Interview with Jean-Claude Dravet


What has changed in 20 years and what’s important now?

Interview with Jean-Claude Dravet, PMP®

Honorary President
PMI France Chapter

Interviewed by Yasmina Khelifi
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Paris, France

Introduction to the interviewee

Jean-Claude Dravet is one of the founders of PMI France Chapter and still an active volunteer at the Chapter.  From 2000 until now, Jean-Claude Dravet has worked as a Consultant (Organization, Audits, Business Plans) and Teacher of Project Management inside multi-cultural companies and in Universities / High School (Masters).

He worked for 32 years (from 1969 to mid-2000) for IBM in their Development Laboratory (La Gaude, France and Raleigh, North Carolina-USA). Managing Human Resources (up to 150 people), Projects and programs (10M$ to 15M$ each). He is now retired and coaches students in Project Management.

He is still an active volunteer at PMI France, always ready to share knowledge and help. More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-claude-dravet-0913b31/


First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ.

Q1:     You are teaching project management in a French business school for 20 years. Over the years, what changes have you seen in the way you teach project management?

JC Dravet (Dravet):            In the early 2000’s, Internet was not that popular; WIFI was just emerging and not yet popular, so access to Project Management resources was very limited. So teaching “Project Management” was mainly to develop “Project Management Fundamentals Best practices” according to standards, insist on the importance of Project Management, then have practical exercises thru several Case studies and Microsoft Project.

Over time, Internet has brought a huge amount of information, directly available on computers (starting from PMBOK, PMI resources, templates, case studies, ….) and with WIFI deployment, everything is now available in classrooms during lectures and exercises.

So lectures had to evolve from “discovering project management according to PMBOK” to more interactive discussions such as:

  • Ask students to do some research before the class and be prepared to report on their research, give their understanding, answer some questions about “WHY” these PM values are important, “HOW” to use them, develop more teamwork before and during the class, perform practical applications
  • Be prepared for discussions, simulations, practical exercises
  • Perform real projects coached by real PM in partnership with real companies across full year curriculum

In addition, AGILE is now everywhere, it was introduced as an additional approach to perform Project Management, and has moved step by step in several years, to become now fully integrated as part of the PM knowledge that students need to develop and practice.


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How to cite this interview: Khelifi, Y. (2021). What has changed in 20 years and what’s important now? Interview with Jean-Claude Drivet; PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/pmwj113-Jan2022-Khelifi-Interview-with-Jean-Claude-Dravet-2.pdf

About the Interviewer

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

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