IPMA’s vision is “Promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed.” Therefore, IPMA has defined a worldwide standard for competences in the areas of Project-, Programme- and Portfolio Management. For Individuals, we have defined the Individual Competence Baseline®, ICB version 4 (for free download click here); We have defined the standard for excellent projects, the Project Excellence Baseline® or PEB (for free download click here), and we have defined the standard for organisations, the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline® or OCB (for free download click here). Based on the ICB4, we have also defined a competence baseline for coaches, trainers and consultants in the field of projects, programmes and portfolios, the ICB4CCT (for free download click here).
What defines whether a project or programme is “good” or “bad”? When we’re striving for excellence in the execution of our projects and programmes, what do we mean? IPMA has given its extended definition in the PEB, the Project Excellence Baseline. This model is based on the well-known EFQM model, but is adapted to the field of project- and programme management and after over 10 years of use has been adapted to the model we’re using now.
When looking for quality of projects or programmes, we are looking at quality in 3 areas:
Project excellence is defined by excellence in these three areas, but also in the alignment of these three areas. The PEB describes how excellence in these areas can be measured and assessed, and based on that assessment how to continue on the journey of successful projects and programmes.
The PEB can be used for self assessment, for analysis of the current situation of a project or programme (when it has delivered results but also before this). The PEB as international standard can also be used to benchmark projects against each other within your organisation, as a basis for further learning and development of organisational competencies. For Consultants and Trainers, the PEB provides a comprehensive definition of what it means to run projects and programmes well.
You can use the Project Excellence Baseline in any organisational context. The model is not related to the usage of specific methods, methodologies, tools. Moreover the model is not related to a specific field (like ICT or investment or government or research). Also, the PEB is the basis for IPMA’s Project Excellence Awards, IPMA’s yearly international competition for best projects in the world. More information here.
You can read the PEB online, download the pdf for free or order a book here. So YOU can become part of creating a society in which all projects succeed.