About Michael O’Brochta, ACP, PMP
Extensive project management experience; subject matter expert and thought leader.
Experienced consultant, line manager, author, lecturer, and trainer. Master’s degree in project management, Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, certified as a PMP®. Helping, as independent consultant, organizations raise their level of project management performance. Led, as senior project manager at the CIA, maturing of project management practices agency-wide; led project manager certification program. Led development of FAC-P/PM Capstone courses for Federal Acquisition Institute. Currently supporting FAC-P/PM programs by providing subject matter experts for instructional design and delivery. Co-authored comprehensive government-wide FAC-P/PM study. Requested keynote and speaker at a dozen national, international, and regional conferences per year. 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.
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.
Familiar with and can use to advantage the resources from a broad range of sources including Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Project Management Institute, industry, and academia. 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. Hold current CIA TS/SCI clearance with CI and Lifestyle polygraph.
Very active in PMI. Chair of 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 2007 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 District Advancement Committee, Wood Badge Course Director S7-599-15. Received Council Silver Beaver award. Received Habitat for Humanity 2008 Linda Fuller Volunteer-of-the-Year award.
Recently climbed another of the world’s seven summits; currently exploring the relationship between project management and mountain climbing.