CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Fatimah Abbouchi is the Founder and CEO of Agile Management Office; a thought-leader providing governance solutions for organisations to manage and govern projects in the agile era. A successful businesswoman, Fatimah has been supporting businesses from start-ups to enterprise internationally for the past 15 years.
Fatimah’s professional passion has seen her successfully transform how businesses govern change across portfolios up to $1B and over 16 industries globally. Utilising this industry experience, Fatimah method is showing how business can not only align but enhance agile delivery methodologies with robust governance.
A writer, speaker and host of the Agile Ideas podcast, Fatimah has appeared in The Age, Business Chick Latte Magazine and featured on CIO.com.au. Fatimah has previously been a speaker and workshop presenter at the PMO Leadership Summit (Melbourne) and invited to guest lecture at the Aarhus University in Denmark. Fatimah has previously been named as one of the Top 100 LinkedIn Power Profiles in Australia.
Personally, Fatimah is passionate about supporting those in the community with anxiety and depression through beyondblue; having spoken at 45 events aimed at raising awareness, reducing stigma and encouraging others to similarly get involved.
What is your project management super power?
I help identify and drive good governance through collaborative methods to improve and increase the overall maturity, capability, and usability of process across an enterprise with my approach working on the smallest and largest of programs, projects and portfolios. Think of me as the person who provides the necessary skills, tools, process or frameworks to bridge the gap between delivery, strategy, and operations.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I believe that gender diversity could improve across many professions. How it does this will differ. One of the ways we do this is by women helping other women, giving women opportunities where maybe they are not considered. Supporting one another and providing guidance to one another. As a project management professional, there is more to be done, but we are taking steps toward it which is great to see.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Learning new skills such as a stronger focus on compliance, improved cultural awareness, understanding new technologies and being able to work within various methods, tools and frameworks to be agile in the way we work. Being open to change and be flexible. Project Management for a long time has been too rigid and with the rise of big Agile, we are learning how important it is to work with the customer from the outset and through to delivery.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Make sure I learn from them. Use the lessons to implement necessary actions to prevent the difficult situation from arising again or from being as difficult. Taking the time to do my research, comparing options, considering feedback or requesting it and being patient with myself and with others. A difficult situation is only difficult if you have no interest in resolving it, so take the time to address the difficulty and be sure to learn from it.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Don’t believe everything you hear, try to understand from the other person’s perspective and don’t be quick to pass judgment. Take the time to listen, understand before making any decisions. Calm the situation and be open to different viewpoints. Address every conflict before it grows and try to learn why it happened in the first place.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Realisation, collaboration, preparation.
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