John Schlichter coined the term “Organizational Project Management” or “OPM,” which is the system for implementing the business strategy of an organization through projects. Organizations had delivered projects aligned to their strategies since the dawn of civilization. But the system for doing so through temporary endeavors that produce unique results (that is, the integration of portfolio, program, and project management) had not been defined as a standard. Leading a team of 800+ people for years and surveying 30,000 professionals, Schlichter saw OPM become a global standard that is how organizations across the world implement strategies through projects valued in the aggregate in billions (if not trillions) of dollars. The unremarkable act of naming a thing can spark the collective elaboration of knowledge and wisdom in artifacts that obtain the prevailing doxa, habiti, and discipline of a field, as has been the case with OPM.

“John has contributed greatly to PMI,” Greg Balestrero, CEO, PMI Today, 2002. “In John’s role as the leader of PMI’s OPM3© program, he has immeasurably contributed to the growth of the profession,” Becky Winston, J.D., Chair of the Board of Directors, PMI Today, 2002. Having created OPM3 (an international standard in project, program, and portfolio management), John founded OPM Experts LLC, a firm delivering OPM solutions and a leading provider of maturity assessment services. Industry classifications: NAICS 541618 Other Management Consulting and NAICS 611430 Training. John is a member of the adjunct faculty of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He can be contacted at jschlichter@opmexperts.com or frank.schlichter.iii@emory.edu.

"John Schlichter’s leadership and vision on a massive undertaking of the OPM3 initiative was exemplary and a true testament of his passion for the project management profession."

— Dr. Ashley Pereira, Senior Engineering Manager & Six Sigma BlackBelt, Honeywell Aerospace, was with another company when working with John at Project Management Institute

"John directed the original team that developed OPM3 for PMI, and I was the technical writer on the team. John demonstrated remarkable talents in this position, which I observed over several months. He is a brilliant strategist, a strong, decisive leader, and a creative, visionary thinker in his field."

— Paul Wesman, Owner, Wesman Corporate Communications, worked directly with John at Project Management Institute

"John was a detail oriented and very focused Director for PMI's OPM3 Product Development Initiative. …John is brilliant; he was highly intelligent; kept track of all details and high level management and reporting; very focused and hard working."

— Cynthia (Cindy) Berg, PMP, Volunteer/Member, Project Management Institute, managed John indirectly at Project Management Institute

"John demonstrated great leadership and visionary foresight as Program Manager of PMI's OPM3 development effort. Very knowledgeable of our specific subject-matter, John was able to motivate and inspire all of us to work towards our common objective. He was able to adeptly address specific issues at a granular, detail level, while at the same time not losing sight of our overall objective."

— Nik Kalantjakos, OPM3 Assessment Team Leader, Project Management Institute, reported to John at Project Management Institute

"OPM3 was a very complex program and involved volunteers from a variety of companies and industries in varying degrees of maturity. Under John's leadership, I served for two years as a contributor. To his credit, John was able to inspire, motivate and guide a large group into some of the most uncharted waters of the project management profession. I was most impressed with John's ability to listen, especially when you disagreed with him; he always gave a fair hearing. Without question, such integrity deserves respect and my recommendation."

— Michael Paul Ervick, Project Manager (PMO Staff), Nextlink, reported to John at Project Management Institute

"John has result oriented approach with open mind for ideas and out-of-box suggestions. His leadership is helpful to explore resolution to any issue of business challenges. Work with him on complex problems is highly enjoyable."

— Muhammad Mirza, President-PMI KPC, Project Management Institute, reported to John at Project Management Institute

"I worked with John as a member of his team to create the OPM3 standard of PMI. John was equally open to analyze all inputs or suggestions coming from all the parts of the world in a virtual team of about 200 people. It was a challenge and I am sure that thanks to John all team members are very positive about this experience."

— Thierry Soulard, Program Manager, Philips semiconductors, was with another company when working with John at Project Management Institute

"I worked with John on the OPM3 initiative at PMI and enjoyed his leadership. As Program Manager, John followed up with team members to ensure the project stayed on track and was meeting/exceeding expectations. He respected the inputs from the team members and recognized the contribution of each one. I would welcome the opportunity to work with John on another project."

