IPMA Awards Assessor Vladimir Obradović Shares Project Success Insights With UT Dallas PM Symposium Audience

Attendees at the August 16-17, 2012, 6th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium enjoyed, as in past years, many useful and informative presentations. One presenter flew from Serbia to share his insights, connecting IPMA’s Project Excellence Awards assessment criteria to Project Success. Vladimir Obradović has served on the IPMA Awards Management Board, assessed many projects in the Awards competition, and shared his perspective of the need for, and the value of, Ex-Post Project Assessment.

In a presentation that combined a wealth of useful statistics with perspectives about methods of collecting and applying lessons learned, Vladimir shared his team’s research in different active project review approaches, several document-based reviews, and NASA’s RECALL approach. This research is explained in more detail in his Symposium paper, Ex-post Project Assessment: What Do We Learn From It?

He then explained the IPMA Project Excellence model, which combines processes and results (see below), to evaluate project success. The model’s Key Performance and Project Results Criteria are the foundation for Awards assessment, and also help in predicting project success. The model is useful for benchmarking, and one can even use the sub-criteria as factors to manage to improve project success. It is no wonder that some organizations send staff to Assessor Trainings just to improve their results.

© 2012 IPMA, from the Project Excellence Model

Since 2001, over 70 projects have reached the Finals in IPMA’s Project Excellence competition. Vladimir shared statistics from his team’s sample of 59 projects that they have evaluated. One chart rated eight key project factors, and the extent to which they are evaluated after project closure. While Schedule, Cost, Resources and Results were cited as Often or Always evaluated post-project, the majority of the time, Risks were less frequently evaluated, indicating a great improvement opportunity. Looking at countries, Vladimir showed the countries with the most Awards finalists, and average project budgets. He also shared the top IPMA Project Excellence award winners, by country.

Made in the USA

While the Project Excellence model is based on Europe’s Business Excellence Model, EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management), Vladimir traced EFQM’s roots to the USA’s TQM program, and the Malcolm Baldridge Award. Ironic, because asapm, IPMA-USA is now adapting the IPMA Project Excellence Awards program for the USA.

About Vladimir Obradović

Vladimir Obradović is an assistant professor at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences. He is a director of YUPMA Cert – Serbian Project Management Association (IPMA-Serbia) Certification Body, member of IPMA Award Management Board, Project Excellence Awards Assessor, and EU Project Assessor.

Vladimir’s primary research area is focused on project management, strategic management and change management. He has published over 60 papers on various management topics and took part in several research projects for Ministry of Science. For his research and publishing results he has been awarded the highest Scientific A1 category by Serbian Ministry of Science.

About IPMA Awards

The IPMA (International Project Management Association) International Project Excellence Award is annually awarded to the most successful project teams in the world. The Project Excellence (PE) Awards program is based on Europe’s Business Excellence Model, EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management). IPMA’s Global Awards program, with nations worldwide competing for top honors in categories based on initiative size.

About the UT Dallas PM Symposium

The 6th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium, held August 16-17, 2012, was themed Project Management in a Risky World. Each year, it focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas, USA.

The annual event is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI® Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc. The event is consistently one of the USA’s best regional Project and Program Management-oriented events every year.

Stacy Goff – Vladimir Obradović

6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, Richardson, Texas, USA

16 August 2012 (photo courtesy of PM World Inc.)


— Reported by Stacy Goff, asapm President, IPMA Vice President of Marketing & Events.


Editor’s note: Stacy Goff was a keynote speaker and track presenter at the 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Texas this year.

Jouko Vaskimo, PMWJ Senior Contributing Editor in Finland, nominated PM Training Portfolio Development Manager at Aalto PRO

Reported by Miles Shepherd

Mr Jouko Vaskimo, MSc (Eng) has been nominated as project management training portfolio development manager at Aalto University Professional DevelopmentAalto PRO – unit starting August 1st 2012. Mr Vaskimo assumes the position following Aalto PRO strategic decision to further emphasize the project management training offering for which it is nationally and internationally recognized.

Jouko is excited about the nomination, and says “Having myself graduated from Aalto University (at the time known as Helsinki University of Technology) twenty years ago, I am very happy to be back.  Operating in liaison with Aalto University, Aalto PRO has a unique training offering which combines national and international, practical and theoretical, as well as traditional and latest scientific trends, visions, expertise and experience. I feel this nomination provides the perfect win / win situation for everyone involved: The project management community, Aalto PRO, and myself.” Mr Vaskimo can be contacted at [email protected] . (photo courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Jouko has been involved with projects for twenty years, and has held a range of positions with increasing responsibility throughout his career. Graduating from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992 he was hired as a technology coordinator by Sinebrychoff, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia, for relocating the decommissioned Helsinki brewery to St Petersburg, Russia. In early 1996 he was employed by Kemira Engineering, the in-house engineering office of a major Finnish chemicals producer, as a subproject manager in charge of mechanical equipment. He was contracted as a program leader by DNA Finland, a new mobile phone operator, in August 2001, and as a process development manager by Nokia Business Infrastructure in late 2004. His duties included developing NOCOP, the Nokia BI project management methodology. For the last six years he has worked as a Projects Director, investigating and implementing PMOs, project, program and portfolio management, project management methodology as well as competence development at Ixonos Project Management Services.

