Elizabeth speaking at APM Conference 2010

Elizabeth speaking at APM Conference 2010

About A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

This blog began when I realised that there weren’t enough women writing and speaking about project management, although there were plenty working very hard at it.  Back in 2006, flicking through the trade press and going to conferences meant reading and listening to what men had to say about project management.  There’s nothing wrong with that – they were (and still are) often very good.  But the project management world was lacking a female perspective.  Basically, there wasn’t enough stuff about shoes, chocolate and crafts for my liking.

Today, things are better.  Conference organisers tell me that they go to lengths to attract female speakers.  Editors have more balanced editorial panels.  However, it isn’t their fault that they have to make a special effort: it’s ours.  If we want women to have a more active role in promoting project management as a 21st century profession we need to get out there and do something about it.

“Keep on doing what you’re doing – giving us, girls, the best suggestions and advice about how to be better as project managers! Thank you!” Ani, Bulgaria

I don’t speak for all female project managers, of course.  And I hope I speak to men as well.  This blog has evolved over the last years into a place where I hope all project managers will find something useful.  A Girl’s Guide to Project Management aims to provide some direction in the world of project management by offering news, opinion and coverage of the many project management events that happen in the UK (and when I can get to them, overseas too).

In short, I’m the Girl, and this is my Guide.  Welcome.


I’m a career project and programme manager with a decade of experience in healthcare and financial services, including two spent working in Paris, France.  I’m the author of Social Media for Project Managers, Customer-Centric Project Management and Shortcuts To Success: Project Management in the Real World (now in its second edition).  I occasionally speak at conferences and events, and I try not to fall off the stage too often.

I’m Director of The Otobos Group, which is a project communications consultancy. We help people tell the story of their project more effectively.

A Girl’s Guide to Project Management is an award-winning blog.  It won the Project Management category of the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  In 2010 I was also named Computer Weekly’s Blogger of the Year and in 2011 I was named Computer Weekly’s IT Professional Blogger of the Year. If you’re interested, you can see a list of awards and accolades here. Over the years people have said some very nice things.

You can find me on Google+.

About this site

The views expressed on this site are mine only, and don’t represent those of any employer past or present with whom I have worked.

Posts are copyright me unless otherwise specified.  That means you can’t copy and paste my writing from here to your own website.  Comments and guest posts are copyright their authors.  For more terms, read this.

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My engagement to you is to try to post an interesting piece about project management at least twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. If anything else appears, consider yourselves fortunate!

I can be contacted at elizabeth [at] otobosgroup [dot] com or use the contact form.  For a better chance of a reply, read the pitch policy first.

Photo credit:  APM

The Office Goddess Mug photo, which I used during 2009 to illustrate the Office Goddess series, is used by permission of Ganz.