Interview with David L. Pells

Managing Editor
PM World Journal

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)

Journalist’s notes

PM World Journal is an influential professional eJournal for program and project management. Lots of scholars, students, PM practitioners in China regard it as a reliable source for trends and updates in the field of project management. The journal enjoys great popularity in China.

I feel honored to have an interview with David L. Pells, Managing Editor of the PM World Journal. With over 35 years of experience in project management, David L. Pells shares generously with us his thought-provoking viewpoints and insightful observations about the profession. On behalf of PMR, I extend sincere gratitude to David L. Pells.

Notes from David Pells

Dear Spring (Yu Yanjuan), Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts and perspectives with your readers in China. I have followed the PMR since it began publication and want to congratulate you and your editorial team for supporting the advance of professional project management in China.  I am honored to be interviewed.

Introduction of David Pells

David L. Pells is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal, a global eJournal for program and project management, and Executive Director at the PM World Library. He is also the president and CEO of PM World, the virtual organization behind the PM World Journal and Library, and president of PM World Services, a U.S. firm providing high level PM advisory services for major government programs.

David is an internationally recognized leader in the field of professional project management with more than 35 years of experience on a wide variety of programs and projects, including engineering, construction, defense, transit and high technology, and project sizes ranging from several thousand to ten billion dollars. He continues to act in advisory roles for several global programs and organizations. He has been an active professional leader in the United States since the 1980s, served on the board of directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) twice, and founded and led the Global Project Management Forum, a series of meetings of international PM professional leaders from around the world, during the 1990s. David was awarded PMI’s Person of the Year award in 1998 and Fellow Award in 1999. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK, of Project Management Associates (PMA – the national PM society of India), and of the Russian Project Management Association SOVNET. David has published widely, speaks at conferences and events worldwide.

 


 

Interview

Q1. You have more than 35 years of experience in project management; what changes have happened in PM?

David L. Pells (Pells):  In 35 years there have been many, many changes in the project management field. When I began to work in major projects in the mid-1970s, such important concepts as critical path planning, work breakdown structure (WBS), earned value management (EVM), quality assurance (QA), resource leveling and others were already well developed. The first big disruptive change that I remember was not directly associated with project management per se, but rather the advent of the personal computer in the early 1980s. This was followed immediately by Microsoft and other companies introducing project planning tools that anyone could use on a desktop PC.  Microsoft recognized the growing importance of projects in many industries, created MS Project and integrated it with the MS Office suite of business applications. Whereas previously project planning, scheduling and cost control tasks were often performed by specialists, now anyone could use similar tools and manage (or at least try to manage) their own projects.

The second really disruptive change was the publication of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge by the Project Management Institute (PMI), followed soon thereafter by PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  These two PMI products began to drive growth in both PMI membership as well as industry recognition of project management. When I served on the PMI Board of Directors from 1995-1997, we began to see the rapid, almost exponential, growth in both certifications and membership. This growth has continued, with PMI membership now well over 400,000 worldwide. Combined with PMP certificate holders, PMI serves more than one million. PMI, APM in UK, AIPM in Australia, IPMA, AACE, CPM and other professional organizations added more standards and more certifications; the combination of these products and growing numbers of associations, members, chapters and stakeholders has resulted in widespread recognition of projects and project management in many organizations and countries.

The third change, a trend really, was the growth of PM professional organizations in many countries. By the time we held the first Global PM Forum in New Orleans in 1995, there were more than 30 professional PM societies worldwide. Now there are more than 80; if you count construction management associations, probably more than 200. Over the last 30 years, the PM profession has grown, expanded and matured. Combined with PM standards, tools, publications, education and training, these organizations have spurred widespread recognition of project and project management across nearly all industries and locations. Many of these organizations offer competing standards, qualifications, products and services, but together they represent a very significant trend (resulting in change). Project management is now well established in most industries and countries.

The 4th major change was the recognition that such soft skills as communication, teamwork, leadership, stakeholder engagement and similar issues were just as important, perhaps more so in many cases, than skills and knowledge about scope, schedules, costs, quality, procurement and other engineering or scientific-oriented aspects of PM.  Whereas the largest PM professional associations all had standards and certifications by the year 2000, they all began to incorporate these soft skills into the professional products and messages. The field of human psychology rocked the PM landscape. Emotional Intelligence made its appearance in the PM field. With economic and industrial globalization came the need for more cultural awareness and knowledge, and Cultural Intelligence. Now we often see “project leadership” emphasized rather than project management, with the soft skills headlining

The 5th big change (trend in some locations) is the increasing awareness by government leaders that professional project and program management can lead to very serious improvements in managing public programs, projects and organizations. The best example may be in the UK where the national government began issuing program and projects management standards in the late 1990s (PRINCE2, MSP, etc.), the creation of the current Major Projects Office and the recent Charter awarded to APM.

Q2. What’s your biggest harvest after working in this field for so long? What is it that you are most proud of? Please share with us some unforgettable lessons learned in your career.

 

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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, in China in March 2018.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR.  To see the original version with Chinese introduction, click here.

 

 

Interview with Elizabeth Russell, FAPM

Wessex Branch Chair
Association for Project Management (APM), UK

Interviewed by Ömer Berkay Dağlı
Southampton, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Russell has been active for more than 25 years in project, programme and PMO management. A Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM), she is a certified PRINCE2 and MSP practitioner with ITIL V2. Her career started in IT as a software developer/systems analyst, moving through team leader, project and programme manager. As a PM, she covered IT infrastructure and networks then progressed to span multiple business sectors including the re-role of a prison, the London Bikes expansion, and various corporate projects including bids and divestment.

As a Project Management professional, Elizabeth has been an APM member since 2007 and a Fellow since 2014. Her commitment to the development of Project Management as a profession of first choice and in the rise of its Professional status through the APM is reflected through serving on the local Branch committee, currently as Chair, previously judging on the annual awards and serving on the national Branch Steering Group.

She is passionate about project management and enabling a culture and environment where hard work and experience is enhanced by people who really care about what they do and have the support in place to enable them to excel.



Ömer Berkay Dağlı (Dağlı):
        Dear Elizabeth, first of all, thank you very much for accepting my invitation for an interview. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers, and firstly how did you get involved with Project Management?

Elizabeth Russell (Russell):       Project management was something that I became aware of as I progressed as a software developer, through either working on my colleague’s small projects or managing my own, often in parallel, it was a part of everyone’s role. I then moved into a large corporate and realised that there was a team of people who just did either project management or business analysis. Working with them as a team leader on larger projects opened my eyes to the skill set and potential and I realised that I wanted to be a project manager.

I learnt my trade by under-studying the project managers I admired and asking them to mentor me, ultimately to sponsor me when an opening came up in their team. A lot of my colleagues questioned me on my choice, concerned that I was moving into a profession they saw as thankless and stressful. But I have always been passionate about the role and knew it was ideal for me.

My path has been a classic rise through a technical, then team leader background, but also I have sought out every opportunity to progress. I once attended a presentation entitled “What’s love got to do with it” where they talked through the skill sets people attributed to a PM.  At the end we were told the answer, Passion!  You can be good at anything if you try hard enough, but you need passion to be that extra special. I am proud to have persuaded various employers to include that word in role and job specs as I believe anyone can do project management, but it takes an extra something to be a successful project manager.

