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23 January 2017 / 8:52

EU Commission released new PM Methodology (PM2) Guide

The Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM²) of the European Commission has recently released a Guide on Project Management Methodology. The purpose of the guide is to enable project teams to manage their projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations and stakeholders. PM² is a light and easy to implement methodology suitable for any type of project. PM² has been custom developed to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions. The publication is available for free as download.  PM² is a Project Management Methodology and was developed by the European Commission incorporating elements from globally accepted best practices, standards and methodologies. It provides guidance on Project Governance (i.e. roles & responsibilities), Project Lifecycles (i.e. project phases), Processes (i.e. project management activities), Project Artefacts (i.e. templates and guidelines) and Mindsets (i.e. effective beliefs and behaviors). Several appendices cover aspects including but not limited to PM Tools & Techniques, Portfolio Management, Agile and Ethics.

Open PM² is an initiative taken by the European Commission that brings the PM² Methodology and its benefits closer to its broader stakeholders and user community. Open PM² provides open access to PM² to all European Union Institutions, EU Member States, contractors and the general public. Open PM² provides open access to the PM² Project Methodology to all EU Institutions, Contractors, Member States and EU Citizens. Opening PM² significantly contributes towards the increase in project management maturity within the European Union serving the needs of its stakeholders. It helps establish a common PM language and process for projects within and across institutions, increase effectiveness, collaboration efficiency and success in the coordination of projects in EU.  In addition, it is an important strategic initiative which will allow the EU community of Project Managers to help the PM² Methodology evolve and enrich the offering with additional best practices and examples.

Key deliverables of the Open PM² Initiative include:

  • PM² Certification Exams available via PROMETRIC across EU-28 (available to EU Institution Staff only).
  • PM² Guide – Open Edition available through the EU Bookshop (not yet available)
  • PM² Methodology Wiki available through EU Login (http://europa.eu/!Gu76mr – EU Login account required).
  • Establishment of an EU-wide Project Support Network (PSN) [a network of local Project Support Offices (PSOs)] which will be coordinated and supported by the EC’s Center of Excellence in PM² (CoEPM²).
  • The PM² Guide – Open Edition is published with a full share and reuse EUPL License, and is positioned to become an open source methodology, meaning that reproduction and reuse is authorized provided the source is acknowledged.

The PM² Guide can ideally be combined with the IPMA Global Standards, e.g. the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (IPMA ICB®), the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB®) as well as the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (IPMA PEB®), which are also accessible free of charge through our website.


  • Bob Youker says:

    What does the EU know about project management?????

  • Ivano Di Filippo says:

    Dear Reinhard,
    I have to say that respect the preceding version of 2004 they had made sound enhancements.
    You can see not just a PM driven projects but their efforts carry our attention to highlight that they are maturing thought toward value driven projects. Their research led them to the enhancement of the business value concept and how skills become of a main importance.
    I couldn’t but also note that they are embracing the concept already brought forward by IPMA relatively the triple competences (the Eye of competences). They even highlight the importance of the cognitive pillar (behavioral) as you can read in the section 2.3.3 “Competences of project managers” where they state: “Beyond the core technical skills required from Project Managers (PMs), other competences Which allow them to work effectively with people and Within the Broader Also Organisational context are needed. These include the contextual and behavioral skills Necessary to manage complex projects with different teams and stakeholder groups with pluralistic and conflicting priorities. ”
    I argue that increasingly EC might constitute a fertile ground where IPMA could give a great value in particular with cognitive aspect just seen that on the latter IPMA is definitely the PM institute that have been studying it for more time than the others.

    nice evening


  • Dear Bob and Ivano,
    progress, that´s all what matters. It is not the EU developing this, it is an “open community” of experts trying to help moving things forward. If you are interested, you can join that community, as author or reviewer… only jointly we can 🙂

  • René Gysenbergs says:

    Dear Reinhard,
    I’ve a question about “PM² Certification Exams available via PROMETRIC across EU-28 (available to EU Institution Staff only)” part?
    How does the EU want to create a successful standard for project management if only EU Institution Staff can become certified?
    Would this not be counterproductive, since non EUI staff will keep on looking at PMP, PRINCE2 and AgilePM certification.

    With kind regards,

  • Dear René, I understand your concerns, but every move towards more professionalism is positive, they are still looking for other credentials as well including those from IPMA, PMI and others… The future will show whether the PM2 will be successful in that regard. My blogpost was aiming at informing the community about that new standard as it was not widely known … Best regards Reinhard

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Dr. Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 35 years in the field of project-related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Automotive, Engineering, and Consultancy, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, a leading PM Consultancy in Munich/Germany, he supports executives of industrial clients in transforming their companies towards a project-oriented, adaptive and sustainably successful organization. He has published more than 40 books as well as several hundred articles and blog posts in the field of project management. In more than 20 years of voluntary engagement he served the German Project Management Association (GPM) as well as the IPMA in various roles and was granted for his international commitment with the Honorary Fellowship of IPMA and several of its member associations. He received his doctorate in the field of projectification of society and continues to be active in it through his research and lectures.