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What is PM²?

The PM² is a methodology that addresses the project needs for the complete lifecycle of projects and attempts to cover the complete project lifecycle as well as stakeholders needs and views.

PM² provides a simple and pragmatic solution for project management encompassing best practices such as PMI, PRINCE2 (and TEMPO), CMMi and operational experience from within European Commission. This methodology is a natural extension of RUP @EC beyond IT needs and incorporates key elements of RUP @EC on the project management discipline.

In what type of projects is PM² applicable?

PM² addresses project management best practices for all project types.

How do I get started with PM²?

The best way to start with PM² is to download and read the PM² guide, and then follow a PM² course.

This website is a good way to start reading about PM². The methodology is presented, based on the PM² Guide V.3.0. It also provide you the templates that you can download and use for your projects.

How do I use PM²?

A good way to start is by visiting this website. Considering that PM² describes a generic approach for all type of projects, you can customise PM² specifically to your project needs. If you are not able to do so or if you need further support and assistance, you can ask for support from EC-PM2@ec.europa.eu (see details in other question of this FAQ).

Who can help me implementing PM²?

PM² team is supporting this methodology within the European Institutions. Community meetings and forums are ideal places for asking questions and seeking help. 

What do I do if I have suggestions for improvements to PM²?

The PM² is subject to continuous improvement and you can send us your comments. The PM² Team will welcome any suggestion for improvement or perhaps ideas which could benefit other users of the PM². You are encouraged to contact us for any recommendation. 

What is the added value of PM² Certification?

PM² Certifications should not be seen as a goal but are only as a means to end. They are simply a recognition of accomplishment, a reward for the commitment and effort one has put in towards Project Management education/training.

The Certification process offers an opportunity to participants to review the training materials and their learnings in a more focused and in depth manner. 

It provides them with an incentive to discuss, explore and reflect on specific ways of applying the many PM² best practices, while the certification exams serve as a way to test their theoretical knowledge (First Level Certification), and their ability to put some of this knowledge into practice (Second Level Certification).

PM² Certified EC Staff belong to a growing community of Project Managers which become project management champions and PM² advocates within their organisations. They become integral members of the EU wide PM² Support Network and are increasingly recognised by Management as professionals that are more qualified to lead and positively contribute to critical and strategic EC projects.

Is PM² recognised outside the European Commission?

PM² is a methodology developed by the European Commission - people not affiliated to the EC do not currently have access to the PM² certification scheme.

At the same time, PM² is a collection of many generally accepted best practices and therefore offers a valuable (and portable) theoretical background in project management. When you complete a PM² training programme you can request a certificate of attendance which is proof that you have completed several days of high quality PM training. PM² is becoming more and more popular among private organisations and third parties outside the European Union Institutions.

How to join the community?

You can join the PM² community on by registering on this website, contributing to the forums and opting-in for our newsletter.

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