ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Pretoria, South Africa

By Jouko Vaskimo

Helsinki, 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 third plenary meeting at Pretoria, South Africa, on September 3rd … 7th 2012. The participants of this meeting, hosted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) were warmly welcomed by Dr Sadhvir Bissoon, Executive in charge of Standards as the SABS. A total of 19 national standardization bureaus, representing all continents, were present in the event.

ISO/TC 258 follows the work of ISO/PC 236, which was created as an ISO Project Committee (PC) with a scope limited to a single standard on project management. As the discipline of project management is generally accepted to be much broader than what a single standard can cover, ISO/TC 258 has been created to address a complete domain of interest including projects, programs, and portfolios. With ISO 21500 released for international distribution on September 3rd 2012, ISO/TC 258 has been assigned to take care of ISO 21500 maintenance.

ISO/TC 258 Pretoria plenary meeting participants (photo courtesy SABS)

The plenary sessions were run by Mr Miles Shepherd, ISO/TC 258 Chairman, serving British Standard Institution (BSI), and by Mr Karl Best, ISO/TC 258 Secretary, serving American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Mr Shepherd was happy with the plenary session, and commented “I am very happy to see so many old friends from ISO/PC 236 here. I am also very pleased to see several new faces that will bring fresh insights and enthusiasm to our group of international experts”. Mr Shepherd was delighted to see the release of ISO 21500 for international distribution on the first day of the Pretoria meetings. Mr Shepherd can be contacted at [email protected] , and Mr Best at [email protected] .


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About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo


Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .