CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Well I started in ICT way back when….
Then was given project to manage with no training or support. Managed to get through it and then went on from there. I have managed projects across a number of different industries, I have worked for governments, companies and consultancy firms. So I have seen the PM from both sides of the fence.
I have set up PMOs, implemented project management frameworks and instigated project management training in 3 organisations. Most recently co-facilitated training of 150 people across 3 countries in my current company with more to come. I was a finalist in the Learning Solutions Awards from ILP Worldwide in 2019 for this training.
I am not afraid of public speaking and have presented at the Women in Project management Conference and the National AIPM conference a couple of times.
In an effort to learn more about project management I am now a Certified Practicing Project Manager and I also have a Masters of Project Management. Last year I was voted onto the AIPM Queensland Chapter Council where I hope to be able to further promote the benefits of project management.
What is your project management super power?
Spreading the benefits of project management and leading by example.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
It’s not just gender diversity but other types of diversity and unfortunately there is no easy answer. Project Management is deeply rooted in the construction industry and has a strong male bias. Getting in young and teaching project management at high schools would be a good start and NOT using construction projects as the standard case studies would help.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
I am constantly amazed that the soft skills are not given more credence. Organisational Change Management (OCM) is key to delivering most projects (Construction aside!) and probably because of the aforementioned roots PMBoK does not even mention OCM. It should be its own knowledge area.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
It really depends on the situation. But remember you are not the decision maker, your sponsor is. You as project manager have to provide options but the final decision is theirs. Use all the tools in your tool box, document issues, use your issues management process, keep the emotions at bay and be factual. Then there is always the final fall back – Wine 🙂
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
As above, try and keep factual and do not inflame emotions, look for the common ground and build the relationships. Good clear communication is key to conflict resolution and their lack is often the cause.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
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