Meet the Speakers: Carole Osterweil

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Elevator pitch, describe yourself in less than 2 sentences?

Eternally optimistic yet grounded in reality.  Carole’s on a mission - to make the human dynamics which get in the way of delivery more visible so we can get higher productivity and better outcomes with less stress.  

Best advice you’d give a young Project Manager in how to balance work and personal life?

You wouldn’t ask a lumberjack to chop trees for long hours, day after day with no break.  Project work is no different – it has to be sustainable.    

What, according to you, is an important skill for a project manager to succeed?

The ability to step back and ask, ‘what’s really going on here – for you, for me and for the project as a whole?’

Best advice you were ever given as a young aspiring project manager?

Trust Your Judgement and if you’re really not sure, run it by someone you trust.

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What part of the project do you find most “interesting and/or challenging”?

Working with all the pesky people stuff that goes on beneath the surface and bringing it into the open to find a way through.

What have been the biggest challenges in your career to date?

Finding my feet after managing myself out of an all-consuming and impossible role.

What has been the proudest moment in your life so far?

Catching sight of my daughters - I wrote a poem about it.

Alec’s funeral

I saw you differently today
Two grown women
Self-assured
Framed in sunlight

Flash Questions

Agile, Waterfall, Wagile or?
Put uncertainty on the table and we can span the great Agile- Waterfall divide

Cause you’re Passionate about?
Preserving our Democracy and transparency in digital campaigning

Favourite Movie?
The Great Hack

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Mindsight – the new science of personal transformation, by Dan Siegel

Other Jobs you’ve had in the past?
Waitressing (taught me all about human dynamics)
Designing Inhalers for Asthmatics

 
Victoria Poole