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10 top tips for project success: Understand your client

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In the previous post in this series on project success, we explored the importance of understanding success and how it relates to clients and our agency, particularly with regards to business objectives. An important aspect worth diving deeper into is how this relates to our clients as individuals. We can lead into success by knowing the people we’re delivering to. This goes beyond an org chart and understanding reporting lines and job titles, it’s understanding their…

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2016 digital project manager salary survey results

The 2016 digital project manager salary survey results

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How much do digital project managers really earn? And while we’re asking, what are the typical salaries for a senior project manager, project co-ordinator and project director too? Those are the questions the 2016 digital project manager salary survey was trying to answer – and we tried taking a global view to get insights on how much project managers make around the world. It’s important because as organizations around the world further embrace the power…

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Five PM Slack hacks to make your job easier

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Working as a Project Manager at a full-service digital agency can lead to some serious FOMO. Every team has new technologies and tools coming out that can dramatically change up their everyday workflow. Whether it’s a new prototyping tool for the visual design team, or a new sketching tool for our UX designers, or something like React, or Elixir for the development teams, it always seems like there’s something new and exciting to experiment with….

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10 tips for project success: stay positive

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No matter how well you do the right things at the right time, the truth is, a project tragedy is always just around the corner. At some point your project is likely to hit an iceberg – something which started out as seemingly innocuous will threaten to sink the entire project. A disaster like this can very quickly undo all your previous hard work and have a huge timeline and budget implication. But how you deal…

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Digital PM Summit 2016 San Antonio

Digital PM Summit 12th – 15th Oct 2016, San Antonio

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If you’re wondering how to spend your digital project management training budget this year, look no further than this year’s Digital PM Summit. Set in sunny San Antonio, it’s the place to make new #dpm buddies and mingle with 350 like minded peeps. Tickets start at $999 and for that you’ll get two days of engaging presentations, breakout sessions, and lightning talks exploring how we manage digital projects, from a variety of perspectives. There’s also…

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Ten Tips for managing a project when it's over

Ten Top Tips for managing a project when it’s over

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Just because your project is live, it doesn’t mean it’s over. One of the most overlooked parts of a project is post launch, after it’s gone live. In the euphoria and excitement (or just plain relief) of delivering a project, managing its closure should be considered a phase in its own right. Here are ten tips for digital project managers to help you manage your projects effectively in the post-live phase of the project lifecycle. Managing projects effectively in this…

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10 top tips for how to create a simple statement of work: share it

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After creating your statement of work, and ensuring that it’s crystal clear with activities and deliverables broken down, put into context with clear language, assumptions, and assumptions and properly checked – it’s time to share it with your client. The temptation can be to stick it in an email and send it on its merry way, crossing your fingers that the client is going to approve it. Therein lies the challenge – the point of…

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Find out how much you should earn as a digital project manager in 2015

The 2016 Digital Project Manager salary survey

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Whether you're an industry veteran or beginning to consider a career as a digital project manager - ‘How much do digital project managers earn?’ is always a relevant question to ask. Searches on this website for digital project managers show it's one of the hottest topics on our minds. We're all curious; are we being paid what we’re worth, or not? Last year's salary survey yielded some interesting results so for the second year in...
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10 tips for project success: start moving, keep moving, get momentum

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Projects running successfully are like cycling downhill, they have momentum, an energy of their own which exaggerates your strengths and covers a multitude of mistakes. When you’ve got momentum, clients are much more likely to say yes, and forgive minor irritations. But without momentum, every flaw is magnified and your client will forget none of your faults! Momentum is a big deal and often the difference between failing and succeeding. With momentum, clients say yes,…

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Microsoft launches Office 365 Planner project collaboration tool

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If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription, and in the market for a project management tool, you’re in luck. Microsoft has launched its Office 365 tool, Planner. Aside from Project and SharePoint, Microsoft had been conspicuously absent from task management and collaboration tools. Borrowing features and functionality heavily from the likes of Trello, Asana, Basecamp and Wrike, Office 365 Planner is a tool for teams to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files,…

