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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.

April 2, 2014 - 2 comments

The Digital Project Management Conversation Continues

A few years ago I thought no one cared about project management, or at least taking about how we operate successful projects. That's basically why I started this blog. I wanted to start a conversation, or at least be a part of it. But things are changing, and it's great. Over the past year or so, I'm seeing some amazing contributions to the discussion about how we manage our projects. People from all over the web industry—with specialties in design, development, and PM—are speaking and writing about better ways to get work done. We're seeing conferences and talks pop up all over about the topic, and industry publications are devoting more space to topics relevant to project management. That's right, folks, project management is here to stay, and net magazine is a publication that's willing to publish articles and opinions about it. Read more

October 21, 2013 - No Comments!

PM Talk: Future of Web Design

This past month has been professionally gratifying for a number of reasons. As time goes on, it feels like the work I have put into this blog and other activities surrounding the promotion of digital project management is starting to pay off. The content is being well-received and the community is growing. It's all happening!

I was given the honor of presenting at Future of Web Design in NYC on 10/9. I presented "Making Projects Easy" on the Rising Stars Track. My slides are on speakerdeck.com, linked below.
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It was probably the most daunting forum for a talk I've ever experienced. The event took place in an AMC theater in Midtown Manhattan. While speaking, there was a camera on me and I looked up at the audience from the bottom of the theater with a projection screen facing me. Yikes!
I edged my way to the front of the room so I could see some faces. Thankfully, most were smiling and nodding (not gonna lie: I think one may have been sleeping). I presented a lot of points about team communication and collaboration that hit home for people. Maybe some of them were not new ideas, but reminders about the types of things designers and developers can do to keep projects on the rails. The whole idea is that what we do as project managers is not difficult as long as you practice sound communication habits. It's the skills we're hard-wired to do as humans that we often forget and can make life at work difficult.
I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to speak at an event like FOWD alongside some of the web industry's brightest practitioners. I learned a lot and met a lot of smart, fun people. The video of my talk will go up with the others on the Future Insights site later this month. I won't be watching (cringes), but maybe others will.