In the 1960’s top industries such as aerospace, construction and defence started using project management. In 1969 people from these industries and academia to come together to create The Project Management Institute ie.PMI®. The PMI® was founded as a non-profit organization. PMI® described its objectives in 1975 as to “foster recognition of the need for professionalism in project management; provide a forum for the free exchange of project management problems, solutions and applications; coordinate industrial and academic research efforts; develop common terminology and techniques to improve communications; provide interface between users and suppliers of hardware and software systems; and to provide guidelines for instruction and career development in the field of project management.”
In the 1980’s the PMI® started to look at standardizing project management processes and approaches. In 1996 the PMI produced the first Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). As of 2013 there was 590416 Active Project Manager Professionals.
You can identify PMI products by looking for the PMI trademark:
The standards PMI® develop and publish fall into three main categories:
Here is a list of the standards belonging to each category:
Practice Standards and Frameworks
PMI® Standards Extensions
Combined Standards Glossary
PMI® publishes a combined glossary listing acronyms, terms and definitions:
According to PMI®, standards are developed by volunteers in an open, consensus-based process including a public exposure draft process that allows the standard draft to be viewed and changes suggested.
PMI® has an award ceremony every November during the PMI® North America Congress. In the awards they recognise various categories such as project organizations, scholars, authors, professionals and continuing professional education providers.
Once a member of the PMI® you have the opportunity to join a local chapter in your country. With over 60 local chapters you are provided an opportunity to meet peers, make new contacts, network and build knowledge. You can get a list of all local PMI chapter’s here.
If you have already decided you want to proceed with the PMP designation you should check out the next section where we discuss how you can apply for the PMP.
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