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April 7, 2015 - No Comments!

Be you.

There is so much you're required to do a digital project manager, and it doesn't all have to do with attention to details and creating scopes of work. To be a truly great PM, you have to...

Be nice
Be in control of your domain
Stand up for what's right
Be open to discussing what you thing is wrong
Put in extra hours when needed
Be supportive
Read, read, read
Proofread
Be willing to take a hit for the team
Do the work that feels unimportant
Prove your worth
Buy a coffee or a lunch every once in a while
Put your ego aside
Deal with personalities
Moderate
Facilitate
Vent to the right person
Have fun
Smile, even if you don't want to
Be meticulous about the details
Inspire collaboration
Question things
Not over-question things
Let go when you have to
Be willing to have difficult conversations
Make lists
Multitask
Learn from your team
Know enough about design and code to make you dangerous
Be honest
Be supportive
Provide updates
Follow up
Follow up again
And again
Stay calm
Be ready to address issues
Not use business speak
Share your experiences
Compliment your team for a job well done
Talk about what you can improve
And act on it
Stick to your word
Be you.

November 26, 2014 - No Comments!

Act/React/React

If there's anything I've learned in this profession, it's that nothing ever goes as planned. You can write out a plan, communicate it line by line to everyone involved, get buy in, and a day later that plan will change. You can also write an email and intend the message to be received one way, but the person on the other end takes it a different way. Or, better yet, say something in person and have it twisted or misheard, only to land with someone else and completely confuse important details. Communications are tough, and no one can claim to have them right, because every person communicates differently. So just remember: no matter what you do, you cannot control the reaction to your actions. And that is perfectly fine, as long as your intent is genuine, your approach is honest, and your reaction is swift and corrective.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

August 9, 2012 - 13 comments

What’s your set up?

From where I stand, at a small agency, there are 4 major function of a PM's role:

  • Fostering Clear Communication
  • Project Planning and Maintenance
  • Time and Budget Tracking
  • Resource Planning

That list is proof that project management creates a perfect storm of activities that no single app can handle. Right now, our PM setup is a collection of tools that are good for a single purpose within project manager. I am in the middle of assessing the tools we use and find myself wishing for the unicorn of all apps. (We all know unicorns don't exist, right?)  Read more