6 Women Leading the Way in IT Project Management
Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. A day all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action.
It marks a call to action for gender parity – not only for International Women’s Day but for every day. This aim for equality infiltrates all industries and roles, including project management.
Today, we join the world in celebrating the success of women in different fields; in our case, project management success!
If we want the project management sector to thrive we need to ensure that we’re encouraging the widest pool of talent into the sector.- Teri Okoro, WiPM SIG Chair, Association for Project Management.
Here are some of the women from the BrightWork customer community who are leading the way in IT project management:
- Sinéad Ní Fhaoláin, Head of Planning and Standards at the National University of Ireland explains how they leverage SharePoint to manage the entire spread of project management.
- Rebecca Olvera, Project Manager at Chicago Housing Authority shares how they now leverage SharePoint for faster and more consistent project reporting.
- Hannah Bayliss, Business Transformation Project Manager at Northamptonshire County Council talks of establishing openness and transparency across all projects with SharePoint solution.
- Stephanie Saravia, Project Manager, Connectivity Solutions at Sonic Healthcare works to Improve Project Collaboration and Visibility.
- Nicole Taylor, Director, IT PMO at Triumph Group tackles project management maturity.
- Michelle Boyes, Project Manager at Universal Health Services masters SQL Reporting.
Having the correct skills needed to be a good project manager, regardless of gender, will ultimately lead to the most successful projects. By blending the strengths and skills found in both sexes with the correct project management methodology, greater successes will be achieved. It is all about getting the balance right!
In 2015 The Institute of Project Management Ireland published findings from their annual survey of practitioners that were eye-opening:
“41% of the respondents and practitioners were women”
“When questioned about their role in Project Management, women were more likely than men to consider project management as their primary profession, though they were less likely than their male counterparts to work exclusively on projects, being more likely to spend 25-50% of their time working in Project Management related activities, and the remainder of their time in other roles.”
“Looking at the variety of projects and teams, women are slightly more likely to work on a wider variety of projects compared to their male counterparts.”
“When questioned about the type and value of projects undertaken, women are more likely to work on projects of a shorter duration and of a lower monetary value than their male.”
All of this tells us that we still have a ways to go if we want to achieve gender parity, not only in project management but across all industries and societies.