by Taryn van Olden

PMI Project of the Year Awards

PM Awards

PMI Project of the Year (POY) Awards
PMI Project of the Year (POY) Awards

The Project Management Institute (PMI) makes a number of awards each year for research, writing, contributions to project management, etc. but the most noteworthy award is the Project of the Year Award, which is presented at the annual Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Congress.

The intent behind this award is to showcase the practical application of the PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). This guide’s nine knowledge areas make up the crux of the nomination in that the project must have displayed excellence in delivering on each of the nine knowledge areas. The POY Awards have been running since 1989 and on three occasions South African projects have been awarded the prize. The Mozal Smelter Project (2001: SNC Lavalin and Murray & Roberts), Benfield Column Repair Project (1995: Sastech Engineering Services) and Propylene / Polypropylene Factory for Sasol Chemical Industries Project (1991: Sastech) all displayed excellent application of the PMBoK and were landmark projects in some regard.

While the competition is open to any size project in any industry, it is usually the construction and infrastructure projects that capture the imagination of the adjudicators. The 2010 winner was particularly impressive in terms of the project outcome. It was the National Ignition Facility Project, Livermore, California, USA submitted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which enabled the technology to replicate a star! In 2011, a Colorado water utility company took top honours in part because of the amazing achievement of coming in US$201 million under budget.

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