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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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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The committee have regular virtual meetings.

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  • Governance
Richard Zavitz
  • Sponsorship: how to enhance the role within the project profession
  • Date: 6 July 2020
  • The results of an online survey of senior executives who undertake a sponsor role or are board directors and other project professionals involved in governance of change. The results provide a roadmap of actions that we can take to further enhance this crucial role within the project profession.
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Martin Samphire
  • Who makes the ideal sponsor – and does it matter?
  • Date: 29 June 2020
  • The sponsor provides the governance link between the investing body and delivery of the project and benefits realisation. The professional community has a range of views on the right sponsor, what should we base our judgement upon? And is there a ‘best’ option?
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Martin Samphire
  • The golden rules of governance
  • Date: 8 June 2020
  • Martin Samphire sets out five areas that organisations should focus on to achieve better governance; 1. Alignment and relationships; 2. Vision and strategic roadmap; 3. Golden thread of delegation; 4. Clearly allocated roles and responsibility; 5. Requirements - keeping the end destination in sight. The indicators of good health in the governance of a project come mainly through a strong culture, behaviours and relationships – people who believe in and want to do things in the right way
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