ISO 21500

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The ISO standard ISO 21500 “Guide to Project Management” describes terms, principles, processes and process models in project management . The last version appeared in October 2012 as the ISO 21500: 2012 standard . It was then adopted unchanged in June 2013 in the draft standard DIN ISO 21500: 2013-06 and accepted as DIN ISO 21500: 2016-02 as a German standard in February 2016.


  • scope of application
The standard provides general descriptions of terms and processes that are considered best practice in project management. ISO 21500 can be applied by any type of organization, including private, government or community organizations, to projects of all types regardless of their complexity, size and duration.
  • Terms and abbreviations
Terms that play an essential role are, for example: process, basic plan, configuration management , controlling , project life cycle, risk plan , stakeholder , work packages or work breakdown structure
  • Thematic groups
The design of the project management is carried out in the following subject groups:
- integration
- stakeholders
- content
- resources
- Time
- costs
- risk
- quality
- procurement
- communication
  • Project management processes
The following process groups are:
- initiation
- planning
- Implementation
- controlling
- Graduation
  • Rating
The ISO 21500 standard gives an overview of the essential content of project management. Its value lies in the brevity of the presentation, the easy adaptability to company-specific framework conditions, in the inclusion of the essential statements of all current standards and in the general applicability for all types of projects.
  • Appendix A.


year description
2012 ISO 21500 (1st edition)

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