Project Management update from Dublin



By Ed Naughton

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

PM World Journal

Dublin, Ireland

Institute’s Director General  meets Edward de Bono.

Ed Naughton, Director General (DG) of the Institute of Project Management of Ireland, had the pleasure of meeting with Edward de Bono in Dublin in November this year at the headquarters of the institute.

Edward de Bono has been named one of the 250 people who have contributed most to mankind. He has chaired a special summit of Nobel Prize laureates, and is regarded as the leading international authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation, and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill.

During the short meeting the following three topics were addressed:

  1. 1.    The   World of Project Management Professional Organizations

The DG commenced the discussion by outlining to De Bono how the Institute was linked into the global network of national professional project management organizations.

This involved explaining some of the macro issues about the world of Project Management such as the structures of the two major professional bodies – PMI (USA) and IPMA (Zurich) – who dominate the discipline. He described how the PMI, a superb marketing organization was very much a centrist structure driven from Newton Sq., Pennsylvania with almost 500,000 certified professionals spread in chapters around the globe.

IPMA, on the other hand, was a federal structure representing the international interests of 57 countries across 6 continents allowing greater reflection of national needs and culture. He was interested in the fact that when the Council of Delegates from the 57 countries meet twice yearly the environment resembles that of a mini United Nations.

The ability to influence outcomes through politicking, negotiating and cajoling – without necessarily being a member of the executive board – also resonated with him. Having formerly being represented at the board level within IPMA, Ireland’s current engagement is now more in this mode.


To read entire report, click here

About the Author


Institute of Project Management

Dublin, Ireland

Ed Naughton, BE, C. Eng., F.I.E.I, IPMA-a, PMP, is the founder and current Director General of the Institute of Project Management of Ireland, the leading authority on the PM profession in Ireland.  On the international front, Ed was responsible for initiating cooperation agreements with both the PMI (Project Management Institute) USA and the IPMA (International Project Management Association). He is Ireland’s representative on the IPMA council of delegates, and a former Vice President-Marketing for the IPMA. He was also the first PMP registered in Ireland.  Ed has researched, published and presented many articles and papers on project management and is the author of the Irish Project Management Competence Baseline. During his thirty year career, Ed has worked as a project manager and/or project management consultant on a large variety of high profile domestic and international assignments. Ed Naughton is a graduate of University College Dublin (BE, civil), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a Chartered Engineer (Ireland), a Professional Engineer in Canada, and holds an IPMA Level A certification.  He is former founder and editor of the quarterly international publication “Project Management Practice”. One of Ireland’s most respected experts on the topic of modern project management, Ed is an executive advisor to PM World in Ireland.  Ed Naughton lives in Dublin and can be contacted at [email protected].