ISO 21502:2020 launched – update to The Project Workout

The latest international standard on project management, ISO 21502:2020, was launched at the end of December, four months ahead of schedule. Who would expect anything less for a project management standard! I was pleased to be a member of TC 258, Working Group 9, which created this new standard. ISO 21502 is a significant progression from ISO 21500:20102 which it supersedes. The new standard covers, not just the ‘project manager’ role but all those other roles needed to ensure a project succeeds, including the sponsoring organization, project sponsor, work package leader and others. It written in a narrative style enabling you to design your own compliant processes and includes new practices including the management of business and societal change and issues management as well as making a distinction between ‘reporting’ and ‘communications’. If you’ve read The Project Workout, you’ll know what I mean!

However, the launching of this new standard means that Appendix C1 of The Project Workout needs an update, which is inevitable when referring to ‘live’ external documents. I have therefore released this update as an article, ‘An overview of the current standards‘.  Even if you haven’t got The Project Workout, you should find this article of interest as it compares the new ISO 21502 with its predecessor, ISO 21500:2012, BS6079:2019 and the UK government’s project delivery standard, GovS002 . . . . all of which I was involved in!

About Robert Buttrick
Robert Buttrick is the author of the Project Workout. He has been providing advice and guidance since the publication of the first edition of his best-selling “flagship” book, the Project Workout in 1997 and now its 4th edition. The principles laid out in the publications, take a holistic view, ensuring that culture, systems, processes and accountabilities are mutually compatible. The book has been translated into French, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Romanian . . . but not yet into Latin! Robert received a Distinguished Service Certificate from BSI for services to national and international project management standards; he is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Engineer and an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He currently works as a consultant and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

2 Responses to ISO 21502:2020 launched – update to The Project Workout

  1. Dave Violette says:

    Updated appendix is a very good comparison of the standards mentioned. Good job Robert!

  2. Thank you Robert for your pleasing contribution toward the advancement of the profession of project management. Shall speak to your wife and tell her what a wonderful man you are.
    Warm regards
    Richard
    Sunny Riyadh

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