Projects and Project Management in Germany


Reinhard Wagner

International Correspondent

Munich, Germany

As nature is blooming early this year, project management events are flourishing in spring here in Germany. The German Project Management Association GPM invited the leaders of regional chapters and special interest groups to the annual “GPM Aktiv” into the Taunus region nearby Frankfurt. During that meeting, the newly hired Managing Director of GPM, Jürgen Engelhardt, introduced himself. His main responsibility is to implement GPM Strategy 2020 that will help the Nuremberg based professional association to grow into a new dimension by triple the numbers of individual and corporate members. To realize the growth strategy a change to the Governance structure is in preparation, which will involve more staff that are professional and at         the same time allow the volunteers to be involved in the decision-making processes.

The participants illustrated the journey in a painting shown below.   (see full report for image of painting)

GPM is organised into more than 35 regional chapters spread all over Germany, they gather for more than 300 events every year, visiting companies for an exchange of PM experiences or listening to a project report by a practitioner. Furthermore, there are 30 Special Interest Groups exchanging experience in a specific industry (e.g. Automotive, Aerospace, Healthcare, and Transportation) or a specific topic (e.g. PMO, Stakeholder, and PM Methods).

Finally yet importantly the Young Crew of GPM is addressing the Young Professionals, often called the “Generation Y”, with activities in about 10 local groups and a Young Crew Workshop planned for May 3-4 to be held in a historical location nearby Kassel (for info see http://youngcrew.de/).


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About the Author

pmwj17-dec2013-wagner-IMAGE2 AUTHORReinhard Wagner flag-germany

International Correspondent – Germany

Based near Munich

Reinhard Wagner is an International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Germany. He is also CEO of Projektivisten GmbH, a service provider specialized in the field of project, program and portfolio management. He studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration in Germany and the USA and looks back to more than 27 years of project related work and leadership experience. His career started in the German Air Force, where he served as Air Surveillance Officer in NATO Air Defense performing projects like the establishment of a Systems Operations Center. 1995 he entered the Automotive Industry and managed several major design projects and programmes, developed specific methodology for Automotive Engineering activities and published the first book on Project Management in Automotive Industry. In 2002 he founded a Special Interest Group for Automotive Project Management within GPM German Project Management Association and leads these activities since then. In 2006 he entered the Executive Board of GPM being responsible for all R&E activities as well as the International affairs. Today he is Chairman of the Executive Board. As Chairman of the respective DIN committee for the development of PM standards he is responsible for several standardization projects in Germany. From 2007 until 2012 he acted as working group Convenor in ISO for the development of ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management. Within GPM and IPMA, he developed tools for the assessment and certification of organisations (e.g. GPM3 and IPMA Delta) and acts as Lead Assessor for PM-ZERT and IPMA in this field. Reinhard Wagner teaches project management at different Universities in Germany. He has published more than 150 books and articles, speaks to national and international audiences and is elected as IPMA Vice President for R&D / Awards. Reinhard is living close to Munich, Bavaria and can be contacted via [email protected]. 

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