CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Amany Nuseibeh, PMI Australia Fellow, PMP, is a veteran PMO, portfolio, program and project management consultant. She has delivered complex, large-scale portfolios, programs and projects for Qantas, CSC Australia, BHP Billiton, BlueScope Steel, Vodafone, the University of New South Wales, Transport for NSW and Sydney Water.
A long-term PMI volunteer, past president of PMI Sydney Chapter, and co-chair of PMI Ethics Advisory Group (2018-2019), she currently serves on PMI Ethics Insight Team. She has been a guest lecturer, speaker, facilitator and panellist at numerous PMI Leadership Institute Meetings and PMI Conferences in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Amany’s educational qualifications include a bachelors degree in computer science (BSc), a post-graduate diploma in accounting, a diploma in project management and a masters degree in business and technology from UNSW. Her awards include a Fellow PMI Australia award in 2018 and a PMI Australia Distinguished Contribution Award in 2011. Her credentials include PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, APMG/Axelos Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner, Management of Portfolios (MoP) Practitioner, Portfolio Programme and Project Office (P3O) Practitioner as well as Benefits Management, Agile Project Management and ITIL Foundation Certifications.
Amany enjoys exploring Sydney parks and beaches.
See: Amany’s Celebrating Women in Project Management Profile from the 2019 event.
What is your project management super power?
My project management super power is my strong belief in the value of project, program and portfolio management as well as PMOs, their disciplined approach and the ability to convey the project economy messages ethically and professionally driving successful strategic outcomes and delivering business benefits.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
We are the masters of our own destiny. By choosing a profession that we are passionate about, where we demonstrate value and make a difference, where we are eager to learn and grow, have the courage to put up our hand, embrace challenges and foster a collaborative environment, we are contributing to a more gender diverse profession.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Our soft skills will be high in demand more than any other stage on history. As robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformations and business analytics become the norm, our natural abilities to lead without authority, to influence collaboration, motivate and drive successful results will be more critical to our success.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Depending on the difficult situation – as each one is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each situation is a test that will put on display our true metal. We can choose to take it on the chin, keep smiling and look for a brighter future with hope and determination, or alternatively, we can let the situation take the best out of us, leaving us defeated, deflated and energy depleted. While there’s a time and place for refection, for sadness and the sense of loss, there’s also a time to willingly choose the first as a mindset, where no matter what the situation is, we can always look at the positive side, the learnings and the bright future.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
A conflict is a disagreement that at its root might be “not what we say but how we say it”. Disagreements that are conveyed in a respectful, responsible, fair and honest approach might defuse escalating situations. An acknowledgement of the other’s point of view, a deep understanding of where they are coming from and the difference / gap with a focus on an ethical and professional outcome could divert the energy into the result. Should this not be successful, approaching a member who is respected by both parties to mediate or translate the communication would be an option.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
I enjoy making ideas reality, making dreams come true and making a positive difference.
I enjoy the journey of continuous learning, implementing strategies, understanding stakeholders, driving successful outcomes, coaching teams and influencing their professional growth.
I guess 3 words are not enough to describe why I enjoy my profession!
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