What makes working as a Project Manager (PM) so unique?
The opportunity to work with many different people with a huge variety of backgrounds, education levels and expertise. You get the chance to be at the forefront of change and witness the impact of your efforts.
How would your colleagues describe you?
I hope they would describe me as dedicated, organised and reliable.
What is your go-to productivity trick?
I would like to refer to the 4 D's of Time Management, or the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
How can you stand out as a PM?
I would say by clear and frequent communication with all your stakeholders. It is striking to see how often the communication aspect in projects is underestimated. Anyone can make a project plan, but to actually get it done, specific communication is needed, addressed to each (group of) stakeholders.
In my opinion, communication or facilitating it is probably the most important skill of a PM. It allows you to ensure that everyone knows what to do and when to do it, in order to meet stakeholder expectations. I heard someone say not long ago that a good PM has to spend about 90% of his/her time communicating in some way. Although that number may be somewhat exaggerated, there is certainly a grain of truth in this statement.
It is also important to be friendly and understanding at all times. After all, we work with people, not robots. If someone does not deliver on promised actions, try to understand the reason behind them and help them to achieve the goals you have set together for the project.
If you could go back in time, what would you say to yourself at the beginning of your career?
Be more ambitious and confident.
What gives you a professional high?
Delivering a quality result with a team of motivated people is what gives me the greatest satisfaction.