David H. Curling,
B.Eng (Mech), P.Eng, p.t.s.c., Certificated Project Manager,
Fellow APM, Fellow PMI, CD

Editor's Footnote-
Unfortunately, the "PMI Canada" that David speaks of in his presentation is now defunct.
Published here October 2002.

Editor's Preface | The Context | On Globalization | Project Management Standards
The Project Management Profession | The True Profession
Project Management Certification | Project Management Organizations Initiatives
National Initiatives | Global Union | Dispatch From the Future

Project Management Organizations Initiatives

International initiatives by professional organizations provide a framework for discussion of global project management issues. Some of these are:

  • The Global Project Management Forum
  • The International Performance Management Council
  • International Project Management Association World Congress
  • Project Management Institute Annual Seminar
  • Regional Project Management Forums

Each of these has contributed to exchange of information on standards, certification, communications, cooperation, organizational issues and the search for an International Project Management Body of Knowledge (IPMBOK). This is a shot gun approach to the issues and while useful, if somewhat chaotic and lacking continuity, cries out for an international coordinating body.

The international meeting that carries the imprimatur of a global project management profession is that of the Global Project  Management Forum (GPMF). Six have been held. The first was in New Orleans (1995), then Paris (1996) Boston (1996) Chicago (1997), Australia (1997) and Slovenia (1998). The GPMF is a "meeting of project management leaders and experts, representing professional project management organizations around the world". It is the closest the project management community has come to an international meeting place. At the moment it is the single truly "international forum" for the discussion of common interests of:

  • Research
  • Standards
  • Careers and Competency Models
  • Organizational Models for Global Cooperation.

The GPMF is an "open to all occasion" and an opportunity for project management practitioners to be exposed to what  national and regional organizations are doing to meet cultural and legal infrastructure requirements.

The International Performance Management Council has four Nations promoting the use of Earned Value Management Systems ( EVMS). These are the Defence Departments of Australia, Canada, Sweden and United States. The EVMS requires the integrated structural approach of project management. The current economic and military strength of the West owes much to the successful use of such defense and aerospace project management tools.

Peter Morris, Chairman of the Association for Project Management (UK) pointed out in "Project Management: An International Profession", a presentation to the 1995 New Orleans Global Project Management Forum, that virtually all project management techniques were invented in the project management formation that took place between 1955 and 1970. And, nearly all were developed by the US defense-aerospace community (DoD and NASA).

Two major project management, "happenings" are the International Project Management Association's World Congress and the Project Management Institute's Annual Seminar. The IPMA World Congress has a decided European academic outlook while the PMI USA has a North American marketing flavor. Both are significant international meeting places for exchange of know how and collegial cooperation.

PMI'98 Annual Symposium has a Global Project Management Track dedicated to international project management know how. This is a paper presentation track that deals with the cooperation, collaboration, economic factors, and trans-cultural management required for projects which span national and international as well as multi-corporate undertakings.

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