PMBoK is a collection of often used practices for project management. A project manager doesn't have to use all of them. An organization is supposed to adapt PMBoK for its needs.

Why do we have The Standard for Project Management included in PMBoK then?

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    PMBoK says that the guide itself and the standard are "descriptive" rather than "prescriptive". Are you asking because you consider The Standard for Project Management to be a set of prescriptive step-by-step instructions on how to do project management... or?!?! – Bogdan Dec 1 '20 at 20:02
  • Various bodies create and approve standards. ANSI is one national standards body and they approved the standard described in the PMBOK Guide in 1999. There are other standards however, notably the ISO 21500. PMI's is therefore a standard, but not really the standard. – nvogel Dec 2 '20 at 10:52

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