Dağlı:           What was your most fulfilling experience as a project or program manager?

 

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About the Interviewer


Ömer Berkay Dağlı

Southampton Business School
Southampton, United Kingdom

 



Ömer Berkay Dağlı
is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes around the world where he served as Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. His major fields of study are project management, logistics and inter-modal transportation. His research interests include global project management, leadership, uncertainty management, programme and portfolio management, strategic PM, PM governance, stakeholders, project control and PM in the transportation and logistics industries.  Omer served as a research intern for the PM World Library during January 2018, completing the program in record time.  He can be contacted at [email protected]

 

 

Interview with Jesus Martinez-Almela

IPMA President

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Jesus Martinez Almela, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer has been active for more than 30 years in the field of Engineering Projects, Programmes and Portfolio Management. Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A) and IPMA DELTA as well. Developer and owner of five patents of inventions for treatment and valorisation of animal wastes in Spain, Italy and USA. Involved for more than 20 years at international level focussing on the America’s and European markets in the fields of research, engineering, lecturing and consultant activities in Agribusiness Sector, Rural and Local Development and Social-non-for-profit Organisations. Jesus is Vice President of AEIPRO-IPMA Spain and Worldwide President of IPMA – International Project Management Association.

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
(Özgüler): Dear Jesus. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Jesus Martinez-Almela (Almela): I like to identify myself as an evangelizer, a devote evangelizer for our profession, from other side am Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer active for more than 30 years in the field of Engineering and Project, Program and Portfolio Management. Certified Projects Director (IPMA A) and IPMA DELTA as well. Developer and owner of 5-five invention patents for treatment and valorization of animal wastes in Spain, Italy and the United States.

Since 1987 I have managed over 500 Projects and Programs in various sectors (environmental protection, agriculture, sustainable food production, industrial manufacturing, renewables energies and rural development as well). Project Director for 6 R+D projects in collaboration with various universities and research centers throughout Spain, Europe, Japan and the United States (1999-2007), the research projects focus on the optimization of animal and organic wastes technologies for stage separation, the development of new NDN systems, anaerobic digestion, and gasification of animal by-products. In 2009 I founded Bioagroprojects Biotech Programs & Portfolio Management. Across Bioagroprojects I direct programs and projects worldwide in various sectors in multicultural and complex environments, for engineering and consultancy services as coaching for the professional competence development.

Under the IPMA LACC Program (2007-2017) I contribute to the establishment of 15 IPMA MA’s and his CB’s in Latin America countries (Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia) and actually promoting other 5 IPMA MA’s project in Paraguay, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Cuba as well. As VP Membership I contributed as well in the creation of IPMA MA’s from Algeria, Morocco and Kenya. In Spain I am currently the Chairman of the Spanish Certification Body of AEIPRO-IPMA Spain. Also I am lecturer and international speaker in several Universities and Institutions Worldwide. I was rewarded since the year 1999 with 6-six international prizes in my areas of professional expertise in different countries worldwide. İn IPMA I was IPMA CVMB validator, international assessor, UE Task Force Member, LACC Program Manager and E&T board member from 2005 to 2012. Vice President for Education, Training & Young Crew during 2013-2014 and reelected for the same position including VP Membership 2015-2017. Elected IPMA President in September 2017 for 2018-2020 mandate.

Özgüler: How did you get involved with IPMA?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Rich Maltzman

Author, Educator, PMO Leader
Co-founder of EarthPM, LLC

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Rich Maltzman, PMP, is a 40-year veteran of the telecom industry, with the last 30 years in a Global PMO role, where he has helped build competency models, career paths, curricula, mentorship, and certification programs for project managers and aspiring project managers. He’s also a professor of project management and MBA courses at Boston University and Clark University. He focuses on the converting weaknesses into strengths while teaching students how to apply learned skills to everyday situations, and to help ‘accidental’ project managers become intentional project managers.

Rich is the co-founder of EarthPM, LLC, a U.S. company devoted to integrating sustainability thinking into project management. In this role, he has offered a view of project management that considers “thinking through the end of the project” to focus on benefits realization and a triple bottom line focus.

With engineering degrees (BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, an MSIE from Purdue University) business certificates (mini-MBA from Wharton and a Masters Certificate in International Business Management granted jointly from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and INSEAD of France), Rich has blended the technical, strategic, and business elements of project management that must work together.

His published works include many articles and the following books (co-authored): ​Green Project Management (2012); Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach (2014); Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel (2015); and Bridging the PM Competency Gap (2017).

 



Today, my special guest is Richard Maltzman, 2011 Cleland award-winning co-author of Green Project Management and several other books on PM competency and facilitating great project meetings.

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Dear Richard, please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Rich Maltzman (Maltzman): Well, as you have said, I have co-written several books, and yes, one of them won the Cleland Award, which is PMI’s singular literature award, given annually – we snagged that in 2011 for our book on the intersection of PM and sustainability in 2011. However, I also keep busy with a full-time job at a major telecom in their Global PMO and in creating and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses at Boston University and Clark University.

Özgüler:          So – what’s in that book, what do you think helped it win the Cleland Award?

Maltzman:      The book is not about managing wind farms or projects to save whales. Although the focus is on “green”, it’s about how project managers can (and should) expand their thinking beyond their end of the projects. We’re not saying they’re responsible for operating the project’s product – just that they should consider that long-term, steady-state when they plan the project. The book won the award either because it was a relatively new idea and brought meaningful innovation and thought leadership to project management, or because it has a picture on its cover of a tree that grows money. Sometimes I think it was the latter.

Özgüler:          How do project managers maximize resources and get most out of limited budgets?

Maltzman:      I’d give you an answer from a composite of the books I’ve written and co-written, as well as from my teaching at the University level: it’s about connecting benefits realization to the project objectives. This may not only assure that you’re focused on the right things, it may also get your budget expanded, because you’ve better illustrated your value.

Özgüler:          What are proven techniques and best practices in green project management?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Dr. Ramesh Vahidi

MSc Project Management Programme Leader
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK

Interviewed by Ömer Berkay Dağlı
Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Ramesh Vahidi leads the MSc in Project Management (PM), which she designed upon joining Southampton University in 2012. She holds a PhD in PM from the former School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University and a dual MSc (Distinction) in International PM from Northumbria University and Chalmers University in Sweden. She gained her original BEng and MEng degrees in Industrial Engineering respectively from Iran University of Science and Technology and Sharif University of Technology. Between her degrees, she worked with a number of major companies in different industries, namely IT and management consulting in power industry, manufacturing and industrial research. She held project manager, project consultant, project auditor and senior analyst positions in a number of programmes/projects. Following an interest in practical and fundamental research on PM theories, she returned to academia in 2006 for her further degrees, which set the ground for her academic career since. Her fully sponsored PhD research on ‘Conceptual framework for trade-off decisions in projects’ was granted one of the first PhD awards of the Major Projects Associations (MPA) in 2010 for its impact on the practice of major projects. She is a fellow of HEI and a full member (MAPM) of the Association for Project Management (APM) and has been a committee member of their Wessex Branch and HEI representative since 2012. She has presented, chaired and reviewed for national and international conferences on project management and technology management. She is involved in research projects for PM professional bodies.



Today, we have a successful and enthusiastic guest who is educating future project managers; Dr. Ramesh Vahidi. She designed and leads
the MSc in Project Management Programme in University of Southampton since 2013.

