Pooja Ganpati Upadhyay
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Pittsburgh PA , USA
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9 years of experience in development and delivery; motivation and team leadership, general and technical and project management for clients from different industries. Highly skilled in Project Management, Business System Analysis, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning, Internal Auditing, and Establishing policy frameworks using IT Controls. Experience managing complicated project plans using agile methodologies and working with diverse set of senior stakeholders on requirements, roles and responsibilities, project timelines. Strong problem-solving skills through previous experience in a Business Management environment, including Program Management, Financial Controls, Business/Technology Priorities & Goals, Project Planning, Risk Avoidance & Mitigation, and Business Strategy & Growth.
Areas of Expertise: Project Management, Business System Analysis, Salesforce, Cloud Security, Strategic Analysis, Quality Assurance, Risk Assessment, Agile Implementation, Internal Auditing, DMAIC.
What is your project management super power?
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Education is first step towards improving gender diversity. Also, having a support network of women from similar profession has helped me a lot in my growth as project and program manager.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
As a relatively new PM, flexibility and ability to adapt to new frameworks will be a key to success.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Every difficult situation is taste of your strength as leader and as individual. I recently went through sudden demise of my father and it was same time the work life balance was not good. In order to handle the most difficult period of my life I relied heavily on support and guidance from friends and and my peers.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
I have found it useful to have an open discussion around the issue causing the conflict and inviting both the parties to table with their version of solution. This helps find middle ground.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
People, planning, challenge.
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