ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee

for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Seoul, South Korea



By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland



ISO/TC 258, the Technical Committee (TC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set up to work with standards in the field of project, program, and portfolio management, convened for the tenth plenary meeting at Seoul, South Korea, on September 23rd … 24th 2019. The plenary participants – 50 representing 21 national standardization bodies – were warmly welcomed to Seoul by Mr Young Min Park, the Chairman of the Korean Mirror Committee for ISO/TC 258, and Mr Sookrae Kim, Director of the Chemistry and Service Standards Division of Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), the national standardization body of Korea. Subsequent to the TC plenary, the ISO/TC 258 active working groups convened in Seoul on September 24th … 27th.

The opening plenary noted the passing of Mr JC Kruger of South Africa, a longtime member of ISO/PC236 and ISO/TC258, and Secretary of WG2. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Mr Kruger.

ISO/TC 258 Seoul plenary meeting participants (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

ISO/TC 258 main initiatives include Working Group WG9 working towards a revision of ISO 21500 (which will be called ISO 21502 in the future), WG10 working towards an overarching ISO standard explaining context and concepts for project, program and portfolio management (which will be called ISO 21500 in the future), and WG12 working towards Earned Value Management (EVM) implementation guide.

At the time of the Seoul plenary meeting ISO/TC 258 had 36 participating (P) members, 21 observing (O) members, and 11 liaisons.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States are current ISO/TC 258 P – members.

Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Rep., Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Uganda, Uzbekistan are current ISO/TC 258 O – members.

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering international (AACEi), College of Performance Management (CPM), Global Alliance for the Project ProfessionS (GAPPS), International Project Management Association (IPMA), and Project Management Institute (PMI) are ISO/TC 258 liaison organizations.

ISO/IEC JTC1, Information Technology, ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles, ISO/TC176/SC2, Quality systems, ISO/TC262, Risk Management, and ISO/TC309, Governance of Organizations are the current liaison committees to ISO/TC 258.

ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles is the current liaison committee from ISO/TC 258.


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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program and Portfolio Management, convenes in Seoul, South Korea. PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue X, November.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/pmwj87-Nov2019-Vaskimo-ISO-TC-258-convenes-in-Seoul-report.pdf



About the Author

Dr 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 at jouko.vaskimo@aalto.fi. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

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