IPMA allows Projects to celebrate achievements.


By Ewa Bednarczyk – Poland
Alan Tupicoff – Australia

In 2013, as part of the International Project Management Associations (IPMA) Awards program, projects from around the globe have been given the opportunity to celebrate their success and achievements The development of the IPMA Achievement Awards has seen the catalyst for projects from Europe, Asia and the Americas seeking global recognition for the innovation and achievement of the project management of their projects.

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The IPMA Achievement Awards recognise the project management of the project and does not deal directly with the project itself. The program allows for the benefits of using project management practices to drive the delivery processes of the project and the resultant innovation and success, to be recognised.

The inaugural IPMA Achievement Awards presented a list of finalists that were all recognised for their achievements within the area of Community Service and Development, often in challenging and/or remote locations. Each of the finalists demonstrated a commitment to assisting in the development of benefits within sustainable communities. The diversity of the finalists demonstrated not on the challenges faced by global Project Managers but the flexibility of the project management required to deliver the projects.

The finalist included a mix of projects which were all unique in their challenges but had commonality, in regard to the use of locally effective project management to achieve goals which may not otherwise had the opportunity to have been attained. Without innovative and dedicated project teams, community service, development and social change projects would not be able to deliver global benefits.


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About the Authors


Krakow, Poland

Ewa Bednarczyk currently works for the International Project Management Association (IPMA) where she has administered the IPMA International Project Excellence Award Office since 2007. She is responsible for the coordination of the projects’ assessment process, including organization of the assessors training, assessors’ team composition, preparation of the Jury and final reports. She is the first contact person for the current and potential applicants and those who are interested in the Project Excellence Model. Moreover she supports the establishment of national Project Excellence Awards among IPMA member associations around the world.  Ewa is also a partner in a company pm2pm sp. z o.o. which offers project management training in Poland. Pm2pm mainly trains candidates for the IPMA certification.

In year 2010-2012 Ewa served as the IPMA-Pl Vice President responsible for the Polish Project Excellence Award. Ewa graduated from the Kraków University of Economics and Avans Hogeschool in Breda. She is an IPMA Level-D certificate holder. In her free time she regularly plays squash and treks. Her favorite destination is Nepal.  Ewa is also an occasional International Correspondent for PM World in Kraków, Poland.  She can be contacted at: [email protected].

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Alan Tupicoff is the Director of ATsolve, an Australian based training and consulting company specialising in contract and project management. The company delivers Prism (GMP) training courses within Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. He has extensive experience over more than 35 years, in all aspects of building and construction within both private and public sector. From 2003 to 2011, Alan was a National Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and is an AIPM Fellow. Alan has also lectured in aspects of contract and project management within the Vocational Training sector, and continues an active involvement in the Asia-Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm) and International Project Management Association (IPMA) – project management awards programs.   Alan can be contacted at [email protected].