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14 August 2019 / 9:00

Addressing the legacy of generation “W” (wise), part 3

This blog article is part of series of interviews of persons that have shaped International Project Management Association during the past 50 years, by Amin Saidoun.
Interview with Professor Sergey Bushuyev, PhD, Dr. Sc., Professor at Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA) in Kiev, Ukraine, Honorary Scientist of Ukraine, Laureate of National Scientific Award, Honorary member of International Project Management Association. 

How long have you been working with/for IPMA in various forms?
In 1990 I joined IPMA family as President of Ukrainian Project Management Association. From 2001 until 2016 I was a member of the Certification and Validations Management Board.

What were the 5 biggest achievements you remember you contributed to IPMA in your various functions?

  • The development of IPMA standards, in particular the ICB from 1999 until recently.
  • Making understandable the bridges between different IPMA standards.
  • Creating and implementing the IPMA Awards, in particular Project Management Excellence Awards in Ukraine
  • Developing and implementing of IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline and implementing the IPMA Delta certification in Ukraine.
  • Organising the IPMA World Congresses in Russia many years ago and in Kazakhstan in 2017

What was IPMA’s biggest challenge you experienced and what did you learn from it?

  • The competition with PMI and APM Group (UK).
  • Be more Agile oriented in business and development of new products and projects

How do you measure success and over what time frame? How are these metrics determined?

  • Measure success by comparing what people promise to do and what they actually achieve.
    My concern is that we have a delay (at least in Ukraine) in deploying all our products in the market.
  • Important metrics are therefore defined by the ability to market our products and services, i.e.
    quantitative and qualitative metrics such as cash in per year to IPMA and BCR (benefit-cost Ratio).

If you could be doing anything right now about IPMA, what would it be? Why?
As a member of IPMA Research Committee and professor of Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture, I would like to share my big experience on research in project management. I would be doing two things right now:
1. Developing most interesting topic for international research.

2. Developing a pool of global scientific supervisors, PhD Jury members and assistant professors

If you had to choose only one goal for IPMA to achieve what would it be?
To become the global leader in the promotion and dissemination of Project Management as a profession.

What is the one thing that made you upset about IPMA?
The fact that IPMA products and standards on the global project management market are not as competitive as they should be.

What is your favourite movie/story? Why?
Film Chernobyl 2019. The reason for this is that I have been involved in the refurbishment project of Chernobyl in the last 15 years.

What is on your list of personal values? Why?
Friendships, Wisdom, Stability, Responsibility, Reputation, Optimism

If money was not an issue, what would you do? Why?
I would promote project management and position it as an accelerator for development on the Global markets.

What is the best lesson or moment of insight that you have received while being with IPMA?
It was first IPMA Delta certification of PMU Chernobyl Confinement program.

What is one thing that you should do differently today? Why?
IPMA must be more Agile oriented association to be faster on the market.

What is your list of important questions that you would like to find answers to? Why for each one?
How develop bridges between professional PM organisation, university and enterprises?
Why IPMA Agile leadership certification moving very slowly?

What gets you the most excited in life? Why?
It was the defence of my PhD and Dr. Sc. (Habilitation). Today as supervisor I invest my time and my soul in each of my students student which fascinates me. Since the start of my academic career as professor I supervised more than 50 PhD and Dr. Sc. students.

If there was one person that you could meet who would it be? Why?
It would like to have met the former president of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev. The reason for this is that he is the sponsor of the foundation named after him and for which I worked over past 20 years carrying out programmes and projects.

What moment in your life are you the most proud of? Why? How can you duplicate more of these moments?
The meeting with the Dalai Lama at the lobby of hotel in Lisbon at the occasion IPMA CoD meeting in 2016. He showed me wisdom and trust.

What is the one thing that you are most scared of doing? Is it because it is wrong or because it scares you to a high degree?
I am scared of meetings with TOP official (prime ministers, vice prime ministers and ministers) of Ukraine, Japan, Russia and Kazakhstan. This in when I promote innovation in project and program management of the government level as well as the IPMA Delta certification. This official have important influence on the outcome of the promotion.

Are you more concerned with today or tomorrow? Why?
I am concern unfortunately with today. I am 72 years old.

What is the most important question that IPMA needs to ask itself?
How to build sustainable development strategy and in 10 years be the global leader in professional project management?

What are five things that you know that IPMA should be doing now?

  • To promote and develop IPMA basic products: 4-L-C, IPMA Delta, Certification of consultant, etc.
  • To do Agile transformation. Too be faster and cheaper.
  • To involve more strongly university capacity for the promotion of IPMA activities.
  • To support digitisation projects, as the future opportunity for professional growth.
  • To cooperate more with EU projects.

What is your favourite quote?
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

What is the one fear that IPMA should work on overcoming this year? Why and how?
Promote and start global IPMA Agile leadership certification. This is future success of IPMA family!

If you could give a lot of something, what would it be? Why?
For the young generation I would give a lot of knowledge.  For mature project managers, I would give a lot of competence. For grey-haired, I would offer a lot of wisdom. Because it is important to be generous and share things.

Thank you Professor Bushuyev.



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Amin Saidoun

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Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 20 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East and involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management