Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Last Saturday, 21st of July 2012, an online meeting between the representatives of ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group and representatives of Central America PMI Chapters was held as part of the activities of media diffusion of ISO 21500 Regulation´s Guidance for Implementation in developing organizations.

Thanks to the invitation issued by Gerardo Sierra and Felipe Nuñez, a Conference Call between Spain, Bolivia and Mexico could be held, and during it, María del Acebo Sánchez-Macián, who is, along with Mario Coquillat, coordinator of the ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group, offered an introduction to the Project Charter of such initiative, and asked the audience to collaborate in their project´s media diffusion.

Also, Cristian Soto (Volunteer from Bolivia) was appointed as the responsible for direct supervision of every action to be taken along with the representatives appointed by each of the Latin American PMI Chapters. 

For further information, please press here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Combining the ISO 10006 and PMBOK (By Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP)

About the Author

Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP is the CEO of Business Improvement Architects. He works with executives and senior managers around the world to improve organizational performance by helping to define their strategic direction, increase leadership performance, create cultures that drive innovation and improve project and quality management. He has been instrumental in helping his clients increase productivity and profits with his innovative approaches and focus on quality.

For more information about this article, please contact Michael at mstanleigh@bia.ca


The International Organization for Standardization released a new standard in the autumn of 2003.  Referred to as the, “ISO 10006:2003, Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects”, it is creating the next wave in our understanding of the management of projects and is of benefit to consider when planning projects.  This article intends to compare the two guidelines as follows and provide an interpretation for successful planning of projects.  It will look at:

·         How does the content of the ISO 10006 guideline compare to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)?  

·         What is the importance of both guidelines to the on-going management of projects? 

·         What are the implications of these two guidelines on the management of all projects? 

·         What are the strategies required to implement the ISO 10006 and how is the ISO 10006 being applied in organizations?

Overview of the ISO 10006:2003 Standard

The IS0 10006 guideline outlines quality management principles and practices as they relate to the management of projects.  It provides the guidance on quality issues that impact projects.  It is applicable to projects of varying complexity, size and length.  The guidelines can be applied to projects managed by an individual or by a team or for a program (large project comprised of smaller but interrelated projects) or for a portfolio of projects.

Since the ISO 10006 is a guidance document, its intention is not for use in certification or registration purposes.   Its overall purpose is to create and maintain quality in projects through a systematic process that ensures:

§  Stated and implied needs of customers are understood and met.

§  Interested stakeholders needs are understood and evaluated.

§  The organization’s quality policy is incorporated into the management of projects.

What is the Project Management Institute (PMI)?

The Project Management Institute, or PMI as it is known, is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional association for project management dedicated to the advancement of the profession of project management. 

What is the PMBOK?

PMBOK is PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge.  It describes the sum of knowledge generally accepted within the profession of project management.  “Generally accepted” means that the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects, most of the time, and that there is widespread consensus about their value and usefulness.  The overall purpose of the PMBOK is to provide a common lexicon within the project management profession and practice for talking and writing about Project Management.  

Comparing the ISO 10006 Standard and the PMBOK

There is much discussion as to whether a project should follow the PMBOK or the ISO 10006 guidelines or both.  Through this comparison and interpretation of each of the major sections I will provide some answers to this question.

What is a Project?

The ISO 10006 definition of a project, although correct, is rather wordy.  The definition from PMBOK is more concise and to the point.  “Temporary,” according to PMBOK, means that there must be a start and finish date to the project.  As well, PMBOK includes the definition that “All projects deliver a product, service or other measurable end result.”  The ISO 10006 focuses on the process of getting to it.

ISO 10006 states…
PMBOK states…

What is a Project? -3.5

Unique process consisting of a set of co-ordinated and controlled activities with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective conforming to specific requirements, including constraints of time, cost and resources.

Section 1.2

A temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product or service.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The ISO 21500 Analysis Group has launched the project survey for Latin America.

The ISO 21500 Analysis Group has launched the project survey for Latin America.

The objective of this survey is to get the impressions that professionals with responsibility in project management have about this new standard, to further analyze the results of this survey, which will later serve as input in the development of the "Guide Implementation of ISO 21500 in organizations ", Guide developed by the The ISO 21500 Analysis Group, integrated by volunteers from the Madrid (Spain), Peru and Bolivia Project Management Institute Chapters.

The deadline for answering this survey will be on Septembert 1st  2012. All Latin American countries are invited to join us and promote the spread among professionals in project management and business stakeholders, in order to obtain interesting results by country.

To complete the survey project, launched specifically for Latin America, please press here: