Yanitsa Sirakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Yanitsa Sirakova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Yanitsa Sirakova


Location: Essen, Germany

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I’ve been in various project management roles for more than 10 years now. I have PMP, PRINCE2 and Scrum Fundamentals professional certificates. I have special interest in Risk and Change Management. My work experience includes companies from real estate industry, IT and Software development companies.
For the last two years I’ve been based in Essen, Germany, working as a PMO for one of the biggest and most important strategic German companies- Thyssenkrupp.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

I can plan! Planning is one of my favorite activities not only professionally but also in my daily life. My favorite saying: Failing to plan is planning to fail.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

Communication, communication, communication.

I build and nurture my professional network by:

I usually use LinkedIn but also Project Management Institute website and chapters. The community there is built mostly by PM professionals.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

That actually project management is not so complicated as it seemed to me. A proper organization and coordination really make things much easier.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Sasha Bezuhanova, Gwynne Shotwell

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Make sure that you really understand the project requirements. In details.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

Read a lot, improve your knowledge and skills, be competitive!


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!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.



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