When developing other people into leaders, there’s a multitude of methods you can use. Many years ago, my Managing Director used a method on me that had a profound effect on me and that I now use on others today
A key tenet of being a good leader is not complaining in front of those you lead. However, this is not as simple as it sounds and if not done smartly, can see you lose respect. So how can you uphold this critical leadership skill?
As people become senior by displaying good leadership traits, they can lose perspective and unwittingly become bad leaders. Stay focused and avoid this.
A guest post by Margarida Fonseca where she discusses how shit happening on a digital project can be turned into a positive for both the Digital Project Manager and teams involved.
Another guest post from Delivery Director Holly Davis and this time she’s feeling romantic, about her team, in a completely professional way of course, I hope, errrr. Check out her cool little unique way of building positive feeling amongst teams at this special sugary time of year.
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.
Hiring a decent Digital Project Manager is hard enough at the best of times, but the first real test is the interview. What should you ask a candidate before letting them loose on digital project management? Here’s a few questions I ask and why.
Work – check RSS feeds – work – check Twitter, reply to a few Tweets, read a few blog posts – work, keep Twitter open, reply to a few more Tweets, read a few more posts – work. This is fast becoming the ‘norm’ and an accepted culture wherever you find web developers, but should it be acceptable and is it valuable or just a crappy work ethic?
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.
As a Digital Project Manager, by consistently displaying a high degree of honesty, trust and integrity to everyone throughout the digital project’s entire lifecycle helps improve your chances of success, cements your position as a solid leader and earns you respect from both client and project team alike.
When managing digital projects Digital Project Managers will need to make constant decisions that each have the capability to make one group of people happy and another upset. While you can’t always keep everyone happy, by adopting a ‘consider, analyse and communicate’ decision making process you can improve your chances of maintaining peace and harmony amongst everyone.
There is a long-term and real danger of outsourcing web work on a regular basis that can go un-noticed until it is too late….