A Guide to PMI (Project Management Institute) Acronyms

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  • 1. A Guide to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Acronyms, Trademarks and Abbreviations Last Updated: January 2006 AACE Int’l.......Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International; cooperating agreement with PMI ACS..................Australian Computer Society; cooperating agreement with PMI AEIPRO ...........Asociación Española de Ingenieria de PROyectos; cooperating agreement with PMI AIAG…………Automotive Industry Action Group AIPM ...............Australian Institute of Project Management; cooperating agreement with PMI ANS .................American National Standard; designation that the standard is approved by ANSI ANSI ................American National Standards Institute; member of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) APICS………...American Production and Inventory Control Society APM.................Association of Project Management, headquartered in the United Kingdom ASAE ...............American Society of Association Executives BA....................Bachelor of Arts degree (US) BdSC………….Board Standing Committee. Committees comprised of incumbent PMI Board Directors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute that are established for the purpose of assisting the full Board with respect to the fulfillment of its duties and responsibilities. Includes: Performance Oversight; External Relations and Volunteer Involvement; Strategic Planning and Program Alignment; and Governance Committees. BKA .................Basic Knowledge Assessment; PMI’s online multiple choice assessment test to measure basic, but essential, project management knowledge BoD..................Board of Directors; elected to govern the Institute; use of this acronym is discouraged BS.....................Bachelor of Science degree (US) BSC………….. Balanced Scorecard CAE .................Certified Association Executive; association management credential offered by ASAE CAO .................Cooperative Agreement Organization CAPM® ...........Certified Associate in Project Management; one of PMI’s project management practitioner credentials CGC .................Certification Governance Council , PMI CCR .................Continuing Certification Requirements (formerly the Professional Development Program); used to describe the PMP certification maintenance process CEO .................Chief Executive Officer CERIK .............Construction & Economy Research Institute of Korea CEU .................Continuing Education Unit; international measuring unit used to maintain records of completion of organized postsecondary education (10 hours study=1 CEU) CGC………….Certification Governance Council (repositioned and replaced the Certification Board Center (CBC) of PMI COO………….Chief Operating Officer CoPAT .............Congress Project Action Team CRM.................Customer Relationship Management DAU.................United States Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University; memorandum of understanding (MOU) exists between DAU and PMI DEP..................Data Exchange Program; data file transmitted electronically to PMI Component officers containing monthly reports DIA ..................Drug Information Association; MOU exists between PMI Pharmaceutical SIG and PMI DoD..................U.S. Department of Defense; PMI Corporate Council partner (Office of Acquisition
  • 2. Technology and Logistics is the point of contact.) DOE .................U.S. Department of Energy; partnering agreement with PMI. PMI Corporate Council partner (Office of Engineering and Construction Management is the point of contact.) DSDM ..............Dynamic Systems Development Method; cooperating agreement with PMI DSMC ..............Defense Systems Management College; a component of DAU DSMCAA ........Defense Systems Management College Alumni Association; cooperating agreement with PMI EMEA ..............Europe, Middle East and Africa ENAA ..............Engineering Advancement Association of Japan; cooperating agreement with PMI ERVI ................External Relations and Volunteer Involvement Committee; PMI Board standing committee responsible for making recommendations to the Board regarding strategies to enhance and to maintain relationships ESA..................Ethics, Standards and Accreditation EVM.................Earned Value Management (Measurement) GAC(PM).........Global Accreditation Center (for Project Management). The PMI-sponsored body responsible for accreditation of degree programs, and approval of certificate programs, in project management GOC………….Global Operations Center as in PMI Global Operations Center GovCom...........Governance Committee; PMI Board committee responsible for effective functioning of the Board GSA .................U.S. General Services Administration GSK .................PMI’s Graphics Standards Kit; guidelines for designing component logos and stationery IACET..............International Association for Continuing Education & Training; international organization that authorizes organizations to provide CEUs for education and training IEEE.................The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; has licensing agreement with PMI to reprint and sell the PMBOK® Guide-2000 Edition. Adopted the PMBOK® Guide-2000 Edition as an IEEE Standard. IEI ....................Ireland Engineers Institute; cooperating agreement with PMI INCOSE………International Council on Systems Engineering IP......................Intellectual Property (trademarks) IPM ..................Institute of Project Management; cooperating agreement with PMI IPMA ...............International Project Management Association; cooperating agreement with PMI ISM…………...Institute for Supply Management ISO ...................International Organization for Standardization IT......................Information Technology K&WC .............Knowledge & Wisdom Center; full name is PMI James R. Snyder Center for Project Management Knowledge and Wisdom. LOA…………..Letter of Agreement LOI……………Letter of Intent MA ...................Master of Arts degree (US) MAG ................Member Advisory Group; provides membership and professional communications and expertise for PMI GOC in the development and implementation of program operations to achieve the strategic objectives established by the PMI Board and the established operational program direction MBA ................Master of Business Administration degree (US) MFA.................Master of Fine Arts degree (US) MIS ..................Management Information Systems MOA ................Memorandum of Agreement MOU ................Memorandum of Understanding (non-binding) MPM ................Master of Project Management degree
  • 3. MS....................Master of Science degree (US) MSM ................Master of Science in Management degree (US) NCMA .............National Contract Management Association; cooperating agreement with PMI NomCom..........Nominating Committee; PMI Board other committee responsible for overseeing and supervising the nomination and election process NORDNET ......National project management associations of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden OAG.................Operational Advisory Group; see MAG OPM3® .............Organizational Project Management Maturity Model, PMI Standard PAT..................Project Action Team PDP ..................Professional Development Program, PMI; From January 1999 through January 2002, the acronym PDP was used to describe the PMP certification renewal process. The PDP is now referred to as CCR (Continued Certification Requirements). PDU .................Professional Development Unit; measuring unit used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities toward maintenance of PMP certification requirements (One hour study = 1 PDU) PMA-India .......Project Management Associates PMBOK ...........Project management body of knowledge (often incorrectly used as an abbreviation for the PMBOK® Guide) ® PMBOK Guide ..... A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (The ® should always be used after the acronym in the short title, and should always be superscripted. If the software program does not support a superscript, use ®. If the software program does not support ®, use (R).) PMI ..................Project Management Institute PMIEF..............Project Management Institute Educational Foundation PMI GOC .........PMI Global Operations Center (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania USA) PMO.................Program or Project Management Office PMP®................PMI Project Management Professional certification POC..................Performance Oversight Committee; PMI Board standing committee that monitors PMI’s operational and financial performance PP&B ...............Program, Plan & Budget PROMAT.........Korean Institute of Project Management and Technology; cooperating agreement with PMI PSO ..................Project Support Office R&D.................Research and Development R.E.P. ...............Registered Education Provider; training provider registered under PMI’s Registered Education Provider Program. (Note that this acronym always needs periods in between the letters.) RFP ..................Request for Proposal ROWS………..Research (Program) Open Working Session RSC..................Regional Service Centre SGA(PM) .........Standards for Global Accreditation in Project Management; the guiding document used by educational institutions seeking accreditation of degree programs or approval of certificate courseware SHRM………..Society for Human Resources Management SIG ...................PMI Specific Interest Group; interest or industry-based group of PMI members without geographical boundaries SME .................Subject Matter Expert SOVNET..........Russian Project Management Association; cooperating agreement with PMI
  • 4. SOW………….Statement of Work SPPA................Strategic Planning and Program Alignment Committee; PMI Board committee responsible for strategic and corporate planning SPPR ................Project Management Association of Slovakia; cooperating agreement with PMI VC....................Vice Chair VP ....................Vice President ZPM .................Slovenian Project Management Association; cooperating agreement with PMI