Jeanne A Barry
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Jeanne is a seasoned Project Manager with 20+ years of experience in the IT field with PMP, CSM, and MBA credentials. She has worked mainly on multi-million-dollar infrastructure and information/ cybersecurity projects and programs (including mergers and acquisitions) with a smattering of Development/SCRUM PM projects under her belt. She’s also worked as a Business Analyst and QA Test Lead, giving her a well-rounded background in the IT field.
Before joining RGP (a former division of Deloitte and Touche) in March 2017 as an IT Project Management consultant, she worked in the banking industry for 18 years, mainly on Information Security projects. Her PMO background is also vast as she helped with creating PMOs in highly successful organizations, namely for KeyBank and for Data Management, Inc. She’s currently one of the PMs managing an acquisition project for AMEX Global Business Travel.
In her spare time, Jeanne is a semi-professional singer performing in an acoustic duo as well as volunteering at Feed My Starving Children (one of her most favorite charitable organizations). She loves to travel, especially to San Diego and Sedona). She attends holistic events around town and enjoys working on her new house. As a Reiki Master and singing bowls sound practitioner, she also offers energy clearings and healings to balance and harmonize herself and those around her.
See Jeanne’s 2019 Celebrating Women in Project Management profile.
What is your project management super power?
My project management superpower is tenacity (with grace). I’m extremely persistent in adhering to timelines, scope, budget, etc… with fortitude (and flexibility where needed); in other words, I ‘get stuff done.’
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Hmmm, this is an interesting question as I haven’t experienced any diversity when it comes to gender in the project management profession. I work with males and females alike in my current job from all walks of life and they’re all consummate professionals. Now, if you want to talk about gender diversity in the IT field in general, that’s a topic of discussion I could wax on for hours.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Communication, Communication, Communication… and did I mention Communication? 🙂 I feel that striving for new and inventive ways to communicate with others is paramount in the field of project management. Learning how to speak and write effectively and succinctly while motivating resources and informing management is an art as well as a science. Consequently, the listening part of communication also comes into play here. It’s a two-way street. Learning how to be quiet and to be present when someone else is talking will really send a message that you care and it fosters that success we all seek in this field.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
By keeping a positive attitude and focusing on the silver lining. There are no such things as accidents or coincidences. Everything happens for a reason and when adversity rears its head at me, I stop it in its tracks. Having a positive attitude also fosters resilience in business and in life.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
It’s no surprise that my answer to this question would be Open what??… Open Communication. 🙂 And not just via an IM or text. Pick up the phone or walk over to the person’s cubicle or office and look him/her in the eye and have a face to face conversation about the matter at hand. Direct human interaction is the key to resolving conflict.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
I actually go by five words… have ever since I worked my first Project Management job many years ago and that’s T.R.A.I.L. Teamwork Respect Accountability Integrity Leadership I’ve used this acronym as my motto for over 20 years as it focuses me to be the project management “Trailblazer” I desire to be!
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