MiniBio - VP of Membership

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    Esther Lu, PMP

    Vice President of Membership 

    How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

    Over the last ten years of my career, I have been in many lead technical role positions with facets of project management.  It's only within the last year that I have held the formal title as a project manager focused on software implementations.

    How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI Chapter and in what capacities?

    I started volunteering for the Chapter two years ago in the summer of 2015 by managing volunteer data records to ensure we could communicate and recognize our volunteers.  This was my stepping stone volunteer role that opened my eyes to the world of PMI and its practitioner network. 

    Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

    I struggle to name a single project from my experience as being the most interesting, challenging, or exciting.  For many PM practitioners, we can all attest each project has its own unique project DNA sequence. From that perspective it is hard for me to quantify which of my projects has been the most exciting, interesting, or challenging.  

    Which part(s) of the Chapters Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?

    Stakeholder management resonates the most with me. PMI is a volunteer-driven organization, meaning we have limited resources and time to achieve our targeted services for our membership community.  Without proper understanding of our stakeholders (members and volunteers alike) how do we know where to focus our limited resources and time to maximize our service deliverables? 

    Truly understanding our stakeholders allows the Houston PMI Board of Directors to understand the services that are valued by our membership community.  The services we offer should be based on specific indicators and survey poll results to derive the value proposition within our membership community.  

    If you could change something about the Project Management field, what would it be and why?

    I recently had a very interesting conversation with other members from our PM community. They highlighted the perception that it is difficult for many project managers to cross over into other industries as a PM.  For example, it is difficult for an oil and gas PM to cross over to a healthcare setting as a PM.  Thus, the perception is that PMs are limited to their functional industry field. 

    They agreed that this is not an accurate perception. The core of what we do in project management is the same across all industries. Of course with enough training in a specific industry, plus our core PM skills, we should be able to adapt ourselves into other industries and apply our core PM skill sets there. The perception that PMs can only be applicable to their functional field is a perception that I want to tackle.  As PMs, we are adaptable and can learn a new functional industry and contribute in that arena as a practitioner.