Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for the project management profession, announced on October 5 that the E190-E2 Program Development– Embraer (São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil) has been awarded the 2019 PMI Project of the Year Award.
For the team involved, bringing the E2 to life was a huge challenge. It is an extremely complex program, with a virtually new airplane, a new production system, a new and more connected airplane and customer support, and a new global supply chain spread through the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia. Despite the challenges, the team was able to develop the program ahead of the original schedule, under budget and better than the original and very competitive spec. The team used an innovative program management model, using several Program and Project Management techniques combined as Mixed Project Arts.
“Embraer built a heritage out of challenging the impossible, starting with the dream of producing airplanes in a country that did not even manufacture bicycles. This passion was passed from generation to generation and 50 years later, The E2 team has proven that it is possible to dream big and develop a new and high-tech commercial jet, outperforming even the highest expectations with a short schedule, a limited budget and a benchmark spec,” said Fernando Antonio Oliveira, E2 Program Director.
The PMI Project of the Year Award recognizes a large (budgets greater than US$100 million) and complex project that best delivers superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society. This year’s award was presented in Philadelphia, PA, USA as part of the annual PMI Awards Gala at the 2019 PMI® Global Conference.