1st IPMA Megaprojects Special Interest Group Workshop


refineryMegaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than EUR 0.5 billion. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity, both in technical and human terms (EU COST). Total global megaproject spending is arround 20% of the total global gross domestic product (GDP) – they have purpose to make “mega” change.

The IPMA recognizes the importance of megaprojects in delivering society’s needs and the complex challenges that they present in project delivery. IPMA is a Federation 57 Member Associations (Mas) and represents the world’s oldest project management association and it is the leading authority on competent project, programme and portfolio management. The MAs develop project management competences in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies. Many of these MAs have a Special Interest Group (SIG). Activities of the SIGs are performed on a national basis, networking happens only with personal or corporate members of a specific country. More and more corporate members act cross-country and therefore are interested in an international exchange.


There will be invited speakers and speakers from different areas of megaprojects. It is expected to welcome: Reinhard Wagner, IPMA President; Mary Mckinlay, Vice President of IPMA; Jesus Martinez Almela, Vice President of IPMA; Ghassan Aouad, President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and many others.

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If you want to join the 2015 IPMA Summit of megaprojects SIGs or have questions, please send a mail to Sandra Mišić, not later than August 15th. E-Mail: Mobile: +385 98 99 22 449


19th International Congress on Project Managment and Engineering


The University of Granada, together with the Spanish Project Management and Engineering Association (AEIPRO), are pleased to announce the celebration of the 19th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering, which will be held at the facilities of the Higher Technical School of Civil Engineering from the University of Granada, from 15th to 17th of July of 2015.

The Organizing Committee wishes that this Congress become an international forum for discussion and debate for all Project Management and Engineering professionals, especially those researchers and trainers involved in the formation of future professionals in the field.

We encourage all interested people to participate actively and share their knowledge and experience in order to contribute to enriching the world of Project Management and Engineering.

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ICCPM and IPMA renew alliance to strengthen project management capability globally


IPMA_AIPM_ICCPMThe International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have signed an important renewal of their alliance agreement that will support both organisations aim of strengthening the project management profession.

ICCPM and IPMA share the ideals of each other’s organisations and look forward to working together to further these ideals.

As a non-profit global membership organisation IPMA’s mission is to promote recognition of project management; offer know-how, products and services across public, private and community sectors and to leverage the diversity of its global network for benefits across economies, society and the environment.

ICCPM is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 and as the peak body for complex project management seeks to advance complex project management knowledge and practice through education; and the provision of support and tools to allow organisations to effectively address complexity and better manage complex projects and programs.

The alliance agreement between ICCPM and IPMA allows the organisations to further each other’s mission and objectives through reciprocal exchanges such as publications, research and events and generally work together in a spirit of cooperation for mutual benefit of the organisations and their members.

The theme of the 2015 IPMA Annual Conference “The way to Project Management in Multicultural Context” aligns with ICCPM’s 2015 conference theme “Building Capability in Complex Environments” and the sharing of knowledge from these two events will further strengthen the project management profession and provide lasting benefits for participants and organisations.

ICCPM looks forward to a long and successful collaboration with IPMA.

ICCPM CEO, Deborah Hein is enthusiastic about the renewal of this agreement. “There are many opportunities for collaboration between our two international organisations heading into 2015. The focus for ICCPM this coming year is to finalise development of our complexity awareness education offering for initial delivery in Australia and then look to our partners to work through our global delivery options, IPMA have already indicated an interest in working with us on that front, which is a very exciting space to be in. The renewal and strengthening of our relationship is a demonstration of our commitment to support and grow the project and program managers of the future to enable more success in the delivery of all projects and programs – not just the complex ones.”

Reinhard Wagner, President of IPMA is excited about the opportunities this alliance offers to the profession: “Our research clearly indicates that project and program managers are faced with an increasing complexity. Products, such as passenger cars or aircrafts, are created with multiple technologies, in a dynamic context with changing requirements and a supply chain across organisations, countries and cultures. This is why we need to better understand the complexity we are faced with and develop new approaches for the management of projects and programs in such a context. ICCPM and IPMA will jointly support individuals, projects and organisations in managing complex projects and programs.”

