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Agile methods allow us to implement successful projects

The skillset of project management is broad and varied. ESSIQ’s experienced and skilled project managers are involved in contracts in a number of different industries. Our project managers are skilled at encouraging, motivating and leading project work effectively towards the agreed targets, sometimes on long and comprehensive projects, sometimes on smaller, more intensive and short-term projects. As we work across numerous different industries and on projects of varying characters, the development opportunities for ESSIQ’s project managers are very good.

To ensure that ESSIQ project managers are the absolute best they can be, we do everything we can to find the most fun, most stimulating contracts. We also hugely emphasize skills development, including the opportunity to gain certifications in PMS, IPMA or similar, and have a well-functioning network for all project managers at ESSIQ, where we constantly work to increase the exchange of skills and experience. In order to support our technical colleges and capture the sharpest abilities, we also run a master’s thesis internship in project management, which also gives us new perspectives from well-read, up-to-date students.

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Agile Management > Case

Agile Management for Mobile Network Operators at Volvo Car Corporation

Samah Hallgren is one of ESSIQ’s skilled project managers, and outside her engineering role, she is a keen photographer and artist. She has a master’s degree in data science and previously worked as a Product Launch Manager at Sony Mobile, before joining ESSIQ as a consultant in project management. Industry experience has enabled Samah to become skilled in improving business operations by developing innovative solutions, reducing costs, and setting up processes and technology to be able to deliver on time. She has had several contracts through ESSIQ, and this is her current one: project manager at Volvo Car Corporation.

Challenge
The contract at Volvo Car Corporation is challenging but exciting. The project Samah is managing concerns ensuring the next generation’s connectivity is delivered according to the network infrastructure from the global cellphone operators for Europe, North America and the rest of the world.


The primary challenge experienced by Samah is poor communication from other parts of the organization, not least when the project content is changed, which means that the impact on budget and deadline is not communicated. The organization’s abilities in this area also could have been improved; something that Samah sees as a huge development opportunity, and which would have good effects on processes and results. Part of Samah’s challenge is, in other words, anchoring knowledge within the organization, and also achieving milestones by the designated deadline.

Implementation
The scope and objectives were defined early on in the project, so as to coordinate all the parties within the organization as efficiently as possible. Different documents are produced during the life cycle of the project, such as project plans, communication plans, risk logs, resource plans and status reports, ensuring that qualitative documentation is maintained. The documents are continuously updated throughout the project and are a main focus throughout Samah’s project management.


The project manager role requires Samah to place importance on proactively managing project risks and problems and minimizing their impact on the project. Being able to coordinate her work with other project managers, program heads and other internal involved parties is also a key part of Samah’s role, which means that she has to be communicative, structured and sympathetic.

Results
The aim of the project is to ensure that the Mobile Network Operators’ integration project is delivered according to the architecture’s design and plan, through communicating clear requirements and handling the project plan accordingly. The contract is well underway, so a summary of Samah’s input, and what lessons she has learned from it, will have to wait until the project is complete. With her high level of skills and communicative abilities, there was no doubt that Samah would deliver the highest quality project management, and ESSIQ is proud that she is part of our team.

  • Samah Hallgren

    Samah Hallgren

    Project manager

Agile Management > Profile

Samah Hallgren

Mitt namn är Samah Hallgren och jag har jobbat inom teknikbranschen i över tolv år. Jag är i grunden dataingenjör och började min karriär inom telekom. De senaste två åren har jag arbetat inom automotive.

Jag är ursprungligen från Libanon och flyttade till Sverige när jag var sju år gammal. Redan som barn var jag väldigt nyfiken på hur den teknik vi använder faktiskt fungerar. Jag minns när jag var 13 och skruvade isär TV:n bara för att kunna se hur den var uppbyggd inuti. Därifrån växte mitt intresse för teknik och matematik – jag brukade göra algoritmer i mitt huvud för att räkna ut hur många bilar som stod parkerade i parkeringshuset.

Förutom min tekniska sida har jag även en stor passion för konst och fotografi. En stor del av min fritid och många nätter har jag ägnat åt att lära mig olika färgtekniker och hur man använder kameran. Jag har aldrig blivit klassiskt skolad utan tror på learning by doing!
2013 bestämde jag mig för att göra entré på den professionella konstscenen. Jag var orolig i början – skulle jag orka kombinera två jobb samtidigt, och kommer jag förlora min kreativitet om jag är under press?

Till min glädje insåg jag att jag kunde använda många av mina erfarenheter och kompetenser från teknikbranschen när jag valde att satsa mer på min konst. Jag visste hur jag skulle skapa en strategi, hur man närmar sig kunder och företag, hur man förhandlar och hur man tar sig upp och vidare efter ett misstag. 2015 deltog jag i min första internationella utställning, som ägde rum i New York. Mina verk har också varit en del av en show på Louvre Museum i Paris, och en stor höjdpunkt för mig var när jag hade soloutställning i Miami under Art Basel-veckan.

Jag hamnade på ESSIQ efter att jag kom i kontakt med Jonas Sohtell och Pär Wallin, två av ESSIQ:s delägare. De kändes jordnära och ESSIQ verkade som ett sunt företag, och jag var sugen på att ta nästa steg i karriären och testa konsultlivet. Nu sitter jag som projektledare inom Connected Cars på Volvo Car Corporation, och det jag gillar mest med mitt jobb är flexibiliteten, stödet från min konsultchef och att jag får samarbeta med kompetenta, erfarna kollegor.