My first journey away from agency life as a Web Project Manager and into the product world started at GPL. To those who think “OMG No clients, amazing!” think again. All that happens is you swap one challenging job for another and at GPL I’ve sure been challenged!
No more boiler plate website deliveries, instead huge web projects that affect millions of users and generate hundreds of thousands in revenue – shit just got real.
At GPL I delivered websites, videos, internal communications platforms, front-end features, e-commerce web projects, security and anti-fraud solutions, back-end operational applications and much more. If you think you’re an accomplished Web Project Manager but have only ever worked in agencies, trust me, you’re not, not yet…
By far my biggest web project at GPL was being solely responsible for delivering the entire Mobile platform to compliment the existing Desktop one. Listen to what my boss has to say about the project.
This saw me ultimately managing a team 35+ people, not to mention the tens of others I had to liaise with throughout the web project’s lifecycle. You can read more about the technical side of the project over at globaldev: Building an API and mobile platform for 10 million users.
I’m happy to report that over a year later, the Mobile platform has grown from strength-to-strength and now accounts for over 15% of all activity on a huge platform.