Vivian Furtado Celebrating Women in Project Management

Vivian Furtado Celebrating Women in Project Management

Vivian Furtado


Location: Brisbane, Australia

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Vivian is a project controls and project management professional with a civil and industrial engineering background and a broad skill base that is complementary to the successful management of projects, a result of 7 years construction experience in various positions across the globe (Brazil, Belgium and Australia).

With her first professional years being within residential construction projects, Vivian has taken part in high end building projects as well as major projects of establishing entire communities and commercial centres. While working as a Consultant, she has gained skills in the fields of Claims and Dispute Resolution, while also developing her knowledge in Scheduling and Project Management. This background has been carried through to her current roles.

Some of Vivian’s greatest assets are organisation and versatility, she adapts quickly to changing environments, while also being able to manage deadlines and multiple projects, and to accomplish tasks in all areas. Known by some her colleagues as a ‘closer’, and being dynamic and proactive, she is driven and enthusiastic about the construction industry, enjoying both office and field work.

What is your project management super power?

Organisation and adaptability. I can jump from a building construction project to software development and help coordinate timelines, resources and the communication flow in order to achieve outcomes.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Through visibility and leadership support to all levels. We need more visible female leaders that inspire other women, but we also need overall support for those females that are entering, returning or pushing through that next step on their careers.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Communication and adaptability. It is no news that good and effective communication is key, engaging stakeholders can make or break a project. However, we are moving towards ever changing and fast paced environments, where the new can become old very quickly and being able to quickly adapt and adjust to new settings, technologies and even personalities will be also key for future success.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

Taking a pause and a deep breath. Take a step back to check what lead you there and the root causes of the challenge you are facing, then work on those. When possible, seek support from key people that might be able to influence how the difficult situation turns out.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

You aren’t always the best person to have the conversation, so don’t be afraid to ask support from those who might be.
Similar to my previous answer, take a moment to check the root cause of the conflict, and who are the key stakeholders that can help shape how the situation develops. A step back and the right conversations can do wonders.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Connecting. People. Diversity. Connecting tasks, budgets, resources and most of all, people and outcomes/achievements.
The diversity of thought, types of projects, personalities. There is always something new to learn.




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