New Project: A Guide To Project Management

ImageI’m thrilled about a new project I’m working on: A Guide To Project Management. This is the type of project I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve thought about how it might be fun to take some of the ideas I’ve written for this blog and expand/update them with new ideas. So how did it happen? I had been talking to Nathan Gilmore at TeamGantt about the Digital PM Summit, which they are generously sponsoring. In one of our conversations, he asked if I’d be interested in working on a project with them. I was honored to be asked to write the series, so I jumped on the opportunity. Continue reading

The Digital Project Management Conversation Continues

A few years ago I thought no one cared about project management, or at least taking about how we operate successful projects. That’s basically why I started this blog. I wanted to start a conversation, or at least be a part of it. But things are changing, and it’s great. Over the past year or so, I’m seeing some amazing contributions to the discussion about how we manage our projects. People from all over the web industry—with specialties in design, development, and PM—are speaking and writing about better ways to get work done. We’re seeing conferences and talks pop up all over about the topic, and industry publications are devoting more space to topics relevant to project management. That’s right, folks, project management is here to stay, and net magazine is a publication that’s willing to publish articles and opinions about it. Continue reading

Digital PM Summit: Achievement Unlocked

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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

PM Talk: Future of Web Design

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 was given the honor of presenting at Future of Web Design in NYC on 10/9. I presented “Making Projects Easy” on the Rising Stars Track. My slides are on speakerdeck.com, linked below.
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It was probably the most daunting forum for a talk I’ve ever experienced. The event took place in an AMC theater in Midtown Manhattan. While speaking, there was a camera on me and I looked up at the audience from the bottom of the theater with a projection screen facing me. Yikes!
I edged my way to the front of the room so I could see some faces. Thankfully, most were smiling and nodding (not gonna lie: I think one may have been sleeping). I presented a lot of points about team communication and collaboration that hit home for people. Maybe some of them were not new ideas, but reminders about the types of things designers and developers can do to keep projects on the rails. The whole idea is that what we do as project managers is not difficult as long as you practice sound communication habits. It’s the skills we’re hard-wired to do as humans that we often forget and can make life at work difficult.
I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to speak at an event like FOWD alongside some of the web industry’s brightest practitioners. I learned a lot and met a lot of smart, fun people. The video of my talk will go up with the others on the Future Insights site later this month. I won’t be watching (cringes), but maybe others will.

Stay Informed

ImageI 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

Stop Over-thinking. Take a Risk.

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