ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee


for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management

convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA



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 fourteenth plenary meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on September 18th … 22nd 2023. The plenary participants – over 40 representing 25 national standardization bodies – were warmly welcomed to Philadelphia on September 18th by Mr George Lowden representing ANSI, the national standardization body of United States: “Our plenary, and the important work of ISO/TC 258, is made possible by you and our other members participating in this meeting virtually. You generously give your time, subject matter expertise, and teamwork to help advance our profession around the world. We are fortunate to have this opportunity for leadership in project, program, and portfolio management. Together, we have the potential — a responsibility in fact — to make a real contribution to benefit our fellow practitioners. This week’s meeting, and our work together going forward, will help us realize that potential.” Mr Lowden can be contacted at george.lowden@icf.com.

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

At the time of the Philadelphia plenary meeting ISO/TC 258 had 39 participating (P) members, 24 observing (O) members, and 12 liaisons.

ISO/TC 258 P – members are: Australia (SA), Austria (ASI), Brazil (ABNT), Bulgaria (BDS), Cameroon (ANOR), Canada (SCC), Chile (INN), China (SAC), Colombia (ICONTEC), Costa Rica (INTEC O), Cyprus (CYS), Finland (SFS), France (AFNOR), Germany (DIN), Greece (NQIS ELOT), India (BIS), Italy (UNI), Japan (JISC), Kenya (KEBS), Republic of Korea (KATS), Latvia (LVS), Mongolia (MASM), Netherlands (NEN), Pakistan (PSQCA), Peru (INACAL), Portugal (IPQ), Russian Federation (GOST R), Saint Lucia (SLBS), Saudi Arabia (SASO), Serbia (ISS), Slovakia (UNMS SR), South Africa (SABS), Spain (UNE), Sweden (SIS), Switzerland (SNV), Uganda (UNBS), Ukraine (SE UkrNDNC), United Kingdom (BSI) and United States (ANSI).

France (AFNOR), Cameroon (ANOR), United States (ANSI), Austria (ASI), United Kingdom (BSI), Peru (INACAL), Portugal (IPQ), Kenya (KEBS), Australia (SA), China (SCA), Finland (SFS), Sweden (SIS) and Canada (SCC) attended the Philadelphia sessions on-site.

India (BIS), Cyprus (CYS), Germany (DIN), Russia (GOST R), Colombia (ICONTEC), Costa Rica (INTECO), Republic of Korea (KATS), Greece (NQIS ELOT), South Africa (SABS), Saudi Arabia (SASO), Spain (UNE) and Italy(UNI) attended the Philadelphia sessions virtually.

ISO/TC 258 O – members are: Argentina (IRAM), Belarus (BELST), Bosnia and Herzegovina (ISBIH), Czech Republic (UNMZ), Denmark (DS), Egypt (EOS), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China (ITCHKSAR), Hungary (MSZT), Islamic Republic of Iran (INSO), Iraq (COSQC), Israel (SII), Kazakhstan (KAZMEMST), Lithuania (LST), Luxembourg (ILNAS), Mauritania (DNPQ), Morocco (IMANOR), New Zealand (NZSO), Norway (SN), Panama (DGNTI), Poland (PKN), Romania (ASRO), Tajikistan (TAJIKSTANDARD), Uruguay (UNIT) and Uzbekistan (O’ZTTSA).

Liaison committees from ISO/TC 258 are: ISO/TC 20 (Aircraft and space vehicles), ISO/TC 175 (Quality management and quality assurance), ISO/TC 176/SC 1 (Concepts and terminology), ISO/TC 176/SC 2 (Quality systems), ISO/TC 262 (Risk management), ISO/TC 268 (Suitable cities and communities) and ISO/TC 309 (Governance of organizations).

Liaison organizations to ISO/TC 258 are: AACEi (AACE International), CPM (College of Performance Management), GAPPS (Global Alliance for the Project Professions), IPMA (International Project Management Association) and PMI (Project Management Institute).

Liaison committees to ISO/TC 258 are: ISO/IEC JTC 1 (Information technology), ISO/TC 20 (Aircraft and space vehicles), ISO/TC 176/SC 1 (Concepts and terminology), ISO/TC 176 SC 2 (Quality systems), ISO/TC 262 (Risk management), ISO/TC 279 (Innovation management) and ISO/TC 309 (Governance of organizations).

ISO/TC 258 plenary sessions were run by Mr Don Boyer, ISO/TC 258 Chairman, and by Mrs Tzarmallah Haynes-Joseph, ISO/TC 258 Committee Manager, both appointed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


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How to cite this work: Vaskimo, J. (2023). ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, report, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/pmwj134-Oct2023-Vaskimo-ISO-TC258-convenes-in-Philadelphia-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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