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/