PMI Standards: Understanding Their Purpose
Over the years, I have read all of PMI’s foundational standards along with some of the practice and standard extensions. I would like to say that I read them because I was forced to, or that I was shipwrecked on a deserted island and the only box that came ashore with me was copies of all of PMI’s standards.
Unfortunately, neither of those would be true. While I did read the standards for work purposes, I also read them more out of sheer interest. I can remember one New Year’s Eve four years ago where I actually tried to download the just-released copy of the latest PMBOK. Fortunately, I wasn’t able to and instead got back to the New Year’s Eve festivities that I might have missed otherwise. I read them to find out what is now being accepted as best practice and what will become future practice on projects. I read them to identify practices that I can transfer into customer-specific processes or methodologies. Other times, I read them out of sheer interest and excitement.
At the same time as I delight in reading the newest PMBOK, I also have conversations about those same standards with others in the project management field. In some, not all, of those conversations, I come across some strongly held misconceptions about PMI’s standards that continue to amaze me. Let’s look at some of the more common misconceptions and
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