Ömer Berkay Dağlı (Dağlı): Dear Dr. Vahidi. First of all, thank you very much for accepting the interview request which is also the first experience of mine. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers, and firstly how did you get involved with Project Management?

Dr. Ramesh Vahidi (Vahidi): Thank you for having me and I am glad to be your first interviewee! From the start of my career, I mainly worked on various projects and programmes due to the nature of my initial backgrounds, i.e. Industrial Engineering. And in terms of academic involvement, after working in several companies, I returned to academia for studying project management (PM) with some burning questions, basically around the relations between and relevance of theories and practice. I actually have been finding this field more and more interesting as I proceed!

Dağlı: As the Programme Leader of Project Management MSc Programme, what is your role?

Vahidi:         It involves a wide range of responsibilities in different areas. It basically started with curriculum design (modules and the MSc programme). Thereafter, on a regular basis, it includes making and supporting admission decisions; holding inductions for the new cohort; keeping the programme contents and specifications updated; preparing annual reports; attending and contributing to School’s Postgraduate (PG) Programme Boards; responding to external examiner’s reports; working with admin and quality colleagues to run the programme and ensure its quality; monitoring the cohort’s progress and taking action if required; supporting and responding to various students’ requests; and working with colleagues to keep our library resources updated.

As the main aim of the role is enhancing students’ experience, some important though less tangible aspects of the role are trying to keep students motivated and encouraging them to do their best and preparing them for their future careers. These could take different forms such as creating various opportunities for linking them to the professional world and enhancing their employability as far as possible.

Dağlı:           I know that you designed the program, what was the most challenging and enjoyable thing in this process?

Vahidi:         I generally enjoy doing things from scratch as we do in projects! Now that I look back, doing the comprehensive market study, designing the programme for marketability and embedding contemporary PM approaches into the design were the most enjoyable and interesting parts of the process.

Of course, I could not say that going through the paper work for approval was as enjoyable as the design itself! After all these, the big challenge was waiting to see whether the programme could recruit enough and then could work well in practice or not.

Dağlı:           Could you tell me more about the Programme you lead and the University of Southampton?

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About the Interviewer


Ömer Berkay Dağlı

Southampton Business School
Southampton, United Kingdom

 



Ömer Berkay Dağlı
is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes around the world where he served as Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. His major fields of study are project management, logistics and inter-modal transportation. His research interests include global project management, leadership, uncertainty management, programme and portfolio management, strategic PM, PM governance, stakeholders, project control and PM in the transportation and logistics industries. Omer served as a research intern for the PM World Library during January 2018, completing the program in record time. He can be contacted at [email protected]

 

 

 

Interview with Süleyman Çavuşoğlu

President, PMI Turkey Chapter

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

Süleyman Çavuşoğlu has been born in Konya, 1973. After primary school he went to Konya Meram Anatolian High School. He finished university education at Yildiz Technical University Computer Sciences and Engineering department. During his university years he started to work as software developer. After the years he worked as software developer, he started to work for Turkcell in 2000. Until 2013 May, he worked as respectively, System Support Expert/Developer, Business Analyst/Project Manager, Project Manager, Project/Program Manager for Turkcell. Between 2013 and 2014 he worked as Project/Program Management Consultant at Turk Telekom, Between June 2014 and March 2016 he worked as Senior Project/Program Manager for Mirsis Information Technologies. Since March 2016, he is working as Expert Project Manager for Turk Telekom.

Süleyman Çavuşoğlu has been certified as PMP since 2005. In 2012, he joined PMI TR Chapter. He was volunteer Project Manager of PMBOK5 Turkish Translation Translation Project. Within PM TR Chapter, he served as Assistant Director of Governance&Finance in 2013. He was elected as director in the elections held in December 2013. Between 01 January 2014 and 31 December 2015, he served as Istanbul Professional Development Activities Director for PMI TR Chapter. He was elected for PMI TR Board in December 2015. Between 01 January 2016 and 31 December 2017, he served as Professional Development, Education, Certification Vice President for PMI TR Chapter. In 2017 he was elected as Presindent Elect, successor president of PMI Turkey. Since 1 January 2018 he is the President of PMI Turkey Chapter.

Süleyman Çavuşoğlu is married, and has two sons at the ages of 15 and 8.

 



Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler):
  Dear Süleyman, first of all thank you very much for the interview. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Süleyman Çavuşoğlu (Çavuşoğlu):      Thank you İpek. I have a B.S. degree in computer engineering. After working for nine years as a software engineer, I switched my career to project management. Since then I have been working as a Project/Program manager in one of leading telecommunication companies in Turkey. My project teams have been ranged from 10 to 250 people and budget up to 10M$. In September 2005 I got my PMP certification and since 2012 I have been a volunteer of PMI Turkey Chapter.

Özgüler:       How did you get involved with PMI Turkey Chapter?

ÇavuşoğluThank you İpek. I have a B.S. degree in computer engineering. After working for nine years as a software engineer, I switched my career to project management. Since then I have been working as a Project/Program manager in one of leading telecommunication companies in Turkey. My project teams have been ranged from 10 to 250 people and budget up to 10M$. In September 2005 I got my PMP certification and since 2012 I have been a volunteer of PMI Turkey Chapter.

I attended PMI EMEA Global Congress for the first time in 2012, in Marseille. I saw there how immense PMI was. I met with Mr. Tolga Özel, 2012 President of PMI Turkey Chapter, there and he invited me to join PMI Turkey Chapter. The immensity of PMI and the invitation that I got, inspired me to be part of PMI. When I returned back to Turkey, I started to attend PMI Turkey Chapter’s monthly events. A few months later, President Tolga Özel and President-Elect Ms. Gamze Karayaz offered me a volunteer project management position in PMI Turkey Chapter. The project was translation of PMBOK5 into Turkish. When I accepted the offer, my PMI Turkey journey has started.

Özgüler:       You are President of PMI Turkey Chapter. Could you give detail information about your role?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

Interview with Cecil White

Director, Project Management Institute

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

Cecil White has been a volunteer leader for PMI since 2004, and has served PMI on advisory groups at the global level, and as president of the PMI Jamaica Chapter. He is a graduate of the PMI® Leadership Institute Master Class, has held the PMP® certification since 2006, and is a regular speaker at PMI® global events. In his professional capacity Dr. White has served in the government sector as the CEO of a regional teaching hospital, and as a senior vice president at a healthcare benefits administrator and pharmaceutical distributor. Prior to those appointments he spent over 15 years in the private sector with a number of organizations including multinational corporations such as Alcan Aluminum Ltd. in the aluminum extrusion business, and Caterpillar Inc., in the equipment sales and service dealership. He is currently an associate professor at the University of the West Indies. Dr. White has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from Barry University, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has a special interest in professional development and a passion for helping others to succeed.

 



Today, I have a special guest. I’ m sure most of you had heard this name before. Cecil White. He serves as a Director at the 2017 PMI Board.

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Dear Cecil. First of all thank you very much for accepting the interview request. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Cecil White (White): First let me say, thank you for having me. It’s a great honor.

I am a former CEO and business executive, with over 25 years leadership experience in public and private companies. As an associate professor, I now help executives deliver greater value to the organizations that they serve through professional deveopment training and consulting. I have been associated with PMI and the project management profession in a variety of roles, for over 12 years and now serve on the PMI Board of Directors.

