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Interview with Randall Black

 

Interview with Randall T. (Randy) Black

Chair, 2019 Board of Directors
Project Management Institute

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
PMWJ International Correspondent
Istanbul, Turkey

 

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Please introduce yourself to the PMWJ readers.

Randall Black (Black): First, thank you for this opportunity to participate in this PMWJ interview.

My name is Randall (or Randy) T. Black. I was born in Toronto, Ontario. I have lived in Ottawa, Ontario and now live in St. Albert, Alberta.

My background is probably similar to that of many of your readers. I was trained as an engineer at the University of Waterloo (Civil Engineering – Class of 1977) where my major focus was in water engineering.

My first 23 years of my career were spent doing projects for a telecommunications company in central Canada. I had a variety of technical engineering roles, as well as roles in finance, economics, and strategic planning. In 1997, as part of a corporate downsizing, I left that organization and moved to an IT services company. I later moved to a software company, where I was the VP of Professional Services.

Upon that company being closed by their angel investors, I moved into e-learning and in 2003 I moved to western Canada to lead the project management training division of a project management consulting organization. Since 2010 I have also worked for an electrical transmission corporation and for an architecture / engineering firm.

I now run my own consulting firm specializing in strategic operations and project management consulting and training.

I have also been a volunteer for most of my life. I started volunteering with my local YMCA, teaching gymnastics and other athletics. I was both a member and the leader for my local Church Servers Guild and also volunteered with the University of Waterloo Alumni Association (Ottawa Chapter), where I served as the VP of Events and the President of the Chapter.

The majority of my volunteering has been with the Project Management Institute (PMI). I started serving as the VP of Education with the Northern Alberta Chapter in July of 2004. Since then I have served the Northern Alberta Chapter as;

  • VP Certification – 1 year
  • President – 2 years
  • Past-President – 1 year

I have also served as a PMI Region Mentor for Region 1 (Northwest North America) from April of 2012 to December of 2013. In addition, I have served with the Chapter Members Advisory Group for two years and with the PMI Global Board of Directors from January 2016 through the present. Last year I served as the Chair of the Strategy Oversight Committee and this year, I have the privilege to serve as the Board Chair.

ÖzgülerYou have been elected as a chairman of the PMI board. What are your key objectives for the Board to achieve in 2019?

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How to cite this interview: Özgüler, İ. (2019); Interview with Randall T. (Randy) Black, Chair, 2019 PMI Board of Directors; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue V, June.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/pmwj82-Jun2019-Ozguler-Interview-with-Randall-Black-PMI-Chair.pdf

 


 

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 ipeksahra@gmail.com.  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/

Interview with Olivier Lazar

 

Value Creation Is the Core of Management

Interview with Olivier Lazar

Managing Partner & COO
Palatine Group / Management Worlds

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)

 

Introduction to the interviewee

Olivier Lazar, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, is currently the Managing Partner & COO of the Palatine Group / Management Worlds.

Olivier has maintained his competencies through a continuous path marked by the singular achievement of holding each of 8 PMI certifications. His expertise includes Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Organizational Architecture, Change Management, Organizational transformation, Strategy.

Olivier held various Board positions in the PMI Switzerland Chapter, including President in 2014. He sits currently on the Board of Directors of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

Olivier has had numerous publications and presentations, has contributed to recent editions of several PMI Standards, and sat at the core committee for the upcoming PMI Risk Management Standard.

As a distinguished expert in the fields of Program, Project, Portfolio Management and Organizational Development, Olivier consults, trains and speaks at events across the globe. He is the author of the book “The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management” published in 2018 by Taylor & Francis.

 


 

Interview

Part I: Professional Journey

Q1.   Please use several phrases to introduce yourself as a PM professional to readers.

Olivier Lazar:  I’m a citizen of the world. Originally French, I live between Switzerland and the USA and I work globally. I’ve been involved in project management for the past 20 years or so in various industries, countries and contexts. Even if I’ve managed projects and programs for a long time, my main focus is now to develop effective working environments, support my clients in their transitions and transformations towards the creation of value for their stakeholders. I have a background in electronic engineering, but also a Master’s degree in Project Management and an MBA with a major in strategy. I’ve always tried to keep my personal development up-to-date and I hold all of the current PMI certificates, and I’m working currently on expending my scope with new challenges.

Q2.  As a member of the PMI Educational Foundation Leadership Society, you are actively promoting PM as a skill for life. Do you use PM skills in your personal life?

Lazar:   Project Management as a skill for life is a strong statement. It means that in fact what is often considered as a professional framework is underlying in all aspects of our daily lives. If we look at the definition of project management competences as described by PMI in its Talent Triangle, it’s said that PM is the combination of organizational skills, leadership competences and strategic awareness. We use these skills in any initiative, activity or endeavor we undertake. The Foundation is striving to bring these competences to youth to enhance their potential in harnessing the opportunities presented to them and taking control of their lives.

