In a world where organisations increasingly recognise the extent to which professional project, programme and portfolio management supports business objectives, then their engagement with APMs vision becomes all the more important. I believe the Corporate Members Leadership Group is the ideal way to leverage that engagement. So says the recently appointed chairman of APMs Corporate Members Leadership Group (CMLG), Paul Goodge (pictured).
Formed some six years ago, the Corporate Members Advisory Group (CMAG), as it was originally titled, has had a significant role in shaping the APM we know today. Its first task was to influence the design of APMs future chartered professional standard APM Registered Project Professional (RPP). When APM launched corporate accreditation, the standard was quickly adopted by forward thinking CMAG members who were amongst the first to recognise the benefits of APMs recognition of their P&PM development programmes. Leaders soon attract followers and the number of accredited organisations has now reached 37.
Under the chairmanship of Mike Brown HonFAPM, head of programme management centre at Rolls Royce, membership of the group grew to encompass new sector representatives, reflecting the pan-sector growth of the profession and the membership of APM. Today the group has a target membership of 40 organisations.
When Mike stepped down in September 2012, the group elected Paul Goodge RPP FAPM, former APM Board member and a well-known senior professional in the association. The change coincided with the implementation of APMs new strategy and vision for the profession. So it provided an opportunity to review the CMAG remit and the aspirations of its members.
From advising to leading
A significant change in the remit of the group has now been agreed. The most significant aspect of this change is the move from an advisory role to one of active support and engagement with the strategic development of the profession and the association. Acting now as critical friends and co-producers with APM, the role of the members of CMLG is also more outward looking both in terms of influencing others to share the vision for the profession and supporting the creation of new resources which will directly help with the improvement of project outcomes and delivery.
Hot topics on the agenda
The members of the group have identified several topic areas where they believe that the association can work to improve knowledge, understanding and practice. These include: improving the organisational context around projects, better professional development for the next generation of project professionals and understanding the impact of team capability on successful project outcomes. With a mix of presentations and interactive sessions, the meetings also provide opportunities to network with a small group of like-minded professionals all with a passion to see projects succeed.
The APM community can expect a more visible and influential corporate leadership group in the future according to Paul Goodge. We are currently working on a number of topics and starting to shape the outputs that will require engagement with the wider corporate community and the influence and expertise we know exists out there.
For more information about the Corporate Members Leadership Group (CMLG) please contact APM, selecting Accreditation as the nature of enquiry.