On today’s PMChat we took a slightly more circumspect look at Project Management than normal – we chatted about “90 Days in the Life of You”. A terrific opportunity to share a little bit about each other – our professional practice, aspirations, upcoming challenges & things we’ve learned.
Today’s chat was inspired by some wonderful changes that we’re seeing on PMChat – after moving the APAC (mid-week) session, we’ve seen more of our UK/EU friends join in. I love it! So this was a terrific opportunity to get to know each other a bit more.
As usual, I’ve added my replies in italics – please feel free to join the conversation and add your thoughts at any time!
A1. I’m currently contracting to NTT Security, running a series of strategic projects for the Tokyo head office, across Australia, Singapore, and Europe. I’ve been with the company for 12 months, following 2 years with sister-company Dimension Data. With DD and NTTS, I’ve been lucky enough to work in Singapore and South Africa, while also leading teams in North America and UK/EU. It’s been a brilliant ride 🙂
A2. I love working on complex, international projects & am itching to work for an extended period in UK/Europe. My big thing is breaking down complexity, connecting with people and helping them see how they fit into the picture (giving them an emotional stake).
A3. I was recently given a Sydney office construction project (100 seats, 24/7 operation) – extremely high profile within the company, a regional showcase. Thing is, I’ve never done construction. Aagh! Learning EVERYTHING on the job? Oh yeah! My foundation Project Management principles are the same, but the language, methodology, deliverables and expectations are all new. I feel like I’m starting out all over again 🙂
A4. I’ve been reminded that our stakeholders want us to succeed. They hate uncertainty & want to invest their trust & authority in us. If we conduct ourselves with confidence and provide stability and clarity, they will help us
A5. I’ll be juggling the uncertainty of working through the Kafkaesque maze of government, regulatory and landlord permits, with the absolute certainty that concrete will be poured on a certain day and time!
A6. I’m genuinely excited by 1. Mars colonisation & 2. commercialisation of space travel. I love that #ProjectManagement can bring Elon Musk’s audacity to life – he puts out visionary ideas & then relies on smart people to invent/deliver changes needed to get there
A7. Charles Dickens – he taught me to see the humanity in people, regardless of their circumstances. Abraham Lincoln – courage, leadership and a rock solid ability to bring people along with him on an insanely, impossibly difficult, morally certain change journey
As always, you are welcome to join the chat – look for the #PMChat hashtag on Twitter. Remember our new time – Tuesday 1500 PT, 1800 ET, 2300 GMT (sorry guys!) / Wednesday 0100 SAST (ouch!), 0800 AEST, 1000 NZST.