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Marjorie Anderson
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

What are Performance Domains, and Why Should I Care?

Thank You For All Your Support!

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Busting Standards Myths

PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate for the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

Please note that the PMBOK® Guide will also be available in Hindi; however, translation is being managed via a similar process in the PMI India office.

For this in person volunteer opportunity, PMI staff will lead meetings where volunteers, using a consensus-based approach, validate translated content from the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in Tokyo from 27 February - 1 March, 2020. The French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in London from 5 - 8 March, 2020. PMI will cover travel, hotel, and other reasonable travel related expenses for all volunteers.

Volunteer requirements include:

  • Native speaker of translated language

  • Fluent in English (both written and oral)

  • 5+ years of project management experience

  • PMP® certification preferred

  • Familiar with subject matter being worked on or prior PMI standard update participation

  • A willingness and ability to achieve consensus

If you are interested in volunteering, please apply in the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) for the respective language:

Arabic Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Chinese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

French Validation Volunteer Opportunity

German Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Italian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Japanese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Korean Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Portuguese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Russian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Spanish Validation Volunteer Opportunity 

This opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 05, 2019 11:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

What are Performance Domains, and Why Should I Care?

Categories: standards




By: Cynthia Dionisio, Co-leader PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition Development Team

In past blogs, various members of the PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition development team and community have talked about the evolution of The Standard for Project Management and you have heard from team members about some of the thoughts around the principles that comprise the concepts for the Standard. Recently, Maria Cristina Barbero, Standards Member Advisory Group member, discussed the concept of a Body of Knowledge. One of the sections in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is Project Management Performance Domains. This is a new approach in the PMBOK® Guide. Past editions of the PMBOK® Guide used Process Groups and Knowledge Areas as the organizing concept. In the Seventh Edition we are shifting the focus to Performance Domains.

If you are a bit of a Standards geek like I am, you may have noticed that The Standard for Program Management and The Standard for Portfolio Management are comprised of performance domains, so this is not a new thing in PMI’s standards. As we communicate about this shift, I have been asked several times, what is a performance domain? I admit, the term is a bit vague. I struggled with this myself for a while. Here is what The Standard for Program Management says:

Program Management Performance Domains are complementary groupings of related areas of activity or function that uniquely characterize and differentiate the activities found in one performance domain from the others within the full scope of program management work.

If that doesn’t quite resonate with you, let me share how I think of domains. I think of them as broad areas of focus for project delivery. Think about when you work on a project. You spend time focusing on the outcome or deliverable that the project was undertaken to develop. You spend time focusing on the team. You spend time focusing on stakeholders. These are areas of focus that interrelate and interact with each other within your project. There are times when a situation arises with a stakeholder that you need to address immediately.  That situation involves a stakeholder but it also impacts planning, delivery, navigating uncertainty, project performance measurement and other aspects of project work.  So instead of thinking about engaging with the stakeholder in isolation of everything else, you think about the stakeholder, the situation and their impacts across the various project work domains.

Domains run concurrently throughout the phases of a project life cycle, regardless of how you deliver value (frequently, periodically, or at the end). If we use the examples above, your focus on the deliverables has to include thoughts about your stakeholders, and your team. But the activities associated with creating those deliverables are different activities than those you undertake in working with your team members. The activities interrelate, but they are different. They are interdependent, and they overlap in different ways throughout the project. However, you can’t work on a project without focusing on deliverables, stakeholders and team members.

There is another aspect of performance domains – they are outcomes focused. Notice that outcomes are different from outputs. As you are likely aware, in previous editions of the PMBOK® Guide the processes culminated in an output, such as a scope statement, risk management plan, stakeholder register, etc. Outputs are fine, but they are not the same as outcomes. Outputs enable outcomes. For example, if we have a performance domain around effective interaction with stakeholders, I would want to know the outcomes associated with that. For example, one outcome might be satisfied stakeholders. I can measure that with surveys, observing relationships and interactions, etc. Each performance domain has measurable outcomes, and the outcomes are different from an output. I might use an output, such as a stakeholder register to enable the outcome, but the stakeholder register is not the most important thing, stakeholder satisfaction is what’s important.

This is a big shift in how we think about delivering projects, so let me summarize it for you:

  • Project management performance domains are areas of focus for delivering projects
  • They are interdependent, interrelated, and overlapping
  • They occur throughout the project life cycle
  • They are outcomes focused

In forthcoming blogs, you will hear from team members who will share their thoughts on possible performance domains for project management. I hope you enjoy the upcoming series. There is much more to come, so check back frequently.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 04, 2019 10:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Thank You For All Your Support!

Categories: PMIEF, social good, webinar

On this global day of giving, we are grateful for people like you who choose to support our mission to promote Project Management for Social Good®. We are focused on working together to help create a better future for people and communities around the world, especially our youth, by leveraging the power of project management. So, how would your gift make a difference?

This year, support from donors has helped PMIEF:

  1. Work with nonprofits to help some of our most vulnerable youth
  2. Supply project management scholarships and awards
  3. Bring PM education to communities around the world

gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on people and communities around the world. Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 03, 2019 04:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), two on-demand webinars, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® 2019 Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type


Webinar (Live)

Destination Imagination: Teaching Youth the Importance of Project Management

Webinar (On-Demand)

2019 PMIEF Award Recipient Roundtable

Webinar (On-Demand)

WFUNA, PMI and PMIEF: Changing the Lives of Youth Around the World


Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life


Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life (Part 2)


A Kerzner Award Recipient Shares Why Teaching PM Skills to Youth is 'Essential'


PM-Inspired Program Changes the Lives of Youth in India


What Do Farming and PM Have in Common? PMIEF


Partners for Education at Berea College: Using PM Skills to Transform Lives Through Community Service


How Project Management Empowers Youth Around the World


Life Skills Youth Learn Through Project Management


PMIEF and Special Olympics Partner to Prepare Youth Leaders


Donor Spotlight: Germán Gutiérrez-Pacheco, PMP®

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on people and communities around the world. Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!


Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 03, 2019 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Busting Standards Myths

Categories: communication, standards


Busting Standards Myths

Over the past few months, members of PMI’s Standards Member Advisory Group (MAG) and PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition Development Team have blogged on the standards transformation journey at PMI and, in particular, observations and thinking around the next edition of the PMBOK® Guide. There is much more to come as the work continues. However, as this work has progressed, we have heard a few observations and rumors. Take a minute (well actually 10 minutes) to watch this video as we bust a few myths. Enjoy!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: November 25, 2019 10:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (18)

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