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PSGS 038: Expert Interview with Rich Maltzman

Today we are speaking with Rich Maltzman, PMP, co-author of several books on Project Management, including the Cleveland Award-winning Green Project Management, and most recently, Bridging the PM Competency Gap, co-written with Loredana Abramo, PMP.  The two co-authors offer assistance in PM competence building via their consultancy Continuous Learning Environment (CLE Advisors).
Loredana Abramo, PMP® Worked 25+ years in 4 continents, Deployment lead engineer, operations and services readiness manager, PMO deputy director, senior quality PgM
Loredana Abramo PMP

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Book: Bridging the Project Management Competency Gap

Bridging The PM Competency Gap


Bio for Rich Maltzman, PMP


Rich Maltzman, PMP, has been an engineer since 1978 and a project management supervisor since 1988, including a two-year assignment in the Netherlands in which he built a team of PMs overseeing deployments of telecom networks in Europe and the Middle East. His project work has been diverse, including projects such as the successful deployment of the entire video and telecom infrastructure for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the 2006 integration of the program management offices (PMOs) of two large merging corporations. As a second, but intertwined career, Rich has also focused on consulting and teaching, having developed curricula and/or taught at:


  • Boston University
  • Merrimack College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • University of Massachusetts– Boston
  • Clark University
  • Benedictine University’s Asia Institute (Shenyang University of Technology)

Rich has also professionally developed project management professional (PMP®) exam prep courseware, including exams and books. He even edited and was "the voice" for a set of eight audio CDs—a major part of a PMP prep course for an international company, for whom he has also facilitated PMP exam study groups. Rich was selected for the modeling team for the fourth edition of the PMBOK® Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and contributed to the chapters on quality and risk in both the 4th and 5th Edition, and provided input for the 6th Edition as well.

Rich has written and presented papers at international conferences of PMI and IPMA (International Project Management Association), and the Conference Board in South Africa, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Mexico City as well as the PMI Congresses in North America.  He also presented, on request of the Government of Malaysia, at their Green Technology conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.


Rich’s educational background includes a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and an MSIE from Purdue University. In addition, Rich has a mini-MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a master’s certificate in international business management granted jointly from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and INSEAD of France.  Rich received his PMP in 2000 and was certified by Change Catalysts as a CQ Certified Change Management Professional in 2015.

Rich has co-authored two other books – Green Project Management (CRC Press, ©2010, Cleland Award Winner) with David Shirley, PMP, and Project Workflow Management with Dan Epstein, in 2014.  A new book, Driving Sustainability Success in Projects, Programs and Portfolios, published in October 2015 by CRC Press.  J. Ross will be publishing another book, co-authored by Rich and with Loredana Abramo, PMP in late 2016, Bridging the PM Competency Gap.


Rich blogs regularly at and at “People, Planet, Profits, and Projects”, in the “Perspectives” section of, a PMI web site.


Bio for Loredana Abramo, PMP


Loredana has twenty-five years of experience in deploying telecommunication networks for international projects, with roles such as lead engineer and technical deputy, business operations manager, and Project Managers competency development leader for emerging technologies (IMS, LTE). On her last Customer-facing assignment, she was the Deputy Director of the PMO for a major telecom project in Australia. She has worked and lived on assignment in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has presented at several PMI, IEEE and IPMA global events in North America, Australia, Malaysia, Italy. Loredana has translated Peter Taylor’s The Lazy Project Manager into Italian, (Infinite Ideas, Italian edition © 2013)

Loredana has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, and is board certified as a Professional Engineer in Italy, as well as a PMP®. Loredana has a Convergence Technologies Professional accreditation from Telecommunications Industry Association, and a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from De Paul University. Loredana is a Member of PMI, and a Senior Member at IEEE. She is currently based in Naperville, IL, USA.

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