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and ICCPM also work closely together in the area of complex project management and AIPM welcomes the alliance between ICCPM and IPMA. The National President of AIPM, Dr Steve Milner, is positive about the renewal. “The alliance will further benefit the project management profession as the three organisations, AIPM, IPMA and ICCPM, continue leading the way.

For more information please contact:

Deborah Hein (ICCPM):      +61 2 6120 5160 / ">

Reinhard Wagner (IPMA):    +49 1522 2936871 / ">

Yvonne Butler (AIPM):          +61 2 8288 8750 / ">

The IPMA News Section

nw-news-iconIPMA welcomes relevant IPMA News postings, IPMA Board, Member Association or strategic affiliate press releases, and other items of interest to our community. To submit news items to post on this page, email with the following information:

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2015 IPMA World Congress Call For Papers, due 2/20


The IPMA WC2015 Congress Program Committee issues the call for papers on project/program/portfolio Management in a Multicultural Context –– infrastructure, water & energy. Abstracts due 20 February!

January, 2015, Panama City, Panama – IPMA announces our call for papers on the topic of project, program, and portfolio management in a multicultural context for the IPMA World Congress 2015, to be held in Panama City, Panama in September, 28-30, 2015.  Articles and papers related to this topic are welcome. Below you can see this event’s Major Themes and suggested areas of topics.


The program committee will use ConfTool Pro as the working platform for the submission, revision and selection process of papers. Those papers best rated will be selected for presentation at the WC2015 Scientific Tracks. The decision on the rejection or acceptance of a contribution is the responsibility of the program committee. Acceptance status can be “Paper”, “Poster”, or “Short Paper”. All completed submissions will be posted and publish in an indexed publication.

ev-wc2015-toolConfTool Pro is a flexible web based Event Management System for the preparation and organization of conferences, training days, workshops and congresses.

ConfTool Pro is suited for professionally organized events with large numbers of participants, multiple types of speaker contributions and special interest workshops. It offers access management, filter and search functions as well as many personalized bulk emailing and export functions. The multilingual interface and graphical adaptations to the main conference website are further beneficial features.

Submit Your Abstract Now

The WC2015 Program Committee accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation. You may only submit one abstract for presentation and be a spokesperson in one of our track session. If your paper complies with our requirements and is not selected for presentation it can still be published in the congress proceedings.

Important dates

  • Deadline for Abstracts March 15th
  • Review Summary and respond March 30th
  • Deadline for submission of paper – Extended May 30th
  • The paper selected for presentations and respond June 30th
  • The academic papers selected to be published in proceedings decision June 30th
  • Presentation of the presentations of the speakers selected track Aug 8th

Learn More at the IPMA 2015 World Congress Website! See you in Panama, 28-30 Sept.



Winners of 2014 APM Awards announced in London


December 2014 – London, UK – Magnox Ltd and CCG (Scotland) Ltd both did the double at Monday night’s APM Project Management Awards 2014 sponsored by T-Systems, as Shell walked away with the company of the year award.

Magnox Ltd’s Steve Walters was named Project Professional of the Year sponsored by Network Rail with the company also picking up Programme of the Year sponsored by Program Framework. The management contractor won it for their Wylfa Extended Generation Programme that enabled Magnox’s largest nuclear power station to continue to safely generate power 21 years longer than its life expectancy.

nw-apm-2014-awardsCeremony host and Breakfast business reporter Steph McGovern also called CCG (Scotland) Ltd to the stage twice. They collected the Social Project of the Year award sponsored by Project for their regeneration of the Anderston area of Glasgow.

The Scottish construction company also won the Shell HSSE Award for their organisational focus on cultural improvement in health, safety, security and environment performance.

Shell saw off tough competition to claim the coveted Project Management Company of the Year award sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight. The team at Shell developed the organisation, its processes, assurance and people to safely and competitively deliver successful projects across the globe.

Read the full News Release.

See Testimonies of IPMA Delta-certified Organisations!


