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Open invitation to project management community

Professor Pantouvakis in Greece invites practitioners to help develop new IPMA project management handbooks

20 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Let practitioners speak – An open invitation to the PM community for the development of Annotated Project Handbooks (APHs)is a new article by Professor John-Paris Pantouvakis, Chair of the IPMA Education and Training Board. The article was published in the February 2015 PM World Journal and added to the PM World Library this month.

According to John-Paris: “IPMA certification at all levels other than the introductory one (level D) is based on the preparation by the Candidate and the assessment by the Assessors of a Project Handbook. The Project Handbook consists mainly of the description of a project and of the project performing company, of a collection of relevant project management plans (project assignment, environment analysis, organization chart, Work Breakdown Structure, resource plan and matrix of responsibilities etc.) and the presentation of a number of management challenges met during project implementation each of which is linked to at least one IPMA competence element. Each of the management challenges is presented using the STAR approach i.e. by the description of an actual project Situation (what happened, when, where and why and who was involved), the corresponding definition of the required Tasks to be accomplished and of the actual Activities undertaken (what, where, when and by whom) and, finally, of the presentation of the Results achieved… It follows that much practical project management experience can be found in such Project Handbooks.

An Annotated Project Handbook (APH) is an enhancement of an edited Project Handbook so that it can be used for training. The editing of the Project Handbook concerns the masking of sensitive personal and company information as well as the provision of direct links to IPMA standards (e.g. competences) and the project management life-cycle. Enhancements, on the other hand concern the development of appropriate questions, activities and presentations (training slides) along with references to additional study materials such as standards, literature, software and multimedia.”

To learn more, read this paper now in the PM World Library, go to and click on the title. Must be a logged in library member to access after 10 March 2015.