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The Government Analytics Network Presents…


Prioritization of Projects using the GAFA-S Model

Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Omer Livvarcin (Ph.D.), Program Manager (TELFER Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership), Consultant and retired Turkish Naval Officer

Prioritization of projects
Many Government organizations struggle to prioritize potential projects where what needs to be done surpasses the resources available. Determination of high priority projects is one of the most challenging responsibilities of decision makers. A holistic, generic, analytical, objective and applicable prioritization model can be helpful in deciding what matters most.

This session will discuss GAFA-S Model which was developed and successfully applied by Omer Livvarcin on the prioritization of research, development and procurement projects. The term GAFA-S is the abbreviation of the words; “GAyret” (Efforts), “FAyda” (Benefits) and “Stratejik Onem” (Strategic Importance) in Turkish which are also the three main parameters of the model.

The GAFA-S model has three metrics to measure (between 0-100); “the level of efforts required including budget, time, personal, infrastructure, risks etc.”, “the benefits expected including revenue, prestige, foundation for future studies, competitive advantage etc.” and “the strategic alignment of a project with the organizational goals”. The visual demonstration with all of the data on a single graph enables decision makers to quickly and effectively assess the data and make proper decisions. Former applications of the model in various areas and especially in complex projects proves the validity and reliability of the model.  

During the session attendees will also have a chance to make an application using the GAFA-S Model. 


Bio: Omer Livvarcin, PhD

Dr. Livvarcin was a Navy Captain in the Turkish Navy when he retired in 2016 after 30 years.  He has two master degrees in ‘Defense Systems Management’ and ‘Engineering Underwater Acoustics’ from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, USA and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. He was responsible for the procurement and prioritization of complex projects for the last 6 years before retirement, as well as, an international project prioritization experience due to his various roles in NATO. 
Dr. Livvarcin tutored Project Management and Strategic Management courses at the Masters and Ph.D. level as a part-time professor in various military academies in Turkey.  He is also the author of “49 Gurus and 49 Theories in Management Science (in Turkish)” and has published numerous articles in various journals.  Dr. Livvarcin is currently the Program Manager of Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership (MBCPL) at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.

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