Özgüler:       How did you get involved with PMI?

White:          That is quite an interesting story. Many years ago, I wanted to find a way to enhance my career as a business manager. I had heard a little about Project management and the PMI through a friend, it sounded interesting and, I wanted to hear more. So, one afternoon I wandered into a meeting of the local chapter. I asked many questions about the profession and the organization, and I remember being intrigued and fascinated by the answers to my questions. I returned to other meetings and asked more questions. Soon, the chapter leaders realized my interest in the organization, and if I would accept a nomination for an open position on the Board. I accepted, and was elected and served in a variety volunteer roles until I was elected chapter president. After that, I started to serve at the global level, and I’ve been doing that since.

Özgüler:       As a member of the 2017 PMI Board of Directors, what is your role?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

Interview with Oliver Lehmann

Advisor, author, speaker, teacher
Author of Situational Project Management
President, PMI Southern Germany Chapter

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Oliver F. Lehmann, MSc, PMP is a project management trainer, author and speaker. He has trained thousands of project managers in Europe, USA and Asia in methodological project management with a focus on certification preparation. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich and a volunteer and insider at the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Living in Munich, Bavaria, he is the President of the PMI Southern Germany Chapter and author of the book “Situational Project Management: The Dynamics of Success and Failure” (Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781498722612).

Some consider him the father of a new business discipline, Project Business Management, which deals with the dynamics in seller-buyer relationships and in complex and often very opaque Project Supply Networks (PSNs).

 



İpek
Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Dear Oliver Lehmann. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Oliver Lehmann (Lehmann): My name is Oliver F. Lehmann. I am a trainer in project management from Munich, Germany. In addition, I write books and articles and preside over the PMI Southern Germany Chapter, a not-for-profit association with a focus on Bavaria and Baden Württemberg.

Özgüler: Everyone agrees that you have deep knowledge and experience of the project management as a Practitioner (>34 years), a Trainer (>22 years), a PMP Trainer (>16 years).

Lehmann: Thank you.

Özgüler: How do you achieve this?

Lehmann: I believe the main driver is trying to maintain intensive relations with my stakeholders. In the training business, these are training providers and customer companies as well as the students in the seminars. In my not-for-profit work, the focus of my work is on members in the chapter, particularly those who contribute as volunteers. Working with these professionals, listening to them and learning lessons from their problems and achievements is a strong driver for own improvement.

Özgüler: What is your success secret?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected].  Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Raji Sivaraman and Michal Raczka

Principals

AgilityDiscoveries PA Lighthouse Guides

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


 

Raji Sivaraman, M. S, PMI-ACP, PMP, Principal of ASBA LLC, a Singapore citizen, helps USA/Singapore companies with strategic planning/overseas startups. She speaks several languages. Worked in Singapore, Thailand, India and the USA. She helps fortune 50/500 companies with CSR/BSR projects. She is a Consultant, Director, Strategic Advisor and an Advisory Board member for non-profit organizations. She has worked in IT, publishing, financial, standards and logistics industries. She is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair University, USA. She is a Researcher, Author, Contributor to Project Management books, published articles, research and white papers internationally. She is a global facilitator, keynote speaker, and discussant. Academic chair/Moderator CXO Forum and a panelist. An Agile practitioner with a Master of Science Degree in Project Management. She has held leadership positions with the Project Management Institute at the chapter/global level and conducts workshops around the world. In a nutshell, she is a Pracademic. LinkedIn: /raji-sivaraman

Michal Raczka, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMP, PSPO, AgilePM, CISA, a Polish citizen is a project management expert, experienced in new technologies & digital leadership fields. Currently, he is the IT Strategy and Project Management Vice Director at mBank S.A. He is also a project management lecturer at the Executive MBA programs. He has conducted several organisational changes involving the optimisation of project management methods and agile transformations. Always keeps Team in the centre. Value and results focused with lean and agile approach. Individual with proven achievements in project & business management, process improvement and team leadership. Experienced in managing geographically distributed, multi-disciplinary projects and customer teams. Experienced in project excellence awards assessments. Speaker, Strategic, Advisor, Lecturer, Volunteer, Mentor. Follow Michal at LinkedIn: /mraczka; Twitter: @mraczka; and About Me: /michal.raczka

 


 

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): You and Michal use your Personal agility (PA) Lighthouse to guide and reach organizational shores securely. Could you explain and give a little information about your PA Lighthouse and the seven “flavors” of the same?

Raji Sivaraman (Raji): As we keep conversing, interviewing, and interacting with several small and large company CEOs, we keep hearing the same seven beams hitting the shores over and over again, namely the seven agilities in our Personal Agility Lighthouse model – Cerebral Agility, Change Agility, Educational Agility, Emotional Agility, Learning Agility, Outcomes Agility and Political Agility. All of the research work we do and the papers that we keep publishing around the world most unquestionably converge in different métiers and strengths towards the navigation of personal agility to approach organizational agility wholistically.

Özgüler: Raji – As a Pracademic where do you find AgilityDiscoveries is most needed?

RajiI am a practitioner as well as an academic. Hence the word Pracademic. From the practitioner point of view, I take an example of the logistics industry where customers navigate the complexities of today’s world using state-of-the-art logistics capabilities increase efficiency, improve reliability and reduce operational costs. Building a lasting partnership with acquisition, agility transformation and performance, in any contingency is where our AgilityDiscoveries seven-flavored model is most needed. Delivery of diplomacies, programs, guidelines, operations, procedures and techniques, whether to sole proprietorships or huge multinational conglomerates, is indispensable.

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

July 2017 Interview 1

Interview with Steve DelGrosso

Director, Project Management Centre of Excellence, IBM
IBM Representative, Certification Governance Council, PMI
Past member of PMI Board of Directors

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Steve DelGrosso is a program executive with proven success leading transformational Global, Risk, and Compliance programs. In his prior role as Director of IBM’s Project Management Center of Excellence he led IBM’s global Enterprise PMO and the development of IBM’s global corporate project management methodology, performance measurement, and education standards. Steve has a track record of curtailing hundreds of millions of dollars in portfolio losses and turning around troubled complex, large-scale client engagements to win follow-on business. He excels in deepening bench talent by enhancing corporate project management education program/delivery methods. Steve is currently serving on the Project Management Institute’s Certification Governance Council, and also teaches project management to graduate students at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, North Carolina State University Poole School of Management/Jenkins MBA program, and the University of Miami College of Engineering.

Note: this interview was conducted after the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.

 


 

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Hello Steve. Please introduce yourself for PMWJ readers.

Steve DelGrosso (DelGrosso): Thank you, Ipek. It is my pleasure to tell your readers that I have been involved in the practice of project management for over thirty years. I began my career as a Manufacturing Engineer working for International Business Machines (IBM) in the U.S. as part of the Boca Raton engineering team where the IBM Personal Computer was born. After progressing through many engineering and project/program management positions, I ended my IBM career as the Director of IBM’s global Project Management Center of Excellence, and IBM’s representative to the PMI Global Executive Council.

I’ve been an active PMI volunteer for over twenty years, and finished my six-year term on the PMI global Board of Directors in December of 2016. From my personal perspective, I currently live with my family in Raleigh, North Carolina on the southeast coast of the United States. The weather is now very hot here in Raleigh, and I’m looking forward to a short holiday on our eastern coast to cool off!

