Magdalena Kocot Celebrating Women in Project Management

Magdalena Kocot Celebrating Women in Project Management

Magdalena Kocot

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Krakow, Poland

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Bio:

A graduate of Biomedical Engineering at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Thanks to her studies, she fell in love with healthcare and new technologies. On a daily basis, she has the opportunity to combine these two worlds at work. As a project manager in Consonance, she deals with healthtech projects, which include the development, design, production, certification and commercialization of medical devices. In addition, she is constantly striving to extend her knowledge and encourages others to do so through her activity in Women in Technology. In her free time, she bakes, travels around the world, reads thrillers, learns new languages, and can not imagine winter without snowboarding.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

Dynamics. You never know what will happen tomorrow, what problem will occur, what your team and client will come up with. Of course, in perfect world, you should predict and avoid risks. But it should not be all about planning and predicting. You need to be ready for everything, think quickly, be brave and creative. You need to trust your instinct and of course your team 🙂

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

  • Engagement – you need to be motivated, have purpose, show it to your team and engage them,
  • Communication – you need to be able to communicate successfully not only with your team but also with your client.
  • Experience – this is one of the most important part of PM job. And it is a skill – to use your experience and gained knowledge in future projects.

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Being an organizer in Women in Technology Krakow and Tech Leaders and taking part in workshops and meet ups.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

I wish I had known that I was a project manager haha. I started as a R&D Engineer but it soon turned out that what I was doing was actually project management. Then I started discovering what it really means to be a project manager, what are my duties, how to perform my duties, what are the best practices and.. I am still discovering the PM world.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Sheryl Sandberg – she inspired me, taught me that my voice matters, that I can overcome my weaknesses and that I should do this everyday. If I am afraid to do something, I watch her TED presentation or read her book once again 🙂

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

“Trust yourself”. You don’t need to know everything, you can figure it out.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs
Don’t think that you know everything, constantly extend your knowledge and develop your skills. Never stop.

GET INVOLVED

Hello amazing women of the project management world!

My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.

 

 

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