Jouko is very active in several project management related volunteer positions. He is a member of PMAF (Project Management Association Finland) Board of Directors, chairman of IPMA (International Project Management Association) certification body operating IPMA project management certification in Finland, the head of the Finnish delegation to ISO / TC 258 (ISO technical committee for project, program and portfolio management) and the chairman of the Finnish mirror committee SR 206.  He served as the PMForum correspondent in Finland from 2008 until 2011, and now functions as the senior contributing editor in charge of Finland for Project Management World Journal. As an active amateur photographer, Jouko is often seen providing photographic coverage of international project management events with his camera.

Jouko has an impressive collection of project management certificates: He is a Certified Scrum Master, and has been PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, IPMA Level C and IPMA Level B IPMA certified. He is a regular lecturer at University of Helsinki and Aalto University, and at Finnish and international project management conferences.

Aalto University Professional Development – Aalto PRO is a unit of Aalto University dedicated to serving professionals and organizations actively developing their competence and competitiveness. Training and learning services offered combine international networks, Aalto University state-of-the-art research, the solid know-how of the faculty, and the business experience of industry to support management and development.

Aalto PRO offers a versatile selection of education and training programs in areas such as design, energy business, construction business, industrial economics, innovations, security and environmental management. Together with its clients, Aalto PRO customizes new unique learning experiences to suit the needs of its clients in a flexible and easy manner. Aalto PRO is a preferred partner in European wide development projects in the area of education and training.

For further information please navigate to http://aaltopro.aalto.fi/en  .

Aalto University was created in 2010 through a merger of three major universities in Finland: Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto University School of Science and Technology has been divided into four new schools starting January 1st 2011. The six schools of Aalto University are all leading and renowned institutions in their respective fields and in their own right.

The combination of six schools opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The goal of the new university is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines.

For further information please navigate to www.aalto.fi/en/ .

About the Author

Miles Shepherd

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and International Correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently the Chair of the ISO committee that is developing the new ISO 21500 Guidelines for Project Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected] .

Liz Pearce appointed CEO of LiquidPlanner in USA

24 August 24 2012 – Bellevue, Washington, USA – LiquidPlanner—developer of a popular priority-based, predictive project management software solution in the United States has announced that Liz Pearce has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Charles Seybold, the company’s preceding CEO and co-founder, will remain a key executive at LiquidPlanner in the role of Chief Product Officer, focusing exclusively on designing outstanding productivity solutions. Pearce formerly served as Chief Operating Officer of the company. According to the company, the changes will position LiquidPlanner to take full advantage of growing opportunities to help teams tackle increasingly demanding projects through social technology.

“LiquidPlanner has a proven track record of transforming the way teams work together to get serious work done,” said Liz Pearce, CEO at LiquidPlanner. “Over the years, we’ve seen increasing demand for our solutions across small and medium-sized businesses, in addition to large enterprises. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to extend our co-founders’ original vision to new markets.”

“The driving force behind LiquidPlanner has always been our commitment to building tools that empower teams to achieve better results than ever before,” said Charles Seybold, Chief Product Officer at the company. “We have a clear strategy for expanding our core scheduling, tracking, and collaboration offerings with new innovations. By devoting 100% of my time and energy to product development, we can move more quickly to meet customer demand.”

In less than four years since LiquidPlanner’s 2008 commercial launch, the angel-funded company has reached profitability, despite a challenging economic climate. Today, LiquidPlanner has more than 1,100 corporate customers in more than 50 countries worldwide. Liz played an integral role in achieving this remarkable growth, together with Charles and LiquidPlanner’s co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Jason Carlson.

“Charles and Jason have partnered with Liz since the early days of the company to build solid business operations from the ground up,” said LiquidPlanner board member Geoff Entress. “Liz’s passion for the product, commitment to customers, and broad business knowledge makes her the natural choice to take LiquidPlanner forward. The company’s board members and the internal team agree wholeheartedly that these new appointments will help the company meet its full potential.”

LiquidPlanner 3.5 is the industry’s only priority-based, predictive project management solution designed to execute millions of schedule calibrations over the course of a project. Through automated scheduling and integrated collaboration, LiquidPlanner radically simplifies the way people approach project management.  It utilizes a cutting-edge scheduling engine to crunch tens of thousands of data points behind the scenes, allowing for real-time, statistically accurate schedules across entire portfolios of projects. The result is a solution that allows teams to handle the real complexities of today’s workplace and offers managers deeper, more accurate insights into their projects, automatically conducting analysis that would otherwise take project management teams weeks to accomplish manually. For more information go to http://www.liquidplanner.com/, or follow LiquidPlanner on Facebook or on Twitter at @liquidplanner.

Source: LiquidPlanner