— Yves Racine, President, Project Management Maturity Improvement Inc., worked directly with John at Project Management Institute

"Around 2000- 2002 I worked as a volunteer with many others on the Organisational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) being developed as a Project Management Institute project. John was director of this programme. His enthusiasm and approachability helped inspire a large team of us for every corner of the globe."

— Peter Goldsbury, Owner, Strategic Expertise Ltd, worked indirectly for John at Project Management Institute

"I was fortunate to work for John when the Project Management Institute was developing OPM3. John was a brilliant Project Manager leading a worldwide team of PM’s to develop a coherent, measurable Maturity Model around Project Management comparable to CMMI. This was a bold undertaking with a long list of challenges, but John was up to the task and produced an excellent product."

— George Kramer, Sr. IT Project Manager, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, was with another company when working with John at Project Management Institute

"I worked with John during his initial tenure as lead for the Project Management Institute's effort to develop its Organizational Project Management Maturity Model standard. His commitment and drive were significant contributors to the success of this effort. He demonstrated strong leadership skills in keeping a very diverse group of volunteers focused on creating a finished product that would benefit the project management community."

— David Violette, Project Manager, Duke Energy Corporation, worked directly with John at Project Management Institute

"I worked on the development of the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) for PMI, having John as the leader of a global team of project management experts as the overall Program Manager and subject matter expert. John did an excellent job building the team and managing to keep focused a diverse group of people. He is a proactive leader, truly an asset to every organization."

— Mauro Sotille, MBA, PMP, President, PMI-RS Chapter, worked indirectly for John at Project Management Institute

"I worked with John on the OPM3 Standards project sponsored by the PMI where he led a global team of project management experts as the overall Program Manager and the original architect of the organizational project management maturity model. John is a tremendous subject matter expert on Organizational Project Management, process improvement, and organizational development arena. He is a fantastic leader, and I learned a lot from him working on this ground breaking project and recommend him without any hesitations!"

— Lutfur Rabbani, Co-Lead of OPM3 Network Model, PMI - OPM3 Program, worked with John at Project Management Institute

"John was our first Leader of the OPM3. This was a new maturity model for Project Management initiated by PMI and John had the task of driving it. I was a Risk Management team member then, and I was amazed at his organizational and coordination skills leading a global program. It also demonstrated his knowledge of this new subject then, and his ability to build a team, share the thought process and work with the global team."

— Vivek Dixit, Voluntary work -- Knowledge Management, PMI (Project Management Institute), worked directly with John at Project Management Institute

"As PMI’s Program Manager for OPM3, John led the program and motivated the various sub-project teams while simultaneously sharing subject matter expertise on managing the interaction and relationships of an organizations projects, programs, and portfolios."

— David Evenson, Project Mgr Sr/Programme Mgr, EDS, worked indirectly for John at Project Management Institute

"As a pro-bono contributor to an Organizational Project Maturity Model that the Project Management Institute was developing, I viewed John's approach as very efficient and effective. We met our milestones with a high-quality product that exceeded virtually everyone's expectations. I think John demonstrated exceptional skills in coping with the usual bureaucratic challenges and technical obstacles associated with a very large virtual team."

— David Lanners, Executive Consultant, LCS International, Inc. LCSI, worked indirectly for John at Project Management Institute

"John has been an inspiration to many of us. He organized an effort whose extensive scope was singular, and mobilized hundreds of professionals. John is a leader."

— Luis Augusto dos Santos, MSc, PMP, President, Project Management Institute, Sao Paulo Brazil Chapter, worked indirectly for John at Project Management Institute

In John Schlichter’s role as leader of the OPM3 program, he has immeasurably contributed to the growth of the project management profession.
— Rebecca (Becky) Winston, J.D., Chair of the Board of Directors, PMI
John Schlichter has contributed greatly to the Project Management Institute.
— Greg Balestrero, Chief Executive Officer, PMI