Project, programme, and portfolio management – proposed new field of work at ISO
Issue 19 – August 2010
Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on a new field of technical activity on 'Project, programme, and portfolio management'. ISO national member bodies ANSI (for the US) and BSI (for the UK) have proposed this new field of work for ISO.
It is proposed that the first project that the newly formed committee would consider would be developing a Standard on portfolio management. A project portfolio is a collection of projects and programmes and other work, not necessarily related, that are grouped together to meet strategic or organisational objectives. Project portfolio management is the centralised management of one or more project portfolios and prioritisation of the individual projects to achieve strategic or organisational objectives. It has been suggested that there is a need to develop a Standard that could serve as a guideline for managing portfolios within an organisation.
For more information, or to submit comments including support for or opposition to the proposal, please email email@example.com. Comments received will be used to form a New Zealand position on this proposal. Please provide your comments by Friday, 1 October 2010.
Meeting scheduled on regulatory cooperation and standardisation policies
Issue 19 – August 2010
On 20 November 2010 the 20th session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP 6) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. This session will mark 40 years of standardisation work in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
Two panel sessions are scheduled to be held during the meeting: risk management in regulatory systems and promoting regulatory cooperation in conformity assessment.
The risk management in regulatory systems panel session will include a report from the WP 6 group of experts, a methodology for assessing the use of risk management tools in regulatory systems, and a proposed survey to document actual use and outstanding needs for risk management tools. The next phases of work for the group of experts will be discussed and WP 6 will be asked to make a decision on the formal establishment of the group of experts.
The annual session will take place on 1, 2, and 3 November 2010. The draft provisional agenda is available at online at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe website.
International geospatial Standards meetings to be held in Australia
Two key organisations driving the development of international geospatial Standards will hold back-to-back technical meetings in Australia later this year.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Geographic Information/Geomatics (ISO/TC211) will meet in Sydney and Canberra respectively in November and December 2010.
ISO/TC211 and OGC have developed a range of Standards to advance geospatial interoperability. In Australia and New Zealand application of these Standards is important in developing capabilities such as national environment accounting, the Australian and New Zealand Spatial Marketplace concept, and numerous other government and commercial capabilities.
International workshop – managing risk by design
An ISO/CASCO workshop on 17 November 2010 will look at how the design of conformity assessment strategies to manage risk can be seen as part of normal risk management. Held in Paris, France, this ISO/CASCO workshop will also be offered as a webinar.
The workshop will concentrate on how to select conformity assessment models based on risk and to identify if these can be used successfully to manage business activities within acceptable levels.
New ISO Standard will help space projects learn from experience
Issue 19 – August 2010
A new ISO standard will help space systems manufacturers and operators to improve the quality of products and to work more efficiently by distilling principles and guidelines based on experience acquired in previous space projects.
Nick Tongson, secretary of the group that developed ISO 16192:2010, comments, 'The increasingly global nature of the aerospace industry has increased the demand for international Standards which facilitate co-production efforts, reduce costs,and eliminate trade barriers. ISO 16192:2010 will help the sector to achieve these objectives as well as to improve quality.'
→ Buy ISO 16192:2010 Space systems – Experience gained in space projects (Lessons learned) – Principles and guidelines
Future international Standard on energy management progresses
The future ISO 50001 Standard for energy management was recently approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS).
ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organisations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the Standard could influence up to 60% of the world's energy use.
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