December 8, 2014 - 11 comments

The Adventure Continues

I started this blog just six short (and extremely jam-packed) months after working for Happy Cog. I had many “adventures" in the world of project management before I joined the team, but I had never thought to write or speak about it. The inspiration to set up this blog came directly from my wonderful experiences and colleagues at Happy Cog.

After five years, I can look back fondly at all of the amazing projects, work experiences, and the incredibly supportive community at Happy Cog. It has been truly amazing. That’s why I’m half-smiling, half-frowning as I write this: I’m leaving Happy Cog as a full-time employee.

In January of 2015, I’ll be going out on my own as a Digital Project Strategist. I’ll help agencies face issues that make projects difficult: process, communications, scoping, difficult conversations...the fun, digital PM stuff. I’ll also take an active role on projects as a strategist, conducting research and guiding projects through important strategic decisions that impact not only process, but eventual creative direction. I’m also thrilled to continue partnering with Happy Cog clients—current and new—on a project-by-project basis. Essentially, I’m going to continue to do what I love: working with clients and teams on process, decision-making, and all of those fun digital PM-ey things. Feel like you might need my help? Get in touch, we might be able to make great things together!

But that’s not all. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to continue working with Greg Hoy and Carl Smith on the Bureau of Digital, which was incubated during my time at Happy Cog. Greg Hoy and Greg Storey supported my efforts to grow the Digital PM community while managing the PM team at Happy Cog. They even helped me to pull off the biggest, most important and gratifying project of my life: The Digital PM Summit.

The Digital PM community is at the heart of what keeps me going, and I am nowhere near ready to stop. I feel like we’re just getting started with DPM, and I’m in it for the long haul. Plans are already underway for the 2015 Digital PM Summit and I can’t wait to share details with you very soon.

As many of you can probably relate, 2014 was met with many personal and professional ups and downs. It’s not even mid-December and I cannot wait to take on 2015. I’m looking forward to continuing my own adventure by meeting many new people and making new things along the way. I’ll continue to blog about my adventures here and write as much as possible elsewhere. Maybe our paths will cross at a Bureau of Digital event, or even at work. Until they do, I wish you all the best this holiday season and the happiest of new years.

Published by: brettharned in About, Personal, Project Management
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December 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Congrats! It’s certainly an exciting time by stepping out on your own and facing challenges head on. I look forward to hearing your new adventures in coming months & years.

Trish Tchume (@ttchume)
December 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

So proud of you, homie!! This is so inspiring. (Also, I’m going to forward your info to everyone I know here in NYC so the Harneds have many, many, many excuses to be in town.)

patrice embry
December 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I’m so excited for you! It sounds like a great opportunity and I wish you the best of luck! And…I cannot wait for next year’s DPM Summit. No really. I can’t wait. No. Really.

Glenn Rogers
December 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Onya Brett!

Steve Fisher (@hellofisher)
December 9, 2014 at 12:53 am

Weeeooo! Congrats, Brett! Big and exciting news.

Aaron Parkening (@aparkening)
December 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

Woohoo! Good luck on this next big and awesome step!

And congratulations to all the new companies that get to work with you =)

Jessica Paris
December 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Exciting! Congrats and best of luck!

Karl Sakas
December 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Congrats, Brett — let me know how I can help!

Adam Edgerton
December 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

Congrats! I look forward to hearing more.

Barbara Monzo
January 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Congrats on following your dreams! I’m looking forward to following your “adventures” (and to learning more details about 2015 summit!!!). Best of luck!

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