Steven Fakrenkrog nominated ISO/TC 258 Chairman


By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland


The Technical Management Board (TMB) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has announced that Mr Steven Fahrenkrog is to be the next Chairman of the Technical Committee (TC), ISO/TC 258 for Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management. Mr Fahrenkrog, representing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), assumes ISO/TC 258 chairmanship when Mr Miles Shepherd’s term expires at the end of 2016. Mr Shepherd has served in this role on behalf of the British Standards Institute (BSI). The nomination follows Mr Shepherd’s earlier announcement that that he would not be seeking an extension at the end of his leadership term, ending at the end of 2016. Mr Fahrenkrog assumes leadership at the beginning of 2017. Mr Karl Best, also representing ANSI, continues as ISO/TC 258 Secretary.


The two Chairmen (from left to right): Mr Steven Fahrenkrog and Mr Miles Shepherd

Mr Fahrenkrog, the newly nominated Chairman of ISO/TC 258, is very pleased to have been chosen to be the next Chairman of ISO/TC 258: “I look forward to working with the Heads of Delegation from the countries that are P members to the committee, the Convenors of the Working Groups and Study Groups that work within the committee and the subject matter experts that do the hard work required to develop the standards produced by the committee. I also look forward to working with the members of the Chairman’s Advisory Group and the Technical Development Group to provide input to the Technical Committee. I hope Karl Best and I will be as good a team at helping the TC as Miles and Karl have been.”

“I wish to thank Miles for his leadership since he became Chairman of ISO/PC 236 and later ISO/TC 258. I also want to thank him for his assistance and counsel during our transition period.” Mr Fahrenkrog can be contacted at [email protected] .

Most people aware of ISO/TC 258 will be familiar with Mr Fahrenkrog – also known as F9 – as he has been active in ISO/TC 258 as well as ISO/PC 236, the predecessor to ISO/TC 258. Mr. Fahrenkrog has recently served in the role of Convener of ISO/TC 258 WG1 which developed the International Standard 21504, Project, programme, and portfolio management – Guidance on portfolio management, which was published by ISO on 1 July 2015.

Mr Fahrenkrog served 30 years in the US Navy, retiring as a Captain in December of 1999. During his Navy career, he spent the first half flying helicopters and the second half buying and selling helicopters for various services of the United States and several other countries. Mr Fahrenkrog served as the Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 3 and Major Program Manager of the US Marine Corps Light/Attach Helicopter Program.

Mr Fahrenkrog joined PMI in July 2000 as the PMI Standards Manager and held several other positions of increasing responsibility, retiring from PMI as Vice President of Special Programs in September of 2012…


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About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland


Jouko Vaskimo
is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist. Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted atmailto:[email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51 .

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