Many Of My Project Management Skills Became Ingrained As A Kid In Bangladesh
As The Oldest Of Three Children, I Was Often Responsible For Logistics
By necessity, I was raised to be very disciplined in my activities. My dad was busy earning a living operating two small pharmacies, and I had to step up and take responsibility. As far back as I can remember, I had to be punctual, prioritize tasks, coordinate activities, and make sure things went smoothly. I quickly recognized what was important and what wasn’t, and optimized the important items.
Another relevant experience of my childhood was learning to thrive during change. I’ve always dealt with an unusual amount of different people and changing environments. Scoping out the Big Picture, quickly adjusting, and settling in was a constant scenario. My family made sure I was a thermostat rather than a thermometer.
My father, always forward thinking, made sure that we children got the best available English skills. He always envisioned bringing us to America. Every year for 8 or 9 years, he entered us in the United States Diversity Immigrant Visa lottery. Finally, we won the lottery and moved to the States in 2000.
Moving from impoverished Bangladesh to the Silicon Valley, was an extreme culture shock. There were plenty of adjustments and we, as a family, had to get up and running quickly. We wanted to thrive and needed to learn different things, change our mentality and adapt fast. Again, those core skills of a great project manager I learned as a child came to the fore. My early realization—if you can’t execute, it doesn’t mean a lot—came in handy for the family.
My Parent’s Highest Aspiration For Me Was To Be A Doctor
But That Never Felt Like a Fit
I got into project management in college. When it was time for me to go to college, my parents wanted me to have the stability of being a doctor. But, I had a passion for how to improve things, how to run things effectively. I majored in Business Administration, and many of the classes were logical learning like data analytics. I loved figuring out decisions based on data, and learning how to run a business.
I started taking classes in project management and everything fell in place for me. My childhood “lessons” took on new significance. We studied live project examples in my classes. These examples describe how a project was managed, the challenges faced, and the tips and tricks used to deliver the project successfully. I felt that I’d discovered my calling.
No two projects are identical, each calls for numerous adaptations. Situational leaders, thrown into a new environment, must quickly adapt and evolve. It all boils down to the project manager having the ability to get along with people—while making sure that things get done. Those are characteristics I look for in all our project manager candidates.
I received my Bachelor Of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Information Technology. My years at Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson School of Business shaped my career.
Next—Figuring Out How Corporate and Public Sector Environments Work
There Was A Lot To Learn and I Wanted To Build My Skills
Over eight years, I immersed myself in sharpening project management skills and knowledge. Over that time, I worked for a number of fortune 500 companies, including Adobe, Levi Strauss, Nvidia, Wells Fargo Bank. It was important for me to also understand public sector environments, and I worked for the City and County of San Francisco and the County of Santa Clara.
Most of my jobs were as a contractor, though I did have a couple of full-time jobs. Being a contractor was more of a natural fit for my voracious learning style. It also fit my personal preference to be at the leading edge of change.
My specialty became turning around a failing or stalled project. I’m proud to say that my success rate with those turnarounds ran in the high-90th percentile. Turning projects around requires quickly understanding priorities, key players, and constraints (time, budget, resources). A project manager must see the Big Picture fast and know what parts to move to get things happening. Fast motion—the right motion—is critical to gaining traction for a stalled project.
I constantly took continuing education classes on the side. I studied aspects of SCRUM certification, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification—consistently “filling in the holes” of what I knew. There was always a reason—learning a different aspect of project management. Whether it was administrative, informational security, or infrastructure knowledge, I wanted to deeply understand. The need to make things better drives all my learning.
A Gap In Recruiting Services Revealed A Business Opportunity
That’s What Led To Progile Tech
Putting a team together to get a project up and running exposed a recruiting need. As I worked with recruiters to find project managers, it became obvious that there was no organization that specialized in placing PM’s. Working to fill a PM role while navigating business requirements and difficult stakeholders led me to decide to fill that gap.
It’s no secret that there’s a large failure rate in projects. The key to success is a highly skilled project manager. I saw an obvious opportunity to change failure statistics by recruiting and placing the cream of the crop PM’s. From that realization, Progile Tech was born in 2016.
The Time Was Just Right—For Me And For My Clients
Collapsing the time-to-hire for project managers is an obvious way to improve project management. With a project in trouble needing new leadership, onboarding in a week rescues the project. Sure, you can spend three months accomplishing that, but you don’t have to.
Where To Next?
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