A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, by Elizabeth Harrin, is one of the most highly regarded blogs by project managers with a renowned author and project management lifer spearheading its constant feed.
Elizabeth is based in London, and boasts of several credentials of high standing: she is a founder member of PMI’s New Media Council, a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a PRINCE2 Practitioner who has written a critically acclaimed book, Project Management in the Real World. She started A Girl’s Guide, also known as PM 4 Girls, in January 2006 as a means to give voice to the bevy of women underrepresented in conferences despite a solid presence in the projects she had worked in.
“I blog because I’m a writer and I can’t help it,” she says. ”But also because I hope what I write about is interesting enough for other people to learn from or take some ideas from.”
“I started blogging partly because I was writing a book at the time, and partly because I was tired of attending conferences, and seeing men on the podium the whole time”.
“I have always worked in departments with equal splits of male and female project managers, but in 2006 there were very few women contributing articles or speaking at conferences and I felt we lacked a voice. I can’t speak on behalf of all female project managers, but I can offer a little bit of insight into how we think!”
PM 4 Girls features two new posts a week. “Mondays and Wednesdays, normally,” she says. “Sometimes a bit more if I have something to share.”
Tailored to her specific interests, Elizabeth tries to stay fresh and current by remaining up to date on the issues, news and especially the reading materials a project manager should know about. And though the title would suggest otherwise, she doesn’t write for women alone, though she does try to “cover topics of working women, equal pay and hand bags”
“A Girl’s Guide to Project Management focuses on the practical side of project management. I’m not methodology specific (but I have a PRINCE2 bias for my theme this year), and I write about what interests me (and what I think interests everyone else) – news, interviews, events. I also have a particular interest in books, given that I’m an author myself, so I review a lot of books. My strapline is ‘Trying to stay OTOBOS’ – on time, on budget, on scope.”
Elizabeth’s three personal favourites include:
You can also follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @Pm4girls
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