July 12, 2010 - 4 comments

Coming soon…

I am working on an exciting new project and will be posting the first installment this week. No, it's not a new design (Aw, shucks! I know!). In my opinion it's better because it's about the content (but, yeah, I still want a new design). It's an interview series that focuses on the role of Project Management in the life of other web professionals. I've recruited some great friends and colleagues to dish the dirt on what makes them tick and how project managers can make sure they keep ticking. I'll be speaking with designers, developers, user experience designers, writers, account people, and any one else willing to talk to me.

I really want this series to be helpful to PM professionals. If there are any things that you're dying to know but were always afraid to ask, let me know. I've got a few interviews in the works, but can continue to evolve the format. For now, this will be a written Q&A format. Although, a certain someone decided to record their interview on video and I have been sworn to never post it online. Good stuff.

Stay tuned.

Published by: brettharned in interview, learning, Project Management


Mark Huot
July 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Ooooo, Brett I can’t wait for this!

    July 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    You, my good sir, are on my list of people to ask about participating!

Jamila Valk
August 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Hi Brett,

What I would like to know if clients and teammembers want the projectmanager to be involved in content issues (for example when making or presenting an interaction design / discussing functional issues). Sometimes it’s difficult for me to determine whether to interfere (contentwise) or not. And if you do, up till what level? Or is this the responsability of the (Functional/Interaction) Designer? I don’t want to overrule his/her view, after all, he/she is the expert in his/her area.

I hope I made myself clear? And, also important, it helps you with your interview.

Gr Jamila

    August 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Jamilia,

    Thanks for chiming in! I think I understand your question, but let me rephrase it to see if I’m understanding. Maybe the question is, “Should a project manager participate in content (or deliverable) reviews throughout the site development process?” Does that sound right?

    And my personal reply: It depends on your team’s comfort level with your participation and your level of understanding on the project. I think it would be a good idea to just discuss the fact that you bring a different perspective to the table and see how your team reacts. I have always provided my opinion on the work my team delivers prior to client review. My team knows that I don’t think I could comfortably do their job, but they respect my perspective and feedback on our projects. I find that during preliminary, internal deliverable reviews, I try to anticipate the questions that our clients might ask. Of course it’s always a guess, but bringing that perspective to the table might uncover problems that you didn’t know existed.

    Anyway, I hope that helps. And I’ll certainly bring that in to future interviews where it’s relevant.

    Thank you!

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