April 22, 2015 - 3 comments

Inspiration for Digital PMs

I was just pulling together a bunch of new posts for Every Day DPM, and I started to realize that so many project management related articles are about the hard facts: scope, budget, black and white, this or that. I started to think back to my very first blog post about how we're not robots. Unfortunately, that point of view hasn't changed much in the greater PM community. Though, I like to think it has shifted (even just a little) in the Digital PM Community.

Down with the box checkers!

So where do we go? How do we, as a community of people who want to push this profession forward, inspire others to do more than write plans and check boxes when something is done? My first thought was, "Well we just tell them what to do." After all, some people just need to be told. Give some gentle direction to someone who wants to be good, and they'll head down the right path, right? Right! But how do you give that direction if you don't actually work with them? Good question. My response? You feed them bits and pieces of inspiration to make them feel better and do better.

So this is where I started:


Just a few simple words to communicate what a Good PM can or should do. It's open-ended and should get you thinking. How can you throw caution to the wind by dropping your scope and inspire your team to innovate? What does that mean for you as a digital project manager?

What inspires you?

This single line won't resonate for everyone. I'll come up with more (already have). I'm having fun with it and want to do more to inspire folks (non-PMs too, I might add) in more ways that with long-form articles (that many do not read).

So what do you think? Is this a good direction? Is this the type of thing that would inspire you, or stick with you? If not, then what would (if you're open to that kind of thing, of course)? I'd love to hear from you on this idea.

Published by: brettharned in dpm, Personal, Project Management


Mike Wyatt
April 23, 2015 at 9:38 am


Nothing inspires me more than working with talented people. I have been lucky to have worked with so many talented people over the years that have pushed me beyond what I though were my limits. I think that holds true many of the folks in our profession, designers, developers, strategist, etc. Many times I feel like our teams feel accountable to the PM and their boss. While that is partly true, I like to instill a sense of accountability to each other as team members. Follow through and push the limits for the guy or girl next to you, not just for me or your boss. Inspire the people on your team and they will generally repay it to you in spades. I don’t think you can capture that on a spreadsheet. Nor should you try.


    April 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Mike. I completely agree with you. I would even go as far to say that I wouldn’t be doing a lot of what I’m doing now if I hadn’t been inspired by some of the talented, smart people I had the pleasure to work with in the past…and even currently!

Nora MKE (@NoraMKE)
June 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I encourage my team to keep a running log of ideas for a client. ANYTHING that pops into your brain while working on a project. Then we are ready to provide ideas for future projects, enhancements, etc so that engagement never stops. This keeps us from feeling stifled by a limited budget, and it keeps us front of mind with our client as the initial project winds down.

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