Ozguler: You mentioned that you are serving on the PMI Certification Governance Council (CGC) 2017-2019. What are the vision and mission of CGC?

DelGrosso: As a volunteer committee in support of the PMI global Board of Directors and the staff at PMI headquarters, the vision of the CGC is to ensure that PMI certifications align with and encourage PMI member career progression and promote member interaction with PMI. By working closely with PMI staff, the CGC’s mission is to support PMI certification and credential product development. This year I am part of the Strategic sub-committee of the CGC, and from my short time on the CGC I see it is an exciting committee on which to serve.

Ozguler: What are the strategies of CGC in order to remain the global leader in project and program management credentialing?

DelGrosso:   The CGC engages with the PMI Board of Directors and PMI staff representatives from around the world to understand the professional development needs of PMI members in all industries and regions. The CGC synthesizes this information in such a way as to inform PMI of what organizations and individuals require in support of growing careers in the project management profession. The CGC also relates PMI certification strategy to other project management professional organizations to ensure that any certification strategy the institute follows allows PMI to maintain its leadership position as the most globally recognizable brand of project management professional organizations.

Ozguler: I know that the CGC drives innovative solutions that address regional and local stakeholders’ needs. How is this achieved?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

July 2017 Interview 2

Interview with Mustafa Hafızoğlu

President, PMI Turkey Chapter
Program Director, SDT Space & Defense Technologies Co.

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Mustafa Hafızoğlu, PMP® is President of PMI Turkey Chapter; Program Director at SDT Space & Defence Technologies Co., visiting instructor at Middle East Technical University having 20 years of experience in hardware and software development projects, especially on aerospace and defense industry. He established the PMO at SDT Space and Defense Tech. and managed the PMO for three years.

Mustafa is cofounder of the PMI Turkey Chapter and was Board Member between 2007 and 2012. He had 7 years volunteer experience at PMI and PMI Turkey Chapter at various areas from certification to standards. His last global volunteer experience is being Core Team member for PMI’s Governance of Projects, Programs, and Portfolios: A Practice Guide.

Mustafa Hafizoglu is co-author of the book: Project Management Analytical Approaches. He’s also a speaker at PMI Global congresses and various international seminars.

Note: this interview was conducted after the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.

 


 Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Mustafa. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Mustafa Hafızoğlu (Hafızoğlu):      20 Sponsors, 34 Speakers, 620 Attendees… Although the numbers imply the large scale of this Summit in Ankara by Turkey Chapter, the impact was even higher. This was one of Europe’s largest PM summits and attendees felt the value of human factors in project management.

Ozguler:     What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Hafızoğlu:    First of all the summit was able to cover all sectors from IT to Construction; Aerospace and Defence to Energy with attendees over 50 different companies. So there occured a huge synergy due to the sharing of different industries which was one of the main goals of this summit.

For the first time, Turkey Chapter colloborated with different NGOs for this summit. SASAD (Defence and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association) informed and recommended the summit to all of its member companies; PERYON (People Management Association ofTurkey) not only informed and recommended the summit to all of its 4.000 members but also organized a panel with Human Resources Directors of 4 different international companies and the president of this association presented how to delegate in one of the sessions. Hence the Turkey Chapter was able to insert the strong sides of different associations into this summit which is a completly different success story and may be a model for all conferences.

And for the first time, Turkey Chapter colloborated with University Student Clubs for this summit. METU (Middle East Technical University) Statistics Club formed and collected and analyzed the summit surveys completely.

Aso for the first time, the chapter volunteers took short films for the summit and these films were presented throughout the summit. Workshops, parallel sessions, interactive meals were other highlights from the summit.

Ozguler:     As you know, the main topic of PM Summit is “Human Factors in Project Management”. What is the relationship between human factors and project management?

Özgüler:       Who made contributions to this project?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

Interview with Kevin Ciccotti

Project Leadership Coach
International Coach Federation

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

After spending 25+ years working for a $2.5b company (with 16+ years in management) where he worked on hundreds of technology-related projects, Kevin decided it was time for a change, and became certified as a professional coach through the International Coach Federation. He brings all of his project and leadership experience, as well as a decade of training in coaching skills and competencies, the neuroscience of human behavior, emotional intelligence, and human needs psychology to the Project Managers and organizations he serves. Kevin has proven skills that can help organizations to empower their project leaders and teams to take more initiative in their work, support each other in achieving objectives, and create a culture that drives project success.

He has created groundbreaking soft skills and leadership training that is specifically geared toward the world of Project Managers, and he leads training workshops at multiple organizations and also teaches in the Project Management Certificate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kevin Ciccotti has spoken at multiple PMI events, including two PMI Global Congresses (Vancouver and Phoenix), multiple Professional Development and Leadership Conferences, Regional events, local chapter events, and PMI global webinar presentations. His work has been praised as being on the cutting edge of personal and professional development.

Note: this interview was conducted after Mr. Harbath’s presentation at the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.

 


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Kevin. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Kevin Ciccotti (Ciccotti): The PMI Ankara Summit was amazing. I was so impressed with the program that the organizers put together this year. There were incredible speakers from around the world, and the theme of “Human” was more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. It was a great reminder that we need to place our focus and energy more on the people who actually make our projects successful. I have spoken at many PMI events around the world, and this one certainly is one of the best I’ve attended. Well done!

Ozguler: What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Ciccotti: There are so many things that come to mind. I think one of the highlights for me was hearing Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez speaking about the future of project management and the need for more qualified PM’s to drive this profession forward. It certainly would seem that there is a bright future ahead. My personal highlight was having the opportunity to present the closing keynote on Day 1 of the summit. Standing on that stage, seeing all of the incredible people in the audience, and having the opportunity to share my life’s work with them was beyond my expectations. I have believed for a long time that my work crosses geographical and cultural boundaries and speaks directly to the intrinsic nature of humanity and our deeply held needs and desires. This was truly a moment of confirmation of that belief and it inspired me to work even harder to support the PM profession through my work. Finally, the outpouring of support from the Turkish people was more than I had ever expected. To hear about Turkish hospitality is one thing, but to experience if firsthand is beyond description!

Ozguler: What is your main topic in your speech? Please give detail information.

Ciccotti:The title of my talk was “The Human Factor in Project Management.” It is my signature keynote as well as my signature training program for Project Managers. It provides PM’s with the understanding they need to become more effective leaders of projects and people. The main premise is that once we understand how human beings are designed to operate, we can then use that information to design organizations that function the way we function. The tools and strategies I speak about are on the cutting edge of human needs, peak performance, and emotional intelligence, and they can help any project manager to become a better leader.

Ozguler: As you know, the main topic of PM Summit is “Human Factors in Project Management”. What is the relationship between human factors and project management?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Jennifer Young Baker

President, PMI Metrolina Chapter
Project Management Institute

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Jennifer Young Banker is curriculum developer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California and has been managing projects, programs, portfolios and PMOs for nearly 30 years in many different industry sectors. Within the Project Management Institute (PMI), she is currently serving as President of the PMI Metrolina Chapter and the Regional Mentor for the Mid-Atlantic States (Region 5) in the United States. In 2015, PMI Metrolina won the Chapter of the Year award.   Jennifer was in the first Masters of Project Management Class at Northeastern University and also holds PMP, PgMP, ITIL, BRMP and SSMBB certifications. She had the honor of graduating from the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class in 2015. She is also very actively involved in two other non-profit organizations. In addition to my very full professional life, she owns a small bakery and catering company. Jennifer lives in North Carolina with her husband and two Yorkies (George Jr. and Frankie) with a large extended family nearby.

