One week ago today, I was in the middle of the biggest, most fun professional event of my career: The 2013 Digital PM Summit. It was inspiring, informative, stressful, fun, and mind-blowing all at the same time. I’m extremely proud to have been one of the organizers and attendees. I feel like my brain is still spinning from the whole experience, but I want to share some thoughts with my new friends! So here we go… Continue reading
This past month has been professionally gratifying for a number of reasons. As time goes on, it feels like the work I have put into this blog and other activities surrounding the promotion of digital project management is starting to pay off. The content is being well-received and the community is growing. It’s all happening!
I really believe that it’s really important for project managers to think of themselves as students. The digital industry is constantly changing and we need to keep up. And it’s not just about project management, it’s about design, development, technology, and whatever else might come along. I’ve collected a lot of links to resources that I visit frequently to keep me informed on what’s happening in the industry. Continue reading
I started working on the web in 1999–before there were specialists in web, like UX, Content Strategy, and even Project Management. Back then, we came up with an idea and just ran with it. We didn’t get caught up in our process, and we certainly didn’t create deliverables that led to a full website or product. We dove in and got it done. Were we Agile? No. That wasn’t a “thing” either. Continue reading
Most project managers think they should have total control of their projects. They feel as though they have some sort of universal responsibility for the team, the client and the process. On some level, they do! But when it comes down to it, the responsibility is on a very high level. On the ground level, there are so many things that a PM cannot control. After all, we manage projects, we don’t control them. Combined teams control projects, and each member of the team contributes to its success. Continue reading
Ever hit a point on a project where you feel like you’re in crisis mode? We all do. Maybe you freak out and stress about how you’ll fix your mistakes. We’re all allowed that one freak out, as long as it’s done professionally and to the proper audience (a trusted coworker, perhaps). But after you have that momentary freak out, you need to figure out how you’re going to fix the issue. You have to Keep Calm and Carry On.
That’s right, I’m referencing that British war poster that has been adapted 4 billion times on the internet, tee shirts, posters, postcards, etc. It was the inspiration for an article I wrote recently for Cognition. Check it out!