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NPO Saturn tallied up the results of a program-project management prize-winning competition

Site news 23.04.2015

April 23, 2015, Rybinsk. - NPO Saturn summarized the results of a corporate contest in the field of program-project management excellence (PPM).
Presenting the PPM contest winners with diplomas, Marina Kustova, NPO Saturn deputy CEO for strategy and innovative development wished the contestants meaningful projects and new achievements for the benefit of the company’s business.
According to Marina Kustova, “in order to stay competitive on the market, any organization must change quickly depending on the new conditions and goals set by the strategy the company has chosen for itself. Project activity is a conventional tool for driving change. It is essential that the projects be implemented in the frame of long-term programs, and among others, give a synergic effect for achieving business goals.
The spirit of competition motivates people to take part in the PPM contest, stimulates increasing the quality of leading the projects and of how they are managed; it provides motivation for the development of program-project managers and the program-project activity as a whole. It is vital for Saturn to accelerate the acquisition of competences in this field in all of its product and functional domains to secure itself a future and prospects for business development.”
The active phase of the competition campaign got on its way on 1 February 2015. 15 bids in the following categories were submitted to the contest: “The project of the year”, “The project team of the year”, “The year’s start”, “The PPM methodology development”, “The best young project manager”, “The best project manager”. This year, the highest level of competition between the projects was observed in the “Year’s start” category and consisted in 2 projects by nomination. In total 119 company employees took part in the project teams having signed up to participate in the contest. Employees from 16 functional divisions of NPO Saturn were participating in project work. The most numerous project teams (11 team members) were the teams representing the purchasing and logistics direction with their “Business processes” project, the quality direction with their “Supplier approval process enhancement” project, and the technical direction with their “Technical projects efficiency improvement” project. The quality direction and the technical direction submitted the biggest number of projects to compete in the contest, 5 and 4 projects respectively. According to the competition judges, the 2014-2015 PPM campaign contained projects of higher level compared to those submitted in the preceding years, which is demonstrated by the average project score dynamics (2013 - 86 points, 2014 - 103,2, and 120,5 points in 2015).
The prize-winning competition in the field of program-project management was staged at NPO Saturn for the third time. The projects using the program-project management principles submitted to the contest are the actual projects which were implemented in the course of 2014 in various departments of the company.
According to Alexander Kulikov, deputy chief electrician in charge of power supply, and the project manager of the project winning in the “Project of the year” category: “We submitted to the contest a project of creating an energy supply commercial accounting information-measurement system. Our department had been working on that project together with the colleagues from the company’s IT division for several years, and in the end, the desired result was achieved. When the project work began, we could already visualize its outcome, however to get there we were using a method which was rather new to us, namely the principles of program-project management which promotes adherence to following the project steps in strict order. It was a think-out-of-the-box sort of process, with the need to solve tons of issues; it was very interesting, indeed. Winning the first place in this competition came as a pleasant surprise to all of us.”
According to Mariya Lotonina, chief quality engineer at the “Turbine blades” industrial competence center, the project manager of the project awarded the 3rd place in the “Project of the year” category and the 1st place in the “Best young project manager” category: “In the frame of our project, we had devised and integrated into the existing system of quality assurance in the refractory casting production a number of additional tools to enable production process real time monitoring. We had a great team working on that project setting ambitious goals which have now been successfully achieved. And, quite deservedly our achievements were acknowledged by the PPM competition jury.
Such way of organization as program-project management is convenient and effective for solving local tasks and holds a lot of potential. We can see some very serious projects participating in the PPM campaign, and it becomes obvious, that the PPM methodology is applicable to us and it works very well.”
According to Irina Snegireva, chief manager in the SaM146 program direction in charge of business process development, the project manager of the project awarded the 1st place in the “Program-project methodology development” category and the 1st place in the “Best project manager” category: “If in a given company we come to realize that its business requires project management, we ought to offer it an adequate tool, i.e. the program-project management methodology. And, it is exactly that methodology that was proposed by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Over one and a half years our project team had been working on the deployment of the program-project management within the company in order to assess, better understand and adapt the principles embedded in that methodology to application at NPO Saturn. The project resulted in the appearance of a dedicated company standard. Therefore, it is no longer theoretical; we have really been able to engrain the program-project methodology into the company’s activity.”
There are around 100 completed and effective projects in a specific register filed at NPO Saturn. In the frame of further development of the program-project management activity, to date NPO Saturn has trained around 100 top- and middle-level managers to the basics of program-project management.
The NPO Saturn Research and Production Association (OJSC) is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation, naval ships and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. The association is part of the Union of Russian mechanical engineers, an all-Russian public organization whereby the regional branch is headed by I. N. Fedorov, NPO Saturn CEO.
NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation (JSC) and acts as the leader of the Commercial Engines Division, a business unit of UEC founded on 09.10.2012 as a result of integration of the following companies: NPO Saturn (OJSC), Aviadvigatel (OJSC), PMZ (OJSC), Metallist-PM (CJSC), Energetik-PM (OJSC), REMOS-PM (CJSC), Motoservis-PM (CJSC) and Zheleznodorozhnik-PM (CJSC).
United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production and after-market support of the engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy, as well as for the oil and gas industry and power generation. One of UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 158.9 billion.

The Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and commercial application. Today it comprises over 700 companies, which form 9 defense-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings as well as 22 direct control companies. The Rostec portfolio includes such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. Total taxation exceeded RUB 138 billion.

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