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July 30, 2015 - No Comments!

Be There: Digital PM Summit 2015

I've been hard at work pulling together the upcoming Digital PM Summit. Now in its third year, the Digital PM Summit is all about fostering and celebrating the digital project management community. It's an event that was born out of a desire to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from them. It has since grown to be an event that pulls a whole community together to talk about the issues that matter most to us.

Because this is so much a part of what I do, I just had to post about it. If you've been to the event, you know it's invaluable (and fun, to boot). If you haven't been, read on and make your decision...and register.

What is the Digital PM Summit?

The event is two days of engaging presentations, breakout sessions, and conversations that explore how we manage digital projects, from a variety of perspectives.

When we first started, it felt very much like an "agency" PM event. But now it's much bigger (and better) than that. We don't focus on any specific industry, process, or title. We focus on what it takes to lead. So, no matter the methodology—Agile with a capital A, agile without a capital a, waterfall, or whatever one of the 9,000 methodologies out there—speakers will share the secrets of keeping projects moving, keeping stakeholders happy, keeping teams engaged, and keeping budgets intact. To say that I am excited about the speakers (and topics) we recruited this year would be an understatement.

DPM2015 Speakers

Why isn't your face in that grid?

I've had a few people ask me why I am not speaking this year. The short answer is that I am...just not a keynote. I'll be hosting the conference, which means I will introduce our speakers and thank sponsors between sessions. But I've also got a little bit of time in the agenda to make opening and closing remarks. There's a lot going on in this community, so I am excited to highlight it for the conference.

Plus, I am presenting a workshop the day after the Summit. I'm thrilled to say that the workshop is already sold out with a waiting list. Needless to say, my plate is overflowing for October!

Want to make new contacts from across the globe?

A major benefit of this event for me is the connections I'll make. Every year I meet a ton of talented, fun people who do similar work around the world. The conference is set up in way that you can't avoid talking to others. And let's face it, that's where the true value of a conference lies. We've got parties, conversation sessions, and more planned for attendees to make the most of the 2 days in Philly. It's going to be great.


Okay, so you knew this was coming. You don't want to miss this event if you're at all interested in the community and being a better digital project manager. Tickets are on sale now and we expect them to sell out. If you register before August 1, you can save $100. Get on it, friends!

See you in October!

February 19, 2015 - No Comments!

Motivation First

I’ve been reading (and seeing) a lot of articles lately about productivity: How to be more productive, productivity killers, how managers can be more productive, how to help your employees to be more productive, and so on. Each article is full of really good tips on how to manage your day. Each article is written from the perspective of the author*. Obvious, I know. But they’re writing tips that are based on their own work, schedule, etc. And if there’s anything I’ve learned as a PM at various companies working with several personality types, it’s that there is no single solution for anything. What one person finds helpful, the next finds annoying. How we work is personal, and it should be.

It’s easy to follow some of the helpful guidelines that are out there, but you’ll never achieve true productivity if you aren’t motivated to do a great job. It’s simple: if you are motivated by an outcome or even a feeling that work gives you, you’ll find ways to be more productive, and it return, successful. When you’re excited about work, you’re willing to take more on. You want to work, because something about it excites you.

What does that mean if you’re in a job where you feel productive enough but not excited? It could mean that you should find something new. But before you jump ship, take the time to examine what makes you happy. Ask yourself some questions: Out of all of your tasks, what are the things that you really enjoy? What is it about those things that you enjoy? Why do you like them? Are there ideas, practices, or approaches that could cross-over to the tasks you don’t love as much? From there, take the time to think about ways to make the mundane tasks exciting, and maybe—JUST MAYBE—you’ll find a newfound love for them. Sometimes all we need to do is mix things up to rekindle the love we once had for something—even work.

So go on, read the next “productivity” article you see. Implement some new ideas. I’m pretty sure that the tips in those articles will help you! But be sure to think about what motivates you, and do what you love.

* I might be one of those authors.

February 3, 2015 - No Comments!

Love your work

It took me about 6 years and 3 jobs to realize that I wasn't fully happy with my work. Sure, I was working on great projects with really nice, smart people, but I wasn't in a role where I could do my best work. It wasn't until someone told me I should be a PM that I actually realized what I was meant to do. Ever since, I've found this drive to be a better project manager and help others be better as well. Now that I'm an independent consultant, I've made this a central goal for myself and my business. After all, this industry needs confident, happy digital project managers.

As a consultant, I'm helping companies to improve their project processes and communications, but I'm also offering one-on-one coaching services. A DPM can make or break profitability, set the tone for team and customer happiness, and they can facilitate processes that work. None of this comes over night, even for a seasoned project manager in a new role. We all need someone to turn to when we are facing an issue, want advice, or just need to vent. With some guidance, a good Digital PM can be great, and I would love to be the person to offer it.

So how would it work? Through a monthly retainer, I'm providing regular coaching through structured meetings and on an ad hoc basis to provide advice, direction, and encouragement. I'll take my clients under my wing and help them on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Estimating project and task time
  • Writing solid scopes of work
  • Creating reports to share overall data on project health
  • Understanding stakeholders
  • Best practices for project planning
  • Conducting project management research
  • Being confident with clients and not being afraid of difficult conversations
  • Working with a variety of personalities and backgrounds—from creative to technical
  • Taking stellar meeting notes (and sharing!)

I'm excited for the opportunity to work with a variety of project managers to help find what their best qualities, and work on the things they can improve on. It's kind of crazy, because at the same time, I'll get to do what I love. It's a win-win.

If you're interested in working with me, please get in touch.