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ANSI Seeks Comments to Develop U.S. Position on Proposed Project Management Standard


New York, Sep 27, 2006

The British Standards Institution (BSI), the official member of the United Kingdom to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has submitted a proposal and draft document for a new ISO standard on the subject of project management.

The BSI proposal asserts that there are currently no overarching and broadly relevant standards addressing the principles and procedures of project management. The proposed work item would offer guidance relevant to many industries and public sector environments. Specifically, the standard would cover project planning and execution, the application of project management techniques, and provide possible solutions to problems encountered in various settings.

The standard would offer guidance to:

  • general managers, to enable them to provide appropriate support for the project manager and team;
  • project managers, to encourage better integration between the different disciplines taking part;
  • project support staff, to help them to understand the problems that may occur in their environment; and
  • educators and trainers engaged in teaching project management, to help them to understand the industrial context in which the management techniques are to be used.

Though the proposed standard might not cover all aspects of every type of project, the work item would seek to provide guidance relevant to organizations of all sizes. According to BSI, the application of project management principles and procedures in different environments may have unique and particular emphases and priorities; individual organizations may need to adapt suggested solutions to suit the particular circumstances for which they are being considered.

As the official U.S. member of the ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking comments on the BSI proposal. The input will be used to formulate the U.S. position on the proposal which will be presented to the ANSI ISO Council in preparation for the council’s recommendation to ISO.

Interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (scornish@ansi.org), by Friday, November 3, 2006.

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