Finland Project Management Roundup for July 2019


Updates about Project Management Association Finland (3PMO Conference in Tampere); PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project



By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland



This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter and some of the key projects currently going on in Finland.


Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with 4000 individual and over 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. This year the 3PMO took place on June 6th in Tampere with the theme Capabilities that determine success.

The conference program included plenary sessions with state-of-the-art keynote presentations, and four organizational cases from some of the best-known project-based organizations in Finland. In addition to the official program, the conference offered a social program of breakfast, lunch and cocktails in order to facilitate networking among the congress participants.

The conference was sponsored and supported by Suomen Projekti-Instituutti, Thinking Portfolio, Talent Vectia, Kumura and Wakaru.

The conference was opened by Mr Samuli Karjalainen, the project manager in charge of the practicalities of the event. Mr Karjalainen welcomed all local and international participants to the event on behalf of the organizing committee. The congress participants were also welcomed by Mr Teppo Valkama, a member of PMAF Board of Directors, in charge of the PMAF conferences. The main conference program was hosted by Mr Matti Haukka, who introduced the keynote presentation presenters, as well as the organizational case presenters.

Mr Jani Kupila presented the first organizational case – Bayer – under the conference title Capabilities that determine success. Mr Teppo Parsama and Mrs Mirja Haapala presented the second organizational case – Fortum – under the title Role of PMO as ensurer of competences. Mrs Mira Rautauoma delivered her keynote presentation titled Becoming the customer’s strategic companion through PMO competence. Mrs Hanna Kuivala delivered her keynote presentation titled Decentralized PMO as developer of operations. Finally, Mrs Anne Happonen presented the third organizational case – Kalmar – under the title PMO challenge; projectized customer promises vs. the changing world.

In the photograph: Mr Samuli Karjalainen opening the conference



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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). Finland Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VI, July.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/pmwj83-jul2019-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf



About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland




Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo@aalto.fi. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

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