IPMA International Project Management Association

Get recognised with Global Project Excellence Awards

  • Does your organisation deserve to be acknowledged for its excellent project (or programme) management achievements?
  • Would you like your project to be assessed by an international assessment team?
  • Do you want to improve your project management on the basis of feedback and benchmark information provided by an international assessment team?
  • Are you brave enough to enter an international competition celebrating excellence in projects and programmes?

Since 2002, IPMA organises an annual international competition for projects and programmes presenting awards to teams that display and can prove great achievements in project and programme management. The IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards support project teams in their continuous improvement efforts. Guideline for the assessment is the IPMA Project Excellence Model® (IPMA PEM), described in the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline®. By rewarding teams that prove their success in the three IPMA PEM areas, IPMA recognises and acknowledges excellent and innovative projects.

If you would like more information on how to enter the awards, see here.

Why apply?

Important benefits of entering the IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards are:

  1. The Feedback Report containing project management strengths and areas of improvement of your project, identified by the international assessment team. This information can support you in your continuous improvement efforts
  2. Become part of the project excellence community.  The Global Project Excellence Awards are handed out during an Award Gala that takes place at an IPMA World or Regional Congress. You can participate in dedicated Awards events, meeting previous and current finalists – also from the Achievement Awards – to present and discuss your project experiences
  3. Promote your organisation internationally. The names of finalist organisations are published in all IPMA (online) media outlets, including the congress documentation and marketing materials, providing you an excellent opportunity to present your organisation in the global project management community. If you win an award, you can use the IPMA Project Excellence logo on your company documents
  4. Celebrate your team and organisations’ achievements

Introduction to the IPMA Global Project Excellence Model

The IPMA Project Excellence Model (IPMA PEM) was introduced in 2016 as an updated version of the model that has been in place since 2002. The main purpose of the IPMA PEM is to provide guidance to organisations in assessing the ability of their projects and programmes to achieve project excellence. The model is used as the framework which is used for the Project Excellence assessment. The model is based on Total Quality Management and related models such as EFQM and identifies three areas: People & Purpose, Processes & Resources and Project Results.

The People & Purpose area defines criteria that are considered the foundation of project excellence. The right people, led and supported by excellent leaders, all sharing a common vision for success, are crucial to drive project improvements and help the project to run and go beyond established standards.

The Processes & Resources criteria represent practices necessary to reinforce excellence through sound processes and adequate resources used in an efficient and sustainable way.

The Project Results area defines excellence as the project management approach and its effects in terms of outstanding, sustainable results for all key stakeholders. This area complements the first two areas with necessary proof of excellent results as defined by the project stakeholders.

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