Elizabeth Harrin and The OTOBOS Group: A Unique Perspective

In a recent survey done by a business school of a UK university, data seems to support the view that women make better project managers when project performance is reviewed against schedule, budget, and scope.

Dr. Chris Sauer of the Oxford University UK said that in his research and discussions with experienced PM practitioners, male PMs do not argue this particular view, and the female PMs do not contradict it either.

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Elizabeth Harrin headshotIntroducing Elizabeth Harrin

The survey’s data may have been pointing to Elizabeth Harrin as one of those well-performing project managers. With many years of experience in healthcare and financial services, Elizabeth is the current Head of IT Programme Delivery for Spire Healthcare.

She is a career project manager/programme manager with several initials of credentials following her name, such as MA, MBCS, and FAPM. She is also an MSP, PRINCE2, P3O Practitioner and PMI member. She is the Director of a Haringey, a blogger, and author.

On Time, on Budget, on Scope (OTOBOS)

OTOBOS is a project management term, and as Director of The OTOBOS Group, Elizabeth Harrin perfectly describes the aim of the company in delivering its writing projects to its clients.

As a project communications consultancy, The OTOBOS Group offers many kinds of services that include copywriting, web content for blogs, newsletters, and press releases. The company helps in producing eBooks, project management templates, case study documentation, and other forms of documentation, as well as making the reading experience better and less boring.

Although based in the UK, Elizabeth does not see any obstacle that email, Skype, or any other modern-day communication tool cannot overcome. J. Parkin of Kinley Consulting, Ltd, described selecting The OTOBOS Group for their expert knowledge of the project management domain, as well as their expert business writers and responsive customer service.

Perhaps what stands out with Elizabeth and her company is the unique insight she provides, not only as a consultant, but as a current employee herself — immersed in the thick of things.

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The Girl and Her Guide

Elizabeth Harrin described how in 2006 she noticed a lack of perspective coming from women PMs in available trade materials and conference talks. The blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, came about to provide a unique female perspective about project management.

Elizabeth is clear that she is not the sole voice of women PMs, nor was she trying to reach only the female PM population. She writes her blogs so people would not have a hard time looking for female PM writers and speakers. Both the blog and Elizabeth both have received quite a number of blog awards throughout the years from various organizations, such as Computer Weekly.

Find Out More

Elizabeth Harrin maintains a presence for herself and her blog in several social network sites. She can be found on her personal website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Elizabeth also shares many resources including free eBooks, PDF files, book and software reviews, and a lot more on her GirlsGuideToPM resource page.

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