The College of Performance Management (CPM) is actively engaged in developing global standards through its liaison activities with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). As a Liaison and organization to ISO Technical Committees 258 (TC 258) and 176 (TC 176), CPM contributes its expertise to shape standards in the fields of project, program, and portfolio management, as well as quality management.

ISO, a non-governmental organization established in 1947 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, brings together national standards bodies from 164 countries to develop and promote international standards. CPM’s involvement as a Liaison A organization allows it to engage in consensus work through Working Groups, Ad Hoc Groups, and Advisory Groups within TC 258 and TC 176.

TC 258 focuses on standardization within project, program, and portfolio management, aiming to develop a set of international standards that promote efficiency and effectiveness across markets, industries, and countries. These standards address the needs of organizations, their customers, and other stakeholders while enabling continuous improvement, better resource utilization, and the achievement of organizational objectives.

TC 176 is responsible for standardization in quality management and quality assurance. It develops generic quality management systems and supporting technologies, as well as provides an advisory function to all ISO and IEC technical committees to ensure the integrity of generic quality system standards.

CPM’s participation in ISO efforts offers several benefits, including the ability to impact global standards, network with experts from over 40 countries, gain a deeper understanding of terminology, systems, and processes used around the globe, and provide a platform for the perspectives of CPM and its member companies to be heard. Early access to standards is another advantage of this involvement.

To get started with ISO activities, interested individuals can join their country’s National Body Group, such as ANSI for the United States or AFNOR for France, and become a member of CPM’s Mirror Committee. This allows them to select the groups they wish to contribute to and learn from experienced professionals with 5 to 35 years of experience in standards development.

CPM encourages its members to actively participate in ISO liaison activities to help shape the future of global standards in performance management and quality assurance. For more information or questions, please contact Wendy Hilton at Wendy.Hilton@mycpm.org.

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