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Brett Harned’s Guide to Project Planning

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As a digital project manager, a huge part of your role is to create project plans to help you keep projects on track. But that’s not all a project plan should do. A project plan is arguably the most important document created on your project. At its core, a plan should communicate your project approach and the process your team will use to manage the project according to scope. This exceptional guide written by @brettharned will…

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Creating virtual co-location: a guide to managing remote teams

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There’s no doubt that co-locating a team is one of the best ways to improve communication and productivity. However, with many agencies using teams that span multiple locations, the benefits of physical co-location are not always possible.  So how do you mix the trend for remote working and distributed teams with a collaborative, more agile approach, that really hinges on effective real-time teamwork and how can you achieve that feel-good, co-located feeling in a distributed…

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10 tips for project success: manage risk

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Risks are ugly little things. They’re the things you never really want to talk about. But if the risks become issues, you’ll be in a bit of bother. So the temptation is just to sweep them under the carpet, never talk about them to the client and hope for the best. That’s a recipe for impending doom. Managing risk (or Management of Risk, sometimes helpfully abbreviated to MoR) is such a big deal that you…

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10 top tips for how to create a simple statement of work: check it

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In the euphoria of finishing a statement of work (SoW), the temptation can be to hit save, dump it in an email and send it on its merry way. After all, the process of pulling one together is usually somewhat painful; you just want to see the back of it. But without checking your SoW properly, before you send it, you can end up in a world of pain later. You could spend weeks refining…

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10 tips for project success: keep communicating

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Far too many projects fall apart simply because of a basic breakdown in communication; it’s often the difference between a project succeeding or failing. Communication is the glue that holds projects together; internally with your team to get the project done and externally with the client to move the project through the process – getting briefs, timely approvals and ensuring they feel like they’re ‘in the know.’ We need to be excellent communicators: with our…

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Digital Project Manager Meetups

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If you’re looking for a digital project manager (DPM) meetup, you’re in luck; the DPM community is growing, and growing fast. There is a burgeoning community for those who manage projects in the digital world. If you manage projects that cover the web, mobile, app, e-commerce, cross-platform builds, marketing campaigns, advertising, and everything between, then you’re not alone! Known as digital project managers, digital pm’s, digital producers and web project managers, our band of merry renegades work…

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10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: make it simple

10 top tips for how to create a simple statement of work: make it simple

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Weirdly, every statement of work you finish somehow feels like a seminal moment, a crowning glory of your illustrious career. You step back, pat yourself on the back and think to yourself how it’s the longest and most complicated SoW you’ve ever written. For a moment, you feel good, elated even. You think your SoW is more watertight than a submarine. Truth be told, you will achieve much more impressive things in your career than…

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10 Most Important Project Management Skills

The 10 most important project management skills

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It would be difficult to name a profession that requires a larger or more varied skillset than project management. Today’s project managers are expected to have specific industry knowledge, strong communication skills, and top-notch quantitative abilities, just to name a few. With such an expansive list of necessary skills, it’s no wonder that qualified project managers are in such high demand around the globe. Though the list of useful project management skills is nearly endless,…

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Wrike project management software

Tool Review: Wrike – project management and collaboration software

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Could Wrike be the answer to your project management software woes? A growing number of big digital companies like Paypal, Gapgemni and Hootsuite seem to think so – they’ve begun using Wrike as a project management software solution to manage their digital projects. We all know how on large projects, with lots of resources, stakeholders, dependencies and complexity you’re going to find yourself drowning if you’re not equipped with the right tools. While Google Docs, Trello, and Asana work great with…

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how to run successful projects: be realistic

10 tips for project success: be realistic

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You know the scenario – something has just gone horribly wrong on your project and you’ve just encountered a major setback. It’s Friday afternoon at 4pm when the client gives you a call before they disappear for the weekend and innocently asks;  ‘how’s everything going, are we still ok to hit next week’s deadline?’ The cold sweats hit you and before you are even aware what’s going on, you open your mouth and the words…

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