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Featured Member: Diane Higgins

By: Lejla Vehabovic

I had a chance to meet Diane over a cup of coffee and truly enjoyed our conversation. She currently  works as a Senior Project Manager for Federal Home Loan Bank. Diane frequently attends our chapter  meetings and volunteers for membership appreciation event. Take a few minutes out of your day and  get to know Diane!

{Lejla} Tell us about your project management experience?

{Diane} I started my career as a developer and have evolved into a project manager. My first  exposure to project management was at John Deere. They needed to implement a process that would automate a paper calculation into a computer-based solution.  I was able to coordinate several teams to implement this project. In 2008 John Deere started to hire contractors as project managers and the company moved towards agile. I served as a Scrum master during this transition and took on several projects. I earned my PMP in 2014. My favorite part of project management is the exposure to a wide range of people and teams. It also gives me a good sense of accomplishment. 

{Lejla} What is your greatest project accomplishment to date?

{Diane} Installing SailPoint Access Management System. FHLB transitioned from a paper-based system to a completely automated application system. By implementing this project, we will ensure the right people have the right access to the right applications at the right time.

{Lejla} Why did you get involved with PMI Central Iowa Chapter?

{Diane} I like building my knowledge base. It's also interesting to hear about everyone's project management experience. There is a lot of synergy, technical approaches and interesting ways to handle a project.

{Lejla} Provide us with five words that come to mind when you think of project management?

{Diane} Challenges, Relationships, Change, Synergy and Fun.

{Lejla} What do you do to keep your skills fresh?

{Diane} I enjoy listening to project management podcasts. You should listen to "Project Management Happy Hour" podcast. In each episode they talk about a problem faced in project management, share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.

BAs QAs and PMs, Oh My!
Professional Development Day 2019
 

Comments 1

Katherine Dietz on Friday, 12 April 2019 07:30

Thanks for all you do to support our chapter, Diane! Looking forward to checking out the podcast suggestion.

Thanks for all you do to support our chapter, Diane! Looking forward to checking out the podcast suggestion.
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