30 September, 2014; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IPMA has recently posted the testimonies of new 2014 IPMA Delta® certification high-achievers in the Certification section of our website. IPMA Delta is a unique organisational assessment that moves beyond benchmarking and improvement opportunities. It does so by offering Certification of your organisation at achieved maturity levels.

Recent high-achieving organisations include:

  • Citec Oy Ab  (2014), IPMA Delta Class 2 Defined certificate; Finland and nw-delta-modulesIndia. Director PMO, Kaj Björkqvist says: “The prework for IPMA Delta assessment gave us already some fresh ideas to evaluate. We feel that the combination of different angles in the Delta assessment digs up the reliable scenery for our next development steps.”
  • Kela IT (2014), IPMA Delta Class 2 Defined certificate; Finland. Laila Vihersaari-Johnston, Development Manager, Head of PMO says, “We are proud to be the first IPMA Delta certified organization in Finland and the forerunner of project management awareness in the public sector.”
  • CSR Research (2013), IPMA Delta Competence Class 3 Standardised certificate; China. Feng Jinghua, President of CSR Research says, “Through the IPMA Delta assessment, Electric Technology and Materials Engineering Institute of CSR fully and objectively evaluated its organizational project management competence situation by a third party professional authority.”
  • Litex AG, (2013), IPMA Delta Competence Class 3 Standardised certificate; Switzerland. Sasha Petschnig, Litex CEO says, “Every project manager holds a valid IPMA® certificate and as a company, we relate to professional project management as a philosophy. This is the reason why we decided to undertake the IPMA Delta® certification.”

Are You part of a High-achieving Organisation? Learn more about recent IPMA Delta success stories here on our IPMA website.


apfpm and PMRC 29-30 Nov. Congress Celebrated


5 December 2014 – Zurich, Switzerland and Beijing, China – The Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm), Project Management Research Committee (PMRC, IPMA-China), and International Project Management Association (IPMA) joined together in Beijing, China, for this highly successful two-day event.

With the theme, Driving Business Value Through Delivering Project Success, hosted by PMRC, and organized by PMRC and apfpm, this great event attracted over 400 National, Asia Pacific, and International speakers and participants.

Photo by Les Squires, on the steps of main hall, Beihang University, Beijing. Temperature was -10Cº

Magnificently organized by PMRC and Secretary-general and Vice President Dr. Ou Lixiong, with the assistance of apfpm Chair Dr. Bill Young, the event began with an Opening Ceremony, with sequentially-translated speeches by a wide variety of organizing sponsors and dignitaries, from Beihang University, and from China, Asia Pacific, and International associations. 

After the traditional photo-session break, keynotes included a unique dual-speaker keynote by IPMA President Mladen Radujkovic and IPMA VP Marketing & Events, Stacy Goff (as usual, what a team!); their topic: When and How Project Managers Add Value and Increase Benefits. Next, Li Jin, of Alibaba, discussed Project Management in the Era of Big Data, and Ms. Tan Mei discussed Lunar Exploration Program Management.

 See the full Event Report, in pdf format.

From Project Management to Business Objectives


nw-webinar-luka-banner14 November 2014 – Milan, Italy; Breaking News:  Webinar, Thursday November 27th, 2014: ‘’From Project Management to Business Objectives. How to align the project goals to the business strategy.” Many organizations do apply structured Project Management processes, sometimes with a lack of results, or a huge gap, compared to the business objectives.

Organizations that are able to support and develop their growth successfully, act on two dimensions: I.e. they define their best practices of project management processes; and at the same time they link these practices to the business strategy.

This will be the main theme of the next JMAC (Japan Management Association Consultants) – EU  webinar. The event – free of charge and limited to the first 100 subscribers, is scheduled for Thursday November 27th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm CET.

This initiative responds to the need of companies that suffer a gap between the results of the projects and company business objectives. Participants attending the webinar will learn how applying a strategic/planning management system for projects, portfolio and resources facilitates the effective delivery of improved business and organizational results.

nw-webinar-luka-imgFurthermore, a strong emphasis will be given also to the competences necessary to fulfill the above, especially focusing on the Organizational Competence Baseline by IPMA® (International Project Management Association).

The panel and the discussion will include comments by Mr Alessandro Savioli – Innovation Division Manager at JMAC Europe and Senior Consultant, Luca Cavone- Consultant at JMAC Europe and expert of Project and Portfolio Management methodologies and Mr. Giuseppe Pugliese – Director of Certification for IPMA® Italy.

The webinar will be provided through the GoToWebinar platform. To register, please see here.

For further information please contact: .

AIPM Announces 2014 Achievement Award Winners



In what was one of the most eagerly anticipated contests in recent years, IDM Partners were announced as the winner of the Australian Institute of Project Management’s – Project Management Achievement Awards 2014 Project of the Year last week in Brisbane, QLD. The PMAA recognise the most outstanding projects and individuals across the project management industry from the previous year.

The award winners were announced at the gala dinner, which was held on the penultimate day of the AIPM’s 2014 National Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Some of the winners of the state level PMAA were represented as finalists at the awards, with several of the national winners now going on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management PM Achievement Awards. The winners of the regional awards will be announced at the APFPM 2014 Congress in Beijing at the end of November.

nw-achievement-awards-aipmThe judges of the awards this year were very impressed with the breadth and maturity of the projects submitted for this year’s awards. Australian project managers and organisations achieving business outcomes through project management continue to display that they are truly world leaders when it comes to innovation and delivery,” said Yvonne Butler, CEO of AIPM”. “Each and every year the winners set new heights which are really making the rest of the project management world stand up and take notice. We are really at the forefront of an exciting time for the industry” she said. (more…)

Yvonne Butler named new CEO of AIPM, Australia


30 September, 2014. Yvonne Butler named as new Chief Executive Officer of Australian Institute of Project Management. The Board of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Yvonne Butler FAIPM as the new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Ms Butler comes to the CEO role with a unique combination of deep industry knowledge, consulting expertise and global management experience. She has previously held senior positions in Allens, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Ernst & Young, the Palladium Group, APP Corporation and Transfield Services, and is regarded as a thought leader in strategy, governance and risk management.

Yvonne is widely respected in the business and project management community as well as in the government and the not-for-profit sector. As a Fellow of the AIPM, Ms Butler comes to the Institute with a wealth of knowledge in the project management area, including extensive experience as a past member of a number of Institute committees and project groups.

National President Dr Steve Milner said “The Board has decided that Yvonne is the best person to lead AIPM in a changing global environment and we have every confidence in her ability to lead our organisation to its next level of maturity. She is very considered and determined, and will be a real asset at the helm of our organisation”.   (more…)

Wrap-up: 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam


This report, and photos, are by Jouko Vaskimo, Finland.nw-wc2014

Professor Mladen Radujković, International Project Management Association (IPMA) President and Mr Joop Schefferlie, IPMA Nederland (IPMA-NL) President opened the 28th IPMA World Congress at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 29th September 2014. The theme of the 28th IPMA World Congress, the second one to be organized in the Netherlands, was “Innovation through Dialogue”. Mr Tom Taylor, Association for Project Management (APM) President, performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies at the congress plenary events, including opening and closing.

The congress comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by renowned experts in project management, parallel streams with practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program. The congress, organized by IPMA-NL, took place in the World Trade Center Rotterdam on 29th September … 1st October 2014, and attracted over 120 presenters and 1000 participants from 60 different countries.

For more information on the 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, including photos of the sessions and copies of the presentations (for registered participants only), please navigate to .

An IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) preceded the World Congress on 26th … 28th September, 2014. The Global Young Crew Workshop was organized as an opportunity for young project-oriented people around the world to get to know one another. The GYCW comprised interactive workshops, streams, and presentations from renowned keynote speakers. Participants had the opportunity to expand their horizons and bring new and creative views to the way they manage their projects. A special emphasis was on group discussions, interactive learning, networking and having fun. The GYCW can be considered the premium IPMA event for young project managers and people building a career in project management.

For the full report, download Jouko’s World Congress Wrap-up! Thank you Jouko!

This report is also available at PM World Journal, IPMAd’s Media partner.


IPMA Supports International PM Day, 6 Nov.


