Today’s interview focuses on Sam Taylor-Allkins, working as a Project Manager at our client, Linklaters.
Hi Sam, thanks for agreeing to be our first interviewee. For the benefit of our audience, where are you working?
I’m a project manager at Linklaters, a global law firm, based at their head office in London near the Barbican. The role manages and takes overall responsibility for technology changes across the organisation, working with various teams to deliver against key business objectives and benefits. I have been involved with a wide range of projects from infrastructure upgrades to software development. I’ve been doing this at Linklaters for over 4 years now and still enjoy working with the client.
That’s a good run on a client site, what projects are you most proud of since first walking through the doors?
One that stands out was called Virtual Silverpeaks, which was a global replacement of each office’s Wide Area Network Acceleration equipment. The amount of work that went into the planning for each site was significant and to deliver exactly to plan over 6 months for all 26 offices was excellent, particularly with the number of team members involved. It’s a testament to their buy-in and commitment to the project. Delivering on the PM’s constants of time, cost and quality, it was a great result.
What’s the most important ingredient for a successful project manager?
Difficult to boil it down to one but three that come to mind instantly are proactivity, determination and communication. This means getting ahead of the game, staying steadfast when things get difficult and ensuring key stakeholders are aware of what is happening and what you are expecting from them.
You organised the London Paris cycle and 3 Peaks. Both notable successes. How were they both for you?
Thanks, I loved organising both events, really enjoyed it from start to finish. The team effort made by all was outstanding for each event. The comradeship displayed to achieve a common goal was inspiring. Certainly finishing the first event [L2P] under the Eiffel Tower after 24 hours in the saddle and many months planning was a very sweet feeling, one that I will never forget.
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