Lynn Scheu is our spotlighted person this September. She is a project manager and has been with Kimball Electronics for the last 40 years. Her recent focus has been implementing IT applications (primarily SAP). She’s married with 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Lynn enjoys time with her family and friends as well as volunteer work, reading, cooking and being outside.
Her first project was to implement SAP where she learned a great deal from a gentleman by the name of Paul King who, at the time, worked for IBM. She enjoyed getting into the details, the organization that it took, using the tools for project management and was eager to learn more. This is when she decided to get better educated in the standards for project management to see what she could improve on. She said, “I’m a kind of a geek but I loved spending time studying the PMBOK, testing myself on concepts and implementing them into our business.” She became certified as a PMP in 2006.
When asked what motivates her, she said learning and helping others by passing on what I’ve learned. Lynn indicated the value of her PMP has enabled her to handle different ways to get the work done. “Having a sound background is important when you think about changing things around, keeping the good things and adding to what you have. We now have a hybrid way of handling work.”
Lynn uses her project management skills both at home and in her volunteer work. She finds the pace and the way you conduct work in a professional environment compared to a volunteer environment is quite different (i.e., tools and terms you use might not be well known to all team members). Lynn finds herself using a large pad of paper and markers many times.
When asked how the chapter meetings have helped her, she said, “It gives me the refresher I need. I try to pick up a couple of nuggets to use. I recently attended one on blind spots and it was a good reminder to consider those. We are so busy so we need those reminders.” Lynn would like to see more meetings on leading a team of peers.
If you are thinking about a project management role, Lynn gave some great advice, “Get yourself a mentor who’s done it. Get associated with PMI because they are a great resource with many contacts. You need to be out ahead of the team, anticipating what is going to happen and know what is planned to come next. You also must be willing to put in the work it takes and flex hours if your team is decentralized. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow.”