Reshma Vittal received her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bangalore University, India in 1997. She started her career as a QA Engineer in the Telecommunications industry, developed an interest in Program Management while leading complex projects and programs at startups and Corporates in San Jose, California, USA.
She enrolled at Stanford University for the Advanced Project Management Certification in 2013 and earned the Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) credential within three months. She continued her education in program management with the Project Management Institute (PMI®), a well-known international professional organization for project management. She demonstrated advanced experience and skill as a senior level practitioner in program management and was bestowed the distinguished Program Management Professional (PgMP®) credential in 2015. She is ranked the 1518th PgMP® in the world and the 807th PgMP® in the United States of America.
She is also a Professional Scrum Master ™ (PSM I) certified by scrum.org. With her passion and commitment to quality and expertise in program management, she continues to give back to the profession as a technology professional driving business outcomes in program management in the Information Technology and Services Industry. She loves working with globally distributed teams and has been able to successfully tackle the challenges that have come with it.
Reshma also has the keen interest in performing arts, and holds a senior degree in Indian Classical dance form Bharatanatyam! Listen to Reshma at youtube.com/rushtoreshma
Reshma Vittal – Intro in her own words:
Anyone who has interacted with me will do a better job of describing me 🙂 Let me try and introduce myself in a one-liner. A dreamer who is an idealist-realist, adaptive, compassionate to the less fortunate, has a keen interest in fine and performing arts, enjoys good humor, and is bold enough to choose the path never taken.
When did you come to the US? Having born and brought up in India, how have your experiences been in terms of getting adjusted here when you were new to this country?
I came to the United States of America in the year 2000, little did I know that I would soon be a US citizen and decide to reside here permanently! Having lived in San Jose, which is one of the most culturally diverse and cosmopolitan cities in California for over 17 years, I have only great things to say about those times when I was new here! It is very similar to Bangalore (Bengaluru) city in India, where I spent most of my childhood and college years. I was very fortunate to land a job in the summer of 2000, and get that local work experience before the year 2001 tech crash dot-com bubble burst.
I also feel blessed to be a part of a large professional network, with more than a handful of great friends! I have adapted quite well to the US work culture being a full time working mom and having worked in multiple startups and corporates over the years. I must admit I am nowhere close to retirement:-) I enjoy the busy life even though it is for the most part of the year working round the clock with organizations having geographically distributed teams. I like the private life and the fact that I can choose to opt out of a social gathering when I really need that space to myself.
I love travelling on business and pleasure trips to explore new places. I also love the scenic route drives and staring at the green mountains or the deep blue seas. It feels like Bangalore, be it eating out at a favorite Indian chat hut, watching a superhit Bollywood movie, or attending Indian cultural events. This is a land of tremendous opportunity, in my opinion. I always find time for the things I am passionate about and that makes me feel happy! I love it here:)
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is helping others succeed, making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, leaving an imprint with every single one of the wonderful relationships built over the years. I have always believed that I should do my tiny bit in whatever way I can to make a positive difference. Success to me is happiness. The joy when I know I made a tiny bit difference in others lives when they really needed it, it is something that cannot be really described in words.
Success to me is feeling content, enjoying whatever I do, believing in myself and never letting go of my passion, irrespective of what other people think and regardless of the challenges that come along the way. Life is a learning process all along. Cherishing the good memories and never forgetting the lessons learned from the bad ones makes one successful. The darkest times can bring you to the brightest places 🙂
Success is about figuring out a possibility, making the best decision at any point in time with all the information at hand, and never looking back.
What do you value most in your job/profession?
There are two things I value in my job. One is a great team and the other is a strong organizational culture. When I say great team, I mean everyone on the team is aware of one another’s strengths and weaknesses, respects and trusts each other, co-operates and collaborates so everyone is efficient in their role. When I say strong organization culture, I mean an organization that has a clear mission, respects, and values every employee’s commitment, irrespective of the title or role, invests in employees invisible ways, focuses on open communication and transparency.
In my opinion, and from what I have learned with my experience over the years in startups and Corporates, team and culture are the keys to success in any organization. In order to deliver outstanding quality products and the intended business outcomes, employees need to feel valued which leads to active engagement in their tasks resulting in exceeded performance expectations. A great team and strong organizational culture are very critical in today’s world, with most organizations having globally distributed teams.
What does work-life balance mean to you?
To me, it is all about effective time management and prioritization of things that have to happen versus those that can wait. It is not at all easy being a full time employed mom with two super active kids:-) I have had to draw fine boundaries with people or activities I want to engage. Devoting quality time to top priorities helps to strike that balance. Expectations from employers increase as you grow in your career path, but life has to move on smoothly outside of work too:) I do my homework planning my weekday and weekend schedules with a little room for surprises that might crop in! I like to work smart.
During the weekdays, even if I work post business hours I make sure I complete my planned tasks for the week. The backlog of work is just not me! I really want the time on the weekends as “my personal space” where I do things outside of work that I am passionate about. I enjoy donating to organizations supporting human services, even though I cannot volunteer in person on those sites most of the times, due to time constraints. I love spending time with kids, catching up with a close friend is something I find very relaxing! It keeps me healthy and cheerful. I get back my energy and look forward to yet another week:)
What is your advice to the younger folks who aspire to pursue their education and careers in Technology?
It is very competitive out there when you think about technology, but there is the tremendous opportunity for those who are passionate about what they do and are motivated to drive towards their goal! Be adaptive to changes and make every effort to stay on top of the hot technology trends. Rejection is not the end of the world! Patience, perseverance and a strong willpower can do wonders:-) It is always the darkest before dawn so there is a greater chance of losing hope when things don’t work out the way we want it to be. More often than not, we are put under test in life and we are responsible for our actions:-) Be bold and determined to face whatever comes your way, make the best effort and it will all pay off in the end! Start Small, Think Big! Strive to be the best in your area of expertise! If I can do it, you can definitely do much better! 🙂
Author: Reshma Vittal
Reshma Vittal is a Program Management Technologist. She lives in San Jose, California. She is a mom of two super active daughters! She loves her job and loves spending time with her family. To learn more about Reshma’s career, visit her profile on LinkedIn