Cynthia C. Harbor
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
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Cynthia Harbor is an award-winning technology professional from Atlanta, a certified project manager and certified SCRUM master. She is senior technical program manager with a multinational professional services and information technology company. Cynthia is a community activist involved in several organizations working to increase the presence of women in STEM careers, amplify the voices of women worldwide through art and cultural programs, advocate for equality for women and girls, and address the images of women in the media and the workplace.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
…is the planning aspects, pulling all the right resources and identifying tasks and activities. I’m excited about the possibility of it all.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
…(1) transparency (everyone should know where they stand, what the progress is and if there are issues e.g., schedules, registers and logs come into play );
(2) empowerment (allowing the team to actually do the work without interference, your WBS or SCRUMs, Kanbans here); and
(3) closure (we have to take the time to talk about what we did, how we did it and why we did it that way. e.g., lessons learns, postmortem discussion, etc.).
I build and nurture my professional network by:
… whenever possible spending time with my colleagues. If they’re not local, I text, email, FaceTime whatever it takes to build and nurture a true relationship. I also support their endeavours, if they’re speaking at a conference or panel or have published, I do my best to be there, purchase and tell others about them.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
…that doubt will always play a factor in everything. Do it anyway.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
…my childhood mentor, Dottie Green, is still a strong influence on my career. She’s instilled in me that no matter what we do in life, it’s all about people. The women in my career circle inspire me tremendously. I look to them for guidance and advice and they do the same for me.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
…to always have something to contribute. Even if you’re not adding to the conversation, stepping in and helping to recap or reshape the discourse can prove quite valuable.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
…play off your strengths. Figure that out about yourself and then use that to your advantage. Hone it.
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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