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Topic for November:
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Topic: Upcoming Revisions to Worldwide Standards in Project Management
Speaker: Marie Gunnerson


The Project Management Institute (PMI) has set the world-wide standard for project management with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).  PMI is currently developing the next version of the PMBOK® Guide that will replace the current 3rd Edition. There are many forces and events that come into play in the development of the PMBOK® Guide. This presentation focuses on how is the standard developed and explores how it will affect you.

The PMBOK® Guide is an ANSI standard and can not be left on the shelf to grow stale. To maintain its leadership role as the world’s premier project management organization, as well as to maintain its ANSI accreditation, PMI’s standards must undergo regular updates to reflect the management practices that are being used and established by practitioners like you. PMI’s members the world’s project management community expect no less.

From her experience on developing two of PMI’s standards the speaker will provide insight into the inner workings of how standards such as the PMBOK® Guide are developed at PMI as well as how standards affect the way you work and conduct your business. And, how you can still have a say in the yet unreleased next version of the PMBOK® Guide, 4th Edition. Discover all this at the November 13th meeting of Boston SPIN.

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About the Speaker

Marie Gunnerson has been supporting the project management profession as a member and volunteer to The Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1993. Since that time she has witnessed tremendous growth in both the organization as well as world-wide interest in project management.

Marie is currently Chapter Lead for the PMBOK® Guide, 4th Edition. Her involvement in PMI’s standards began in 2003 when she joined the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling (released at the PMI Global Congress in Hungary in 2007) as a Core Team member. Marie was also accepted into PMI’s elite year-long first class of the PMI Leadership Institute (2001).

As a member of the local PMI chapter, the PMI Mass Bay Chapter, she served on the Board of Directors (1997-2006) and has served as President (2001-2002). She currently serves on the Past President’s Advisory Council.

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