John-Paris Pantouvakis Review

et-Fieldbook-guide-to-ICB et-con-john-parisTitle:                         Fieldbook Guide to ICB – English version 1.0

Editors (German):   GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V.

Product Team:        Derwort, S., Goerner, M. & Haarbeck, S.

Publisher:                GPM German Project Management Association

Year:                         1st Edition, 2015

ISBN:                        978-3-924841-71-3

Level of education or training:  basic,  standard,  advanced

Suitable IPMA Certification Level(s): C,  B,  A

 Particularly relevant to trainers preparing IPMA related courses and trainees – certification applicants of advanced IPMA levels.

E&T Board Chair Professor J.P. Pantouvakis


Short Presentation

The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) includes the competences of project management which are of particular relevance both to the profession and to the preparation for the IPMA universal four-level-certification. Each competence element includes a title, a description of the content, a list of possible process steps and the pertinent experience criteria. Key words and relations to other elements are also listed. Whereas ICB is an irreplaceable resource for professional project managers, published examples of good applications of ICB competence elements to real-world project situations are scarce.

To this purpose, the Fieldbook Guide to ICB aspires to contribute. More specifically, through the presentation of a case study (the development of a castle ruin into a cultural site which will allow for the organization of open theatre festivals), the book presents the rationale, objectives and actual application of project management throughout the project life cycle from project initiation to project completion.

For example, in project initiation, where it must be checked whether an undertaking is ready to be dealt with as a project, three processes may be of particular relevance: Initial situation assessment, project group and team formation, and analysis of the project stakeholders and their impact to the project. For each or theses processes the reader of the book will find a situation scenario, the objectives and the desired final outcomes presented and exemplified through the elaboration of the case study. At the same time, direct links to ICB competences are also provided to allow for further study of the theoretical background.

As such, this book is an invaluable learning resource, demonstrating at the same time the unique IPMA approach to project management. The English version of the book has been developed in cooperation with the IPMA E&T Board, where some of us (included myself) have had the joy to review and contribute to early versions of the Fieldbook. The final outcome, however, should be credited to GPM and its excellent production team.

As such, I would like to thank GPM for taking the initiative for translating  this book into English, and reserve a special place for it at the IPMA E&T recommended literature collection.

I wish you happy reading and I hope that many more IPMA E&T products offered by our Members Associations will soon find their way to the IPMA Recommended Literature page (!