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Project Management Institute

Project Management Institute
PMI-logo.png
Founded 1969
Type Professional Association Organization
Focus Project management
Location
Area served
Worldwide
Method Certification, Industry standards, Conferences, Publications
Members
480,000+
Key people
Mark A. Langley, President and CEO;Gregory Balestrero, CEO Emeritus
Revenue
$188 million (2014)
Employees
Approx. 350 (2013)
Slogan "Making project management indispensable for business results”
Website www.pmi.org

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management.

The PMI provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.

PMI has recruited volunteers to create industry standards, such as "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge", which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In 2012 ISO adapted the project management processes from the PMBOK Guide 4th edition.

In the 1960s project management as such began to be used in the aerospace, construction and defense industries. The Project Management Institute was founded by Ned Engman (McDonnel Douglas Automation), James Snyder and Susan Gallagher (SmithKline & French Laboratories), Eric Jenett (Brown & Root) and J Gordon Davis (Georgia Institute of Technology) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1969 as a nonprofit organization. It was incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania in the same year. 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 1970s standardization efforts represented 10 to 15 percent of the Institute's efforts. The functions were performed through the Professional Liaison Committee which called on and coordinated with the Technology, Research Policy and Education Committees. The institute participated in national activities through the American National Standards Committee XK 36.3 and internationally, through liaison with an appointed observer to Europe's International Project Management Association, by then called INTERNET. PMI did not deal with the US Federal Government directly; a number of members were Federal employees in agencies involved with project management.



  • PMI Certified OPM3 Professional
  • Foundational Standards
  • Practice Standards and Frameworks
  • PMI Standards Extensions
  • Practice Standard for Project Risk Management (2009)
  • Practice Standard for Earned Value Management—Second Edition (2011)
  • Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management (2007)
  • Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures—Second Edition (2006)
  • Practice Standard for Scheduling—Second Edition (2011)
  • Practice Standard for Project Estimating (2010)
  • Project Manager Competency Development Framework—Second Edition (2007)
  • Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide—Third Edition (2007)
  • Government Extension to the PMBOK Guide—Third Edition (2006)
  • Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (2013)
  • Combined Standards Glossary – Third Edition. Recognized by ANSI as American National Standard PMI-978-1-933890-27-2.
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