ICCPM Communities of Practice and Special Interest Groups



ICCPM understands that to improve the performance of complex projects, training individuals is important, but building effective teams and supporting them with the right governance and processes is critical to project success.

Communities of Practice (CoP) play an important role in developing individual skills, building effective teams and working together to ensure the operating environment supports project success. A CoP can support peer learning and peer feedback. They can be used to develop shared understanding and trust between members, and establish the behaviours and communication channels essential for monitoring and responding to complexity in projects. If you would like to lead or join a CoP, please contact us at marcomms@iccpm.com

ICCPM is pleased to be working with a number of our Corporate Partners to establish CoPs. In some instances these CoP are helping a project team implement the tools and frameworks covered in the Certificate IV in Responding to Project Complexity, in other cases ICCPM is helping the Corporate Partner explore a particular issues facing the organisation.

Corporate Partners can use their Elective Benefits to support an internal CoP or bring together key stakeholders to explore issues generating complexity in an industry. In environments of high innovation, multiple partners and different cultures, such a Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), CoPs are an effective way of building shared understanding and effective communication in support of improved project delivery.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a way for Individual Members to come together virtually around a theme to share experiences, exchange information and learn from each other. ICCPM has received communication from members who are interested in participating in a SIG so we are putting a call out to the community to identify potential Chairs and members.

Please read the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct for SIGs placed below.

Possible topics for SIGs include:

  • Future Project Management Workforce
  • Governance of Complex Projects and Programs
  • Risk and Opportunity in Complex Projects
  • Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Among other possible topics


  1. ICCPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) facilitate the exchange of information between ICCPM Members around an agreed topic.
  2. ICCPM SIGs are open to all current ICCPM Individual Members.
  3. An ICCPM Member can propose a new SIG at any time.
  4. Content produced by ICCPM SIGs and its participants are the intellectual property of ICCPM. They are for individual use only and they may not be distributed or used for commercial purposes without prior written consent from ICCPM.
  5. The minimum requirement for a SIG is two ICCPM Members who agree to Co-Chair the SIG on a particular topic, at least four ICCPM Members with an interest in the topic, agreement to meet a minimum of four times per year and an agreement by all to abide by the Terms of Reference and the Code of Conduct.
  6. To establish a SIG, an ICCPM Member should complete the ‘Create a Special Interest Group‘ form, or contact ICCPM marcomms@iccpm.com and propose a topic.
  7. When two Co-Chairs are agreed and appointed by ICCPM, the following steps will be taken.
  8. ICCPM will call for interest in a new SIG via CONNECT, the ICCPM Newsletter, ICCPM social media and the ICCPM Members Area. The SIG will be established when the minimum number of ICCPM Members is reached.
  9. Active SIGS will be listed in the Members Area and SIGs must welcome new SIG participants at any time.
  10. SIG discussions include but are not limited to online chat forums, video conferencing, and shared documents. They must all be conducted in ICCPM-provided environments.
  11. SIG Participants are expected to read and adhere to the specific User Guide of their SIG if available.
  12. SIG meetings will be hosted on the ICCPM Zoom Pro platform. Members can participate for free via computer or phone.
  13. The default operating language of the SIGs is English. It should be understood that for many ICCPM members, English is their second language. A respectful environment that allows these members to contribute fully should be maintained. It is possible to propose SIGs in alternative languages.
  14. The SIG Chairs will facilitate the meetings and ensure all members have an opportunity to share in line with the SIG Code of Conduct.
  15. In the first meeting the members will mutually agree the following:
    1. How often the SIG will meet (minimum four times per year)
    2. Length of meetings
    3. Timing of meetings to accommodate the various time zones of participants
    4. Format of the meeting and how information will be shared
    5. How often the SIG Chairs should be rotated
  16. ICCPM staff reserve the right to participate in any SIG meeting
  17. The SIG agrees to share an update with the broader ICCPM Membership via CONNECT at least once per year.
  18. If SIG membership falls below the minimum viable number, the SIG will be dissolved.
  19. While the names of each SIG participant may be displayed, it is up to each participants’ discretion whether to display their own professional details such as company and job position.
  20. Once approved, to join a SIG your name will be added to the list of participants.


  1. It is expected that all communication will be respectful and that under no circumstances will personal or professional attacks be tolerated.
  2. It is your responsibility to ensure that the information you share or discuss is accurate, and not confidential.
  3. A SIG is an open forum to discuss a topic, explore different perspectives, and learn from the experience of others. The discussion should be blind to titles, ranks, and seniority.
  4. Discussions within the SIG should not be attributed to individuals outside the SIG without their explicit approval.
  5. All participants should be encouraged to contribute and an environment should be maintained that supports contributions from all participants.
  6. All participants are expected to conduct themselves professionally. Unprofessional conduct such as spamming or the use of profanities are strongly prohibited.
  7. Participants are not allowed to conduct business development or market products and services in SIG meetings. If found, a warning will be issued to the participant, and may be blocked from the SIG for repeated offences.
  8. All SIG meetings will be recorded for quality control but no recording will be made available beyond ICCPM staff.
  9. Should any breech of the Code of Conduct be reported to ICCPM, the meeting recording will be reviewed. If a Member is found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct, they will be warned and/or removed from the SIG

ICCPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are dedicated to discussing and learning more about a variety of topics in complex project management. They provide a conducive environment for ICCPM Members to come together virtually to share their expertise and experiences, and learn from one another. SIGs are also dedicated to contributing to the growing body of knowledge in complex project management.

With an active ICCPM Membership, you can observe the discussions within a SIG. Additionally, you can apply to join a SIG where you can participate in the discussions, or become a moderator of your own SIG and communicate using a forum. The ICCPM SIG webpage is coming soon. Please contact us if you have any questions.