Alex Herps Celebrating Women in Project Management

Alex Herps Celebrating Women in Project Management

Alex Herps

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Sydney, Australia

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Bio:

Accomplished senior portfolio and innovation leader with expertise in devising and driving the execution of creative initiatives that have enabled business growth and competitive edge. With over 10 years experience in IT, Strategy and Operations, Portfolio and Programme Management and EPMO experience leading strategic and BAU initiatives across a range of organisations and industries including health, financial services, operations, travel and corporate services.

As an experienced leader of multi-disciplinarian teams with a reputation of ability to align multiple stakeholders with diverse agendas, Alex has strong experience in establishing and reviewing the operational efficiencies within EPMO, and embedding key capabilities across operations, portfolio prioritisation and leading the annual strategic planning process. Alex is a strategic thinker with significant experience with Business Process re-engineering capable of combining long and short term drivers with available technology to deliver optimum results with proven results in delivering industry first results.

What is your project management super power?

Bringing people together to drive a common goal irrespective of agenda, previous experience or appetite to change.

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

Seeing the merit of an individual rather than the gender. Fitting the right person to the right role at the right time.

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

Evolving from purely project management to individuals with holistic skillsets such as experience in change, IT, business and project management. The ability to lead and do. Protecting business knowledge through careful business handover such as detailed documentation, training and embedding the right process through the right people rather than continuing to lose assets and information through contingent workforce.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

Appreciate the bigger picture. Having lost my brother and best friend in a short time span I appreciate that a bad day or moment is just that, and focus on the things that matter, what I can change and know when to raise a hand or voice for some time out or help. Take stock at whats happened but don’t dwell in it. Surround myself with positive and more importantly genuine people.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Step back and try to remove the emotion from a situation. Understand the drivers at play, from both sides. Acknowledge where things could have been done better or differently and focus on turning the situation around rather than blaming.

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

diversity, change, improvement

 

 

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Hello amazing women of the project management world! My Celebrating Women in Project Management Series highlights your stories to inspire others, raise the profile of women in the project management profession, and to further strengthen our global network.

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