ISO TC258 convenes in Melbourne

ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Melbourne, Australia


By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Finland standards representative to ISO/TC 258

Espoo, Finland


ISO/TC 258
, the Technical Committee (TC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set up to work with standards in the field of project, program, and portfolio management, convened for the eighth plenary meeting at Melbourne, Australia, on September 11th … 15th 2017. The participants – 28 representing 17 national standardization bodies – were warmly welcomed to Melbourne and to the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) building at Swinburne Business School by Professor Keryn Chalmers, Dean of Swinburne Business School, and Professor Russell Kenley, Professor of Management at Swinburne Business School, hosting the meeting. Mr Patrick Weaver, Head of the Australian Delegation, and the representative of the local national standardization body Standards Australia, also welcomed ISO/TC 258 plenary participants to Melbourne.

ISO/TC 258 Melbourne plenary meeting participants (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

ISO/TC 258 main initiatives include Working Group WG3 developing a vocabulary of terms used in projects, programs and portfolios, WG6 developing an ISO standard on Work Breakdown Structures, WG7 developing an ISO standard on Earned Value Management, and Ad-Hoc Group AHG8 investigating the development of ISO standard on project management competences.

At the time of the Melbourne event ISO/TC 258 had 39 participating (P) members, 14 observing (O) members, and 18 liaisons.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States are current ISO/TC 258 P – members.

Belarus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lithuania, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Uganda are current ISO/TC 258 O – members.

College of Performance Management (CPM), Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS), International Project Management Association (IPMA), and Project Management Institute (PMI) are ISO/TC 258 liaison organizations.

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering international (AACEi) has applied for ISO/TC 258 liaison position, however, a ballot on the issue is currently open.

ISO/IEC JTC1, Information Technology, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, Software and systems engineering, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC40, IT Service management and governance, ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles, ISO/TC176/SC2, Quality systems, ISO/PC280, Management consultancy, and ISO/TC309, Governance of Organizations are liaison committees to ISO/TC 258.

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, Software and systems engineering, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC40, IT Service management and governance, ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles, ISO/TC176, Quality management and quality assurance, ISO/TC176/SC1, Concepts and terminology, ISO/TC176/SC2, Quality systems, and ISO/PC280, Management consultancy are liaison committees from ISO/TC 258.

Professor Dr Russell Kenley was happy to host the meeting, and commented “the Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University of Technology, was delighted to host the 8th annual ISO/TC 258 plenary this year, as we prepare to launch our new Master of Project Management for 2018….


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About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland



Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

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