PM² is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission. Its purpose is to enable Project Managers (PMs) to deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations by effectively managing the work across a project’s entire life-cycle.
The OpenPM² is an easy to use project management methodology, even for private organisations. It fits the needs without being very complex and allows tailoring to different types and sizes of projects.
The purpose of PM is to enable project teams to manage projects in an effective and efficient manner for the purpose of delivering solutions and benefits to their Organisations and Stakeholders.
The Initiative also seeks to rectify mistakes of the past, when efforts were duplicated and divergent project management approaches were sponsored rather than promoting convergent approaches based on similarities and the common interest of the broader European community.
By opening up PM², the Initiative aims to enhance project management competency within Europe, leading to increased project efficiency and success. Open PM² does this by:
- Rationalising Project Management approaches across the European Union Institutions and beyond.
- Establishing a common language and processes, resulting in effective project communication.
- Providing a common set of productive mindsets.
- Enabling transparency and visibility for cross-organisational project collaborations.
- Enabling better project management, leading to improved quality, and cost/effort efficiency.
- Enabling the improved monitoring and control of European Union-funded projects and grants.
- Applying the European Commission decision of 12 December 2011 (2011/833/EU) on the “reuse of Commission documents to promote accessibility and reuse”.
The PM² Methodology is built on project management best practices and is supported by four pillars:
- a project governance model (i.e. Roles & Responsibilities).
- a project lifecycle (i.e. Project Phases).
- a set of processes (i.e. project management activities).
- a set of project artefacts (i.e. documentation templates and guidelines).
After a deep review of the methodology I still think that it is really a very powerful tool for project management. However, I would like to point out that in certain sections, tables, variables, etc., both in the report and especially in the artefatcs, its origin is evident. Some aspects are closely linked to IT projects. That is not a mistake but this focus limites the universal use of the tool (perhaps it does not limite but do the use more difficult).
I have decided, when translating the artefacts into Spanish, to make a more universal approach to them. The idea is that anyone can use it for any type of project without having to read or remove IT project expressions.
We must not forget that Project Management Methodologies (PMM) are not the main actors in project development. PMM are another tool to help manage them efficiently.
There is an amazing network called PM² Alliance that it is working hard to make possible an universal use of this methodology. The PM² Alliance is an international, not-for-profit organisation. Founded by PM² practitioners, the Alliance brings together individuals from institutions, companies and the academia to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges while promoting the wider adoption of the PM² Methodology.
It is possible to get different kinds of certification (select the certification you are interested in for additional information):
The PM² Alliance is committed to bringing the benefits of this certification to all EU Citizens for the purpose of the advancement of the PM² Methodology for the public good. The PM² Alliance Certification programme is available to all and has been designed to certify knowledge of the PM² methodology at various levels.
The PM² Alliance Certifications are not related to the EC’s CoEPM² Training and Certification programme which is designed for (and available only to) EU Institutions Staff. See also our Certification Equivalence Programme.