A guest post by Jason Westland, CEO of Project Manager.com. There are lots of people who end up sponsoring digital projects, some much better than others. Here are five types of digital project sponsor to avoid if you can and what to do if you cannot.
When web design and development folk express their dislike for Digital Project Managers I like to ask questions. More often than not they’ve just had the misfortune of working with really shit ones. We’re not all bad and here is my plea to those giving us a bad reputation.
As a Digital Project Manager you’re often faced with unrealistic demands and an ugly, but necessary, part of the job to highlight this. Doing this wrongly means you’re labelled as negative, but doing it right can mean you avoid the damaging label and get your digital project back on track.
A Digital Project Manager should never seek the easy life, instead his or hers aim should be to make the lives of their digital project team as easy, productive and stress free as possible. Stop blaming your web designers and developers and start to help them do their job.
Some Digital Project Managers believe resolving an internal team issue is the job for their line manager, but I disagree. I believe this responsibility lies with the Digital Project Manager if it is causing project problems. Read why and how to resolve some common issues.
After reading Rafael Mumme’s hilarious article on .net, where he lists 20 things that make web developers crazy, I just couldn’t resist… so here I go, all guns blazing with just a few of the things that drive Digital Project Managers crazy when working with web designers and developers.
What’s one of the first things many do after winning a new digital project… design the homepage? In my opinion this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when starting to manage a digital project! Find out why I refuse to produce designs for ages when in digital project management mode.
A golden tip for all Digital Project Managers out there is to always send your clients a weekly digital project status report. Not only is the sign of a great professional service, but it will prove invaluable when it comes to maintaining project momentum and seeking additional schedule time or budget.
Do you ever get back from a long digital project management meeting, where you discussed a multitude of complex functionality and digital project requirements, only to find your notes resemble a collection of unintelligible scribbles and random drawings of swirls? Then perhaps it’s time to fire up the Excalibur of digital project meetings – the digital voice recorder.
The guys at 37signals are young, cool, and successful. They’re pioneers in the web industry and have shown how taking completely unconventional approaches can produce phenomenal results. So let’s all follow their lead and stop planning our digital projects so much, no more boring functional specifications, let’s just get on and build it! Ruh roh!
There are countless articles out there that define what makes a great Digital Project Manager, but very few that discuss the subject of what makes a great Digital Project Manager. Read on to find out what the differences are between an average and great Digital Project Manager.
Find out a few more things all the hard working and passionate Digital Project Managers out there want more than money. In this article I talk about reliable digital project management support staff and understanding digital production teams.
Digital Project Managers are some of the most passionate and hard working people out there, and because of this hardly any are really motivated by money. There are a few things they would gladly take over any pay rise that would make them much less of a Mr. Grumpy Gills.
Getting Things Done (GTD) is an integral part of how I work, more to the point it’s the only process I’ve ever found that allows me to manage my ever increasing digital project management workload. In this post I give a little re-cap on GTD and then talk about my new GTD tool of choice – Tracks and GTDify.
While watching the latest Saw movie and seeing just how complex the plot was, with interconnecting stories from Saw 1 through to Saw 6, I realised that despite Jigsaw being a little disturbed, he is actually a fantastic project manager who could teach us all a thing or two about managing projects – what a guy!