Eman ElRashidy

Eman ElRashidy

IT Projects Manager | Program Manager

  • Years as a PM8
  • Years with PMI8

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Managing complex projects requires a great deal of analysis and understanding of project key success factors, efficient handling of different stakeholders in such challenging projects is usually one of these factors, we need to always remember that project managers are human beings with feelings that sometimes are strong enough to drive the project and introduce negative impact on it, it’s very important that projects managers are aware of their behaviors and always question their motives, we often fall into the trap of making decisions that seem rational while it’s based on emotions.

We are all aware that it’s always easier to judge things from outside and act accordingly, those who don’t have empathy to understand others motives and emotions might be eventually not tackling the real issue, in complex projects where we have diverse stakeholders and tightly coupled components, things can go out of control if the real issues are not detected and handled properly.

I have read before that emotions can be considered as a process created by us, if we create it then we can improve, regulate and manage it, and given that we are dealing with stakeholders that have emotions, we can consider managing their emotions considering our followed code of ethics and this is achieved by learning and developing the skill of emotional intelligence.

The interesting thing about practicing project management is that we often don’t do the same tasks in the same order every day, we shuffle between different tasks to serve the project in the best possible way targeting to eventually achieve its objectives, we have the flexibility to tailor our daily tasks according to the followed methodology and project need.

For me as a project manager the first thing that I do is to check my prioritized tasks list of the day, some of them might already have reserved slots on my calendar according to the needed time for execution and my available time, the daily tasks are usually planned beforehand such as a due issue action item, a mitigation plan execution for a certain risk, a meeting that I need to prepare for, or a due management activity related to the project. The priority of the daily tasks might change according to the daily important events that take place and need our intervention, however, it’s important for us as project managers to drive the change and not be driven by events in our projects and this requires a previously planned proactive effort for the project activities and expected events.

Project managers usually face common challenges that were widely discussed before, from my own point of view, a key challenge is “Knowing your real areas of improvement”. There are always areas of development and improvement, project managers often get feedback from limited perspectives, and are sometimes positively or negatively impacted by the client satisfaction or management satisfaction without tackling other points that needs the real work, this can lead to having the same issues for considerable time without being aware of them, and might be found at later stage when moving to another account or organization. Its encouraged to seek feedback from your team and all possible stakeholders, anonymous feedback will ensure clearer and more honest feedback, if possible, share this feedback with your managers with your own recommendations and seek their input, if this is not possible, you need to start working on them immediately as part of your personal development plan. It’s also encouraged to participate in project management webinars and knowing latest trends, it’s always beneficial to make use of others experiences , building on them and customizing them to ensure real added value.
My relation with PMI began 2011 in pursuit of project management certificate, but now, my relation with PMI is much more, for me, PMI is the home of project managers, and the ultimate reference to know project management standards and how they should be applied. Despite of cultural, location and business domain differences, we’re all gathered under PMI umbrella, following its code of ethics, acknowledging PMI positive impact on our careers as project managers. With the growing number of PMI certified members every year, PMI certificates became prerequisite and mandatory requirement for many organizations who seek skilled project managers, as it became an acknowledged proof of how a good project manager should be. PMI is always keen to ensure project managers are up to date with new trending technologies and biggest challenges in project management world and how to overcome them, through enabling project managers to attend PMI events and expos, which also enabled us to get connected to our colleagues from all over the world, allowing us to discuss our issues and share our experiences, we now one big family of project managers. We’re celebrating five decades of success and achievements, happy 50th anniversary PMI!