Indeed I use many of the same tools and techniques and approaches in my personal life to organize and prioritize, to define my personal objectives and my personal strategy, to interact efficiently with the people in my environment and seize my own opportunities.

Q3.   Having been in this profession for over 20 years, how will you conclude your 20-year journey? What are the driving factors that make you stay in this field for so long? What are the things that you are most proud of?

Lazar:   First, I hope being far from a conclusion. I wish it’s only the beginning of the journey.

It’s important to understand that Project Management is actually just a tool, supporting the achievement of one’s own objectives. I hope that I’m able to bring some ease and clarity to people in their working environment and in their lives, which will allow them to do the same for others and unleash the potential of any group of individuals or organization to create value for the society. I believe it’s the purpose of existence to create value, to enhance our environment, our lives and the ones of others. An organization’s real survival factor is its ability to create value for the people within it and surrounding it.

I’m proud of my work and contributions when I see I’ve been able to influence others positively. Horace Mann said, “Be ashamed to die until you have achieved a victory for humanity.” I keep that sentence in my email signature as a reminder. We all have really the power to build a better world. Isn’t that the aim any of us should pursue?

Part : Training and Certification

Q4.   From the recommendations on LinkedIn, I notice that your PM training course is quite popular and impressive. What are your secrets?

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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, China.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR. The PM World Journal maintains a cooperative relationship with PMR, periodically republishing works from each other’s publications. To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

How to cite this interview: PMR (2019). Value Creation Is the Core of Management: Interview with Olivier Lazar; Project Management Review; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue V, June. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/pmwj82-Jun2019-Yanjuan-Lazar-Interview.pdf

 


 

About the Interviewer

 

Yu Yanjuan

Beijing, China

 

 

Yu Yanjuan, Bachelor’s Degree, graduated from the English Department of Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. She is now an English-language journalist and editor working for Project Management Review Magazine and website. In the past, she has worked as a journalist and editor for China Manned Space Agency website and Student English Times. She once worked part-time as English teacher in training centers. For work contact, she can be reached via email yuyanjuan2005@163.com or Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanjuan-yu-76b280151/.

 

 

Interview with Michel Thiry

 

Programs Are Benefits-driven and Agility-based

 Interview with Michel Thiry, PhD
 Author, Expert, Professor, Speaker
Valense Ltd, UK

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)

Introduction to the interviewee

Michel Thiry, PhD, Fellow APM, PMI Fellow, Member of PMI® since 1993, PMP® since 1994, MSP Advanced Practitioner (2007), is an author, keynote speaker, professor, consultant and managing partner of Valense Ltd.

Michel Thiry has an extensive worldwide experience and has worked in many cultural environments. He is recognized as a worldwide authority in strategic applications of project, program and value at organizational level and has supported the development and implementation of a number of strategic programs for major corporations in various fields, including construction, financial, pharmaceutical, IT and IS, telecom, water treatment, transportation (air and rail), local government and others using agile and change concepts.

He is a regular keynote speaker for major international events, both at the Academic and Practice levels since 1996, and Seminar Leader for PMI® SeminarsWorld since 2001.

His 2010 book “Program Management” has been presented with an Award of Merit by the Canadian Project Management Association and is on the PMI’s recommended list of readings for the PgMP® Exam. The 2nd edition has been published by Routledge in 2017. In 2013, the PMI® has published a revised and updated version of his book “A Framework for Value Management Practice”. He has also written a number of book chapters on Value, Program and Portfolio Management in prominent PM books like the Gower “Handbook of project management” 3rd and 4th editions and the “Wiley Guide to Project, Program and Portfolio Management”, published by Wiley (2007). He was also a contributing editor for PM Network from 2003 to 2008, a “Significant Contributor” to the PMI® Standard for Program Management 3rd Edition (2013) and was on the core team of the new PMI® Practice Guide to Managing Change in Organizations (2013).

Michel obtained an MSc in Organizational Behaviour from the School of Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London and a PhD on the Contextualisation of Project Organizations at Middlesex University in the UK. In 2006 he was elected PMI Fellow for his continued contribution to project management and in 2007 he was nominated Fellow of the Association for Project Management. In 2008, he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis. In 2014, he was awarded the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to the practice of the profession, and leadership in advancing PM concepts, techniques, practices, or theories.

Expertise: Value Management, Project and Program Management, Governance, Portfolio Management, PMO, Organizational Strategy and Change.

 


 

Interview

Part 1: Programs are inherently agile

Q1. In VUCA era, how should the success of a program be measured?

