CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Calgary Alberta, Canada
My name is Candida Tocci B.A., PMP, and I’m a Project Management Consultant with over 25 years experience as a Senior Project Manager and Project Leader. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary in Sociology. I have served on the PMISAC Board of Directors as VP of Volunteer and Administration for 4 years and 2 years in the role of VP of Marketing Sponsorship. I was also a volunteer for over 16 years with PMISAC in various capacities. I am currently a Project Management Consultant with The City of Calgary and teach the Applied Project Management Certification course at The Southern Alberta Institute of Technologies (SAIT). This holistic area of my project world exemplifies my outer most passion for the Project Management industry.
What is your project management super power?
Having some strategic foresight of the project management industry. We should always be asking what does this look like 5 years from now? 10? 20? As project managers we always try to work backwards to make sure we have the right plan, right scope, mitigate the risks, etc. But like all good projects how do we align and how do we measure against in a strategic way. I feel this way of thinking can help us be more resilient, more sustainable to executing great projects.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Recently at our WomenIN event we had a young woman, 11 years old, after our panel discussion, she was asked questions in similar fashion on her views on the future of women. She was so inspirational she stole the show. And of course, she said she wants to be a project manager when she grows up. It starts at home and from there we as a community have to help build them up and support them to achieve success and acceptance.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Again, I believe it is that strategic view. Project Managers need to be involved in strategic areas of Project Management and help share that knowledge, skills and experience early on into the project. Stakeholder Engagement is critical, therefore the earlier we get involved we have a better chance of mitigating risks and execute with success.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
As women we try and we take on everything!! We are always “managing? Whether we are at home, at work or even trying to be at our leisure. Once I became aware of this I started to “manage” how to relax. Once I knew how to relax, I felt I could deal with what came my way. Having support to do this is also key, hence the inception of WomenIN. If you have a network and you feel supported and validated, I feel that is where you gain your strength. And with strength you can tackle those hard times.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Communicate! Communicate! Communicat! If you do not communicate then you build stories and assumptions that can lead to resentment and barriers. Once those are built they can stay with every future conversation. When there is an issue it usually means both people may be passion it about it. Find what that passion is, most of the time it may be the same as yours, or it may make sense and you may after all agree to their way or them to yours. Either way when you communication, you have a chance to listen and if you actively listen you may seek to understand. And understanding may bring that resolution.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
It’s a life skill.
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