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Approach to project management in the public sector
Has anyone got background information or a comparison between the approach to project management in the public sector in different countries? Any pointers to research would be great.
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Hello David,
I am an EU citizen (and I assume you are an EU citizen as well), so here is a guide to:
a) The European Commission's Official Project Management Methodology & Program Management Methodology
https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/solutions/open-pm2_en
b) Program Management Guide
https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail...F/source-search
c) The PM Agile Guide 3.0.1
https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail...F/source-search
I do not have "numbers". Just I have perform project and program management in public sector in some countries in Latin America, USA and Europe. In my personal experience there was a common key success factor: convince to key stakeholders that the initiative will help them to stay in office and continue to accumulate power mainly thinking in the future elections.
Thanks, Maria, I did see that guide and wondered is it actually used anywhere. I don't think that anyone in the public sector in Ireland is aware of it.
David

I have also seen PM2 as a pretty new methodology promoted by the EC. If a country does not have anything else but wants to use EU funds, they might resort to PM2, as funding approval is checking for a methodology. PM2 is compatible with PMI PMBoK ed6 and also has an agile derivate as Maria points out.

Not sure about Ireland, would guess they follow their UK friends with Prince2 and more (as promoted by the UK IPA), also since many resources would be knowledgable of those.

In Germany, as a federation of 16 states and competition between ministries, there is a plethora of methodologies/frameworks used, depending where you look. Among them the famous V-model, but also IPMA-GPM knowledge base, PMI and specific setups. This does not speak in favour of PM maturity.

A few countries have legislation to standardize PM in government (or parts of it) and it might include how to work and how to gain the competence. Among those are UK, US, Russia, Saudi, Nigeria, Norway (from 2000!), Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Denmark).
OECD has published a project lifecycle in 2009.

Thomas
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1 reply by David McCreery
Sep 30, 2021 2:14 PM
David McCreery
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Thanks, Thomas, yes Prince2 is popular in the public sector in Ireland and the Department of reform has created their own hybrid methodology - typos and all. IPMA hasn't really gained traction as it's run/owned by only 1 commercial organisation.

Thanks for the pointer on the OECD report I'll try to dig it out
Sep 30, 2021 12:28 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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David

I have also seen PM2 as a pretty new methodology promoted by the EC. If a country does not have anything else but wants to use EU funds, they might resort to PM2, as funding approval is checking for a methodology. PM2 is compatible with PMI PMBoK ed6 and also has an agile derivate as Maria points out.

Not sure about Ireland, would guess they follow their UK friends with Prince2 and more (as promoted by the UK IPA), also since many resources would be knowledgable of those.

In Germany, as a federation of 16 states and competition between ministries, there is a plethora of methodologies/frameworks used, depending where you look. Among them the famous V-model, but also IPMA-GPM knowledge base, PMI and specific setups. This does not speak in favour of PM maturity.

A few countries have legislation to standardize PM in government (or parts of it) and it might include how to work and how to gain the competence. Among those are UK, US, Russia, Saudi, Nigeria, Norway (from 2000!), Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Denmark).
OECD has published a project lifecycle in 2009.

Thomas
Thanks, Thomas, yes Prince2 is popular in the public sector in Ireland and the Department of reform has created their own hybrid methodology - typos and all. IPMA hasn't really gained traction as it's run/owned by only 1 commercial organisation.

Thanks for the pointer on the OECD report I'll try to dig it out

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