Projects are life: project management is about people.

Project management is more than checking things off a list. It is about people. For Eva Abeniacar-Bigatel she can pursue her passion for engineering and work with some incredible individuals. Eva is Engineering Project Manager for Volta Charging and is responsible for East Coast operations, installing electric vehicle chargers. Her project management journey is relatively new, but she credits her success to exposure to the fundamentals. Learn from this up-and-coming project management superstar as she shares her perspective on staying calm while managing hundreds of projects. What do you do? …

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Projects are Life: Asking the right questions takes you far

Project managers are the unsung heroes of the telecom industry. With the increase in the volume, variety, and velocity of projects these individuals are doing more with less and pushing their organization forward by demonstrating outstanding leadership. When Alicia Manzi, OSP Operations Manager at Segra, won the Project Manager of the Year Award at the Heroes of Telecom Awards, I knew I had to get to know her and hear her advice on breaking into the world of project management.  What is your first thought every morning? The past few …

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Projects are life: Terri Tidwell

“A CFO goes to their CEO and asks, “what if we train our employees and they leave?” The CEO responds, “what if we don’t and they stay?” About Terri Tidwell: Terri Tidwell is a Director of Project Controls for SQUAN’s engineering division. Having grown up with both parents working in the telecom industry, Terri got her foot in the industry’s door as a manual drafter. From there, her path to project management excellence was paved by demonstrating a high degree of competitiveness, developing empathy through hands-on experience for her crews, …

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Projects are life: Getting to the moon with the right people, process, and technology

After watching the Apollo 11 mission successfully land astronauts on the moon in 1969, kids around the world wanted to explore the final frontier and work at NASA. Tom Kwiatkowski, a project manager at ImOn Communications made it happen. When I mentioned I saw he worked at NASA he said “That intrigued me and I thought that would be a pretty neat thing to do.” Turns out, it was a very neat thing to do.  Tom takes the lessons learned from managing projects at NASA, the US Army, and Sikorsky …

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Projects are life: Think outside of the box.

Michelle Dinan is a network operations program manager at Swift Navigation. Swift, a San Francisco-based tech firm redefining GNSS and precise positioning technology for automotive, autonomous vehicle, mobile and mass-market applications. Michelle brings over 20 years of experience in various industries, from government to telecom, to the job. When you meet her, you notice her positivity, hard work ethic, and systematic thinking—that, and her fantastic sense of humor. Michelle gets projects done and even has a knack for rescuing the ones that “get away.” She shares how she got to …

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Projects are Life: Thoughtfulness leads to better project management

Projects are Life: Sarah Stevens, Centerline Communications Sarah Stevens is an Associate Project Manager at Centerline Communications, where she brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, new site development, real estate, zoning, and construction to the job every day. Sarah’s piece of advice to new project managers is, “you need to be willing to broaden your horizons.” After learning about her journey from architecture, commercial zoning, and construction, to telecommunications with Verizon Wireless and finally Centerline, it is clear that Sarah has taken her own advice throughout her career …

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