ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Kyoto, Japan


By Jouko Vaskimo

Advisor, correspondent

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 fifth plenary meeting at Kyoto, Japan, on September 8th … 12th 2014. The participants – over 60 representing 19 national standardization agencies – were warmly welcomed by Professor Masami Tanaka, the former President of ISO, and Mr Miles Shepherd, the Chairman of ISO/TC 258.

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

The main initiatives within ISO/TC 258 are Working Group (WG) 1, developing an ISO standard on portfolio management, WG2, developing an ISO standard on project, program and portfolio governance, WG3, developing a vocabulary document, and WG4, developing an ISO standard on program management.

ISO/TC 258 has, at the time of the Kyoto event, 36 participating (P) members, and 10 observing (O) members. ISO/TC 258 current P – members are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.

ISO/TC 258 current O – members are Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Slovakia, and Uganda. Liaison committees to ISO/TC 258 are currently ISO/IEC JTC 1 (Information Technology), ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 (Software and systems engineering), ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 40 (Service Management and IT Governance) and ISO/TC 176/SC 2 (Quality systems).

Liaison committees from ISOTC 258 are currently Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 258 are ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 (Software and systems engineering), ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 40 (Service Management and IT Governance), ISO/TC 20 (Aircraft and space vehicles), ISO/TC 176 (Quality management and quality assurance), and ISO/TC 176/SC 2 (Quality systems).

Organizations in liaison with ISO/TC 258 are International Project Management Association (IPMA), Project Management Institute (PMI), and Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

ISO/TC 258 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).


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About the Author

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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 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 .  To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/