APM Governance SIG

"Governance refers to the set of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of projects, programmes and portfolios."
APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition, section 1.1


About us

Welcome to the APM Governance Specific Interest Group (SIG) community.

The SIG was established in 2003. The stated purpose of the SIG is to:

  • be the UK focus for those interested in the governance of change/ project management;
  • advance the understanding of governance of project management;
  • contribute towards the development of good practice in the governance of change/project management;
  • influence national and international standard-making authorities to improve their impact on the governance of project management;
  • influence those responsible for the governance of project management to improve their practices;
  • develop its members as ambassadors and exemplars of excellent governance of project management.
  • the SIG has been extremely active and has published a series of well received guides (see below), and is also actively reaching out to board/senior executives of organisations, for example IOD, IIRC, as well as the APM membership, to influence them to adopt better governance practices.
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Governance resource archive:

APM Study Tour by the Governance SIG - Findings and presentations

Governance of Co-Owned Projects - new publication launches 20 January 2017

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About governance

Since October 2003 this group has sought to answer the questions:

  • How does an organisation, particularly its directors, assure the effectiveness and efficiency of their portfolio direction, sponsorship and programme and project management?
  • How do they ensure proper coherent disclosure and reporting of these systems and of their performance?

We base our investigation on published governance requirements, on recognised standards and on the experience and knowledge of our members. As our guidance is widely used so we are making a difference to the quality of project management oversight and performance.

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APM Governance SIG conference 2017

Goldilocks Governance – Getting it just right? 

Date: 5 October 2017
Time: 9-16.30
Venue: Holiday Inn London Regent's Park, Carburton Street, London. W1W 5EE

Good governance is the critical success factor in delivering successful outcomes. But how much is enough? Too much and you can stifle innovation and personal accountability; too little and anarchy can pervade.  In other words, how can you ensure your governance is in the goldilocks zone!

The conference will focus on informative case studies and workshops from leaders in renowned organisations who have invested in, and achieved, great outcomes from improved and appropriate governance.  The case study leaders have ‘been there and done it’ and will outline their specific governance challenges and solutions.

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