Tag Archives: Project Management Standards

The Changing Role of Processes in Project Management

The next generation of project management standards to be released by both ISO and PMI in 2020 will look radically different to their predecessors.

This article explains why the concept of ‘processes’ is being dropped from the new standards and the use of knowledge management and methodologies (including processes) in supporting the implementation of the standards: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/Mag_Articles/SA1067_Processes_in_Project_Management.pdf

For more on organisational inputs to project management see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-ORG-050.php#Overview

ISO 21500 Guide to Project Management

Chivonne Algeo (UTS), Peter O'Driscoll (PMI Sydney Chapter Vice President) and Patrick Weaver at the seminar

During the PMOZ conference last week, UTS hosted a seminar with the Project Management Institute on the draft ISO 21500: Guide to Project Management. The draft of the Guide has recently been released and the Australian project management profession has been invited to review the content and to make submissions to the Australian Committee managed through Standards Australia.

Patrick Weaver, an Australian sub-committee coordinator, gave a presentation on the Guide at UTS to project managers and academics as part of the engagement process with the project management profession.

UTS has been represented on the Australian Sub-Committee Working Group by Dr Shankar Sankaran and Chivonne Algeo over the last three years. The infrastructure set up by Australia to participate in the development of the Guide was designed to mirror the structures used by ISO to manage this development.

If you would like to review the draft Guide and provide your feedback you will need to contact your national committee. Australin project managers should contact the Australian Committee by going to: www.mb12.org.au, registering on the subscription list and approximately 1-2 days after joining the subscriber list, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how the consultation process will take place. Comments close on the 19th August.

ISO 21500 Guide to Project Management

The Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 21500 has been released for comment. The Australian committee MB12 is seeking input from Australian project management professionals to help formulate the Australian response to the international committee.

Information on how to sign up for this review or to simply track progress through to the final publication, the Australian committee has launched a web site at http://www.mb12.org.au/. Mosaic will be continuing to support the development of this standard through to publication.

Readers of this post from other nations should contact their national standards authority if they wish to comment.

Global Project Management Standard

The GAPPS Program Manager Standards have been released and can be downloaded from the GAPPS website. All GAPPS standards are available free of charge.

The Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) is an alliance of government, private industry, professional associations and training/academic institutes working together to develop globally applicable project management competency based standards, frameworks and mappings. GAPPS standards and frameworks are intended to facilitate mutual recognition and transferabiltiy of project management qualifications.

Copies can be downloaded from the GAPPS website at http://www.globalpmstandards.org.

Travel Update – Tokyo

It has been 3 long weeks on the road…….

First port of call was Boston USA for the PMI College of Scheduling conference. The conference attracted well over 200 people; the numbers were down from 2008 in Chicago but not bad for the middle of a recession. My paper Scheduling in the Age of Complexity was well received and there was a wide range of other papers and key note addresses of interest. The College’s work on its Scheduling Excellence Initiative (SEI)  was progressed and is moving towards the completion of the first stage.

Second stop was the UK for 2 key meetings and some family time. The first meeting was with the CIOB manager developing their guide to scheduling good practice – this standard will have significantly more focus on the practice of scheduling than the current PMI Practice Standard. Whilst the standard will be specifically aimed at the construction industry, my feeling is the content will have wide application. More on this later….

My second UK meeting was with Gower Publishing Ltd to discuss the marketing of Dr. Lynda Bourne’s book, Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organisational Implementation. The book will be available in September and pre-publicity will commence soon.

This last week has been in Tokyo as part of the Australian delegation contributing to ISO 21500: A Guide to Project Management. Multi-national committee work can be frustrating but the feeling at the end of 5 intense days was good progress had been made building consensus and the body of the standard was close to being technically complete. As soon as the contents are signed off, the team I work on will finalise the language and glossary and subject to a vote of all of the nations involved, move the standard forward to a formal committee draft. Developing an ISO standard is a slow process, the likely date for publication will be late 2012 by the time the standard has moved through all of the drafts needed to ensure international acceptance. ISO 21500 is designed as an overarching standard to help bring coordination and commonality to the various underlaying national and industry standards such as the PMBOK® Guide.

Now all I need is a quite flight back to Australia and its back to the backlog of mail and business. More later.