July 2017 Interview 2

Interview with Mustafa Hafızoğlu

President, PMI Turkey Chapter
Program Director, SDT Space & Defense Technologies Co.

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Mustafa Hafızoğlu, PMP® is President of PMI Turkey Chapter; Program Director at SDT Space & Defence Technologies Co., visiting instructor at Middle East Technical University having 20 years of experience in hardware and software development projects, especially on aerospace and defense industry. He established the PMO at SDT Space and Defense Tech. and managed the PMO for three years.

Mustafa is cofounder of the PMI Turkey Chapter and was Board Member between 2007 and 2012. He had 7 years volunteer experience at PMI and PMI Turkey Chapter at various areas from certification to standards. His last global volunteer experience is being Core Team member for PMI’s Governance of Projects, Programs, and Portfolios: A Practice Guide.

Mustafa Hafizoglu is co-author of the book: Project Management Analytical Approaches. He’s also a speaker at PMI Global congresses and various international seminars.

Note: this interview was conducted after the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.


 Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Mustafa. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Mustafa Hafızoğlu (Hafızoğlu):      20 Sponsors, 34 Speakers, 620 Attendees… Although the numbers imply the large scale of this Summit in Ankara by Turkey Chapter, the impact was even higher. This was one of Europe’s largest PM summits and attendees felt the value of human factors in project management.

Ozguler:     What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Hafızoğlu:    First of all the summit was able to cover all sectors from IT to Construction; Aerospace and Defence to Energy with attendees over 50 different companies. So there occured a huge synergy due to the sharing of different industries which was one of the main goals of this summit.

For the first time, Turkey Chapter colloborated with different NGOs for this summit. SASAD (Defence and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association) informed and recommended the summit to all of its member companies; PERYON (People Management Association ofTurkey) not only informed and recommended the summit to all of its 4.000 members but also organized a panel with Human Resources Directors of 4 different international companies and the president of this association presented how to delegate in one of the sessions. Hence the Turkey Chapter was able to insert the strong sides of different associations into this summit which is a completly different success story and may be a model for all conferences.

And for the first time, Turkey Chapter colloborated with University Student Clubs for this summit. METU (Middle East Technical University) Statistics Club formed and collected and analyzed the summit surveys completely.

Aso for the first time, the chapter volunteers took short films for the summit and these films were presented throughout the summit. Workshops, parallel sessions, interactive meals were other highlights from the summit.

Ozguler:     As you know, the main topic of PM Summit is “Human Factors in Project Management”. What is the relationship between human factors and project management?

Özgüler:       Who made contributions to this project?


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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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