CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Wroclaw, Poland
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Project Manager, PMP and advocate of a combined change and project management approach in delivering new solutions.
Since the beginning of her project management career in 2012, Wioleta delivered a wide range of projects – she supported large scale technology transformation programmes with her project management expertise, implemented electronic referral system in various NHS Trusts across England, and managed a project of rolling out innovative laserlights to the whole fleet of city bikes in London to increase cyclists visibility and safety on the road. Currently she works for one of the Big 4 in Wroclaw, Poland, as IT PM.
Wioleta is passionate about sharing her knowledge, thoughts and experience with others by delivering project management workshops, speaking at conferences and running her blog at www.wioletakicman.com.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
I thrive on change and when you work as a PM you have it plenty! It is also deeply satisfying to be able to see the results of your work. A real value being created.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Communication. Building relationships and stakeholder engagement. Tenacity.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
… attending meetups and other local events, networking, running project management workshops, speaking at conferences.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
… that I do not need to do everything myself.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Oprah Winfrey and Sally Helgesen.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Do not let yourself to get overwhelmed by a challenge. “The way through the challenge is to get still and to ask yourself: what is the next right move. And then from that space, make the next right move.”
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Define what the success means to you, then plan it, visualize it, and step by step make it a reality. And be ready for challenges – it will not go smoothly! Persistence is the key.
When managing a project remember, that delivering it is a team effort, so do not try to do everything yourself. Also, make sure you understand and communicate the “why” behind the project. Speak your mind. Ask questions. And embrace change.
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!
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