Interview with Raji Sivaraman and Michal Raczka


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/.

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