Projects & Project Management in Germany


By Reinhard Wagner

International Correspondent

Munich, Germany

After a long and beautiful summer, a quite intensive season of PM events and activities starts for the German Project Management Association (GPM). Summer vacations, this is a very story to tell. The sixteen states of Germany decided to have different time slots for their vacations. Some start already in June into their vacations (six weeks), some in July and Bavaria is usually starting early August to let all people travelling from North to the South pass. For scheduling conferences and seminars that means to plan for spring and fall to avoid the “Sommerloch” between mid-June and mid-September.

The season starts with a plenary meeting of ISO / TC 258 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management in Tällberg / Sweden. About 80 experts will meet the second week of September in Sweden to continue or start working in four groups. Working Group 1 is continuing the development of a Portfolio Management Standard (the future ISO 21502); another Working Group is starting into the work of developing a Document on Terminology. Two groups are in a Study mode, one on “Governance” and the other one on “Programme Management”. Amongst the experts from twenty countries (and two liaisons) also six experts from Germany, sent by DIN, the German Standardisation Body. We will certainly report from the outcomes of this meeting in the next edition of this Journal.

Definitely a highlight is the annual PMO Day (www.pmo-tag.de) and the 30.PM Forum (www.pm-forum.de) which takes place from October 28 through October 30. During the PMO Day about 350 experts, most of them are responsible for a PMO in a medium- or large-size organisation and come for an intensive exchange of experiences and to network with colleagues. This is a good start into Central-Europe largest PM event, the PM Forum of GPM. Last year about 850 experts attended the PM Forum to see what´s new and interesting in their profession, to learn from best practices and to network.


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About the Author

flag-germanypmwj14-sep2013-Wagner IMAGE 150x169Reinhard Wagner

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 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].