‘So you think you want to become a Digital Project Manager is for anyone who thinks they might want to get started in a career as a digital project manager (DPM). This is a guide to getting started in the Wild West of Digital Project Management.
I was inspired to write it after receiving emails from people interested in starting a career in digital project management. I was asked the same questions time and again; ‘What’s it like being a DPM? What do I need to know, and How can I become one?’
People ask because there aren’t too many people who know – and even fewer who are talking about it. The digital frontier is the wild, wild, west. This is relatively unchartered territory with lots of people not entirely sure what they’re doing and playing fast and loose.
As a relatively new career choice – the interwebs didn’t really get mainstream until the mid ‘90’s – there isn’t actually that much information on starting out in the field. This is also because nearly all of the more experienced DPMs around today didn’t start off their careers ever planning to end up becoming a DPM.
So this book is written to address exactly that. I’m not intending to teach anything about project management – although I’m sure you’ll pick up some titbits along the way – but I hope that by reading it you’ll gain an insight into what you can expect if you decide to pursue a career in digital project management.
As you read this book, take the advice for what it’s worth. Remember it’s not like becoming an accountant or a lawyer – there is no ultimate qualification that provides the golden ticket, or magic formulas to make a career as a DPM. That said, I hope that within the pages of this small book you find some useful insights.
We’ll explore three things;
Firstly, what being a DPM is all about; what digital project management is, why I love it and what DPMs actually do all day.
Secondly, we’ll take a look at what makes a great DPM, exploring character, competence and chemistry and use that knowledge to help you assess the areas in which you need to develop and discern whether you could make it as a DPM.
Thirdly, assuming that you’re still thinking this sounds fun (I hope you do) and it’s a career you might want to pursue, we’ll look at where you can begin and what steps you can take to start your career as a DPM.
In short, I hope you find this a useful guide in becoming a DPM.