The PE Model

The new IPMA Project Excellence Model will be published in January 2016. Read more.

To help assess any project a fundamental and sound picture is required. This structure is offered by the IPMA Project Excellence Model. The Model is a benchmarking tool which helps project teams to reflect on their own strengths and potential improvement areas. The model is an adaptable and open concept. It allows many different project approaches to be used and should gain major benefits for future projects.

The model elements are based on the fundamental insights, concepts and experiences of Total Quality Management (TQM). Of course, this experience – and therefore the IPMA Project Excellence Model – shows only the status quo of current management quality. However, the model is being developed continually based on the experience of outstanding organisations and project teams.

The current model is based on the following demands and insights:


The target for the PE Award applicants is to collect 1000 points.

The IPMA Project Excellence Model divides nine assessment criteria into two sections of 500 points:
Project Management:

  • What is the project like?
  • How is it managed?

Project Results:

  • What does the project achieve?
  • What comes out of it?

The IPMA Project Excellence Model covers the following important aspects:

Customer Satisfaction
In well-managed companies and projects, the customer – with all his/her issues – has to be the “king”. The customer alone decides on quality perception. A company project team must completely understand customer needs and wishes.

Employees’ development and participation
The complete potential of employees can only be released in an atmosphere of confidence and openness.

Partnership with suppliers
A customer-supplier relationship based on confidence and cooperation is a great asset for both sides.

Genuine leaders form the culture of the organisation and steer resources and efforts towards excellent achievements. Therefore, leadership quality is imperative.

Social responsibility
Every excellent company needs to understand that it can never make optional decisions if they are isolated from the environment. Ethics and social responsibility play an important part in all decisions.

Processes and facts
Activities are conducted systematically as processes and they are subject to permanent improvement. Facts and clear measurements serve as a basis.

To obtain lasting outstanding results, the expectations and demands of all parties involved have to be well-balanced. From this basic idea, nine criteria have been established to judge how projects progress to great achievements.

Application Brochure
The Application Brochure for the IPMA International Project Excellence Award contains the description of the IPMA Project Excellence Model . If you wish to obtain a copy, please send a request with the name of yourself and the organisation by e-mail to the Award Office, [email protected]