Aisaule Mukhanova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Aisaule Mukhanova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Aisaule Mukhanova


Location: Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan

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My first introduction & impression with Project Management was in the year 2000, with course Project Management principles and basic tools. Then I started to be engaged with the IT & Engineering project on the planning and execution of the EMC Documentum system with the business workflow for the Engineering Drawing Office in oil and gas company. The time spent on the project was interesting, to meet a different level of customers, end-users.

After the project deployment completed, I become like a support team for the system. Then I learn to run small projects, to continue to a replication of the Documentum system to other business departments within the company. IT department continued to run global IT Project management training, which helped new PM become an experienced PM.

In the 2011 year, I participated in 35 hours REP provided training by PMP certified trainers. I run different roles related to project applications portfolio management, IT Architecture, Solution Architect.

In the 2019 year, I prepared for the PMP exam and took additional training, become a PMI member on web site. Finally, I passed my PMP exam on 10th Dec 2019. I was so excited to become a certified PMP practitioner.

Currently, I continue to apply my skills and working on a research paper on the Transformation program, that runs locally in Kazakhstan, where I was involved as IT Enterprise and Solution Architect during the 2015-2018 years. I keep the momentum going with PMI local chapter.

What is your project management super power?

Project management super power is working with people.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

I would like to get more women to become PMP certified, to become PM, use wisely obtained skills as Leadership, Political awareness, Networking, Active listening.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Mostly it becomes clear that Soft skills, people skills, networking, leadership will be key for future success.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I mostly use Emotional Intelligence, Positive psychology, meditation to recover from difficult situations.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

My tips for conflict resolution to think about: the importance of maintaining a good relationship, and motivation to resolve conflict on a long-term or short-term basis. Techniques for conflict resolution: applying persuasion, negotiation, compromise, and positive approach skills.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

I enjoy working with different people, virtual teams, to get challenged in the role of PM. Enjoy becoming a member and volunteer in the local chapter.




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