IPMA Executive Board Meets with SMaP, IPMA’s Member Association in France: Exploring New Avenues in Project Management

In a recent meeting of the IPMA’s Executive Board (ExBo) and the Board of SMaP – “Société de Management de Projet”, an association promoting project management knowledge, and the IPMA Member Association in France, exciting developments and initiatives were discussed. The gathering brought together key stakeholders to review progress, explore new avenues, and strengthen the bond between IPMA and SMaP.

Highlights of the meeting were the discussions of the progress made by the SMaP’s Certification Body to increase significantly Certification revenue and of the re-start of a Young Crew within SMaP. The Young Crew is a platform within IPMA that nurtures and supports the development of young project management professionals. SMaP’s commitment to fostering young talent in the field of project management was acknowledged and applauded by the ExBo.

Another significant topic on the agenda was the role-based certification in project management. This innovative approach to certification developed with SMaP customers allows professionals to obtain recognition and credentials specific to their roles within the project management sphere. The discussion revolved around how this approach could benefit SMaP members and elevate the standards of project management in France and globally at the IPMA level.

SMaP’s expanding cooperation with corporate customers was a key point of interest during the meeting. The association has been actively delivering workshops on project management to corporate clients, aiming to enhance their project management capabilities. This initiative underscores SMAP’s dedication to not only promoting excellence within its membership but also to contribute to the success of the broader project management community.

SMaP members showcased their high ambitions and strategic plans for the development of the association. These plans include expanding their reach and fostering collaboration with both national and international stakeholders. The ExBo recognized and applauded SMaP’s commitment to continuously evolve and grow.

A significant milestone celebrated during the meeting was the remarkable commitment of France with today’s SMaP as a member of IPMA for over 20 years. This long-standing partnership highlights SMAP’s dedication to the project management profession and its trust in IPMA’s global network. 

On that occasion, IPMA President Prof. Dr. Mladen Vukomanović said that SMaP has always been dedicated to IPMA, the project profession, and has stood as a beacon of excellence in France. Its endeavors in areas of professional development, international business, the corporate sector, and education now serve as an example to follow.

Marc Valayer, the President of SMaP, in response, emphasized the association’s deep appreciation for IPMA’s acknowledgment and underscored SMAP’s pivotal role in France as a driving force for project management excellence in the country. The President reiterated SMAP’s unwavering commitment to advancing the profession and fostering positive change in the field.

In closing, the IPMA Executive Board expressed its anticipation of the strategic initiatives that will enable both IPMA and SMaP to grow stronger together. The meeting highlighted the symbiotic relationship between IPMA and its member associations, where knowledge sharing, collaboration, and a shared vision for excellence in project management form the foundation for a promising future.

Read more about SMaP, “Société de Management de Projet”, IPMA Member Association in France: https://www.smap-asso.eu/

Read more about the Member Associations in IPMA: https://ipma.world/ipma-membership/ 

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