CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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I have been in ICT space for around 13 years. During that time I have worked both in the Applications and Project space. I thoroughly enjoyed projects so focused primary towards projects however Applications and Projects go hand in hand. During this time I have implemented medium to large projects in Oracle, SAP SuccessFactors, Kronos, Christ 21 and Page-up Recruitment.
I have recently launched my own consulting business specialising in project management services. I am now focusing on marketing my business to potential business so I can get some clients that I can work directly with.
What is your project management super power?
I think being a project manager is not purely about getting the project across the line but how I engage and build relationships during my project, is critical to me. Projects are delivered by people therefore I as the project manager/director, I need to always pay attention to my people, provide them with the roles & responsibilities, clear guidance and support them throughout the project so the project is delivered in a timely manner and within budget. Treating everyone that is working on my project with respect utter respect is important to me.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Entry into Engineering and Construction Project Management entry has always been low from female perspective. As this is a male dominant industry, females can find themselves in a world of macho cultures which deters them from entering this field. If females are to be attracted and retained in the Construction Project Management than there has to be some culture changes with the organisations, career progression for both male and female, I guess, flexible working arrangements does help for both genders as both parties play a significant roles in their home lives and also organisations need to embrace the diverse skills that women represent.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
I think keeping up with the changes in the methodologies and technology as we can make our lives easier with upcoming technologies but most importantly, the soft skills for the profession is very important. Its not all about technical capabilities in this profession but how you use your soft skills and get the job done through your engagement with people, clear communication, collaboration, planning & organising and also decision making.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I review in terms of what the situation was, what I did in that situation, how I reacted, what my role was. Basically dissecting the whole scenario and see how I can do things differently, if I was in that situation again. The key thing for me is to learn from it so there wont be a next time.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Well if there are conflicts with me and another person, then I would like to resolve it as soon as possible by talking it through. To see where things went wrong and how can I deal with something like that better next time.
If there was conflict between team members that I had get involve and resolve, I would bring both parties together, find out what the problem was and how we can move past it. Provide the support and guidance to everyone involved.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
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