Project managers are masters of getting stuff done. But what are the tricks for getting more stuff done, better? Ben Aston chats with Cédric Waldburger, founder of SendTask, to discuss everything from crypto currencies to founding companies, and how we can get more done by making our lives simpler.
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Are you actually good at what do you do? Deep down, do you sometimes wonder if you’re actually a project manager charlatan, or in the wrong career altogether? Ben Aston chats with Lina Calin to discuss how we can know if we’re really doing a good job of this project management thing.
It’s holiday season which means chasing deadlines, demanding client needs, and of course – the Company Holiday Party! This is the time of year that is trying both personally and professionally. Everything in the media is telling us we’re not doing enough – and to boot, we’re trying to stay balanced and do our best to meet our client needs with also minding our internal teams capacity. What I want to ask, is how can PM’s can find balance in this busy time?
Estimating successfully is all about getting the right amount of funding to enable you to successfully deliver a project. But creating a project budget that works – delivering worthwhile value for a client at a cost that’s still going to make a respectable profit for the agency is a tricky balance, so how do you do it right?
Ugh, so I can’t stop thinking about this side job that I was up for and didn’t get. I can’t stop thinking about why I wasn’t picked!! I am pretty sure I know who wound up getting it and now I can’t stop thinking about how I measure up to that guy and what I should be doing differently. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to let it go. HELP.
One of the questions we frequently get asked at the Digital Project Manager is “Will a project management certification actually help my career?” Perhaps controversially…
It may often be tricky for a project manager to deliver a project on time and within budget, maintaining a healthy team at the same…
The pressure to do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing is immense. But should we be doing all those project management things, all the time? Ben Aston talks to Patrice Embry to discuss how you can save yourself time by cutting the extraneous things from your PM routine.
There has been much written on the topic of things that a project manager “should” and “must” do: run reports, keep stakeholders involved, look for red flags, keep a budget, create projections, keep detailed client status notes, check in on tasks, meet about a meeting about a meeting…. It can get very overwhelming, especially if you’re managing several projects at a time.
KPMG, Prophet, ABB, Aecom, ICA, Lenovo, and Jacobs. Pretty random list of companies, right? There’s not much they have in common. Different industries. Different revenues….
Beyond managing projects, how can we use our emotional intelligence to be project leaders? Ben Aston talks to Colin Ellis, author of The Conscious Project Leader to discuss building a positive project culture and leading our projects so that our teams are engaged and motivated to succeed.
Ben Aston and Robyn Reynolds introduce an anonymous advice column for digital PM’s to ask awkward questions and share their own stories of managing tricky situations in the life as a digital project manager.
As Digital Project Managers we are strong, caring and confident folks handling everyone else’s issues all day long. It seems that often times we’re the first to know of a co-workers divorce, their new gig, or mistake. Usually – we’re put in a position to solve everyone else’s issues but our own.
Ben discusses the life of a ‘remoter’ project manager with Natalie Semczuk, her new DPM(ish) newsletter. After a tragic internet malfunction, the conversation pivots to unpacking typical project problem areas, why and how it’s important to document lessons learned, and what to do with those lessons, to stop making the same mistakes.
I’m new to “official” project management, though I’ve been doing it one shape or another for years. I’m running into an issue right now where I am having issues with getting team members to log their time. Is this normal in agencies? What is realistic to expect of a team to enter time?
If you’re an open-minded project manager, and you’re looking for the best project management tool for your team, you may feel like you’re high on…
How you can make Scrum work in an agency, and how do you make any process change effectively? In this podcast, Ben Aston talks to Alexa Huston about her introduction of Scrum at the agency Crema and you can make process changes with your team and tools work for everyone.
I am ready to leave my job however, my husband was laid off 3.5 months ago. He has an MBA and was the breadwinner so I’m now supporting the family – but feel like I’m losing the fire inside me while staying in a stagnant role. How do I maintain who I am through this, both professionally and personally? Supporting my husband, financially and emotionally? Staying engaged in a job I”m losing interest in? Not losing myself in the process?
Resource management is often forgotten about in the world of project management, overshadowed by the actual workings of a project. But as a result, projects…
The relationship between a project manager and their development team can often be a tricky one – so how can we make it better? Kelly Suter joins Ben Aston to discuss techniques you can use to build a better dynamic with your development team and tools she’s using to run projects.
Learn what project managers should ask developers if they want to achieve a productive collaboration and ensure the project success.
My agency recently decided to restructure and take away the traditional titles. No longer are we “Sr.”, “Director”, etc. in all disciplines, we have no title differentiations in years of experience or level of work. I”m not sure how this makes me feel, I’ve been striving and goal setting my whole career only to now get pushed down in title. Do I stay and figure it out or leave?
Whether it’s your project coordinator or someone else on your team, is there anything more frustrating than an own goal? Check out these posts on…
The closing moments of a project, just before you’re about to go live can sometimes lull us into a false sense of security. In the…
Is there really a viable Microsoft Project alternative for project scheduling software to create project plans and timing plans? Find out with our newly updated article…
What marketing project management software do you use to keep your agency running smoothly? Creative agencies, in-house digital teams and creative collaboration cooperatives all have one thing in common – pumping out amazing creative work.
Projects can teach many valuable lessons about teams and processes over time. Those insights can then be used to create process change, run more efficient projects, and work better as a project team. Project failures can also say a lot about processes and communication when those failures are analyzed to determine where a project when wrong.
Solid relationships are crucial to the success of projects – but how do you put that into practice? Lina Calin joins Ben Aston to discuss the techniques you can use to build a stronger, more dynamic and successful team.
Will our jobs as project managers be taken over by artificial intelligent PM bots? Discover in this podcast with Dennis Kayser from Forecast.it and learn about how they’re using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help project managers make better decisions and automate repetitive PM tasks.