Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo 2015) organized by the IPMA Young Crew has gathered 96 young project managers and broke the record of the previous years. On November 7th and 8th, 16 virtual teams from 18 countries took place in competitions’ 4th edition. Every year the organizing team does its best to provide unique content and experience participants to have the best possibility to experience the work in virtual environment with team members of different culture backgrounds.
In this edition, participants could learn more about project management from GeCCo Academy – a serial of project management lectures from internationally renowned project management professionals like Miguel Carvalho e Melo and Małgorzata Kusyk.
The new website (www.become.pm/gecco) was launched in order to gather all information about the project in one place and provide YC members with GeCCo news. Participants followed GeCCo Twitter and GeCCo Facebook page and were able to catch up with the keynote speaker’s speeches on GeCCo Youtube channel.
During the competition, except creating and managing their own teams and solving case study tasks, the participants could learn from experienced project managers. Four keynote speakers shared their knowledge and experience. The opening ceremony has been marked with the lecture of Małgorzata Kusyk (Poland), who shared important tips on how to build a high performance team in virtual environment. Iris Hauck-Rameis (Austria) gave advice on the proper way of using project management tools for successful virtual collaboration. Eleni Tsechelidou (Greece) shared her experience in online virtual team collaboration on her own life example referencing to ‘Trip around the world in 80 days’ book by Jules Verne. The keynote speaker that closed the competition was Peter Milsom (UK), he showed the participants what sustainable change delivery means for project management.
The participants had an opportunity to network and socialize on virtual platform – Blab, which was a central meeting point for Q&A and experience sharing sessions. But, as in any team, it was not all about work. The midnight toast was a great opportunity for the participants to have fun and relax before the final submissions.
Nothing could have been accomplished without the support of the IPMA Young Crew volunteers that have taken the responsibility to be Local Organizers in the national YCs and helped in making this GeCCo story live.
On December 12th , the Award Ceremony took place. Dr. Penny Pullan (UK), the award ceremony keynote speaker, gave her insights on virtual leadership and how to become a leader. 16 members of the international Jury Committee assessed all teams and selected the best performing ones, those that have shown best teamwork and project management approach in solving the challenge of the case study. Ivars Rungis (Latvia), the Head of GeCCo 2015 Jury Committee, congratulated all participants for taking part in this exceptional online collaboration competition and provided the feedback on teams’ performance.
The 3 best performing teams by the Jury Committee decision and the winners of the GeCCo 2015 are:
- 1st place – Team WWE – Ekaterina Kudryavtseva (Russia), Alessandro Bondi (Italy), Stephanie Cheung (Guatemala), Daniel Derscheid (Germany), Tvrtko Ćorić (Croatia) and Ramon Olfos (Chile),
- 2nd place – Team B-OZOM – Marco Armellini (Italy), Melany Arevalo (Guatemala), Nadine Broch (Germany), Kim Thao Duong (Finland), Marko Tödtling (Croatia) and Sebastian Encina Rojo (Chile),
- 3rd place – MaGeeCCo team – Joanna Sampławska (Poland), Jose Luis Lorenzo Alvarado Campos (Perú), Gamaliel Ogechi Iheme (Nigeria), Stephan Scheel (Germany), Bogdan Rakić (Serbia) and Zakhar Kozyrev (Russia).
Like in 2014, in this years’ edition, the most active teams on social media were awarded. This year teams are Team LICAN and Team Cross Cultural Jam. “Best Selfie with the Keynote Speaker” award was won by Abiola Olugbenga Oshunniyi (Nigeria) and the best way to describe “What does GeCCo mean for me” was presented by Jose Luis Lorenzo Alvarado Campos (Peru).
The 1st place winning team won the IPMA Level D certification, while 2nd and 3rd place winners received free project management books from Gower Publishing, GeCCo 2015 official award partner. Contest winners were rewarded with small but useful in professional life gifts, kindly provided by IPMA.
It is important to note that all participants are real winners, because GeCCo 2015 gave them the unique opportunity to gain experience and skills in project management and virtual teamwork. We congratulate the winning teams and all the participants for making project management and international Young Crew collaboration live. See you all on the GeCCo 2016.
Text: Vlatka Večerin, Marketing Manager of GeCCo 2015
Design: Gundars Strazdins, Graphics Designer of GeCCo 2015