ISO 21500:2012

ISO 21500:2012, Guidance on Project Management, is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO starting in 2007 and released in 2012. It was intended to provide generic guidance, explain core principles and what constitutes good practice in project management.

ISO plans for this standard (21500) to be the first in a family of project management standards. ISO also designed this standard to align with other, related standards such as ISO 10005:2005 Quality management systems − Guidelines for quality plans, ISO 10006:2003 Quality management systems − Guidelines for quality management in projects, ISO 10007:2003 Quality management systems − Guidelines for configuration management, ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines

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The process approach to project management developed in the 1980s, largely in Europe. The main focus of this approach is the use of structured processes throughout project execution in order to achieve its objectives. Project management then is a structured process about converting a vision into reality and the major emphasis was on developing and defining processes in order to meet project objectives. Research has demonstrated that organizational effectiveness is a direct function of the decision-making criteria and goal-centered activities embedded in processes and implicitly, a process based approach to project management.

Project life cycles come out of this process approach to project management. In fact, several core concepts in the Project Management Body of Knowledge are based upon the process based to project management, particularly, project management processes, integration management, and the management of quality and risk.

What is a Project?

A project is a unique set of processes consisting of coordinated and controlled activities with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective. Achievement of the project objective requires deliverables conforming to specific requirements, including multiple constraints such as time, cost and resources.

What is ISO 21500?

ISO 21500 provides guidance on concepts and processes of project management that are important for, and have impact on the performance of projects. This guide comprehends a straightforward introduction and also explains the practical application on how to deliver projects successfully and ensure a sustainable future. ISO 21500 is a professional methodology which combines project management best practices and conveys them collectively. Also, it can be used by any type of organization, including public, private or community organizations, and for any type of project, regardless of its complexity, size or duration.

Why is Project Management important for you?

ISO 21500 will guide you towards significant project improvements by enabling the project to be completed within budget and time constraints while ensuring minimal interruption to the rest of the business operations. ISO 21500 will guide you toward significantly project improvements by completion of projects within budget and time constraints while ensuring minimal interruption to the rest of the businesses operations. It will also enable organizations to fulfill all project management requirements and minimize the chance of project failure.

Gaining ISO 21500 certification will help you to sufficiently plan, manage and monitor the progress of a project, at the same time, equips you with the fundamental skills to properly allocate the time needed to finish the tasks and meet the deadline.

This certification helps you to grow your career opportunities and your team-building skills and reach a greater level of commitment with your team members. It will enable you to be more confident and competent to define the proper resources needed to deliver projects on time and on budget.

ISO 21500 can supplement the ISO 9001 for Quality Management, especially in the area of continuous improvement: realizing the necessary and wanted improvement processes in operations with minimal disturbance of the production and service processes. ISO 21500 bridges the differences and reinforces the similarities between the many parties that often work together in a project: sponsor, project manager and his/her colleagues, project organization. project workers, customers, users and/or internal organization.

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Benefits of ISO 21500 Project Management

ISO 21500:2012 certification will provide the opportunity to gain many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Master project management skills;
  • Improving project delivery;
  • Providing a shared project management processes and principles;
  • Transparent and improved decision-making;
  • Common language and Standard Processes ~ Helps to unify the profession;
  • Better performance reviews;
  • Better access to jobs and higher incomes;
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Training