Project Management Institute

Eleonora Pappalardo, PMP

Vodafone, Milan, Italy

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Location: Milan, Italy

Title: Senior consultant, internet of things customer onboarding

Organization: Vodafone

Sector: Telecommunications

What’s the top skill needed in today’s telecom projects?

Communication management helps align all stakeholders around new deliveries, capabilities and processes to reach expected results.

What’s the biggest challenge in your current project?

Controlling all dependencies among projects, platforms, processes and customers.

If you weren’t working in project management, what would be your dream job?

Pharmacist. I have a passion for chemistry and helping people.

If you could shadow one person for a day, who would it be?

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Her résumé shows how women can succeed in both the technology and business worlds.

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

Less is more! It’s the art of taking the superfluous out of a project.

What advice do you have for new project managers?

Work to bring people with different perspectives onto the same page so they’re committed to the project.

PMI is celebrating its 50th anniversary. What project in the past half-century has inspired you?

Anything related to artificial intelligence. Sophia, the human-like robot from Hanson Robotics, is an awesome result of perfect program management. PM

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