CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I have extensive Project and Program Management experience within government and private sector organisations, including Transportation, Financial Services, Security and ERP. My roles have included enterprise-wide System Migration and Business Transformation programs.
I have experience with the establishment of Program Management Offices and development of processes, methodologies and reporting tools.
I have held and continue to hold a number of voluntary roles within the project management community including:
• Member of PMI Melbourne Board of Directors
• Chapter lead in the development of a PMI Framework for Project Manager Competence Development
• Head of Delegation representing PMI Global at the ISO in the development of a Standard for Societal Security
• PMO Lead for Victoria ICT for Women’s initiative GoGirlGoForIT
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
I appreciate the many opportunities which I have been provided to manage a broad variety of projects, leading teams of diverse resources, and engaging with stakeholders at all levels of organisations. Throughout my project management career I have been fortunate to have worked and lived in 6 different countries. A number of these roles were offered to me as a result of networks I have built.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
I have delivered a number of projects / programs with globally located teams ranging in size from 20 to 110 resources. In my more recent roles I have been asked to take over ‘projects in trouble’ and have been able to bring them to successful conclusions. I have also been asked to take over projects with ‘difficult’ stakeholders as others had not been able to work with them.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
From a personal perspective, my career as a project manager has afforded me with career opportunities in varying industries, countries and cultures. It has also provided me with opportunities to work with stakeholders at all levels of organisations and receive recognition from these stakeholders.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Among the key requirements of being a successful project manager are:
• Strong organisational skills
• Emotional intelligence
• The ability to multi-task
For many women these are natural characteristics as a result of the way they balance their personal lives with their careers. Demonstration of these characteristics can help women to stand out in the field of project management.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Every project is different and has unique challenges whether stakeholders, or time, cost or resource constraints. I have found a number of projects I have managed have required more than 9 – 5 time commitments. This can be challenging when trying to balance family life with work.
Culture does differ from organisation to organisation and I have found challenges in some situations including gender diversity.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
What gives me the greatest satisfaction is being sought after as a mentor and seeing those who have sought my advice progress in their careers.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
It’s a wonderful career choice and despite the move to agile, project management will always be required.
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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