Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ISO 21500 Project Management



ISO has published -- December, 2012 -- the first version of the 21500 standard on project management. The official site for 21500 is here.

The purported benefits are these, as reported by ISO:
  • Encourage transfer of knowledge between projects and organizations for improved project delivery
  • Facilitate efficient tendering processes through the use of consistent project management terminology
  • Enable the flexibility of project management employees and their ability to work on international projects
  • Provide universal project management principles and processes


The good news for the PMP crowd is that there are not many differences between the the two standards since ISO used the PMBOK as the foundation for 21500. A few things are added, and a few things are rearranged, but it's largely the same content. For instance, Stakeholder Management has been added as a knowledge area. But the 42 processes in the PMBOK have been consolidated into 39 in 21500.

Companion standards
  • Quality management systems
    Guidelines for quality management in projects
  • Risk management
    Principles and guidelines


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