Integrating Project Management Standards

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

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The Congress aims to promote communication between international multi-disciplinary teams in the field of project management and in related disciplines, to further synergy for closer cooperation, business relations and know-how exchange in project management in the international context the in order to promote personal and corporate development for both research and business outcomes. (from the 26th IPMA WC web site).

Themes of interest include, but are not limited to the following Streams:

  • S1 – Project Management Standards & Integration
  • S2 – Managing Programmes & Project Portfolios
  • S3 – Green project management, social and corporate responsibility, incorporating the Environment, Sustainability & Community Engagement
  • S4 – Project Management Governance, Benchmarking and Business Process Optimization
  • S5 – Legal issues, Contract Management & PPPs
  • S6 – Client & Stakeholder Identification of Needs, Risk Reduction & Management of Expectations
  • S7 – Time & Schedule Management of Projects
  • S8 – Project Costs & Financial Issues, Return on Investment & Benefits Realization
  • S9 – Quality in Project Management, Quality Delivery of Projects
  • S10 – Project Management Competencies, Training & Professional Development, Soft Skills, Reward, Empowerment and Ethics
  • S11 – Project Management Maturity and Organizational Development
  • S12 – Project Management of Large Projects, Project Management Complexity, Cross-border Cooperation, Cultural Aspects & Diversity Issues
  • S13 – Innovative Project Management Applications & New Trends
  • S14 – Information Technology, Information & Decision Systems

IPMA International Project Management Association

IPMA is a World-leading not-for-profit project management association, and is the thought leader in project, programme, and portfolio performance competence. A federation of not-for-profit Member Associations, we serve local needs, while collaborating, certifying and awarding excellence globally. (from the IPMA web site)

It represents over 120.000 members in 55 Member Associations across the continents of the World.

The Vision: IPMA is recognized throughout the world as the leading authority on competent project, programme and portfolio management (PPPM). Through our efforts, PM best practice is widely known and appropriately applied at all levels of both public and private sector organizations.


IPMA actively promotes competence in project management to businesses, organisations and government agencies around the World. To increase the recognition and effectiveness of the profession. It:

  • Certifies project managers in a wide range of specific roles.
  • Improves and increases the behavioural and contextual competences of all project and programme stakeholders, and key prerequisite to success.
  • Recognises and awards excellent and successful project teams and research projects.
  • Assesses and certifies the PM maturity of entire organizations.
  • Supports basic and advanced PM education and learning.
  • Acknowledges and further develops the performance competence of emerging young professionals.
  • Offers distinctive and useful project management publications.

IPMA member associations are:

Africa: Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia

Asia: Azerbaijan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Taiwan


Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine

Americas: Canada, Mexico, United States, Panama, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil.

Understanding Competence

Today, more than ever, everyone is demanding improved results from their project, programme, and porfolio initiatives. And, while many factors contribute to initiative and organisation success, few have as much impact as the competence of the leaders. It is no surprise that many others are suddenly also trying to “Demonstrate the Competence Difference.”

Project and Programme Management Competence is a strategic advantage for organisations that master it.

Those who attempt projects or programmes with only knowledge, and not competence, are walking a dangerous high-wire without a net. This is just one reason why so many others are embracing IPMA’s Performance Competence approach to our discipline.

What is Competence?

From the ISO/IEC 17024 Standard, General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons:

Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and/or skills and, where relevant, demonstrated personal attributes, as defined in the certification scheme.

The IPMA Competence Baseline

The IPMA Competence Baseline, ICB® version 3.0, refines the terms used for certification in project and programme management:

  • Competence is the demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and/or skills, and where relevant, demonstrated personal attributes.
  • The certification scheme contains the specific requirements related to particular categories of people to which the same standards and rules, and the same procedures apply.
  • The certification process encompasses all activities by which a certification body establishes that a person fulfills specified competence requirements.
  • The assessment is the mechanism which determines a candidate’s competence by one or more means such as written, verbal, practical and observational.
  • A qualification demonstrates the personal attributes, education, training and/or work experience of the individual.
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The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is based upon project management theory combined with the practices and demands from some 50 member associations. It is the common framework document which all IPMA Member Associations and Certification Bodies abide by to ensure that consistent standards are applied.

The main interested parties and their interests are:

  • Project management personnel interested in a universally accepted certification system
  • Management of organisations interested in delivering and receiving good project management services and in personnel development
  • Certification assessors interested in a clearly understandable certification content and process
  • Universities, schools, trainers interested in providing a sound basis for an accepted qualification

The ICB is of most use to individual project managers who wish to review their competence in project, programme and portfolio management, as well as for candidates and assessors involved in a certification. The ICB can also be used as a guide to develop training materials, for research purposes and as a reference document for those who are interested in the project management competence.

The eye of competence represents the integration of all the elements of project management as seen through the eyes of the project manager when evaluating a specific situation. The eye represents clarity and vision.

Professional project management consists of 46 competence elements covering

  • the techniques of project management (20)
  • the professional behaviour of project management personnel (15)
  • the relations with the project’s context (11).

IPMA Italy

Il settore del Project Management ha registrato una straordinaria crescita negli ultimi anni e tutti gli indicatori suggeriscono che essa continuerà a lungo. La sempre maggiore pressione della competitività internazionale implica un altrettanto crescente ricorso ad attività realizzate attraverso progetti, cioè elementi caratterizzati da elevata concentrazione di rischi. Solo un corretto e professionale Project Management può consentire di affrontare con successo le relative sfide, migliorando la capacità di qualunque organizzazione di realizzare le proprie strategie.

È per questo che IPMA Italy si prefigge di infondere e irrobustire la disciplina e i processi di Project Management in tutte le Organizzazioni, sia pubbliche sia private, del territorio nazionale.

IPMA Italy è l’evoluzione della Sezione Italiana di Project Management, costituita a Milano il nel 1986 all’interno dell’Associazione Italiana di Impiantistica Industriale (ANIMP), e in quanto tale raccoglie e fa evolvere tutte le esperienze maturate per decenni in ambito internazionale dalle Aziende associate, nella conduzione e gestione di progetti complessi in campo impiantistico, industriale e infrastrutturale.

Nel 2000 ANIMP ha ottenuto da IPMA l’esclusiva per la certificazione professionale dei Project Manager sul territorio nazionale secondo la metodologia IPMA, basata su 4 livelli di competenza. Di conseguenza ANIMP ha dato mandato della rappresentanza a IPMA Italy (dal sito web IPMA Italy).

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