Finland Project Management Roundup for June 2019

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; 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 November, and 3PMO in early June. This year the 3PMO takes place on June 6th in Tampere with the theme Capabilities that determine success. Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for general information on PMAF and its annual events.


PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as a community where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. In 2019 the conference took place on May 23rd with an overarching theme Inspire. The conference program included plenary sessions with state-of-the-art keynotes, and several parallel tracks with four keynotes, nine presentations and two workshops. The conference was attended by over 150 participants from some of the best-known project-based organizations in Finland. In addition to the official program, the conference offered a social program of dinners and receptions for the congress participants. The conference was sponsored and supported by IIL Finland, Tieturi, Nordea, Microsoft, Taipuva and Tata Consulting Services.

The conference was opened by Mr Vesa Koskela, PMI Finland Chapter Chairman. Mr Koskela welcomed all local and international participants to the event on behalf of PMI Finland Chapter.

The first keynote presentation, What does it take to transform to digital? was delivered by Mr Jukka Salonen, the Chief Portfolio Officer of Nordea.

The second keynote presentation, Not making a decision is often the equivalent of making the wrong decision was delivered by Mr Mark Engelhardt, a trainer and consultant at International Institute for Learning (IIL).

The third keynote presentation, The value of project management – PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession® was delivered by Mrs Beth Partleton, PMP, Project Management Institute (PMI) Fellow, member of PMI Board of Directors 2019 … 2021. Being a member of PMI BoD, Mrs Partleton provided the regards from the PMI Headquarters in reference to the celebration of the PMI 50th anniversary.

The last keynote presentation, Fun learning going places was delivered by Mr Peter Vesterbacka, Entrepreneur, FinEst Bay Area.

In the photograph: Mr Vesa Koskela opening the PMI Finland Chapter 2019 conference.


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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). Finland Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue V, June.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/pmwj82-jun2019-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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