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Project management for humans – book review

Last month I eagerly ordered my copy of Brett Harned’s first book on the topic of Digital Project Management (DPM). I’ve seen Brett speak a number of times at the DPM:UK conference ( now Deliver), so I knew i’d come away with some valuable notes on how to further my PM craft.

In the interest of sharing with the community i’ve written up a review with the hope of driving more conversation and of course book sales for Brett ( No commission here promise).  There’s an initial Q&A with Brett and the review’s further along.

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PM lessons from the other side talk – video recording

I’ve been rather quiet on the blog since I joined the British Red Cross back in April.

Since moving client side i’ve been observing and learning what it’s like to be a PM on the other side of the fence. It’s been a really interesting experience so far and I am loving working client side and immersing myself in the one brand.

Back in November I did a talk at the Norther Digital Project Managers (nDPM) meet-up.

I reflected on lessons learnt between the client and agency sides, and what PMs on both sides of the divide can learn about each others worlds.

The talk covers 5 core pillars for a successful agency / client relationship:

  • Capabilities
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Creativity
  • Commitment
  • Communication

Though helpfully I have recorded my talk which is around 30 minutes long.

Please see the video below and i’d welcome any comments / feedback.

https://youtu.be/5_CWFBxJKk4

A debrief on my project of the year

This time last year I had just joined magenticNorth (mN) where I got to work with some fantastic clients, most notably the BBC and embarked on a great learning experience which included running user testing sessions as covered in my last post.

Working at mN included my career highlight to date, which was working on the the #ShakespeareMe project. It was an experimental social sharing concept where you could pick emoji’s to generate Shakespeare quotes and share them via Twitter or Facebook. For more details on the project see the links at the bottom of the post.

It was a 9 month long project which as projects go, was a meaty one. So I thought i’d share some key learnings when managing bigger and longer projects.

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DPMUK16 round-up

I’ve had time to reflect on last week’s 3rd DPM UK conference in Manchester. Every year I come away with a real sense of pride and excitement for the DPM industry. I fondly refer to the conference as PM therapy. Everyone is so friendly, and the event is an eye opener as I always come away with ideas of how I can further improve myself, and my work.

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How to manage a project remotely

This January I spoke at my first conference DPMUK and did a 15 minute lightning talk on managing projects remotely.

Here’s a long overdue blog on the talk I delivered.

Having read a book called remote by 37signals last year (which I’ve done a mini review of) it really got me thinking about how we no longer need to be tethered to our desks.

I look at the Manchester tech seen and there’s an array of amazing co-working spaces as many people now have the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world. I for one have found myself in an industry where you no longer have to be in an office to get the job done, yet when discussing project management the perspective of managing projects in a remote context has been missing.

So hopefully after this intro and a quick fire overview of my background you’ll see how the topic of remote projects is something I was suitable to talk and now blog about.

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Remote. Reviewed

Rating: 4/5 stars

Time to read: 1 week
Why should I read it?

A) For those of you wanting to work remotely, equip yourself with some solid reasons to convince your boss to give it a go.

B) For those of you interested in efficient working, business culture, better work life balance and the new co-working trend.

Sound up your street, then read on.

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Top tools for planning a wedding

As a project manager/producer I like to think my organisational skills can be applied to any type of project, so when I got engaged in 2014 I found myself having to plan one of my biggest life events aside from buying/moving house!

I’m a fan of collaborative working and using digital tools to make life easier so with this approach in mind me and my partner soon found a number of tools to help make the process a little easier. So I thought it would be helpful to share my experience of how the array of predominantly free tech can make what is one of the most stressful life events that bit more manageable.

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Tips on how to manage your next digital project

With the growth of digital platforms and services I’d imagine you’re increasingly having involvement in digital projects. Whether you are a project lead or the head of marketing signing off on a project, many marketers now work with agencies to deliver digital projects and this is where good project management really comes into play, especially when juggling multiple stakeholders. With every project being unique, the project approach needs to be tailored to the specific requirements.

Taking some time to think about how you want your project to run at the start is well worth it. I have written this blog to provide you with some handy tips to think about when running your next digital project, whether that be a website build, app development, e-mail marketing campaign or a lead generation programme.

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12 days of Christmas for the digital pm

Want some festive cheer? my Christmas themed project management blog counts down 12 top tips in the style of the Christmas carol!

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