Lien Perk Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lien Perk Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lien Perk


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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For the past 12 years I have been working as a project/program/ portfolio coordinator and PMO consultant, implementing and supporting solutions for international enterprises in various industries. During these years I have grown my knowledge of traditional PM approaches like PMP/CAPM, Prince2 and IPMA D. In the past couple years my knowledge of agile (scrum) has grown and I have developed a special interest in organizational change management, user adoption and (team) coaching.

With a background in Communication, I have fully developed my talent to connect, coach and facilitate people and teams. I have a passion for supporting organizations getting a better grip on their projects, portfolios and programs and solve issues with creativity to help them grow. A special interest of mine is coaching teams with cross cultural backgrounds. Happy to connect with other PM heroes out there and share experiences!

What is your project management super power?

Anything people – stakeholder management, communication, user adoption, training and explaining.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Recent developments around agile and iterative project management will make sure the gender diversity will be improved. Technical output is becoming less relevant and teamwork, multitasking and communication are becoming the norm for PM success. In general, women are better at providing those skills, so I foresee a natural increase of women in the profession based on the need for these soft skills that are required for successfully managing projects.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

People skills, communication and being able to listen carefully.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I take a good long walk on the beach or I ride my horse. Both very good for internal reflection which helps me recover (and be prepared for a next time)!

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

– Emotions are temporary, wait till they have come down again
– Listen before you speak
– Ask open questions, to understand the why of the conflict
– Offer your help & support and ask for help as well. Be honest in what you need from each other
– Remember, we all want the same thing!

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

People, problem solving, temporary.




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