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Standards, Frameworks & Guides
July 4, 2016

We were asked the other day, what is the difference between a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Standard, Framework and the Practice Guides? This caught us off guard a bit, as we thought we knew the answer, but weren’t absolutely sure. So we looked it up and the answer which we subsequently gave was:

A Standard is a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, which provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context. Developed under a process based on the concepts of consensus, openness, due process, and balance, PMI standards provide guidelines for achieving specific project, program and portfolio management results.

Practice Guides and Frameworks 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.

The PMI produced standards and guides collectively provide a wealth of knowledge, which is particularly valid and useful for the practitioner community and if you have not checked these out before, we urge you to do so.

In particular the recently released Requirements Management - Practice Guide and the Governance of Projects, Programs and Portfolios – Practice guide, which are recent additions to our library are very useful and usable resources for the R.E.P community.


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