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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.

Register!

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!

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:

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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.

January 4, 2015 - 2 comments

DPM:UK

DPM:UKHave you heard about DPM:UK yet? It's a one day conference for digital project managers held in Manchester, England. I was happy to be a part of it last year. I gave my "Be a Better PM" talk and got some really nice reviews. Well, this year is looking to be amazing as well, and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. In fact, the Matt Thornhill and the fine folks at Manchester Digital have asked me to give my one-day Digital PM Workshop on the 28th and host the conference and a panel of all-star speakers on the 29th. It's going to be a ton of fun.

I'm looking forward to catching up with friends I've made over the last couple of years, but also very excited to meet new friends and connections in the UK. I'd love nothing more than to work with some of the smart people I've met! On top of those opportunities, we'll be treated to great presentations by Sam Barnes, Meghan Wilker and Nancy Lyons, Meri Williams, and more. It's going to be a great conference. If you're there and we haven't spoken, please reach out!