Contact us Today! (+39) 031 8110711
Choose your Country and language
Contact us Today! (+39) 031 8110711
Choose your Country and language
Home/Courses/HERMES 5
hermes 5 logo

HERMES 5 Certification

HERMES (Handbuch der Elektronischen Rechenzentren des Bundes, eine Methode zur Entwicklung von Systemen) is an open standard for managing and handling IT projects.

What is HERMES 5?

HERMES is the project management method for projects in the field of information technology, the development of services and products and the adaptation of business organization.

This method has been developed since 1975 and has been continuously refined with the active support of users and technical experts.

HERMES has been used in the Federal Administration since 1975 to manage and implement IT projects. It has been further developed over the years and revised in 1986, 1995, 2003 and 2005. HERMES 5 was introduced in 2012.

HERMES supports the control, management and execution of projects of different characteristics and complexity. HERMES has a clear, easy to understand method structure, is modular and expandable.

HERMES 5 creates a common understanding of project and program management and describes the tasks, results and required roles, but is not the only important success factor for project and program management. It is assumed that programme principals, programme managers and programme coordinators have the necessary skills to perform their roles successfully.

HERMES 5 – Main concepts


The scenario depicts the entire life cycle of a project. By default, it contains those method elements of HERMES that are usually important for projects of the respective characteristics. This makes HERMES quick and easy to apply.

Phases and milestones

The phase model forms the backbone of the project. It structures the life cycle of the project and creates the prerequisites for a common understanding of the project process among the project participants.

The HERMES phase model consists of four phases:

  1. Initialization
  2. Concept
  3. Realization
  4. Implementation


Modules are reusable building blocks for creating scenarios. A scenario consists of several modules. A module can be used in several scenarios.
A module contains the thematically related tasks and results and the roles involved.

Here is the module directory:

  • Project management
  • Project leadership
  • Agile Development
  • Project basics
  • Business organization
  • Product
  • IT system
  • Procurement
  • Introductory organisation
  • Testing
  • IT Migration
  • IT operations
  • Information security and data protection


HERMES defines a role model and describes standardized roles to create a uniform, cross-organizational understanding.
The role model distinguishes between the roles of the master organization and the roles of the project organization.

Tasks and milestones

With tasks results are worked out. The task consists of several activities for the elaboration of the results as well as for ensuring the quality requirements.

Tasks that belong together in terms of content are grouped as modules. The tasks and their results are structured in the work breakdown structure and assigned to phases and milestones. Tasks that lead to a decision end with a milestone.


In HERMES, the results are at the centre of attention. Results are assigned to tasks and roles. Results with related content are grouped into modules.

A result can be a document that has been developed on the basis of a document template, for example, a project order, a business process description. However, a result can also be a new state of an existing result, for example, operational infrastructure realized or IT system activated.

Results of a project are often not only technical results like IT applications. The project result often also consists of trained users and the activated organization with its processes. From this systemic point of view, an overall system consisting of several elements is activated at the end of the project.

More information

Do you need further information about the HERMES 5 certification? Would you like to organize an HERMES 5 in-house training?

Contact us using the form below.


Go to Top