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Pavel Baranok and Project Management best practices

Pavel Baranok and Project Management best practices

How did you decide to pursue a Project Management career?

It was a natural transition as my career progressed. I started my career in IT as a front-end developer and started to apply myself to additional areas as the project(s) required. I gradually became involved in final testing, bug fixing, and client communication and was interested in taking ownership for the end to end delivery of the projects.

Which methodologies do you apply to your projects?

Methodologies are dependent on the specific project and project needs as well as the client and team maturity. I’m a big fan of Agile methodologies and we usually utilize classic Scrum or Kanban methodologies. For bigger customers and projects, Scrum of Scrums and SAFe are more suitable.

Walk us through your first steps when you start a new project.

What project are you working on currently?

I’m leading a program within multiple sub projects. The products we are creating are mobile applications for smart home and smart device management including lighting, energy, audio/video, security, and more.

What was the largest project you have ever worked on (in terms of team members) and the smallest?

The largest is the one I’m leading now. In fact, it is a group of projects with about 50 engineers in total. The smallest one was a 3 person project where I was working together with a requirements manager and a UX designer. We were working on collecting the requirements  and design sprints facilitation.

How do you manage several projects concurrently?

When you institute well-defined processes, then managing multiple projects at the same time is no longer a challenge. It all is just about setting up priorities. A project manager’s load varies at different stages of the project cycle. If you can balance these periods between projects, it all works out.

Usually, the start and the end of the project are the most challenging ones. At the beginning, you need to set up all processes and communication within the project and with the client. Then, usually the period of a routine working process starts. At the end of the project (or its phase) the intensity increases again as you need to finalize all aspects of the project and meet the deadlines.

Name five tips for effective work as a Project Manager.

How do you improve your technical skills?

Surely I read books and technical articles, but in most cases I gain technical knowledge with every new project. I tend to learn better when I have a specific task. Communication with the project team makes the mentioned learning process faster and better.

Name the top 5 PM skills to have in 2021?

How do you ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget?

I will not dive deep into details, but the basic rules for successful project/product delivery are:

What do you like most about your job at Transcenda?

The spirit inside the company is a key motivation factor for me. In addition to this, I’m always surrounded by extremely skilled and talented people. And finally, my current projects are really on the cutting edge of technology and very interesting to me and my team.

Describe your typical work day.

What are your hobbies?

I like sport fishing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I also really enjoy travelling to unusual countries and landmarks. I’ve been to Nepal, India, Peru, and also to such places as Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, and the Himalayas, to name a few.

Which Transcenda value resonates the most with you? Why?

I would choose “Ownership Attitude”. We are not just moving tasks between Jira columns or making pull requests. We deliver working products and want these products to be useful for the end users.

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