It should be noted that today, many organizations, in the course of their activities, limit themselves, unfortunately, only to monitoring compliance with the budget and deadlines, while very little attention is paid to other criteria for the effectiveness of project management. Therefore, the value of the results of this activity is very doubtful. It is precisely in the context of economic shocks that an understanding of how low the degree of perfection of a project management system comes from, what advantages an organization should take, what disadvantages need to be eliminated – in other words, what needs to be done so that the project management system meets the requirements of today.

Assessing the excellence of an organization in the field of project management can be described as follows: it is “analyzing, certifying and evaluating the level of quality, excellence or competence of an organization and individuals in the field of project management according to certain criteria …”

This assessment determines the organization’s status quo in project and program management and relies on specific norms, standards or regulations that help answer questions about what needs to be analyzed and how to carry out the analysis.

IPMA Delta® model certification – improving the efficiency of the company’s project activities, carried out in accordance with the best international practices in project management. Confirmation of the organization’s competence in project management at the international level.

The IPMA Delta® program consists of 2 stages:

1. Preparation
Internal audit of the current state of project management in the company – includes 2 self-assessment modules: staff and projects
The “Individuals” module is the competence of project managers, team members and other stakeholders (using the IPMA ICB 3.0 model).
The Projects module (“Projects”) – applying the project approach in organizing and evaluating the results of programs and projects, the existing regulations of the project and program management processes (using the IPMA Project Excellence model).
For each module, the company fills out a special form, where it assesses its vision of the staff’s competence and the level of projects implemented by the company. Based on the results of an internal audit, assessors determine the organization’s compliance with the basic requirements for passing an international assessment of the organization.
If the company scores the minimum number of points for the next stage, an international assessment is appointed. If the required number of points is not scored, then, depending on the needs of the company, it is recommended to form a corporate standard for project and program management, to train and certify company employees using the IPMA system

2. Approval and certification
International audit of the current state of project management in the company – includes an assessment of the module “Organization”
The Organization module (“Organization”) is the company’s competence in organizing project management, a project-oriented management structure, the distribution of powers and responsibilities (using an assessment model specially developed for IPMA Delta®).
During the evaluation of the organization, interviews are conducted with the company’s staff and documentation verification for compliance with the requirements. All forms are filled by international assessors. According to the results of an international audit, an organization is assigned an appropriate competence class.

According to the IPMA Delta® model, there are 5 levels of organization maturity:

Initial: achievements in project management at the level of individual employees. Some employees work satisfactorily, well and even perfectly, but there is no single standard for the entire organization, and the management of project portfolios and programs is generally unsatisfactory. The organization has no formal standards and processes in this area.

Defined: there are certain standards for managing projects, programs and project portfolios (RFP), project management structures and processes are used occasionally on individual projects.

Standardized: there are processes, structures and standards of management (PPP), which are mainly used in the organization (there is no full coverage and integration)

Managed: there are standards, structures and management processes (PPP) that are applied throughout the organization and are controlled by the management (full coverage and integration).

Optimized: there are all the necessary standards, structures and management processes (PPP) that are applied throughout the organization, are monitored by management and are constantly being improved.

For certification, an organization must meet a number of initial requirements:
Availability of project management in the company (projects, programs, portfolios)
Availability of a corporate standard for project, program and portfolio management
Availability of project, program and portfolio management processes
The presence of trained and certified specialists and managers of the company in accordance with the methodology of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

Based on the results of the organization’s certification, a certificate and a report based on the results of the assessment are presented with recommendations of international assessors on enhancing the organization’s competence in project management, indicating specific areas of development and areas for improvement.

The certification and certification of organizations may have a different scope: you can certify one or several divisions or the whole company.

The Ukrainian Project Management Association, as the Ukrainian branch of the International Project Management Association (upma.kiev.ua), starts the IPMA delta certification program in Ukraine.

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