Ellen: Traits of a successful project manager

Ellen: Traits of a successful project manager

Ellen’s Insights on Technical Program Management:

  1. Team Collaboration:
    • Ellen emphasizes the power of teamwork, believing that a group can achieve more together than individuals working alone.
    • Bringing people together and aligning them around a common goal can lead to amazing results.
  2. Dual Focus:
    • Successful project management involves a balance of focusing on goals and managing people.
    • A project manager must have a laser-like focus on execution while also effectively managing the team.
  3. Mentoring Approach:
    • Initially, Ellen guided project managers on their individual projects.
    • Over time, she shifted to mentoring project managers on how to think about their projects strategically.
    • This involves helping them develop their problem-solving and project management skills.
  4. Diverse Teams:
    • Ellen values diversity in her team, including different backgrounds and experiences.
    • She aims to build a global team that reflects the global nature of Google.
  5. Growth Advice:
    • Ellen advises new project managers to work on a variety of projects in different domains and with different people.
    • Each project provides learning opportunities and helps in personal and professional growth.