IPMA announces IPMA OCB: Organisational Competence Baseline


1 December 2013 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Reinhard Wagner, Vice President for Standards, Research & Awards for the International Project Management Association (IPMA), announce the approval and official release of IPMA OCB, the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline. The new standard was approved for release by IPMA’s Council of Delegates at the recent meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. 

131212-pmwj18-organisational-IMAGE1 COVERIn announcing the release, Reinhard added, “The IPMA OCB provides valuable insights for executives who design organisations to meet the increasing requirements of project-related work and management. It could act as the basis for an assessment with IPMA Delta to analyse the actual situation and to improve the organisational competence for managing projects in an holistic way. OCB opens a new dimension for organisations to be more successful in projects.”

In addition to its usefulness for executives in project-oriented organisations, this standard is for managers, key influencers and project management offices. It introduces the concept of organisational competence in managing projects. It can help organisations to strengthen their management of projects, programmes and portfolios. IPMA OCB is built on the strong heritage of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®), the global leader in competence certification.

The Organisational Need

During the last few decades, a majority of organisations of all sizes and in all sectors have given emphasis to the successful delivery of projects.  An increasingly complex and dynamic world requires organisations to meet the more demanding expectations of their stakeholders through the better management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

These aspirations are despite various constraints such as deadlines or fixed budgets. In addition it is expected that projects should operate effectively and efficiently with optimal use of resources. While it is, of course, necessary to develop the competence of individuals, it is also necessary to analyse and develop the competence of the organisation.

A Competence Suite

IPMA, through its global network of national Member Associations, offers a wide range of beneficial services for individuals, projects and organisations, starting with the Four-Level Certification (4-L-C) in PM for individuals and the Two-Level Certification for PM Consultants. In addition, IPMA offers the IPMA Project Excellence Award which annually honours project teams that achieve top performance worldwide.

Up to the next dimension, the slogan for IPMA Delta®, is an obvious next step in the services offered by IPMA as well as a next step for all organisations interested in improving their performance in project management. IPMA Delta is a service to assess and certify organisations in a broad and thorough way. It is offered by independent Certification Bodies (CB) of IPMA Member Associations (MA).

Three standards are used during the IPMA Delta assessment, the IPMA ICB® to assess selected individuals, the IPMA Project Excellence Model to assess selected projects and/or programmes, and this IPMA OCB to assess the organisation as a whole.

IPMA OCB offers insights for all people interested in understanding how to improve the way projects, programmes and portfolios are managed in an organisation. The main target audiences are top managers, senior executives, executives directing project management activities, line managers working within or interacting with projects and programmes, consultants, trainers and coaches, and project staff. In addition, IPMA OCB provides teachers, coaches and their students’ insights into how a project-oriented organisation should look and how the future might be improved through better project management.


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Reinhard thanks the IPMA OCB project team, drawn from around the World, and shown from above left: Alexey Polkovnikov, Lixiong Ou, Martin Gosden, Hans Knöpfel, Gerrit Koch, Sergey Bushuyev, Erik Mansson, Beverly Pasian, (Reinhard Wagner is in the blue shirt) and Mladen Vukomanovic. Reinhard also mentioned the significant contributions of the new Standard’s sounding board members, Thierry Bonjour, Suraj Dahal, José Garcia, Paul Goodge, Ernesto La Rosa, Jyry Louhisto, Vladimir Obradović, José E. Reyes G., Janusz Smurawa, Leszek Stasto, and Yan Xue.

Thanks to the efforts of these teams, IPMA OCB will help us move the project management profession forward! The IPMA OCBTM is available now for a free download at the IPMA website. Go to http://ipma.ch/ for more information about IPMA OCB, and to download this new resource for more effective project and programme management.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. Chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr. Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch. 

Press contact: Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing & Events at [email protected]. 

Source: IPMA