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PM² (read “P-M-squared”) is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission, used and sponsored by many other EU institutions

What impact will European Commission approval of this methodology have on project management and the project manager community?
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Luis. Not living in the EU, I had never heard of it!

I'm not sure that one more PM association & framework and a set of certifications which are only available to EU citizens is a good thing as this just creates more confusion for practitioners and companies.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 26, 2019 10:58 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
I am convinced that they will certify people all over the world
This is what I would designate as a PMI competitor
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Oct 26, 2019 10:25 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Luis. Not living in the EU, I had never heard of it!

I'm not sure that one more PM association & framework and a set of certifications which are only available to EU citizens is a good thing as this just creates more confusion for practitioners and companies.

Kiron
Dear Kiron
I am convinced that they will certify people all over the world
This is what I would designate as a PMI competitor
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Hi Luis,

PM² markets itself (based on some quick reads) as being based on mainline methods and frameworks and states' compatibility to the same. Personally, I see no impact on the community as it appears to me to be a harmonized best practice statement – arguably not a methodology per se.

That said, having worked on European projects, I see a “possible” political component to the genesis of the methodology. Historically, Prince2 has dominated European projects and is well known and proudly touted as coming out of the UK government. However, anything coming out of Britain (for Euro adopting states) started becoming distasteful (maybe better stated as “more” distasteful) when the UK refused to bring its economy into the Euro.

I was in Europe quite a bit (working on projects) during the period when there was hope that the UK might jump in, but it became fairly clear that it was not going to happen around 2007, and for many, it was clear even before that. What I can tell you is that there was palatable animosity which I picked up on from my interaction with (non-UK) project professionals. Guess what, PM² was introduced in 2008 and then piloted in 2009. Is that a coincidence?

I’m not saying this is the case, but the cynic in me believes politics has a likely play in this. That said, anything that advances the profession of project management is fine by me. Thanks for bringing this up Luis, this was not on my radar.
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Dear George
I believe it is a consequence of England's departure from the EC.
I am convinced that it is only now that they are starting to "move"
https://www.pm2alliance.eu/
I found some of their products interesting with particular reference to:
https://www.pm2alliance.eu/train-the-trainer/
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I’ve never heard of this methodology before, thanks for sharing this Luis. Since I do not know enough about this methodology, not sure I can weigh in properly but project management, is project management so I do not know what could be different about this methodology. Maybe you can point out some of the major points since you seem to be very familiar with it. Thanks.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 27, 2019 5:23 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this exchange of views.

I have been a PMI member since 2011.
One of the most exciting moments I have ever experienced was Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

My concern is that PM² (read “P-M-squared”) is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission, used and sponsored by many other EU institutions.

I found it important to share this concern
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I am surprised. I have never heard about PM². Now, I am going to find more information about this methodology. If you share more documents, I appreciate Luis.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 27, 2019 5:32 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Manouchehr
Thank you for participating in this exchange of views.

I left the link to the site where you can get more information about this methodology

You can access the guide for free here:
https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail...24-01aa75ed71a1

I would like to know your opinion
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A good resource on " PM² Project Management Methodology"

https://web.archive.org/web/20170702003142...ology_Guide.pdfGuide.pdf' target='_blank'>http://www.fos.unm.si/media/pdf/E-knjige/P...ology_Guide.pdf
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Oct 26, 2019 2:19 PM
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I’ve never heard of this methodology before, thanks for sharing this Luis. Since I do not know enough about this methodology, not sure I can weigh in properly but project management, is project management so I do not know what could be different about this methodology. Maybe you can point out some of the major points since you seem to be very familiar with it. Thanks.
Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this exchange of views.

I have been a PMI member since 2011.
One of the most exciting moments I have ever experienced was Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

My concern is that PM² (read “P-M-squared”) is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission, used and sponsored by many other EU institutions.

I found it important to share this concern
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Oct 26, 2019 2:26 PM
Replying to Manouchehr Madani Civi
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I am surprised. I have never heard about PM². Now, I am going to find more information about this methodology. If you share more documents, I appreciate Luis.
Dear Manouchehr
Thank you for participating in this exchange of views.

I left the link to the site where you can get more information about this methodology

You can access the guide for free here:
https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail...24-01aa75ed71a1

I would like to know your opinion
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Well, as any mature organization, the EC (European Commission) has a PMO, the CoEPM2. This PMO developed a methodology to project management for the organization, as good PMOs do. If you look at it, it is mainly based on the PMBoK (which is not a methodology).

So, no, it is not competition at all, it is rather application of PMI knowledge and good practice. It also has some misunderstandings, like labeling the process groups as phases.

There are many organizational methodologies, e.g. at IBM or New York State. The link to PMBoK is sometimes explicit, sometimes not.

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail...F/source-search
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 27, 2019 6:50 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Thomas
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
Until recently my reading was identical to your

But when I hear about:
- https://www.pm2alliance.eu/
- Which have launched certifications in the market
- I know that there are several training organizations that have started developing content to teach courses on this methodology.
- Have a training program for trainers
- I have news that you are organizing chapters in EC countries
- In other countries outside the EC, interest in and training on this methodology

What can i think?
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