Project Management Institute

Carla Catalano, PMP

Senior Project Manager, Microsoft

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Carla Catalano, PMP

Location: Santiago, Chile

Title: Senior project manager

Organization: Microsoft

Sector: IT

What three adjectives best describe you?

Intuitive, integrative and agile.

What's the best project management advice you've received?

Projects are done by people. Always keep in mind that they have emotions, which influence their behavior and might impact results.

Whether cooking a meal or painting a house, people practice project management every day without formal knowledge.

What's the biggest challenge in your current project?

Keeping the team aligned and happy and focused on the expected results.

What's most rewarding about your job?

The smiles on the faces of the team when we reach our goals.

What skills led you to be hired for your job?

Cross-cultural team management, critical thinking and leadership skills.

What's your project management mantra?

We can do it!

What's something most people don't know about project management?

Whether cooking a meal or painting a house, people practice project management every day without formal knowledge. They are considering costs, scope and timing, and dealing with stakeholders, changes and risks.

How would you describe your project management style?

Participative leadership.

What historical project do you wish you could have worked on?

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain or Machu Picchu in Peru.

What's the best book you've read recently?

How to Live With a Teenager by María del Carmen Míguez. It gave me a different perspective on communication and negotiation.

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