Note: this interview was conducted at the conclusion of the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.

 


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Jennifer. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Jennifer Young Baker (Baker): I really enjoyed the summit. I have been to many of these events and can safely say that it was one of the best.

Ozguler: What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Baker: I really enjoyed the sessions from Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez and Kevin Ciccotti. Both were very informative and filled with important details about how we live and work.

Ozguler: What is your main topic in your speech? Please give detail information.

Baker: I spoke at 2 sessions. The first session was called “A PM’s Guide to Chaos” which discussed factors that lead to chaos within projects. Many of these elements centered on project communication and what PMs could do to be clear, transparent and concise to ease the feelings of chaos with the project team members and stakeholders. The second session was called “Managing Leadership” which focused on managing the relationships with sponsors and company leaders to improve successful project outcomes. This session discussed things that PMs could do to improve the relationship such as providing status and information in value terms for those leaders.

Ozguler: As you know, the main topic of PM Summit is “Human Factors in Project Management”. What is the relationship between human factors and project management?

Baker: Project management is all about delivering value and building relationships. This means that PMs need to understand what others perceive as valuable and what they need to do to foster relationships throughout the process. It is impossible to do our job as a PM without understanding the human factors.

Ozguler: What do you see for the future in terms of that? Why human factors so important in project management?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Dave Harbath

Motiva International
European Mentoring and Coaching Council of Turkey

 Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Dave Harbath specializes in coaching and training leaders, and teams with a particular focus on enhancing their Cultural Intelligence or the capabilities to function effectively across various cultural contexts.   One of his greatest passions as an advanced certified cultural intelligence facilitator and executive coach with more than 25 years experience leading global multi-cultural teams is to help executives and teams unlock the potential of their cultural diversity.

He’s a member of Motiva International’s team of professional facilitators and coaches, and holds a CIPD/EMCC Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring with distinction, and is a qualified Advanced CQ (Cultural Intelligence) Certified Facilitator, and Assessor. He is also an active member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council of Turkey and is a Former Member of the Board (2010-2012). He’s passionate about his family, friends, culture, sailing and anything to do with the outdoors and nature.

Note: this interview was conducted after Mr. Harbath’s presentation at the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.

 


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Dave. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Dave Harbath (Harbath): It was truly a pleasure and a personally rewarding experience being among such a high caliber group of professionals in Ankara as part of this years annual PMI summit.   I found the organizers, volunteers, participants and speakers to be highly energetic, engaged and passionate about this year’s event and in particular their focus on the well chosen theme of the human factors in project management.

Ozguler: What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Harbath: There were too many insights and highlights to be recounted here however there were a few which come immediately to mind. First and foremost I found the warmth and hospitality of the entire PMI team and volunteers to be beyond expectations making the entire experience a memorable one.   Other highlights for me were the amazing people I had the opportunity of meeting over the two days in Ankara, and I will never forget their commitment to the profession, as well as their curiosity, and drive for continuous development.   I found everyone to be truly supportive of each other and utterly open and honest in how they shared their personal experience and knowledge, all with the intent of further developing the PM profession.   And, lastly the other highlights which stayed with me throughout the entire conference were those made by opening key note speaker Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez in which he outlined the challenges in terms of where project management sits in the minds of top leaders and organizations, and more importantly the overall positive outlook he outlined for the future of the project management profession.   It was this positive outlook that resonated for me personally throughout the remainder of the two days in Ankara as I presented and listened to the other speakers.

Ozguler: What is your main topic in your speech? Please give detail information.

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey





İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Simon Buehring

 

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interview with Simon Buehring

Managing Director
Knowledge Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Simon Buehring is the founder and Managing Director of Knowledge Train, an accredited PRINCE2 training provider based in the UK. Simon regularly offers training courses and PRINCE2 project management in the UK and abroad and writes a blog on these topics. For over 28 years, Simon has worked on projects and has managed projects for a wide range of organizations, both in the UK and internationally, including the BBC, HSBC and IBM.

 


 Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler):   Hi Simon. Welcome to PMWJ. Please tell us about your recent project ‘The challenges with agile’, published by Knowledge Train in March 2017.

Simon Buehring (Buehring):      The challenges with agile is a new ebook I developed to assist teams who are getting to grips with agile. It contains insights from 6 industry experts who share their most common agile challenges and suggestions on how to overcome them.

Özgüler:       What is the main objective of conducting this project?

Buehring:     As the Managing Director of Knowledge Train, an AgilePM training provider, I have noticed in recent years an increasing interest in learning how to manage agile projects. Agile is becoming more popular because organizations need to adapt to a fast-changing digital world.  Implementing agile methods inevitably comes with challenges, so many organizations are reluctant to embrace such a transition.

Novices can gain a better understanding of agile methods by hearing different perspectives from experienced agile practitioner. Every agile practitioner has an experience or a lesson to share. I wanted to gather a collection of these stories from experienced practitioners to develop this ebook.

Özgüler:       Who made contributions to this project?

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Nedret Orbay

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interview with Nedret Orbay

Co-Chair of TPYME
Turkish Professional Project Manager’s Institute

 












Interviewed by
İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Dear Nedret, please tell us about yourself a little bit so PMWorld Journal readers get to know you?

Nedret Orbay (Orbay): I graduated from Hacettepe University as one of the very first computer Engineers in Turkey. After that, I have worked as system engineer, project manager, technical manager, regional manager, consultant either in public and private sector since graduation and took part in several national, international EU and World Bank projects successfully.

I am acting as consultant and managing partner in Alfa Bilgi Teknolojileri Yönetim Danışmanlık. I am also Vice President of NORM Eğitim Danışmanlık Derneği and Co-Chair of TPYME – Turkish Professional Project Manager’s Institute.

Özgüler When was TPYME (Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute) established? What is its vision and mission of this institute?

Orbay:         TPYME (TPPMI) was established unanimously during the convention of the National Project Management Professionals Conference (UPMK) (http://www.upmk.org/), first held on May 2010. TPPMI (http://www.tpyme.org/), is a Social Media and Solidarity Platform. It is also a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (http://www.norm.org.tr/).

The institute is composed of professionals and peers, building recognition and reputation, collaborating, researching and creating awareness/standards and training, all based on qualification and volunteering.

The institute aims to: determine project management techniques and approaches suitable to the Turkish culture and traditions, validate and determine the reliability of global applications, support, defend and network for the establishement of legal frameworks for project management applications, support the development of project team members and companies in terms of project knowledge areas, determine professional principles and standards, and prepare, monitor and update certificates of recognition and reputation.

Özgüler:       What is your role at the TPPMI? What are the current activities of the institute?

Orbay:         I am the Co-Chair of the institute.

The institute organizes monthly coffee meetings for members, during which a key note speaker delivers a brief presentation followed by discussions. The main activity of the institute is to organize a yearly conference to promote sharing new applied ideas in the Turkish community and networking for all members of projects and teams. The institute also maintains a website.

