Tame Your Project Chaos
Master the skills you need for projects with happy teams, grateful clients and a very satisfied boss.
Learn to start projects effectively with your team and clients to strategically align on vision, approach and results. Understand what’s required to write clear briefs to get good work done, and then monitor progress and quality.
Get comfortable plotting the right course for your projects that that meets strategic objectives, within cost and timeline constraints. Learn what documentation you need to create, when for effective management of costs, timeline, scope, stakeholders and the contract.
Learn to prioritize, bringing order to chaos to get your project on track and stay on top of all the moving parts. Then learn how to keep everything on track with effective cost, schedule, scope, stakeholder, and risk monitoring and management.
Get a clear understanding of what happens, when – and what’s required to keep a project on track. Learn how to identify, evaluate, and mitigate against project snafus, and how to get back on track when things don’t go to plan.
Myth 1: There’s just one ‘right’ way to manage all projects
It depends, and that’s OK. There is no cookie cutter approach that’ll work for all your projects, all the time.. All projects are different.
On different projects you’ll work with different clients, different project teams and have different strategic objectives which you’ll have to factor in to the way you start, plan and manage the projects.
So you have to tailor your project approach. To do that you need a solid understanding of the fundamentals of project management, to enable you to better adjust and pivot your approach to deal with the challenges at hand.
Myth 2: My clients/stakeholder are totally unreasonable.
Actually, what you’ve got is misalignment. As the project manager, it’s your job to properly set and manage their expectations.
Clients and stakeholders seem to be unreasonable when we avoid challenging conversations at the beginning of the project to align on approach and deliverables. And they seem unreasonable when you tell them they can’t have what they thought they had already paid for.
It’s your fault. When your clients or stakeholders don’t understand you and don’t fully understand the project, the scope and then make bad decisions, it’s your responsibility to quickly and diplomatically realign with them to get things back on track.
Myth 3: Problems should be dealt with when they arise.
It’s too late at that point. The budget is used, the timeline is delayed and the client and stakeholders are unhappy.
You need to preempt bad situations with proper planning and effective risk management.
You can stop bad things from happening by planning the project realistically. Plot a different, less risky course for the project.
Then, instead of waiting for things to go wrong, anticipate them, document them, avoid them, mitigate against them and track them to reduce the risk of them happening, and reduce the impact if they do.
and best practices for using them
if you find it’s not a fit
in videos and panel discussions
Get a sneak peek at what you’ll learn.
We want you to feel 100% confident about taking the leap into our Mastering Digital Project Management course, which is why we’re providing a course preview of some of our most popular lessons. To watch the video lesson previews, click on each section below to see what’s covered each week.
Welcome to collaborative, active learning.
We’re going to discuss the themes week-by-week, so you’ll get access to the course content, theme by theme, over 7 weeks (you’ll get access to the video lessons for a year). You’ll receive access to the new content at the beginning of each week, so we can ensure everyone’s on the same theme as we go through the course.
7 Video Lessons
Approx. 1 hour each.
Provides core content for each week’s topic.
Watch the video, ask questions, and provide feedback through the Hazu learning platform.
Ongoing Group Discussion
Access your class’ exclusive Slack team.
Talk about assignments, ask questions, recommend reading, and swap your success (and failure) stories. This is your tribe—let the conversation flow freely.
7 Panel Discussions
Pre-recorded, 1-hour expert panel discussions.
Join Ben Aston (Founder of The Digital Project Manager) with our team of DPM experts as they provide insight on common DPM problems, tricks of the trade, and answers to common questions from class.
Put theory to practice with active, collaborative learning.
Submit assignments on Peergrade, where you can evaluate and be evaluated by your peers. Increase your competence through assignments and through the process of giving and receiving feedback.
Weekly Office Hours
Drop in to our weekly online office hours, an open video conference where you can ask questions, get suggestions on assignments, clarify course material, and get expert advice from instructors.
*Office hours are for helping you with DPM School coursework. If you’re looking for expert guidance on bigger career questions or for your current projects, you can sign up for 1-on-1 coaching (below).
Get individual support from a DPM expert in a series of three 20-minute coaching sessions.
Use Google Hangouts or Skype video/voice to discuss whatever’s most important to you. We’ll be prepared with prompts and questions, but you can use the sessions to go over whatever you need: assignments, themes from the course, your career, projects, goals, current challenges, etc. The time is yours!
