The Butterfly Affect: UPMK2018 in Ankara on 21 March


National Project Manager’s Conference organized by the Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

18 February 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (TPPMI) has announced the date and theme for their 2018 National Project Manger’s Conference (UPMK). This year the conference will be held in Ankara on March 21st. The theme of UPMK2018 is the ‘Butterfly Effect’ and the subject of the discussion panel is ‘Industry 4.0 – Digital Transformation in Industry’.

UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference, is an annual professional convention and networking activity for Turkish project managers, aiming to create/enhance the recognition of the profession, while also establishing and declaring the project managers’ position and opinion on current national issues, as a prominent stakeholder. The scope of the convention includes a discussion panel, delivered talks, posters and a series of achievement awards. UPMK is the yearly physical meeting venue for the TPPMI, a social media platform (see below).

UPMK is held since 2010, with the purpose of creating solidarity among Turkish project managers and project management team members, sharing professional issues and suggestions and compiling project management approaches, methods, knowledge, culture and a common language.

The conference focuses on current, national project managers’ and team members’ issues, rather than only project management methodologies. The main theme emphasizes the persons, working conditions, professional hardships, related original solutions and expectations.

The conference also includes The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards”. The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards” in the categories of Best Project Manager – Woman and Man, Best Assistant Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project Team, Best Young Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project and Contributors to The Profession are given to winners from among nominees, since 2014.

Announced keynote speakers and panelists this year will include:


Hande Didem ALTOP – Managing Director, Endeavour Turkey

Zeynep TOKMAN CESUR – Marketing Director, Solidwork, Dassault Systems

Can PAPUÇÇUOĞLU – Founder Partner and CEO, Junction İstanbul

Baki ŞENSOY – Acting Vice President, ALTAY Software Defense Industry

Yeliz TURUNÇ – Business Development and Sales Manager, Microsoft MEA


Prof. Bülent ÇAPLI – Moderator

Suat BAYSAN – Board Member, Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV)

Alper GERÇEK – Senior Lead Designer, ASELSAN

Hasan KEMAHLI – General Manager, PROJESIS

Hilal ÜNAL TÜRKAN – Gökser Machine Energy

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TPPMI Turkish  Professional Project Managers’ Institute (www.tpyme.org), is a Social Media and Solidarity Platform. It is a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (www.norm.org.tr).

TPPMI was established unanimously during the convention of the National Project Professionals’ Conference (UPMK) (www.upmk.org), first held In May 2010. The institute is composed of professionals and peers, building recognition and reputation, collaborating, researching and creating awareness/standards and training, all based on qualification and volunteering. The institute aims to: determine project management techniques and approaches suitable to the Turkish culture and traditions, validate and determine the reliability of global applications, support, defend and network for the establishement of legal frameworks for project management applications, support the development of project team members and companies in terms of project knowledge areas, determine professional principles and standards, and prepare, monitor and update certificates of recognition and reputation.

Project Manager Occupational Standards

TPPMI developed the project managers’ occupational standard based on European Qualifications Framework (EQF) based on the UPMK 2012 Conference Output.

We led the study of the definition of ‘Project Manager Occupational Standards’ and the specification of ‘National Qualifications for the Project Manager Occupation’, as TPPMI under NORM. This study was completed, approved and published in the national Official Gazette. The defined standard and qualifications are independent both from the business areas and methodologies used in some sectors. The next step is certification and a training program for the occupational certification based on the approved standard and qualifications has been announced.