ISO/TC 258 Convenes in Athens


ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Athens, Greece

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

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 seventh plenary meeting at Athens, Greece, on October 24th … 28th 2016. The participants – over 70 representing 24 national standardization bodies – were warmly welcomed by Mr Theofanis Giotis, the host of the Athens event and the Head of the Greek Delegation to ISO/TC 258, and Mr Miles Shepherd, the Chairman of ISO/TC 258. Dr Frangoulis D. Krokos, the Director of Standardization at Hellenic Body for Standardisation (ELOT), the Greek national standardization body, also welcomed ISO/TC 258 plenary participants to Athens.


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

ISO/TC 258 main initiatives include Working Group WG2 developing an ISO standard on governance of projects, programs and portfolios, WG3 developing a vocabulary of terms used in projects, programs and portfolios, WG4 developing an ISO standard on program management, Study Group SG5 investigating ISO 21500 maintenance, as well as Working Group WG6 developing an ISO standard on Work Breakdown Structures, WG7 developing an ISO standard on Earned Value Management, and WG8 developing an ISO standard on project and program management competences.

At the time of the Athens event ISO/TC 258 had 40 participating (P) members, 13 observing (O) members, and 17 liaisons.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, 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, Romania and Uganda are current ISO/TC 258 O – members.

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


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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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