Continue to work on the national standards with NORM, organising seminars and meetings about presenting and recognition of the National Project Manager Certificate both in public and private sectors. The National Project Manager Profession has been approved and published as a national standard in Official Gazette on 2013. The qualification framework of the standard also completed and approved on 2016. The certification process is planning to be started in 4th quarter 2017.

Organising trainings based on National Project Manager Standard and Qualifications.

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

Interview with Mark Dickson, PMI Chair

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey


 

Interview with Mark Dickson

Chair, Board of Directors
Project Management Institute


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Dickson has more than 30 years of experience in managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams and has been a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder since 1998. Mr. Dickson’s global experience covers a broad range of endeavors, including project and program management, business management, and advisory services for government and commercial clients. He has worked in the defense, infrastructure, transport, building, information systems, urban development, and resource industries; planning and delivering projects and programs in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Australia. Mr. Dickson has led teams delivering relatively small projects through to multi-billion dollar programs.

As a volunteer with PMI, he completed a six-year term on the PMI Certification Governance Council, the body overseeing PMI certifications and credentials, including two terms as Chair. Since joining the PMI Board of Directors, he has served on the Board Audit and Performance Oversight Committee (APOC) and as Vice Chair. In 2017, he became the new Chair of the PMI Board.

Mr. Dickson is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia. He holds a degree in engineering and is a past Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Mr. Dickson also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Tell me about yourself and summarize your project management passion in three sentences

Mark Dickson (Dickson): I have more than 30 years of experience in managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams across multiple industries including defense, infrastructure, transport, building, information systems, urban development, and resources. My career has taken me to North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Australia. It has covered a broad range of endeavors, including project and program management, business management, and advisory services for government and commercial clients. Managing projects and people gives me a sense of achievement and the satisfaction of making a difference. There is nothing like the camaraderie of a team working together, each with their own part to play, but combined as a finely tuned and high-performing unit.

Özgüler:       Why did you choose project management as a profession?

Dickson:      I didn’t really choose project management; project management chose me. When I retired from the military I was offered a position as a project manager in a consulting firm. The head of the firm recognized the leadership skills the military provided and how they could be transferred to a technical city and environment. I didn’t truly appreciate it at the time, but to me the transition was easy and, in hindsight, obvious.

Özgüler:       Can you explain your duties as the Chair of PMI’s Board of Directors?

Dickson:      The PMI Board of Directors is the governing entity of the Project Management Institute and is accountable to the PMI membership as a body. The Board is responsible and accountable for strategic planning and the establishment of policy with respect to the activities of the Institute. The Board also oversees the management, control and supervision of the operations of the Institute. The Chair’s role is to lead the board and work with the CEO, who is responsible for delivering the operations of the institute. From to day to day, this means setting the agenda for board meetings, coordinating committee activities, maintaining momentum and focus for board work, and communicating with the board and the CEO.

Özgüler:       What is a usual day for a PMI Board Member?

Dickson:      Although the directors commit a significant amount of time to their role, it’s not a full-time commitment so the Board has delegated to our permanent staff, through the CEO, the implementation of strategy and the operations of the Institute. We meet five times a year, either in person or by webinar, and each meeting requires prior reading and preparation. The board also has an outreach program and directors will represent the board at a variety of chapter and industry events. It’s important to note that members of the Board are selected for their corporate management skills, and not just their project management skills. Professional project skills give context, but management and leadership skills are essential for PMI Board members.

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About the Interviewer


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

Interview with Marc Tassé

INTERVIEW

By Kamil Mroz

IPMA Young Project Manager 2013
International Correspondent

Brussels, Belgium


Interview with Marc Tassé, Secretary General and Executive Director of PMI Mongolia Chapter

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Mark Tassé is Resident Managing Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Since assuming that leadership in 2013, he has conducted an operational assessment and re-structuring of the organization by redefining core mission, streamlining current services and programs, and capitalizing on core competencies. He tripled grant revenues through development of new programs, services, attracting new funders and operational partners based on the expanded capacity and focus on core competencies; hosted international Mongolian Rangeland conservation conference resulting in several new research initiatives focusing on Mongolian climate, ecological and agricultural impacts; established the organization’s first Public Private Partnership with Oyu Tolgoi LLC and Royal Roads University establishing a successful ongoing community based SME business development program in the South Gobi Desert region.

Mr. Tassé is developing a national cultural heritage preservation project in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Culture and Education, the Smithsonian Institute and the Luce Foundation. He is also spearheading a national Mongolian library development program focusing on modernizing rural urban public libraries through partnerships with Mongolian Ministry of Education, Western Washington University and the US Library of Congress.

He is also overseeing several multi-national academic research projects and training programs in Mongolia spanning all areas of research including humanities, social science, health, governance and law. Awarded from the Asia Foundation the management and funding of their national book donation program, his center is distributing over 50,000 new textbooks per year to Mongolian institutions.

Mr. Tassé previously held sales, marketing, managing and senior consulting positions with several industrial firms based in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Mr. Tassé holds a BCOM and Master’s in Global Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada and a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany.   He is currently the General Secretary and Executive Director of the PMI Mongolian Chapter, which recently held their 3rd International Conference on Best Practices in Project Management.


Kamil Mroz (Mroz):      What makes the PMI Mongolia Conference innovative in the field of PM?

Marc Tassé (Tassé):   The main innovation of the conference is in the structure of the presentations and sessions.  The goal is to provide practical information to new project managers.  Therefore all of the presentations are case studies.  Presenters are asked to give an overview of a project, select one issue or challenge their encountered in the project from one knowledge area and present their process of how they analysed the situation, what worked, what didn’t and the lessons learned.  For the second day, we run 1.5 hr mini workshops, again using cases and having the participants work on coming up with their own solutions in mini project teams.  This interactive focus makes the participants use the tools and techniques being explained and leads to a deeper understanding of how PM works.

Mroz:       What are the key benefits of attending the PMI Mongolia Chapter 2016 Conference?

Tassé:        Other than the chapter training events throughout the year, there is no other structured opportunity for project managers to learn about effective project management, meet other project managers and to share their experiences with potential mentors and advisors.  For many, it is their first exposure to structured project management, the vast amount of knowledge and information that is available to them through PMI and to talk to seasoned project managers from around the world.  The conference presentations are structured to be mini workshops, where the presenters are presenting case studies on specific aspects of project management based on their own projects.  This gives the Mongolian participants valuable examples of how to deal with project issues, and to get a glimpse of how effective project managers approach difficult situations and find solutions.

Mroz:        Why did you decide to take on such a large scale initiative in Mongolia?

Tassé:        This is the third conference in Mongolia, a developing economy facing many short-term challenges.  Project management is a new concept for Mongolia.  Historically, there were not many large scale projects in Mongolia due to their rural and pastoral lifestyle.  Most of the capital projects were overseen and developed by foreign experts, so there wasn’t much need for effective project management.  But with the opening of Mongolia, the increase in large scale mining and the resulting construction and infrastructure development boom, it has become apparent to Mongolians that there is a strong need for effective project management.  The conference provides us with the opportunity to not only showcase the local successes in project management, but bring in expertise from all over Asia to share their knowledge and experience.

