Shilpa Gnaneshwar, PMP
Shilpa has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry having worked on projects across industries and technologies. She is specialized in Product Development, Software Services, Infrastructure Management and Business Intelligence across Healthcare, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Presently she is working as an IM Project Manager Business Solutions in GE Aviation responsible for defining and executing the roadmap for partner integration within Supply Chain.
She has a MSc In Informatics, from the University of Edinburgh and is PMP and CSM certified. She has been associated with PMI Bangalore India Chapter for the last 5 years and is currently the Director for Volunteering.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My desire to achieve and belief that I can inspire myself to reach for the stars.
Technical skills or project management skills. Which is important and why?
Irrespective of the industry you are in it is important to have the technical expertise so that the project manager understands the nuances involved and be hands on as and when required. A successful project manager is one that has a good mix of these skills or is ready to learn and adapt.
What is your description of an effective team work?
Effective team work is purposeful and goal oriented, having good balance of skills and personalities working together collaboratively to deliver projects within project management constraints.
PMI Volunteering, Professional Commitment, Personal Commitment - How do you balance the three?
I love what I do and I am lucky to have family who appreciates and respects my interests. Managing time and interests with discipline has greatly helped me in balancing my life with my career and volunteering. I am very passionate about PMI volunteering, profession looks promising and personal life has never been better.
A good manager has to also be a good leader - your thoughts
Not all good managers are good leaders and vice versa. Leadership is a quality that cannot be inculcated but should be cultivated. Leaders are visionaries, self-driven, motivators and thought leaders; it will be good to have these qualities in a manager.
The greatest project management lesson you have learnt?
Project management lessons include Comprehension, Communication and Collaboration. You cannot do one without the other. Over the years I have realized that a combination of this really drives good project management.
An accomplishment, professional or personal that you cherish and like to share with us?
I have been on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years. This has given me an opportunity to learn from colleagues who have decades of experience, have been excellent mentors and has given me a chance to give back to the PM community.
Tell us your hobbies, or things you are passionate about?
I love trekking; the mountains keep calling me again and again. Also travelling, reading, painting, gardening, interior designing to name a few. I like trying out and learning new things, so the list just keeps going on.
Shilpa Gnaneshwar, PMP