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Interview with Deena Gordon Parla, PMP

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Interviewed by Sertug Yilmaz

Istanbul, Turkey

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Interview with Deena Gordon Parla, PMP

Former Chair of the Strategy Development and Oversight Committee

PMI Board of Directors

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Ms. Deena Gordon Parla, PMP, has extensive leadership experience in strategy development, business transformation, and project/program/portfolio management, primarily in the ICT, pharmaceutical, R&D, energy and defense industries. This includes delivery of projects for global multi-national corporations, governmental and not-for-profit organizations in North America and EMEA who are seeking to close the gap between strategy and execution. She is currently engaged with CXO level clientele for delivery of program assurance services to organizations undertaking strategic mergers/acquisitions. She also teaches project management at the Middle Eastern Technical University in Turkey.

For the non-profit sector, she established an organizational relationship between PMI and the American Red Cross to more rapidly progress their project management maturity. Previously at Booze & Co, she worked with CXO level clientele to transform e-business strategies into e-solutions that delivered operational savings and increased market share. She has also served as Secretary, Board of Directors, for the bi-national Turkish American Association-Ankara.

Ms. Gordon Parla has served PMI as a volunteer leader since 2004. Since joining the PMI Board, she has been a member of and is currently the Chair of the Strategy Development and Oversight Committee (SDOC), responsible for guiding the PMI Board’s strategic dialogue and planning. She has also worked on strategic initiatives for chapters worldwide, including improved chapter governance processes, reporting, and rollout of the chapter conflict resolution framework. Ms. Gordon Parla is a keynote speaker at PM conferences and PMI® Leadership Institute Meetings globally. She graduated from the PMI® Leadership Institute Master Class in 2007.

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Sertug Yılmaz (Yilmaz):    Let’s begin with a quick introduction. Can you share a little about your professional background with our readers?

Deena Gordon Parla (Parla):      I have extensive leadership experience in strategy development, business transformation, and project/program/portfolio management, primarily in the ICT, pharmaceutical, R&D, energy and defense industries. This includes delivery of projects for global multinational corporations, government entities and not-for-profit organizations in North America and EMEA that are seeking to close the gap between strategy and execution. Given the global nature of my clientele, I work primarily from Turkey, Washington, D.C. and London. I am currently engaged with C-level clientele for delivery of program assurance services to organizations undertaking strategic mergers/acquisitions.

I recently completed a three-year term on the PMI Board of Directors, including serving as the 2015 Strategy Development Oversight Committee Chair, responsible for guiding strategic dialogue and planning. A PMI volunteer leader since 2004, I worked on strategic initiatives for chapters worldwide, including improved governance processes, performance reporting, and rollout of a conflict resolution framework. I’m also a regular speaker at PM Conferences and PMI® Leadership Institute Meetings globally.

Yilmaz:         What were your impressions of the recent PM Summit in Ankara, Turkey?

Parla:           It was an impactful, well-organized summit bringing together 300 practitioners representing a wide range of industries, from private, public, and international development sectors. Topics were timely and relevant to the value of our profession and applying PPM practices as an enabler for:

  • Managing complexity associated with mega-infrastructure projects (e.g., the 3rd Bosphorus Bridge)
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects such as delivery of large (e.g., 3,500-bed) Integrated Health Campuses as part of the current healthcare sector privatization in Turkey
  • Agile project delivery in the IT sector
  • Knowledge Transfer across public sector and multi-national organizations
  • Organizational agility, given Turkey’s dynamic economic and geo-political environment

There was a high level of engagement and discussion during break-out sessions as attendees took advantage of opportunities to share experience and insights with other professionals tackling similar challenges.

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About the Interviewer

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Sertug Yılmaz

Istanbul, Turkey

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Sertug Yılmaz
, PMP is working as a project manager in Istanbul. He has specialized in the field of project and portfolio management. He studied Management Information Systems in Turkey and has more than 9 years of project related work and leadership experience. He has served in various positions in the IT services of airports in Turkey, most recently as project manager of the TAV Information Technologies.

His professional background includes major projects in aviation systems, IT Infrastructure and Construction IT infrastructure.  He lives close to Istanbul and can be contacted via [email protected].