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As an individual member of APM, the chartered body for the project profession, you receive a wide range of benefits. These benefits are designed to enhance your professional status, improve your career prospects and enable you to contribute personally to the development of the profession of project management.

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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread is the study about the future of the project profession. It Is a ground-breaking report commissioned by APM, conducted by PwC UK which identifies a benchmark for the scale and contribution of the project profession to the UK economy.

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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition

APM is excited to announce the publication of the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition. The seventh edition continues in the spirit of previous editions, collaborating with the project community to create a foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. To provide access to everyone equally and to ensure we’ve captured a broad range of views fairly, we used an online consultation platform, CitizenSpace.

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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a personal commitment made by an individual to keep their professional knowledge up to date and improve their capability, with a focus on what the person learns and how they develop throughout their career. APM is committed to support project professionals throughout their careers, from planning their next move, through to reflecting on their latest learning. We are pleased to have a wide range of resources to help you with this.

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APM Bookshop

Where can I buy your books and guides?

APM, the chartered body for the project profession, publishes a growing range of books and guides, from general to specific interest topics, as well as study guides, available for purchase.

Members can download many APM publications for free in the members' area. Ebooks are also available to purchase.

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APM Library

How can I learn more about project management?

APM's library is a dedicated project management resource to help you on your journey to becoming a professional project manager. Inside you'll find guides, articles, white papers and research reports.

The content is free to download or free to register.

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APM Body of Knowledge online

The APM Body of Knowledge online is a growing digital resource from APM featuring project management definitions, diagrams and a glossary of APM terms. 

Users can search 69 topic areas on all aspects of projects, programmes and portfolios. Read more about the people and skills associated with professional project management, and how the project manager works within the wider business and other management areas. 

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What is project management?

Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives. Projects are the vehicles of change in an organisation. They are not the repetitive business-as-usual type of activity.

Project management is essentially aimed at producing an end product or deliverable that will effect some change for the benefit of the organisation that instigated the project.

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APM Competence Framework

The APM Competence Framework sets out the competences required for effective project, programme, portfolio management and project management office (PMO). 

The framework consists of 27 competences based around outcomes that project professionals need to achieve.

Each competence includes a series of criteria covering knowledge and the application and a ratings scale.

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Thought leadership

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APM Project journal

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Agile project management

Agile project management is an approach based on delivering requirements iteratively and incrementally throughout the project life cycle. At the core of agile is the requirement to exhibit central values and behaviours of trust, flexibility, empowerment and collaboration.

Learn more about agile in our new agile project management section. You will find information on the differences between agile and waterfall, the benefits of agile working, agile principles, and further agile reading material such as the following:

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A guide to project sponsorship

Project sponsorship offers organisations huge opportunities when implemented successfully. While significant work has been undertaken to improve project performance via project delivery teams, little has focused on critical issues of sponsorship and leadership. This may be attributed to the sponsor’s role being hard to define and lacking traction in the boardroom.  

In 2015, APM ran an extensive research project investigating the Conditions for Project Success. The 12 conditions provide a conceptual framework against which real project delivery could be assessed. 

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