CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Mumbai, India
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I am a Professional Scrum Master (PSM-1) and a SAFe Agilist and currently working as a Agile Coach and an auditor with an overseas bank in TCS where I am coaching 100 projects. As a Delivery Assurance Manager I look after process and procedure compliances of all projects in the account. I have completed Green Belt Six Sigma certification.
Since 2008 I have worked in various roles of Java Developer, Tester etc.I won various awards Like Best Auditor,Best Star Team,On the Spot Award,Service and Commitment Award in TCS.
Besides work I go to villages and various colleges and NGOs to teach students from financially weak background. I impart training on Communication and leadership.
I was the President of Mumbai Toastmasters Club -it is a platform to hone communication & leadership skills. Our club won 6 awards during my stint as a President on National Level. I am a marathon runner who has completed full marathon(42 Km) at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2015.
I am a video blogger and conduct interviews of famous personalities through my video channel on Youtube.
This year I also won Woman of Substance Award in “Corporate Category” from Global Indo SME Chamber.
Besides this I am a public-speaker/anchor and Bharatnatyam dancer by passion. I have hosted around 50 national and international conferences till date.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
I get to interact with a lot of people & help them
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
My greatest achievement as a PM till date is that I could help my project win a lot of Best Process Improvement Awards in my tenure of 5 years (around 10 to be specific). One has to understand that project management or the role of a project manager is not about hogging the limelight yourself. But a great Project manager is the one who is able to bring out the best out of his team and put the spotlight on the team’s work rather than his own.A best project manager talks and showcases massively about the great work that his/her team is doing. This boosts morale and trust of the team and they in turn produce better results. So, I would say that my greatest achievement till date is to identify these teams who were saving millions of dollars for our project and showcase them to our corporate team and get them recognised at the corporate level through awards so that other teams can learn from these high performing teams.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
Agile Way of Working which is taking the world by storm is more about people than processes and is more about collaboration than contract.And women are great at managing people and collaborating effectively with the team. It is a scientifically proven fact that productivity of an individual or a team member is directly proportional to his emotional state or mood. It is a scientifically proven fact as well that women are emotional creatures and being an emotional person women are very quick to understand emotional state of a team member that he or she is managing.She is quick to respond to issues and concerns of team member affecting their productivity and thereby is able to bring better results.I would say that women are empathetic and always try to keep everyone happy sometimes by sacrificing her own self.She is someone whom team members can go and talk to about any issue concerning them and she is a great collaborator.This makes her fit for Agile Way of Working.That’s what makes women great Project managers-it’s her understanding and caring nature.Look in your own homes,aren’t mothers great Project managers as well? 🙂
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Women can stand out in the field of project management by believing in themselves more.She at times has to make unpopular decisions that might upset the team members. But she has to stay strong to stick to even those decisions that teams might object if it is for the greater good of the company and the team. This requires courage. So,women needs to be more courageous while taking difficult decisions by believing in themselves.Because, at times popular choice is not the right choice. So, to women who are going for the role of a project manager my only advice is to listen to your heart,believe in yourself more and be courageous.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Women are still under-represented at larger project management platforms. At times concerns raised by women are not taken seriously. At times male bosses look at female employees as emotional fools. This mindset needs a shift as Agile Way of Working is more about dealing with your team members with emotional intelligence rather than logical intelligence. It requires understanding and empathy.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
We can make them exceptional PMs by instilling confidence in them that they can be fantastic at work. We can make them exceptional by giving them more recognition and celebrating their big and small successes with fervor. We can make them exceptional by giving them a platform through meetups, conferences etc, where she can speak about her concerns without any fear. Once you instil this kind of confidence in her she will become unstoppable and can add a lot of value to your company thereby causing immense profit for your firm.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
Women in Project Management-I just have one thing to say to you and that is if you feel that something is wrong about your workplace or if you are being harassed by your boss, then don’t shy away and speak up about your concerns at all levels wherever you can. Because by keeping your mouth shut you are encouraging the wrong doer. And he will repeat the behaviour with others as well. So, Speak up today.
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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