Project Management

Women Are Born Project Managers

PMI Pearl City, Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP is a physician and currently an independent healthcare IT and project management consultant. She has a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics and Neonatology from the University of Health Sciences, India. Deepa is an advocate of using project management in healthcare and related domains. She has worked extensively in the confluence of clinical medicine, IT and project management domains with hands-on experience in managing projects from conception to closure.

My mother entered the room enquiring about a phone number that I had asked her to call. “Is this the phone number that you mentioned?”

“Yes! ”I replied in a slightly irritated tone. I was completely preoccupied with my project work and was constantly near my laptop, either working with the excel spreadsheets, writing emails or making phone calls. I was sitting in the cozy comfort of my house with all needed technical infrastructure at my disposal--and yet still anxious about my project success.

At the lunch table we all were discussing some general topics and my mother enquired about the project that had gotten me so preoccupied. She saw the anxiety in my actions and thoughts and sensed that the project was challenging.

“You seem way too preoccupied in this project. Is there any problem?” she enquired.

“No, not much! Things are under control but I am handling such a project for the first time and so that is making me nervous. Besides, the client expectations are high and the team is new. Due to the economy issues at the client side, they have crunched our budget and have also requested us to deliver the project earlier than the date that was chosen. Our senior management is not so happy with it, and as a project manager I have to manage both the parties, my team and also be responsible for delivering the product.&…

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