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ISO 21500 Guidance on project management A Pocket Guide von Zandhuis, Anton (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 19.06.2013
  • Verlag: Van Haren Publishing
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ISO 21500 Guidance on project management A Pocket Guide

This pocket guide explains the content and the practical use of ISO 21500 - Guidance on project management, the latest international standard for project management, and the first of a family of ISO standards for project, portfolio and program management. ISO 21500 is meant for senior managers and project sponsors to better understand project management and to properly support projects, for project managers and their team members to have a reference for comparing their projects to others and it can be used as a basis for the development of national standards. This pocket guide provides a quick introduction as well as a structured overview of this guidance and deals with the key issues within project management: - Roles and responsibilities - Balancing the project constraints - Competencies of project personnel All ISO 21500 subject groups (themes) are explained: Integration, Stakeholder, Scope, Resource, Time, Cost, Risk, Quality, Procurement and Communication. A separate chapter explains the comparison between, ISO 21500 and PMBOK® Guide PRINCE2, Agile, Lean, Six Sigma and other methods, practices and models. Finally, it provides a high level description of how ISO 21500 can be applied in practice using a generic project life cycle. Proper application of this new globally accepted project management guideline will support organizations and individuals in growing their project management maturity consistently to a professional level.


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 152
    Erscheinungsdatum: 19.06.2013
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9789087537708
    Verlag: Van Haren Publishing
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ISO 21500 Guidance on project management A Pocket Guide

2 ISO 21500 background and overview

This chapter describes the ISO organization, the development process of its standards and the background, benefits, structure and future of the ISO 21500 document.
2.1 ISO organization

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards. It was founded in 1947 and since then has published over 19,000 international standards, which give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. ISO is a network of national standards bodies in 164 countries, which make up the ISO membership and represent ISO in their country.

ISO mission:

- 'The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.'

ISO objectives:

- 'Conformity assessment': checking that products, materials, services, systems, processes or people measure up to the specifications of a relevant standard or specification. Today, many products require testing for conformity with specifications or compliance with safety, or other regulations before they can be put on many markets. ISO guides and standards for conformity assessment represent an international consensus on best practice. Their use contributes to the consistency of conformity assessment worldwide and so facilitates trade.

- 'Certification': ISO does not carry out accreditation or certification to any of its standards; there exist many testing laboratories and certification bodies which offer independent conformity assessment services.
2.2 ISO standards development process

Via the national standards bodies, subject matter experts from all over the world participate in the standards development through a global, open and transparent process aimed at achieving consensus. The forming of a shared view on the contents of a standard is a long process, but this means in the end that the ISO standards are widely supported.

The development process is organized via:

- Project or technical committees, which formulate the scope of the standards and organize meetings with international experts to discuss and write the contents of the standards and process the received comments;

- National mirror committees, which appoint subject matter experts to take part in the development and comment on the draft standards.

On average, developing an international standard takes approximately four years.
2.3 ISO standard versus guideline

ISO develops international standards. A standard is a voluntary agreement between stakeholders on a product, service, result or process. The agreements contain terms and definitions, functional and performance related requirements, processes, measuring methods and good practices.

Two kinds of standards exist:

- Of descriptive (informative) nature;

- Of prescriptive (normative) nature.

If one talks about a standard one normally means the prescriptive standard. A descriptive standard is often called a guideline . A guideline presents the course of action with regard to the demands of goods, services and people. A guideline does not specifically describe what to do, that is the goal of a prescriptive standard. Prescriptive standards are often the next logical step, after descriptive standards have been implemented in organizations and have globally been accepted as a good practice.

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