IPMA Member Associations, such as asapm, IPMA-USA, were among the earliest supporters of International Project Management Day, going back to 2004. And, we continue to support this noteworthy, and free, full-day virtual event. From its start, the event has been an initiative of speaker, trainer and author Frank Saladis. When he involved IIL, the international pm training firm, the event’s enrollments soared!

We encourage you to consider participating in this year’s even, planned for November 6, 2014. For a look at the event, and to register, see the IPMDay website. Scan the right-hand column of featured speakers, and you can see that this universal event is well worth your time.

The keynotes are live, with q&a afterwards, and most of the other sessions are pre-recorded—just to handle the huge volume of participants. The keynotes begin at 10AM US Eastern Standard Time (6PM CET in much of Europe). Each keynote has a duration of an hour. They continue at Noon, 2PM and 4PM. Between keynotes are the stream sessions; you cannot yet see timing of the stream sessions on the schedule, but they will be available soon. The Speakers tab contains a list of all the sessions, with their high points. We encourage you to register now, because this event will have massive attendance.

Last year, IIL started naming this event IPMD, for International Project Management Day. Although the name is similar, the name has no relationship to IPMA, the International Project Management Association. IPMA does, however support the concept. We must admit that we have teased a bit, that … the member nations of IPMA, who support 365+ days per year of International Project Management competence, excellence, performance and results, are pleased to help highlight and celebrate one special day. Bravo IPMDay!

IPMA Votes New ExBo at Rotterdam Council Meeting


30 September, 2014; Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates announces the election of Reinhard Wagner as IPMA president for the years 2015-2017.

Reinhard is the current president of the German Project Management Association and has served as IPMA vice president for research for the last two years. IPMA also announced their new Executive Board (ExBo) for the next two — three years. The announcements were made at the 28th IPMA World Congress held in Rotterdam this week.


IPMA Executive Board for 2015+: (from left) Mladen Radujkovic, Croatia, Chairman of the Council; Bernhard Haidacher, Guatemala, Vice President; David Hudson, Australia, Vice President; Inga Klaus, Poland, Vice President; Mary McKinley, UK, Vice President; Nuno Ponces, Portugal, Vice President; Jesus Martinez-Almela, Spain, Vice President; Amin Saidoun, France, Executive Director; Reinhard Wagner, Germany, President (photo credit: Les Squires; courtesy of IPMA)

IPMA leaders completing their roles on the IPMA ExBo this year include Andrew Bragg, UK (vice president); Stacy Goff, USA (vice president); and Roberto Mori, Italy (outgoing chair). Mladen Radujkovic moves from president to chairman in 2015.

IPMA 2014 Research Conference Call For Papers


Abstracts are due 15 October; the event will be 1-2 December, 2014, in the Business School of Nankai University, Tianjin, China. This is the official IPMA research conference, organized by Research Management Board of IPMA to gather academic researchers, consultants and practitioners together to discuss “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” 



Topics should focus on “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” Examples of topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of theories in managing projects and best practice of project management
  • Things happening in China that are helping Research meet the needs of Practice in PM
  • Research on complex project management and emergency project management.
  • Research on project integrated management and project risk management
  • Research on organizations for projects or project oriented organization.


  • Language is English
  • Abstracts up to 1000 characters including blank characters.
  • Deadline for Abstract is 15th of October 2014.
  • Deadline for Full Text is 1stof December 2014.
  • Additional Guidelines for the paper:
    • Text size 20,000 characters incl. blank characters and incl. literature citations
    • Illustrations Up to 5 figures, black and white, as editable PowerPoint graphics
    • Character format Time New Roman font size 12 pt, 1.0 line spacing


2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIG Leaders a Success


2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIG Leaders celebrates Project Management Offices as key enabler for project-oriented organisations

The Project Management Office is not an invention of this century, but it is getting more and more recognition throughout the world. This is the main message from IPMA´s 2014 PMO Summit. At the end of June. about twenty experts from twelve countries met in London to share their experiences. PMOs are a hot topic for IPMA´s member associations; about twenty of them have a Special Interest Group (SIG), and more are considering forming such a group in near future. The 2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIGs aimed at bringing together key people of the PMO SIGs within the context of IPMA, informing about respective activities, exchanging ideas as well as forming an international network of PMO SIGs.

