ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Toronto, Canada


By Jouko Vaskimo

Toronto, Canada and 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 sixth plenary meeting at Toronto, Canada, on August 24th … 28th 2015. The participants – over 60 representing 19 national standardization agencies – were warmly welcomed by Mr George Jucan, the host of the Toronto event and the Head of the Canadian Delegation to ISO/TC 258, and Mr Miles Shepherd, the Chairman of ISO/TC 258. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Mrs Kathleen Wynne, Prime Minister of Ontario conveyed their best wishes, welcoming ISO/TC 258 plenary participants.

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ISO/TC 258 Toronto plenary meeting participants (photo courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Main ISO/TC 258 initiatives include Working Group WG2 developing an ISO standard on governance of projects, programs and portfolios, WG3 developing a vocabulary regarding projects, programs and portfolios, WG4 developing an ISO standard on program management, as well as Study Group SG5 investigating ISO 21500 maintenance.

At the time of the Toronto event ISO/TC 258 had 36 participating (P) members, 11 observing (O) members, and 16 liaisons.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States are currently P – members of ISO/TC 258.

Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, and Uganda are currently O – members of ISO/TC 258.


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About the Author


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Helsinki, Finland




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. He is 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/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

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