Ever heard of “PMI ism”? Have you ever wondered what it means? Rita Mulcahy was the first to coin this term.
Here is Rita’s definition of “PMI ism”.
PMI ism = Understanding project management from Project Management Institute’s (PMI), point of view.
Although you may manage projects differently in real-life, your PMP(r), exam questions will be answered the PMI way.
Even project managers with decades-of experience might not be able pass the PMP(r), if they don’t study because they don’t know how to do things the “PMI” way.
PMI integrates PMI ism into the PMP (r) exam whenever it is possible. This is why, if you want to get your PMP(r), you should be familiar with what PMI-ism means.
What is the PMI’s view on project management?
It is not allowed to add gold plating or any other extras. Although gold plating can seem like a good way to build goodwill with clients, it can cause incompatibility during later phases of the project and cost your company a lot.
Meetings are used to make decisions. Every meeting should have an agenda. Meetings are not for idle chatter or status reports.
Unless otherwise instructed, assume that your project has a PMO (project management office).
When deciding whether to continue the project, you should not consider the sunk cost (or how much money you have already spent on it).
Do not tolerate discrimination, whether racial or sexual, in any circumstance, regardless of cultural differences.
Try to see the other side’s point-of-view and create win-win situations when there is conflict.
Before any changes can be implemented on a project, they must be approved by the change control board.
Before execution can start, the project management plan must be created, which should include all subsidiary plans.
The project must be initiated, planned, executed, monitored & controlled, and closed.
The organization continues to look for ways to improve project management by reviewing and analyzing lessons learned from each project.

What can PMI expect from a project manager?
The project manager manages a project worth $10M+ and a team that spans multiple time zones, unless otherwise instructed
The project manager is responsible to complete the project on-time and within budget.
The project manager should be proactive in identifying risks and devising mitigation strategies. If the risk occurs, the mitigation strategy should be implemented.
The PMBOK(r), as a project manager, should be tailored to the project. If a project doesn’t use outside vendors, the entire procurement section can be ignored.
If they inform management of their lack of experience, the project manager might accept stretch projects or projects they aren’t familiar with.
The project manager must be able to understand the impact of any change to one constraint on other aspects of the project. If the project schedule is being shortened, for example, the project manager should understand the impact on project costs, risks, quality, and cost.

What are the PMI-specific terminologies that fall under PMI ism?
Organizational Process Assets, (OPA) = historical data of all projects in your organization and project management policies/templates.
Enterprise Environment Factors (EEF), are all factors that are not directly under the control of the project. These include the culture and systems of the organization. PMIS (project management and information systems) is a major component of EEF. The project manager may not have direct control over EEF but he/she must deal with it.
Change Requests = Corrective Action or Preventive Action. Rework and changes that would impact the project configurations / baselines/ plans. Only one change can be made to a project.