Project Management Expertise
About Michael O’Brochta
Extensive project management experience; subject matter expert and thought leader.
Experienced consultant, manager, author, speaker, and trainer. Masters degree in project management, bachelors in electrical engineering. Helping, as independent consultant, organizations raise their level of project, program, and systems engineering performance. Led, as Director of the Professional Project Manager Certification at the CIA, maturing of project management and systems engineering practices agency-wide. Helped create and implement government-wide FAC-P/PM program/project management certification that included systems engineering. Helped develop and implement FAC-P/PM programs for the Federal Acquisition Institure, and the Depatment of Vetrans Affairs. Requested keynote and speaker at hundreds of national, international, and regional conferences. Chaired the Project Management Institute Ethics Member Advisory Group. Developer and presenter of workshops, seminars, papers, and lectures. Dry wit and humor combined with deep and broad command of subject matter leave audiences informed and entertained. Author of “How To Get Executives To Act For Project Success” book.
Strong skills at maturing organizational project management practices. Focus on closing the gap between what better educated/skilled project managers need for success and what is being provided by their organizations/executives. Experienced at Project Management Office formation and management, portfolio management, development and institutionalization of project management lifecycle methodologies, maturity assessments, project management occupation development, project management training and certification.
Management of hundreds of projects spanning entire lifecycle from requirements and concept definition through acquisition and operations/maintenance. Especially skilled in project startup, turnaround, and execution. Strong skills to plan, organize, direct, and control complex, high risk, high technology, and one-of-a-kind development projects. Strong skills to form and manage high-technology and information technology organizations.
Zozer was incorporated in 2000 as a vehicle for Michael O’Brochta to respond to requests to help organizations by supplying his project management subject matter expertise.
Zozer (also spelled as Djozer) is the name of Egypt’s first pyramid. Built circa 2,630 B.C., it is where history records the name of the first project manager, Imhotep. Built as a step pyramid it was the largest manmade structure of its time.
Working knowledge in many fields, including project management, organizational re-engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, service level agreements, total cost of ownership, metrics, schedule/cost controls, requirements definition, planning, SIGINT, COMINT, MASINT, collection, processing, analysis, geographic information systems, LANs, micro power, and high reliability electronics.
Very active in PMI. Chaired Ethics MAG. Graduate of PMI Masters Class. Past member of CD MAG, SAPR, and CIAC committees. Built and chaired PMIWDC Chapter-To-Chapter Program; received Volunteer-of-the-Year award. Very active in Boy Scouts of America. Member of Council Executive Board, Chair of Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee, Chair of Council Merit Badge College, Chair of Council Advancement Committee, Wood Badge Course Director S7-599-15. Received Council Silver Beaver award. Received Habitat for Humanity Linda Fuller Volunteer-of-the-Year award. Very active in the Kiwanis civic organization. Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Environment Committee.
Recently climbed another of the world’s seven summits; currently exploring the relationship between project management and mountain climbing.