Aye Chan Lwin
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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I am a certified project management professional working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I grew up in various parts of the world and consider myself as a global citizen. Currently I am spearheading practical project management trainings in the south east Asia region with my own company. I speak four languages fluently and is an expert in cross cultural businesses.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
I enjoy being a project manager as each day brings a new challenge. Project Management consists of people management, product management, asset management, time management and of course ensuring a success in the project. I believe women in project management excel in all these skillsets as we are constantly managing not just at work but also at home.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
1. Honestly. Project management is not about knowing all but understanding the need to know and communicate if in doubt. By being honest about the situation, it creates a more open and trusting working environment.
2. Team Building. One of my personal motto is ” A project is a product of many hands joined as one”. So every project we meet with different team members and the first thing I get into is understanding the team. Getting to know each other and helping each other with genuine support.
3.Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. I can’t emphasie more on this skill. Especially in this digital world, where information travels like the speed of light, if we do not communicate to each other, miscommunication occurs which leads to failure in achieving the true objectives for the project.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Volunteering and networking. I am an avid volunteer with various PM associations. This way I get to meet with peers and subject matter experts, learn from them, connect with likeminded professionals and give back to the community.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
Failure is just the first step to discovering hidden success. I failed a few times during my career and I always took it upon myself that I wasn’t good enough or I didn’t try hard enough. As a female engineer in a male dominated industry, it was hard to find a role model who can understand and guide me towards my aspirations.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
My Mentor, Laurice Temple who is always courageous showing me to stand for what I believe in. My mother, who constantly pushes me for more and who has given her own career up to raise five successful professionals. Aung San Suu Kyi, who despite all the hurdles thrown at her, she proceeds to move on with her work.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
I was told once by my one and only female boss, Congratulations Jade. You are about to become a mother and that itself is the hardest job ever. Believe in yourself and trust me there is no project management plan made for babies.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Trust and believe in you. Women are the future.Do not succumb to self guilt, judgements or social pressure and achieve as you can. Our diversity as women is the key to success. We are born to lead and manage. Think of our mothers, our teachers, our female leaders as inspirations. One small step is better than none. Together we have to support each other, understand each other and we will strive for “balance for better.”
Hello amazing women of the project management world!
My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!
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