Interview with Stéphane Derouin


Lab Hybrid: From Waterfall to Agile to Agile-at-Scale and the Tailoring of Project Management

Interview with Stéphane Derouin

Head of Practice, d2X-Expertise
Former Managing Director South Europe, ESI International
Founder & Former President, PMI France
Paris, France

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

Introduction to the interviewee

Career Path: Stéphane Derouin is “Head of Practice” for d2X-Expertise since December 2020. As such, it provides training and advisory services to large organizations in all sectors of activity. It focuses primarily on digital and organizational transformation. He is a recognized expert in hybrid approach and portfolio management.

He created and managed from 2001 to 2020, a training and consulting company dedicated to project management at the international level. From 1999 to 2001, he was Managing Director South Europe of ESI International, a company specialized in project management.

PMI®:  In 1995, he was one of the seven founders of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), French Chapter, and was its second President for three years. He received from PMI® the “Outstanding President of the Year – Region 1” Award in 1999. He wrote the preface and supervised the first French translation of the PMBOK® Guide published by AFNOR (French Standardization Association). He is a member of the Supervisory Board of PMI France. Recently, he is responsible for a new project, the «Lab Hybrid», with a panel of companies to develop a hybrid best practices guide.

OtherStéphane is a frequent speaker at PMI® events and corporate internal events. He is co-founder and Chairman of HMI, a think tank on the hybridization of project management methodologies. Since 2019, he also teaches Agile and is a thesis tutor in a Business School, at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris -ESCP within the International Project Management Master of Science®. He is AgilePM® certified.


Q1:     First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. From the philosophy to project management, could you tell us how you came to project management?

Stéphane Derouin (Derouin): At the beginning I studied philosophy and political science with the aim of becoming a University Professor. The fortunes of life have changed my orientation, and all my career path has become intimately linked to PMI®.

In September 1994, I was conducting research on project management to create a training institute on this matter. During a reading, in a footnote of a French PM book there was a reference to a mysterious Project Management Institute, it was the beginning of my journey.

Q2:     How did you begin the adventure at PMI France?

Derouin: I started my investigation to find out what the famous PMI® was, and during this research I met a small team of Project Managers from AT&T France who had undertaken an approach like mine. We joined our forces to create the PMI® French Chapter. To do this, we had to bring together 25 members; Michel Brix has been the 1st President, and I was the 1st Secretary. The French Chapter was officially born in October 1995 in New Orleans.

Q3:   How long have you been a member of PMI France?


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How to cite this interview: Khelifi, Y. (2022). Lab Hybrid: From Waterfall to Agile to Agile-at-Scale and the Tailoring of Project Management, Interview with Stéphane Derouin, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/pmwj122-Oct2022-Khelifi-Interview-with-Stephane-Derouin.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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