zaterdag 7 augustus 2010

Presentatie PMWIKI Henk de Koning

Op de website van PMWIKI is een Powerpointpresentatie van Henk de Koning over ISO 21500 te vinden. Deze staat onder het kopje "Verslagen" en heet "20091207 ISO 21500 Project Management (ppt) Henk de Koning"
Datum 7 december 2009.

vrijdag 6 augustus 2010

John Thorpe over ISO 21500



ISO 21500, the new frontier for project management

January 31, 2010
Filed under Articles, Management, Project management

By John Thorpe

When considering project management I must admit that I have never given a thought to the fact that there may be British Standard or International Standards Organisation guidance in this field. Having asked around it would appear that I am not on my own!

Further investigation revealed that currently there are a range of publications under the flag of BS 6079 which offer guidance in the field of project management.

BS 6079-1:2002 describes a full range of project management procedures, techniques and tools that the user can select as appropriate to the project being considered. It gives guidance on the planning and execution of projects and the application of project management techniques.

The standard is positioned as a body of work which “aims primarily to provide guidance for relative newcomers to project management and to act as an aide-mémoire for more experienced practitioners and those who interact with project management teams.”

Further investigation revealed there is currently an ongoing initiative to develop an international standard for project management which will be launched as ISO 21500. The ISO / PC 236 committee is responsible for this initiative which was launched in November 2007 and is due to deliver its body of work by August 2012.

The chairman of the committee is Mr Miles Shepherd a well respected figure in the UK and International project management community, who is working with representatives of 38 countries on this initiative.

Having caught up with Mr Shepherd to discuss the programme and its challenges he was very keen to point out that this is “not a process which is looking to create a new method”. The aim is to deliver a “global, overarching guidance [for project management], not [another] how to do it [method], which is applicable globally and may be used to reduce barriers to trade”.

I found it interesting that 38 countries are involved in this process and especially the fact that ANSI (American National Standards Institute) are involved in this work, using the skills and knowledge of the PMI (Project Management Institute) which may add to the credibility and adoption when the standard is released.

This discussion with Mr Shepherd and my research led me to wonder if this is the missing link, something that could move the project management community on from its current turf wars and fixation with method rather than application.

If we were to consider ISO 21500 in the same way as say ISO 9001 which is seen as applicable for use in any organisation regardless of size, type or product (including service) then we may take a giant leap forward. By having a common, global set of requirements which an Organisation needs to fulfil to achieve project satisfaction through consistent delivery of products and services which meet customer expectations we can measure outcomes consistently.

PPM Diagram
Under this model we would not have to worry about unification of methods, we would not be worried if Prince is better than PMBOK, we would not have to worry about sector specific nuances; tools would be tools and project managers would be free to deliver. The model would recognise there is not a “one size fits all” approach that can be applied to the delivery of successful programmes and projects which can be mandated from a governing body.

Looking at successful organisations today, it can be clearly seen that they “pick and mix” from methods, tools, accreditations’ and best practice to form “their strategic approach” to delivering programmes and projects.

For individual PPM Professionals measures would move away from todays hang ups about specific methods and affiliations. False barriers across sectors could be banished as the focus moves to delivery and end results. Most importantly project management skills could be recognised and developed against recognised competencies to enable delivery within an accepted global standard.

For organisations’ that deliver projects a standard would be set which allows them to deliver locally or globally whilst recognising the need to be able to meet the nuances of their particular industry. When developing their PPM strategy, organisations would be driven to think holistically, driving out today’s tick in the box thinking that being a “method” compliant environment is acceptable.

John Thorpe writes for Arras People are programme and project management recruitment specialists, passionate about the project management community in the UK.

Tags: BS 6079, ISO 21500, project management tools

Informatie over bijeenkomst Rio de Janeiro

Informatie over de bijeenkomst in Rio de Janeiro is hier te vinden:
Waaronder een korte presentatie van NEN.

woensdag 4 augustus 2010

ISO/PC 236 increases consensus on ISO 21500 / 24 juli 2010

Een bericht van de website PMforum (

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Breaking News in the Project Management World

Saturday, July 24, 2010

ISO/PC 236 increases consensus on ISO 21500, new international project management standard; adjourns Rio de Janeiro meeting

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Rio de Janeiro

The Project Committee (PC) 236 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has adjourned the meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after a week of intense work on ISO 21500, the new international standard on project management. ISO/PC 236 was able to achieve a substantial increase in consensus regarding the structure and content of the standard.

Following a ballot in early 2010, in which each national standards institute participating in the ISO/PC 236 work had the right to cast a vote, the circulation of the draft as a Draft International Standard (DIS) was approved. However, many of those voting in favour also raised comments on the Committee Draft. These comments were mostly resolved during the meeting in Rio although some work on the glossary remains to be completed. Once all comments have been resolved, and the Editing Committee complete their final review of the draft, a final decision on whether the revised draft document is officially submitted to ISO will be made later by Mr Miles Shepherd, the chairman of the Project Committee.

Mr Miles Shepherd, International Advisor and Correspondent for PMForum in the UK, welcomed warmly the new Participating (P) ISO/PC 236 members: SON (Nigeria), INTECO (Costa Rica), EOS (Egypt), IRAM (Argentina), and UNMZ (Czech Republic). This broadening of participation indicates the importance attached to the Standard. Mr Shepherd was pleased to see the substantial improvement in the overall quality of the draft and remarked that the Participating Members had worked very hard to incorporate the comments raised at the DIS vote. He felt that the structure and content of the standard had improved as a result of the work in Rio, and looks forward to the work proceeding to the DIS phase as soon possible. Entering the DIS phase is an important milestone in the development of a new standard, as this a major step towards the acceptance of a new ISO standard. Mr Shepherd noted that proceeding to the DIS phase quickly is necessary in order to comply with the intention to publish the new standard officially in late 2012.

Mr Shepherd extended his personal and ISO/PC 236 gratitude to the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas and A Escola de Negócios da PUC-Rio for hosting the event. Mr. Shepherd can be contacted at . (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

ISO 21500 builds on the existing standards and works at the national level. It is intended to be applicable to organizations of all sizes and sectors and will be designed for relative newcomers to project management, and as a reminder for the more experienced. At present, delegations of experts selected by the national standards institutes of 34 countries are participating in the work as P (participating) members, with another 9 countries participating as O (observing) members. There is one recognized liaison participating in the ISO/PC 236 work; International Project Management Association (IPMA).

ISO/PC 236 work has been organized in to three Working Groups, each one concentrating on a given area of the standard. Working Group 1 - Terminology (WG1) is chaired by Mrs Becky Wilson, from ANSI and past chair of the PMI Board of Directors with Mr Robert Hierholtz (a PMI Volunteer Leader) from France as Secretary. Working Group 2 - Processes (WG2) is chaired by Mr Reinhard Wagner from Germany, a Board Member of IPMA-Germany, with Mr. Walter Bowman, PMI Fellow, from ANSI as Secretary. Working Group 3 - Informative Guidance (WG3) is chaired by Mr. Joseph Alba from BSI and a Board Member of the Association for Project Management, with Mr. Nigel Blampied from ANSI as secretary.

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dinsdag 3 augustus 2010

Bijdrage in Serendipi-tijd

De website bevat een bijdrage van insider Robbert van Alen over ISO 21500, van mei 2009.
Zoals hij zelf schrijft is hij "namens IPMA-NL board representative voor ISO 21500".
Wel eerst een profiel maken bij Serendipi-tijd, maar dat lijkt de moeite waard.