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15 Practical Tips and Tested Strategies from Women in Project Management

I wanted to share some tips with you from the amazing women in project management that I interviewed for this blog. I was struck by the willingness to share the wisdom that was shared in the discussions.
Here are 15 practical tips from our amazing women community. These tips have been tested and proven to be effective. These tips can be applied to your career and projects. As we #PressForProgress, I hope so.
#1: Book Virtual Meetings on A Schedule
Sofia Hess states:
For geographically dispersed teams, virtual meetings are crucial. It is important that meetings take place on set days and times. However, they can also be held spontaneously if there is something not in the norm. To ensure that these meetings are short-winded, it is important to focus on the essentials.
However, virtual meetings cannot replace regular interaction with colleagues sitting next to you. In-person meetings can’t be replaced by virtual meetings. We meet in person about once per month. This is extremely important for our team.
You can read the entire interview with Sofia Hess right here.
#2: Delegate
Emma Seaton Smith says:
I wish I knew more about project management when I started. It’s not about shirking your responsibilities. It’s about making the most of your time.
If you have a task that can easily be assigned to an administrator, or if there are tasks that can be managed using a process that others can follow, then spend the time to set it up.
You can read the entire interview with Emma Seaton Smith here.
#3: Recognize the Strengths of Your Team
Kate Morris says:
Gallup Strengths were implemented in my team. This allowed me to assign projects, project resources, and delivery outcomes that were in line with their individual strengths. This resulted in happier team members and better outcomes.
I enjoyed promoting collaboration and allowing others to see things differently. My team grew in understanding of their strengths. This learning in skills assessment was also adopted by other teams, which was a benefit to both the individual team members as well as the company.
Know what you can bring to the table. My skills are different from my male counterparts, and that’s a great thing! Because I have a different perspective, I’m where I am today.
Spend time learning about your strengths and working to improve. It is powerful to know what you are good at and how you can make your job more enjoyable.
You can read the entire interview with Kate Morris right here.
#4: Stay up-to-date with technology
Rachel Gertz says:
Technology is changing every industry. It is automating feedback, shortening learning and onboarding cycles, and revolutionising our tools to facilitate transparency and collaboration among stakeholders.
This is fundamentally changing the way project management approaches and results are done. As work culture and job roles change, rigid knowledge systems will have to adapt to keep up. This means that we must change the way we manage projects.
Project management requires an extraordinary amount of emotional intelligence as well as critical thinking. This job will be the last to be automated as machine learning and artificial intelligence rise up the employment ladder.
You can read the entire interview with Rachel Gertz right here.
#5: Make Time to Develop Yourself
Pam Shergill:
Women often face challenges managing a household, children, and a full-time job. Make time each week to invest in your personal growth. Be inspired by inspirational stories and blogs about project management. Believe I can… instead of if only!
Write down a plan of what you want, and include clear actions and timelines. To get there, set yourself small milestones. Give yourself time and energy.