Mroz:                 PMI Mongolia is a young, energetic and dynamic group of PMs – how has these characteristics translated into the program, workshop and speakers?

Tassé:                              Since 80% of the participants are under 35 years old, they have lots of theoretical knowledge of projects but don’t have much practical experience.  Therefore we focus on selecting experienced project managers, technical experts and community leaders who can not only share their experience, but also make themselves available as mentors and advisors.  This year’s theme is focusing on best practices, there have been some large Mongolian projects that have been successfully closed in the last year, we are seeking out the key personnel from these projects to talk about their projects and show that proper project management is not only possible but can be key to success in Mongolia.

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About the Interviewer

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Kamil Mroz

Brussels, Belgium

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Kamil Mroz
is a Certified P2 Trainer, Lean Six Sigma professional & strategic consultant (in BSC & EFQM techniques) combined with many years of experience leading projects for clients in Biotech & Pharma. He is deeply involved in the PM community as an International Correspondent for PM World Journal – regularly speaking at PM conferences, actively contributing to publications and enthusiastically sharing his experience with the next generation of project managers! In 2013 he received the prestigious International Project Management Association (IPMA) Young Project Manager of the Year Award for outstanding leadership and project management excellence, and since then he has been part of the yearly Global IPMA Jury to select future winners.

Kamil is based in Brussels and can be contacted at [email protected]

To view other works by Kamil Mroz, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/kamil-mroz/

 

 

Interview with Paolo Pulcini

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey


Interview with Paolo Pulcini

Microsoft Area Solution Sales Lead –
Modern Workplace, Middle East and Africa

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After graduating in 1988 from the University of Miami in Computer Information Systems, and completing his MBA in Finance, Mr. Pulcini started his career at Ryder System, Inc in a number of roles including HR, Financial Planning and Pricing. He then moved to the UK as Commercial Manager and then headed up an acquisitions team at Ryder.  He then joined Dell Computers as EMEA pricing manager and subsequently was asked to head up Dell Italy Sales (medium companies) in Milan.  After leaving Dell, he continued his career in a variety of roles and companies including Purchasing, Logistics, Sales Management, and Partner Management.  In 2007, when Microsoft acquired Fast Search and Transfer where he was Alliance Director for Europe, he started his career at Microsoft.  His Microsoft career includes such roles as Sharepoint sales for Middle East and Africa, Parallel Data Warehouse EMEA Time zone lead and Western Europe Azure manager.  Currently, he is the Middle East and Africa Modern Workplace lead.  Paolo is an Italian national who grew up in Italy, England and Germany and has lived for extended periods of time in the United States, Malta and Yemen.  He is currently living in Dubai.


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Could you introduce yourself for the PM World Journal readers please?

Paolo Pulcini (Pulcini): I am the Modern Workplace Lead for Middle East and Africa at Microsoft. My role, in a few words, is to ensure that we as Microsoft, are bringing the full value of our productivity and mobility solutions to our customers.

Özgüler: I know, last month PMI TR Chapter organized PM Summit event and you explained “Modern Workplace in Digital Age”. Could you evaluate the event and give detail information about Modern Workplace in Digital age?

Pulcini: In one word, impressive.  Aside from the organization and venue, which were both outstanding, I was impressed by the content and attendance.  The experience, combined with the drive to innovate among the attendees and the speakers was overwhelming and contagious.

Özgüler: How did you find the project community in Turkey?

Pulcini: As said above, impressive.  Turkey is a technologically sophisticated and advanced society, yet I was still impressed by the drive to innovate and redefine, rather than simply improve, their processes.  The Digital Transformation motion is in full effect with professionals avidly looking for areas to improve and reinvent the way they work.  This is only my second time in Turkey at such an event, but i am often meeting customers and professionals and i am stimulated by the learning and energy i gain from all my meetings.

Özgüler: How do you see the future of project management profession?

Pulcini: As companies have realized the significance of digital transformation and hundreds of projects are initiated as an output of digital transformation initiatives, the project management profession is becoming more and more strategic in the organizations.  The shift occurring from support to business enabler is apparent.

When you compare the Fortune 500 list of 1960’s and the current Fortune 500 list, you see that only 60 of the companies have remained in the list. The other 440 companies were either bankrupt, or were acquired by another company or fell down to a much worse position compared to 50 years ago. This is because they couldn’t transform and they couldn’t adapt to change. So digital transformation is crucial for a company’s survival and that’s why CEO’s are now the owners of this transformation, not the CIO’s.

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About the Interviewer

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İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

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İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected]. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

Interview with Nejat Murat Erkan

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interview with Nejat Murat Erkan

PMI Turkey – VP Marketing, PR, Sponsorship and Outreach and PMIef Turkey Liaison

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey


 

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Nejat Murat Erkan
started out his career as a business consultant in the USA. In the following years, he continued his career in pharmaceutical industry. Initially, he worked as a Project Leader in Health Marketing at GlaxoSmithKline and later on, he worked as a Project Manager in the field of allergy and immunology at Greer Laboratories in North Carolina. After spending 7 years in USA, he moved back to Turkey in 2000. After his return, he continued his career in the telecommunication industry at Vodafone (Telsim) Turkey. In 2005, he started to work at the leading GSM operator Turkcell, as Program Manager and he managed multinational/multi-million dollar Telco/IT projects. In April 2011, he started to work as ICT Key Account Manager for Turkcell Group Companies Best in Belarus and Astelit in Ukraine. Since August 2014, he is working as Turkcell Technology Sales & Marketing Manager.

Mr. Erkan holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSChE) from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Campbell University, USA. He is a member of Project Management Institute and currently he is serving as the VP of Marketing & PR & Sponsorship and Outreach for the PMI Turkey Chapter. He is the College of Performance Management-Global Advisory Committee representative and first PMI EVM certified person in Turkey.

He gained his PMP certification in September 2005. He is keeping his certification valid by volunteering at PMI activities and lecturing at universities. He is the past president of IPYD (Istanbul Project Management Association) and in the last years he managed the PMI TR PM Summit 2014 Project (which was the largest project management conference ever done in Turkey). He also lectures project management courses at Istanbul Technical University. In August 2014, he gained his CPCC «Certified Professional Co-Active Coach» certificate and coaches professionals.

Mr. Erkan was born in 1970 in Istanbul. He speaks fluent Turkish, English and French and speaks basic Spanish and Russian. He believes in “life time learning”.

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Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): In Turkey what is the mosaic of project managers consist of?

Nejat Murat Erkan (Erkan): In Turkey there are about 3600-3800 certified project managers from different industries. Approximately 2400 of them are PMI certified. Among this profile roughly 42% are coming from telco, IT and banking industries, 13% from consulting and training industries and 11% from defense and 5% from construction industries. And 43% of Turkish the population (82 mio people) are in the age range between 25-54 years old and 41% of the population are in the range between 0-24 years old. That is why project management is a very good skill set to invest for a nation with the young generation.

Özgüler: Which are the key players in the project management industries in Turkey?

Erkan: There are several not for profit organizations in the 3 major cities in Turkey. In the order of project managers size these cities are Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Istanbul headquarters 4, Ankara headquarters 3 not for profit project management association. Among all of these associations, PMI Turkey has the largest active member base with 40+ currently task assigned volunteers.

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About the Interviewer

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İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

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İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT.  Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”.  She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by İpek Sahra Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/