2018 will See the Project Olympus Celebrate its Five-Year Anniversary

1 march 2018

The Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation announces the fifth Project Olympus contest this year.

The anniversary edition expands not just the geographical but temporal boundaries as well. "The Project Olympus usually started in June but this year we're starting it off much earlier, on the first day of spring," says the Head of the Department for Project Management in the Public Sector of the Analytical Center Ilya Vinokurov. "Throughout the year there's going to be a lot of hard work and we plan to end the contest with a traditional conference in November."

2018 will see the Best Project of the Year contest become part of the Project Olympus. In past years it was held by the SOVNET Russian Association of Project Management with the support of the Analytical Center. The Organizational Committee has decided to make the Best Project of the Year an independent nomination with its own schedule. It will be accepting applications from March 1 through March 20. The nomination schedule looks as follows: March 1–30: submission of applications (until March 20) and collection of reports until March 30, April 2–25: selection (the reports will be reviewed by the assessors, all the materials will be aggregated and finalists will be selected), May 1–31: the finals (visits to the finalists), June 1–15: the jury evaluation stage. The winners in the Best Project of the Year will be announced during a conference to be held in Ulyanovsk in early July (the dates are being finalized).

Applications for the other nominations of the Project Olympus will be accepted from June 1. "We decided to keep some of the most popular nominations such as the Project Management System in an Organization while adding new ones the need for which is dictated by the development of the project management culture," says Ilya Vinokurov. "For example, one of the main new nominations is called Agile Project Management while the project management office nomination has been renamed Competent Project Management Office and will assess the competencies of project management office teams."

The main competition schedule will also comprise a submission of applications stage (June 1 – July 30), a selection stage (August 1–31), and the finals (September 1–30), and then the jury will evaluate the finalists in October. The winners of Project Olympus 2018 are to be announced in the last ten days of November at a conference that routinely will be held at the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation.

We expect to see numerous non-governmental organizations as well as foreign teams among the participants in Project Olympus 2018. Invitations have been sent to Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and other near-abroad countries.

A number of events having to do with the project management themes will be held under the auspices of the contest. One of them is the Student Olympiad Kvazar, where third-year and fourth-year students from universities of Russia and CIS countries can test their project management competencies and skills. The contest is being held from February 12 through April 20, on the last day it will feature a business game during which the winners are to be selected and announced. The business game will be played in Moscow at the Analytical Center.

The Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation has been hosting the Project Olympus contest since 2014. Every year the contest gets backing from the Executive Office of the Government of the Russian Federation, federal ministries and agencies, state companies and industry associations.