Posted on April 6, 2010 by


The ISO10006:2003 is the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) quality management guidelines for projects. The ISO ( has published over 18,000 standards on a wide variety of topics such as paint ingredients (ISO 87.060.01), the determination of cocoa butter equivalents in milk chocolate (ISO 11053:2009), and jewelry ring sizes (ISO 8653:1986). The ISO states that this second edition 32-page document is applicable to projects of all sizes. Standards are not approved for development unless there is a global need, and project management is certainly global. Project managers are likely to be familiar with the ISO 9000 family of standards also, which are those pertaining directly to quality management. ISO10006 is not used for PMP® certification—the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® is the basis of the PMP certification exam. If interested in the comparison of these two documents, an article by Michael Stanleigh takes an in-depth look at them at