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International Standard for Project Management Now Under Development

New York, Nov 27, 2007

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) today announced that the development process has begun on ISO 21500, a new international standard on project management.

The inaugural meeting of the new project committee, ISO PC 236, Project management, drew fifty delegates to London to begin work on the document. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holds the secretariat for PC 236, and the committee is chaired by Dr. Jim Gordon of the United Kingdom.

According to Dr. Gordon, initial phases of the work are expected to be completed in 2010. PC 236’s three working groups will address terminology, processes, and informative guidance.

Building on existing standards, ISO 21500 is intended to provide generic guidance, explaining the core practices and principles of project management. The standard will be applicable to organizations of all sizes and from all industry sectors, and will be useful both for newcomers and experienced project management practitioners.

For more information about ISO 21500 or to learn more about the work of PC 236, visit

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