CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
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Beckie has worked in project management for the past six years across multiple industries including insurance, engineering and marketing. She has a particular interest in the principles of Benefits Realisation and ensuring projects are viewed as launch pads for achieving strategic objectives. Trained across MSP, PRINCE 2 and Agile, Beckie has a good understanding of the major project management methodologies and works to ensure these are applied in pragmatic and valuable ways to the companies she works for.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Working to convince senior managers and Executives that there is a better, more efficient way to work and seeing the benefits of this in the lives of people delivering projects. Some assume that projects are stressful and chaotic and disorientating, but giving people the skills to manage projects properly means you see a real difference, quickly, in the stress levels of project teams and the confidence of people tasked with delivering projects.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
The principles of project management are constantly evolving which means, if you’re keen to learn, you can make a real difference to the field and the application of the principles to your organisation. A lot of the skills and principles you learn can be applied cross sector and cross role meaning you’re given great flexibility that you can use to suit you.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
I think the skills of communication and pragmatic thinking are real undervalued heroes of successful project management. As a generalisation, women are more empathetic and can utilise these skills to their advantage in the profession. Thinking on your feet and focussing on adding value rather than rigid application of principles can also make you a seriously valuable asset in a project environment.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Being challenged by peers and colleagues is part of the course when you work in the project management profession; the very nature of projects means that change is always involved and some people won’t agree with this. Being confident and assured in the face of this challenge is a skill which can take time to build up. Learning it isn’t personal or a question of your competence is vital, and having the confidence to stand by what you believe is something which can take time and I think can effect women more than men. Always remember that you are the subject matter expert in projects, any challenge you face isn’t a threat, its an opportunity to prove your worth and learn on the way.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Exceptional in any profession comes from having a thorough understanding of your field and the pragmatic approach to ensuring you get the best from the situation. It is more likely than not that lots of other people have been in your situation, so opening up channels for others to share their experiences, ask questions and learn from others will always be the best way to help people progress.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
The skill set of the project manager can add value far beyond the border of conventional projects, and can offer a valuable insight to a situation that others may not have; don’t be afraid to stand up and offer your opinion; it may just save the day!
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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