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December 8, 2014 - 11 comments

The Adventure Continues

I started this blog just six short (and extremely jam-packed) months after working for Happy Cog. I had many “adventures" in the world of project management before I joined the team, but I had never thought to write or speak about it. The inspiration to set up this blog came directly from my wonderful experiences and colleagues at Happy Cog.

After five years, I can look back fondly at all of the amazing projects, work experiences, and the incredibly supportive community at Happy Cog. It has been truly amazing. That’s why I’m half-smiling, half-frowning as I write this: I’m leaving Happy Cog as a full-time employee.

In January of 2015, I’ll be going out on my own as a Digital Project Strategist. I’ll help agencies face issues that make projects difficult: process, communications, scoping, difficult conversations...the fun, digital PM stuff. I’ll also take an active role on projects as a strategist, conducting research and guiding projects through important strategic decisions that impact not only process, but eventual creative direction. I’m also thrilled to continue partnering with Happy Cog clients—current and new—on a project-by-project basis. Essentially, I’m going to continue to do what I love: working with clients and teams on process, decision-making, and all of those fun digital PM-ey things. Feel like you might need my help? Get in touch, we might be able to make great things together!

But that’s not all. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to continue working with Greg Hoy and Carl Smith on the Bureau of Digital, which was incubated during my time at Happy Cog. Greg Hoy and Greg Storey supported my efforts to grow the Digital PM community while managing the PM team at Happy Cog. They even helped me to pull off the biggest, most important and gratifying project of my life: The Digital PM Summit.

The Digital PM community is at the heart of what keeps me going, and I am nowhere near ready to stop. I feel like we’re just getting started with DPM, and I’m in it for the long haul. Plans are already underway for the 2015 Digital PM Summit and I can’t wait to share details with you very soon.

As many of you can probably relate, 2014 was met with many personal and professional ups and downs. It’s not even mid-December and I cannot wait to take on 2015. I’m looking forward to continuing my own adventure by meeting many new people and making new things along the way. I’ll continue to blog about my adventures here and write as much as possible elsewhere. Maybe our paths will cross at a Bureau of Digital event, or even at work. Until they do, I wish you all the best this holiday season and the happiest of new years.

January 10, 2013 - 7 comments

Don’t Stress!

ImageOne of my personal resolutions this year is to reduce stress. I'm hoping I can stop wearing that dorky night guard and stop grinding my teeth. That said, I've been thinking about how to stop stressing. Hence, I've written this...

Projects can get stressful. Whether you're dealing with a missed deadline, an underestimated budget. an unhappy client or team member, you have to keep your cool. As a project manager, you are often at the center of everything project-related, so it's easy to let every single issue affect you and your job. I know I often let things affect me and I end up sleepless or just annoyed. So, how do I fix it? Read more

April 9, 2010 - 20 comments

I’m Not a Robot. Beeeeep.

How did I get here?

It’s a question that many project managers ask themselves. Most of us started in the field as practitioners and ended up in a position where we are not delivering the work, but making sure it’s delivered.

Think about it: What kid says, “I want to be a project manager when I grow up, Mommy!”? That’s right, none. I know I certainly never said that.  But that’s okay! A lot of project managers end up in the field because they had to gain some real experience in a professional setting to realize the fact that they were meant to be project managers.  I think that’s how I got here. Read more