As with all IPMA events, the PMO Summit was planned for a maximum of interaction using a variety of facilitation methods, such as Elevator Pitch, World Café and Workshops.

The participants of the 2014 IPMA PMO Summit (photo: Les Squires, IPMA)
The participants of the 2014 IPMA PMO Summit (photo: Les Squires, IPMA)

After a general introduction, the participants shared their understanding of what a PMO is. The answers demonstrated the huge variance in PMO practices. Some see a PMO as standard setting body. Others define the PMO as support unit, helping the practitioners to apply the standards according to their needs. Only a few participants defined a PMO as a project management unit, performing project management (e.g. for internal projects) and being accountable for the results. PMOs have definitely a role in managing multiple projects, portfolio management or as support for the Governance function / body in the world of projects, programmes and portfolios (e.g. supporting the decision making).

Read the full Press Release

Press Release by Reinhard Wagner, IPMA VP of Standards, Research & Awards

IPMA and apfpm sign MoU


June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mladen Radujković, IPMA President, and Bill Young, President of the apfpm, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with apfpm, the Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management. Leaders of the two organizations have maintained a dialogue of support for each organizations’ initiatives.

The dialogues often include leaders of related industry associations. For example, in the photo below, Mladen, at left, joined Wu Tao (center), Chair of China Construction Management Association (CCMA), and Bill Young (at right), in Beijing during Summer 2013. They discussed ways for the respective organizations to further increase joint efforts.


CCMA is a strategic alliance partner of IPMA and of PMRC, the Project Management Research Committee. PMRC is IPMA’s member association in China, and is also a member of apfpm, reflecting the common interests of the organisations in this MoU.

About the MoU

IPMA and apfpm have similar interests in applying the power of effective project management to significantly increase the success of project teams, organizations, and nations. This MoU engages the organisations in jointly promoting the profession of project management in the Asia Pacific region, emphasizing common interests and objectives. Priorities among these include:

  • General sharing of information where practical, particularly in relation to knowledge, education and research development in Project Management.
  • The apfpm will actively promote IPMA’s Project Excellence Awards program and IPMA membership.
  • Participate in each other’s featured events.
  • Collaborate on new opportunities to advance our common interests and objectives.

See the full Press Release, here at the IPMA website.

IPMA Releases 2014 ICB4 Survey Results


June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Reinhard Wagner, IPMA VP of Standards, Research and Awards, with the support of the ICB4 Project Team, recently announced the public availability of the summary results of an extensive survey for ICB4, the fourth release of the IPMA ICB®, the Individual Competence Baseline.

The ICB4 project team has been working on the structure, definitions and support materials for ICB4 since early 2011, and surveyed professional programme and project managers to discern trends, innovations, priorities, preferences and perceptions about our profession. This sense of stakeholder engagement and attention to customer needs is one reason why IPMA’s standards tend to have nine or ten year lifespans.

Photo by Les Squires, IPMA

Survey Drawing Winner
ICB4 Project Secretary and Project Lead Tim Jaques (shown at right) announced the survey results and drew the Survey respondent winner at the March Council of Delegates meeting in Toronto, Canada.

The survey ran in February-March 2014. To increase survey engagement, IPMA offered a drawing for an iPad Mini for those who completed the survey. An IPMA member from Egypt (her name is withheld) won the drawing. She is an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager, and her husband is also an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager. Congratulations!

About the Survey
“This survey demonstrates the need for true competency based PM certifications. In today’s world of faster business cycles and projects, having a strong team is more important than ever,” said IPMA Vice President Reinhard Wagner. “These results directly support the long term goals of IPMA to make our certification process even more relevant and effective for individuals.”

“Our goal for the survey is to gather evidence that will help IPMA define the market needs and desires for a new, even better, Individual Competency Baseline,” said Tim Jaques, ICB Project Secretary and Product Lead. “We have received some excellent feedback and insights that will help us to shape the forthcoming ICB4.” ICB4 will be released at the IPMA World Congress in Panama, in October 2015.

