ISO 21500, Guidance on project management, has been unanimously approved in an international ballot of participating national standards authorities with 33 countries voting in favour of the standard. Based on this approval, it is expect that ISO will publish 21500 as an International Standard in about a month.
The Australian committee is supportive of the way the text of ISO 21500 has progressed over the recent past and will proceed to local adoption of the text as AS 21500. However, we are strongly of the opinion that the usability of the standard will be significantly improved by the incorporation of the restructuring we recommended and will incorporate this recommendation into its local adoption.
This new standard complements the existing ISO 10006:2003 Quality management systems – Guidelines for quality management in projects. ISO 10006 gives guidance on the application of quality management to projects and 21500 is a guide to process of project management.
Overall a good start but we still have a long way to go.