Michel Thiry (Thiry):         Programs are inherently agile in the sense that they deliver benefits in cycles and that there should be a measurement for benefits and value appraisal process at the end of each cycle. This allows for realignment or termination if necessary. The success of a program is measured through its ability to deliver business strategies, but this can only be achieved if the strategy is well stated through clear strategic objectives, which can be broken down into measurable critical success factors and key performance indicators.

Q2. What are your tips on instilling agility to program management?

Thiry:    Agility is the foundation of program management, if it is not already there, you are not managing a program, but a big project. We must stop thinking of programs as big projects; programs are a means of executing strategies and, like strategies, in today’s VUCA world, they have to be realigned regularly.

Q3. There are various kinds of trainings for Program Management (PgM) certificates. In your opinion, what should we pay attention to in PgM training?

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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, China.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR. The PM World Journal maintains a cooperative relationship with PMR, periodically republishing works from each other’s publications. To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

How to cite this interview: PMR (2019). Programs Are Benefits-driven and Agility-based; Interview with Michel Thiry; Project Management Review; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue IV (May). Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/pmwj81-May2019-Yanjuan-Interview-with-Michel-Thiry.pdf


 

About the Interviewer

Yu Yanjuan

Beijing, China

 

 

 

Yu Yanjuan, Bachelor’s Degree, graduated from the English Department of Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. She is now an English-language journalist and editor working for Project Management Review Magazine and website. In the past, she has worked as a journalist and editor for China Manned Space Agency website and Student English Times. She once worked part-time as English teacher in training centers. For work contact, she can be reached via email yuyanjuan2005@163.com or Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanjuan-yu-76b280151/.

 

 

With Projects We Create the Future

 

Interview with Prof Martina Huemann

Editor-in-Chief, IJPM
Professor, Head of Project Management Group
Vienna University of Business and Economics

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)

Introduction to the interviewee

Martina Huemann is Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Project Management, Professor, Head of Project Management Group and Academic Director of the Professional MBA Project Management, WU – Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU Vienna), board member of Project Management Austria, Human Resource & Project Management Expert / Coach / Consultant, Founder and Manager of enable2change, a network of experts that enable others to put strategy into action and manage projects professionally.

 


Interview

About China

Q1: What’s your impression of China? How do you view project management in China?

Martina Huemann: I like China very much. The culture is so different to Europe. People are nice and welcoming. As this is my second trip to China, I know only a little bit about China. I have engaged with IPMA (China) and met some founders of PM in China. My impression is that China has American-style project management, which makes me wonder why you don’t have more Chinese-style project management. Project managers should borrow a lot from Chinese culture, in which people think in a flow and that everything is always changing. That fits nicely to a future-oriented and change-oriented Project Management approach.

About PM Career 

Q2: Would you please share with us your story with project management? Why did you step into this career? Do you enjoy what you are doing?

Martina Huemann: I studied business administration at WU-Vienna University of Business and Economics and worked in development projects in Eastern Europe. When I was up to finish my studies a new professor at my university planned to establish the discipline of Project Management and he was looking for people. I was hired based on my project experience and started without knowing what exactly “project management” was. I learned during the process. I was interested in project management and also pursuing an academic career. Having gone through a lot of steps, I’m now a professor myself researching and teaching project management and human resource management in project-oriented organizations. Nowadays I seldom work as a project manager myself. I apply it on my research projects, but mostly take the role of a project owner nowadays. I´m coaching, consulting and training people to enable them to become and professionalize as project managers

Project management has been the subject of my whole life. I enjoy very much what I´m doing now. I think it was a perfect choice for me. I like complexity in my own life and have many different roles. I need a certain amount of complexity in my life; otherwise I will get bored. Sometimes I put more effort into this, and sometimes into others. And I have to balance work and family, but it works quite well for me. I think to do what you love is always the best way to have a full life.

About HR Management

Q3: In VUCA era, how should we deal with challenges in human resource management?

 

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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, China.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR. The PM World Journal maintains a cooperative relationship with PMR, periodically republishing works from each other’s publications. To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

How to cite this interview: PMR (2019). With Projects we Create the Future. Interview with Marina Huemann; Project Management Review; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue III (April). Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/pmwj80-Apr2019-Yanjuan-Interview-with-Martina-Huemann.pdf 


 

About the Interviewer

 

Yu Yanjuan

Beijing, China

 

 

Yu Yanjuan, Bachelor’s Degree, graduated from the English Department of Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. She is now an English-language journalist and editor working for Project Management Review Magazine and website. In the past, she has worked as a journalist and editor for China Manned Space Agency website and Student English Times. She once worked part-time as English teacher in training centers. For work contact, she can be reached via email yuyanjuan2005@163.com or Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanjuan-yu-76b280151/.

 

 

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