Key findings include:

  • Project Managers are using standards and tools in their day-to-day work.
  • It is imperative to continue engaging younger project management practitioners into project management. We can do this via university programs.
  • The PMI PMBOK® Guide and the IPMA ICB3 are the top industry standards, according to the respondents.
  • Project managers today make good use of online communities. More than 75% of respondents interacted with a community daily, weekly or monthly.
  • Project managers, sponsors and other stakeholders view compentence as important to project success.

According to Tim, “these findings represent just a fraction of the trove of data to be found in these results. We are immensely grateful to the participants for taking the time to respond.”

Summary Survey Results Are Available Now
While the ICB4 Project team scours the survey responses and insights, IPMA Member Associations—and their Standards, Education and Certification bodies–will also receive the detailed results. A summary of the survey results is available to the public and to respondents, at the IPMA website. Just click this link to download the Survey Summary.

And, we are beginning a dialogue about the implications of the survey findings at the IPMA LinkedIn Group. That dialogue begins with this announcement of the availability of the results. Please note: a LinkedIn login and joining the IPMA group are both required to see and participate in these discussions. And, because IPMA’s insights about project and programme management include our focus on people, we do require that those who wish to join our LinkedIn group must post your photograph in your LinkedIn profile.

About IPMA
ipma logoFounded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

The IPMA World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. This year, the Congress is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 29 September—1 October. We hope to see you there!

President of IPMA for 2014 is Professor Mladen Radujković. For further information about IPMA’s contributions to programme, project and organization success, please navigate to

Press Release Contact
Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing & Events. .

AXELOS and IPMA Sign MOU for Best Practice


PRESS RELEASE: 23 May 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. AXELOS and IPMA to work together on the development of Global Best Practice in project management. AXELOS and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have reached an agreement which will lead to the two organizations working closely together in the development and improvement of project management products, services and practices.

nw-axelos-hepworthThe 12-month memorandum of understanding (MoU) announced today sets out a framework of how AXELOS and the IPMA will cooperate in multiple countries worldwide.

As well as agreeing to work together on the improvement of products, the agreement includes a commitment by the two parties to promote each other’s activities and services via appropriate media such as websites, conferences and seminars.

Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO, says Since the formation of AXELOS our user community has asked us to continue to show how our products fit with other frameworks and approaches. The MoU with IPMA demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling such requests.

“PRINCE2 and the IPMA framework, IPMA Competence Baseline, are complementary approaches for project management. It can only be good that the owners of these two approaches are working together to clarify how PPM practitioners can get the best of both worlds.”

nw-ipma-reinhardIPMA is a federation of over 60 nations’ project management Member Associations (MAs). The MAs develop project management competencies in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.

Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President of Standards, says “This is a wonderful opportunity for two globally recognized organizations to work together to progress the profession of project management. Practitioners will understand our respective frameworks better and when to use them, while our members and partners will profit through synergies between these offerings.”

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2014 IPMA World Congress Update


We offer the announcement below from the World Congress organizers, with some reminders about World Congress links. We hope to see you in Rotterdam, September 29-30 and October 1.

IPMA 2014 CongressWe are pleased to invite you to the 28th IPMA World Congress from September 29th to October 1st in the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s theme is…Innovation through Dialogue. In 3 days, experts from the business and academic worlds will share their experiences and insights about innovating the world through dialogue.

With already over 300 tickets sold, this event includes site visits to impressive projects, informative and compelling paper presentations, an extensive exhibition area, and exciting social events. We are well on our way to making this the most comprehensive and inspiring PM event of 2014. All this in the City of Rotterdam, recently voted 10th in the list of 52 Places to Go by the New York Times.

Over 300 papers from over 30 countries submitted.
Gert van de Donk Conference Organizer, tells us that the Call for Papers for the 28th IPMA World Congress has resulted in over 300 submissions from over 30 countries (both Academic and Best Practice). A great result and our thanks goes out to all submitters for their effort. Due to the number and quality of the submissions, the program teams face the challenging task of making the best selection. First notifications will be sent out soon (now estimated for mid-May–the notifications were delayed due to the volume of papers and the extension of the submission date). (more…)