The International Standard ISO 21500:2012 "Guidance on project management" has been incorporated without any modifications into this German standard. The standard provides guidance for project management and can be used by any type of organization, including public, private or community organizations, and for any type of project, irrespective of complexity, size or duration. The standard provides high-level description of concepts and processes that are considered to form good practice in project management. Projects are placed in the context of programmes and project portfolios, however. Topics pertaining to general management are addressed only within the context of project management. The target readership for this standard is the following: - senior managers and project sponsors, in order to provide them with a better understanding of the principles and practice of project management and to help them give appropriate support and guidance to their project managers, project management teams and project teams; - project managers, project management teams and project team members, so that they have a common basis upon which to compare their project standards and practices with those of others; - developers of national or organizational standards, for use in developing project management standards, which are consistent at a core level with those of others. The committee responsible for this standard is NA 147-00-04 AA "Projektmanagement" ("Project management") at DIN Standards Committee Quality Management, Statistics and Certification (NQSZ).