations.

PMI standards are developed through a three-step review and approval process by teams of volunteer experts from around the globe. PMI standards help improve the understanding and competency of project management practitioners and executive leaders worldwide. The American National Standards Institute has recognized PMI’s standards development and approval process, awarding PMI the designation as an Accredited Standards Developer. The PMBOK® Guide, The Standard for Program Management, The Standard for Portfolio Management, The Standard for Business Analysis, and The Standard for Earned Value Management have all been approved by ANSI as American National Standards.

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Scope of Standards Developing Activity

PMI publishes 13 globally recognized project management standards including:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • The Standard for Project Management
  • The Standard for Program Management
  • The Standard for Portfolio Management
  • The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
  • The Standard for Business Analysis
  • The Standard for Earned Value Management
  • The Standard for Organizational Project Management
  • Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management
  • Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures
  • Practice Standard for Scheduling
  • Practice Standard for Project Estimating
  • Project Manager Competency Development Framework
  • Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition
  • Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide

International Activities by Region

PMI standards activities include participation by volunteers throughout the world. PMI has member chapters in many countries (see and operates offices in the following regions:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa
  • North America
  • Latin America

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