BS ISO 21500:2012 Guidance on project management Project management, Organizations, Process specification, Quality control, Planning, Management operations

BS ISO 21500:2012

Guidance on project management

Status : Current, Superseded, Under review   Published : November 2012 Replaced By : BS ISO 21502:2020



Every project is unique. The key to achieving project success however is quite general. That’s why BSI has published BS ISO 21500:2012 which provides knowledge on the essential concepts and processes of effective project management.

The new standard offers a better understanding of key principles to support management and establish a common basis on which to compare project standards and practices with those of others.

Project management differs from other management disciplines by the temporary and unique nature of projects. Generally, this work may be categorized as either operations or projects. These differ primarily as follows:

  • Operations are performed by relatively stable teams through ongoing and repetitive processes and are focused on sustaining the organization;
  • Projects are performed by temporary teams, are non-repetitive and provide unique deliverables.

BS ISO 21500:2012 allows you to:

  • Achieve organizational strategy
  • Grasp successful project management skills
  • Increase opportunity evaluation and project initiation
  • Meet project goals and key objectives
  • Develop competencies in management principles and processes

Every project team requires competent individuals who are capable of applying their knowledge and experience to deliver key objectives. Any identified gap between the available and required competence levels on a project team can introduce risk and should therefore be addressed.

Guidance on project management offers high-level descriptions of theories and procedures that shape good practice. This International Standard can be used by any type of organization, including public, private or community organizations, and for any type of project, irrespective of complexity, size or duration.

Contents Page

1 Scope
2 Terms and definitions
3 Project management concepts
3.1 General
3.2 Project
3.3 Project management
3.4 Organizational strategy and projects
3.5 Project environment
3.6 Project governance
3.7 Projects and operations
3.8 Stakeholders and project organization
3.9 Competencies of project personnel
3.10 Project life cycle
3.11 Project constraints
3.12 Relationship between project management concepts and processes 4 Project management processes
4.1 Project management process application
4.2 Process groups and subject groups
4.3 Processes
Annex A (informative) Process group processes mapped to subject groups

Standard NumberBS ISO 21500:2012
TitleGuidance on project management
StatusCurrent, Superseded, Under review
Publication Date30 November 2012
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Replaced ByBS ISO 21502:2020
International RelationshipsISO 21500:2012
Draft Superseded By11/30199185 DC
DescriptorsOrganizations, Project management, Quality control, Process specification, Planning, Management operations
Title in FrenchLignes directrices sur le management de projet
ISBN978 0 580 66879 1
File Size1.117 MB

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