Meet Lauren, Project Coordinator

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Meet Lauren, Project Coordinator


What do you do?

I am the Project Coordinator for the Project Management Team at NNSA. Our team works to manage complex IT projects for the NNSA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. No two days are the same when working in IT project management!

My responsibilities include serving as the Project Manager back-up on several projects, designing and maintaining our integrated master schedule (IMS), analyzing and documenting business processes, and helping out any other way I can.

What are 5 things you do almost every day?

  • Drink my morning coffee as I catch up on emails
  • Update my bullet journal with what I intend to accomplish that day
  • Check in with the team at our daily standup meeting
  • Take a minute to have a quick conversation with my coworkers
  • Listen to music while I work

Do you have a morning ritual? Something you do to start your day?

I check the weather – I usually bike to work so I have to make sure it’s not raining or snowing!

What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?

  • Having strong interpersonal skills in my role is vital since I am frequently checking in with my team members as their projects progress, as well as participating in meetings with internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Organization is also an important skill – I manage more than 10 project schedules, an IMS, and serve as back-up on 3 projects. That means a lot of documents, emails, and meetings to juggle. Therefore, it’s very important to keep everything organized and updated.
  • Additionally, attention to detail is super important. I’m often asked to review documents, write meeting minutes, and create process maps. Paying attention to the little details is crucial to creating a great deliverable.

What do you like best about your job?

I really love my team. I’ve never worked with smarter, more supportive people, and I’m so happy to be a part of this team!

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a Project Coordinator?

Study for and earn either the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification to get a leg up and sharpen your project management knowledge!