Working together to help create a world in which all projects succeed

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I had the pleasure of attending a workshop last week on behalf of APM to discuss how PRINCE2 and other 'swirl logo' products can be developed to help professionalise the global project management community.

AXELOS, the Joint Venture between Cabinet Office and Capita recently formed to market and develop the 'Best Practice' product suite, organised and facilitated the workshop, which was promoted in the public domain a couple of weeks ago.

In attendance were ex-Cabinet Office staff who developed the suite, user organisations such as HMRC and United Nations Operations, accredited training organisations, consultants accredited with the products, academics, careers advisors and, of course, professional bodies.

The meeting was very constructive, with the emergent goal of how we can act as a professional community to help organisations and individuals develop their delivery capability. This will involve more dialogue and more coordination.

PRINCE originally used the APM Body of Knowledge as a reference when it what first conceived and we have already produced a route to APMP for those with prior learning from PRINCE2 Practitioner. Hence, since we have just completed a fundamental revision to the 6th edition, it is perhaps time that we take a step back and look again at whether things could fit together in a more holistic way. The latest edition of the APM Body of Knowledge took the fundamental step of looking at each knowledge area through the respective prisms of projects, programmes and portfolios. Similarly, the 'swirl logo' products now include stand alone knowledge based qualification for programmes (MSP) and portfolios (PfM).

The APM Competence Framework, the guide that allows you to assess and benchmark an individuals competence as well as their knowledge, is also under revision by APM. As a professional body we will continue to look at how all the different professional development standards and accreditations fit into the competence framework and what the equivalences are.

We will continue to be 'the voice of the profession' and work with all our stakeholders to help develop 'a world in which all projects succeed'. I hope to see more of you on the journey.

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Posted by Peter Parkes on 22nd Jul 2013

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MD of Peak Performance, providing consulting, training and coaching to help build delivery capability. (www.PeakPerformance.GB.com) APM Fellow and former board member, trustee and chairman of London Branch. Acted as board champion for SIGs and founding committee member for governance, assurance, and portfolio management SIGs. Currently Vice Chair of Institute of Directors for Buckinghamshire and active Fellow of BCS and CMI. Held project director roles in the private sector, public sector, public private partnerships (PPPs) and 'big 4' management consultancies. Completed a masters dissertation on best practice for project management of R&D as part of executive MBA. Popular author and speaker, currently promoting my book 'NLP for Project Managers' on tour around the UK. See www.nlp4pm.com and apm/events for future dates and supporting training. Peter +44 1908 683 455

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