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/