Criteria and Application

Thank you for considering an entry into the 2016 Columbia River Basin Chapter Project of the Year Award Competition.  Below is the criteria for your nomination. 

The following documents must be submitted as electronic files (native MS Word preferred) to Peter Owen at plowen@ome-inc.com by midnight on January 27th, 2017.

  • Project Submission (see below for details)

  • PMI Professional Awards Program Permissions and Release Form (click here)

  • PMI Contact Information Form (click here)

 

Click here for the Project Submission Word Document Template.  All applications to the Columbia River Basin Chapter Project of the Year must use this form as a template and must address each of the ten criteria listed below in two pages or fewer (no more than 20 pages in total). 

For the Award Gala, the applicants will also be required to provide presentations to the audience, which summarize the key points of their projects.  You should plan for a 10 minute duration and note that as well as an opportunity to showcase your projects to the audience, it will also provide the audience with an opportunity to vote on the "People's Choice Award".  The presentations will be collated by Ivan Thomas ahead of the Awards Gala and should be submitted electronically (send both the MS Powerpoint file and a PDF version) to Ivan at vp-communications@pmicrb.org by February 19th, 2017.  Applicants are free to use their own template for the presentation and Arial font, with a minumum font size of 28, is highly recommended.

Please note - There is no dollar minimum for the Columbia River Basin Chapter Project of the Year Award or the Global Project of Excellence Award.  However, if you plan to submit a project for the PMI Global Project of the Award, you must satisfy all of the global award submission guidelines, which can be found by clicking here.  You are also required to complete a PMI Global Project of the Year Application Form, which can be found by clicking here.


  

1. Introduction/Summary
This section provides the project background as the basis for evaluating the answers to the following sections. 

    1. Provide a brief overview of the project.
    2. Describe the organizational need addressed by the project.
    3. Briefly describe the solution that was implemented.
    4. Describe the outcomes of this project on the project stakeholders and on society in general.

2. Sponsor Letter
The sponsor letter must be signed by the project sponsor. 

    1. Describe and confirm that the project outcomes were achieved to your satisfaction.
    2. Describe the business value that this project delivered to your organization and/or your organization's clients.
    3. As the project sponsor, describe and list the top three reasons why you believe this project is a worthy candidate for the Columbia River Basin Chapter Project of the Year or the PMI Award for Project Excellence.  

3. Benefits/Value
Show that the benefits/value of your project were realized by answering the following:

    1. Identify the expected positive benefits/value of the project on the organization.
    2. Identify the expected positive benefits/value of the project on society.
    3. Describe what processes/tools were used to verify if the expected project benefits were achieved.
    4. Describe what benefits-related complexities had to be overcome.

4. Schedule
Show that the project schedule was effectively developed and managed by answering the following:

    1. Describe what processes/tools were used to develop and manage the schedule.
    2. Describe how these processes/tools were used to effectively manage the schedule’s critical path.
    3. Describe how effective management of schedule contributed to the project’s success.
    4. Describe what schedule-related complexities had to be overcome.

5. Cost
 Show that the project cost was effectively developed and managed by answering the following:

    1. Describe what processes/tools were used to determine the project cost.
    2. Describe how these processes/tools were used to effectively manage the project costs.
    3. Describe how effective management of cost contributed to the project’s success.
    4. Describe what cost-related complexities had to be overcome.

6. Scope
Show that the project scope was effectively developed and managed by answering the following:

    1. Describe what processes/tools were used to document the project scope. 
    2. Describe how these processes/tools were used to manage the scope.
    3. Describe how effective management of scope contributed to the project’s success.
    4. Describe what scope-related complexities had to be overcome.

7. Stakeholders
Show that stakeholder expectations and communications were effectively managed by answering the following:

    1. Identify the key stakeholders and why they were key to your project.
    2. Describe what processes/tools were used to manage stakeholder expectations and communications.
    3. Describe how these processes/tools were used to manage stakeholder expectations and communications.
    4. Describe how effective management of stakeholders contributed to the project’s success.
    5. Describe what stakeholder-related complexities had to be overcome.

8. Risk
Show that risks were effectively managed during the project by answering the following:

    1. Identify the key risks and explain why they were key to your project.
    2. Describe what processes/tools were used to document risks.
    3. Describe how these processes/tools were used to manage risk.
    4. Describe how effective management of risks contributed to the project’s success.
    5. Describe what risk-related complexities had to be overcome.

9. Project Change Management
Show that proposed changes to project scope, cost, and schedule were effectively managed by answering the following:

    1. Describe what processes/tools were used to document and approve changes.
    2. Describe how these processes/tools were used to manage change.
    3. Describe how effective management of change contributed to the project’s success.
    4. Describe what change-related complexities had to be overcome.
    5. Identify the key changes during your project and why they were key to your project.

10. Lessons Learned
Show that lessons learned from previous projects (if any) and from the submitted project were effectively integrated into the project and/or organization by answering the following:

    1. Describe what processes/tools were used to capture lessons learned.
    2. Describe how the lessons learned were integrated into the project.
    3. Describe how the integration of lessons learned contributed to the success of the project.
    4. Identify the key lessons learned and why they were key to your project and/or organization.