Angela Thurman, ThurmanCo, Project Management, PMI

An Introduction to the Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a nonprofit organization for project management professionals with members worldwide. Founded in 1969, it has grown to become the world’s leading association for project management. The PMI has over 3 million members and has issued its respected credentials to members in over 185 countries.

In 1969, months of conversation led to a decision to form a new organization dedicated to supporting project managers in sharing information and discussing common problems. After the first formal meeting at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, the PMI was formed and incorporated.

The PMI offers its members a range of resources and services, including:

  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Professional certifications.
  • Research and publications.
  • Networking events.

Their commitment to advancing the project management profession has promoted the value of recognizing project management as a strategic business tool.

Much of PMI’s activity occurs in chapters in over 80 countries. Led by volunteers, these chapters welcome new members to participate in events, meet with peers, network, and share both knowledge and experience.

Recognized Value in Credentials

With a focus on global advocacy, collaboration, research, education, and networking, the PMI helps individuals prepare at all stages of their career journey and helps organizations understand the value of including certification in their job-scoping requirements.

PMI’s most well-known credential is the globally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as North America’s top project management certification. Employers can be assured that employees who have earned PMP certification are dedicated to excellence, perform at high levels, and have the skills to drive business results.

PMP Certification brings many benefits:

  • You are recognized as a professional who is committed to your work.
  • You are well-versed in terminology and best practices.
  • You have the potential to earn more money.
  • You have learned new skills and established a greater applicable knowledge base.

Learn more about the many benefits and advantages that PMP certification brings.

The PMI also offers certifications such as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), various Agile Certifications for every career stage, and Micro-Credentials focusing on specific skill sets.

The Role of Ethics in Project Management

Ethics comes down to decision-making: how to make the best possible decisions when doing so impacts people, resources, and our environment. High-performing leadership depends on making ethical choices.

PMI focuses on instilling the discipline of “how to do it best.” In their ongoing work to guide behavior and help project managers deal with challenging decisions, they created a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and an Ethical Decision-Making Framework. The PMI Code of Ethics champions the values of honesty, responsibility, respect, and fairness to drive ethical conduct.

All PMI members, volunteers, certification holders, and certification applicants are expected to comply with the Code.

Learn more about the role of ethics In Project Management.

In conclusion

Overall, the PMI is critical in promoting excellence in project management and providing resources and support to project managers worldwide.

At Thurman Co., we embrace the PMI certification principles as part of the foundational framework driving how we operate and interact with clients, suppliers, and partners.

We help businesses manage projects to significantly impact their success and growth. When you’re ready to put your project in the hands of a trusted professional organization, contact us to learn more about working together.

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