CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Annie is an internationally recognised expert in Project Management with over 25 years of experience in consulting and project delivery. A past president of PMI Melbourne Chapter, Annie is currently serving in a PMI Global role as a Region Mentor and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
During the last 10 years, Annie has focused on coaching executives in the process of becoming accountable as project sponsors to deliver business projects and achieve sustainable change. Using an agile mindset with established project delivery practices, Annie has help organisations find ways to deliver value in manageable chunks using simple, repeatable processes. Annie adopts creative approaches to solving her clients problems, drawing from her extensive experience and tool kits.
Annie is certified as an Agile Certified Scrum Master and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She has achieved superior results in sponsor coaching, capability development and improving project delivery methodology for National Australia Bank, JBWere, Superpartners and AXA, amongst others. She now works with clients across a range of industries and countries.
Annie is the author of the book “The Courageous Sponsor – How to overcome challenges to get your project done.”
What is your project management super power?
Coaching project sponsors and senior project leaders. I help them increase their self-awareness and awareness of their behavioural and performance impact on others. During the last 10 years, I have focused on coaching executives in the process of becoming accountable as project sponsors to deliver business projects and achieve sustainable change. Using an agile mindset with established project delivery practices, I have helped leaders find ways to deliver value in manageable chunks using simple, repeatable processes.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
More practical support for women who have carer status, either looking after children or other relatives.
Men advocating for and supporting women in their roles.
Men in Project Management visibly demonstrating carer roles by working part time looking after children and taking paternity leave.
Women supporting other women in roles beyond administration.
Women putting their hands up for roles and working with others to ensure they have the support structures in place.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Top skills for project managers are stakeholder management. The key is continuous expectation management as things evolve and change.
The benefit that a great project manager brings is to constantly add value for their sponsors and organisation. This is achieved through proactive problem solving and good communication.
Project managers will need a blend of methodologies to deliver projects coupled with excellent communication and relationship building skills.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I take time out to understand what happened. Then I would consult trusted advisors in my network for perspective and advice. I weigh up the advice and then act on it.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Be courageous. Speak to the person who you have had the conflict with. Arrange a private meeting so you can speak in privacy and safety.
Inform them… “I’m not sure if you realise it but when you did this… I felt… and the impact was… ” and wait for their response. If their response is to blame you, call the meeting to a close! Perhaps seek a mediator if there are still unresolved issues that need resolving.
If they are apologetic, you can follow it up with “In future I would prefer it if you did…” Also, invite them to give you constructive feedback on how you can improve your relationship. This has worked successfully for me in about 80% of cases.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Achievement, teamwork, variety.
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