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).


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/