Walk away with these skills each week:
During our intro week, the video lesson covers the PM essentials—get a solid understanding of the project management lifecycle, methodologies, and tools. All participants have the chance to introduce themselves and get to know their peers, and Standard and Extended course participants will complete assignments to optimize their project methodology. This week’s video modules include:
Week 2 brings us to project initiation, with the video lessons covering aspects like getting setup on a project and leading a kickoff meeting with teams and clients. Standard and Extended course participants will get hands-on practice creating a setup checklist and writing an effective project brief as their weekly assignment. This week’s video lesson covers these topics:
In Week 3, you’ll learn fundamental techniques for planning your projects, and we’ll take you through the specific steps for creating a project timeline with a detailed walk-through. Participants in the Standard and Extended course will create their own timeline for the week’s homework. This week’s video lessons cover these topics:
During Week 4, we dive into the challenging topic of project estimates—you’ll learn different estimation techniques and pricing models, and we’ll walk you through the steps of creating a project estimate. For homework, Standard and Extended participants will add to their timeline from Week 3 by building out a project estimate. This week’s video modules cover these topics:
In Week 5, we provide a walk-through that shows you how to craft a Statement of Work. You’ll learn fundamental principles for creating and using a Statement of Work, and participants in the Standard and Extended course will use their project timeline and estimate from previous weeks to write a Statement of Work. This week’s video modules include:
During Week 6, we dive into the trickier aspects of project management—you’ll learn how to deal with projects when they don’t go as planned. We share communication and negotiation techniques for managing risk, conflict, and difficult conversations. For homework in the Standard and Extended courses you’ll put these techniques into practice when you have to craft a response to an “email” from an unhappy client. This week’s video lesson cover these topics:
In our final week, participants will focus on the important soft skills that separate a good PM from a great one. We’ll cover topics like casting vision, building momentum in your teams, and being the most productive you can be. Standard and Extended participants will solidify these concepts with an exercise in creating a vision statement and sharing ways to build stronger teams and better work habits. This week’s video lessons cover these topics:
For the price, I got an enormous amount of value out of the DPM course. The lessons were relevant to my daily work as a PM—the takeaways and templates enabled me to add value to my projects, right from the first week of class.
Project Manager at McCann
Before taking this course, I was extremely overwhelmed thinking about how I was going to learn everything necessary to be successful in my new role without having any previous experience in Project Management. After completing this course, I have a valuable set of new resources and skills, and I am 100% confident in my future as a Project Manager!
Analytics Project Manager, Spring Venture Group
I found the DPM course invigorating, with wealth of information that got me thinking about how our studio manages its projects and how to improve. By the end of the course I had the tools and skills necessary to manage my projects and their budgets proactively rather than reactively.
Project Manager at XYZ Graphics
I really enjoyed the Mastering Digital Project Management course; it was challenging but achievable with my other work commitments and with the 360 approach of videos, webinars, assignments and peer reviews, I really felt I was learning something new at every step.
Digital Project Manager at Cossette
The DPM course has given me access to in-depth, proven methods and practices that actually work for digital agencies. I highly recommend this course to DPMs of all experience levels!
Senior Project Manager and Operations Manager at Digital Fire
The tutorials are jam packed with information, the webinars back up the theory with experiences from people who work in the industry and discussion on the slack channel was really valuable. Not only did I learn a huge amount from the course but it’s also given me the confidence I need to work as a DPM. I’d recommend this course to anyone wanting to work in the industry.
Project Manager at Freestyle Interactive
Learn through their experiences what theory means in real-life.
If you find it’s not a fit.
Whether you’re newbie project manager, new to the world of digital project management, lacking confidence, or simply a marketer who wants to understand project management better, our digital project management training gives you all the project management skills you’ll need to confidently manage complex digital projects, teams and stakeholders.
The course is divided into 7 weekly themes:
You’ll get access to the course content, theme by theme, over 7 weeks (with access to the video lessons for a year). You’ll receive access to the new content at the beginning of each week, so everyone’s on the same page as we go through the course.
Here’s a sample course schedule:
Monday: Release of the week’s video lesson on Hazu + release of the week’s assignment on Peergrade + release of the pre-recorded panel discussion.
Sunday: Deadline for the assignment submission.
Monday: Peer’s assignment evaluation opens.
Wednesday: Deadline for peer’s assignment evaluation submission.
NB: Assignments and panel discussions are part of the Standard an Extended courses only.
This is an intensive course designed to deliver maximum value in 7 weeks. You’ll get out of it what you put in—we’ve designed the course to scale to the time you’ve got available.
Have an hour per week? Take the Basic course. Video lessons are ~1hr each. It’s self-paced, with no assignments and no certification.
Have 1-2 hours per week? Take the Standard or Extended course, but opt out of doing the assignments. Simply watch the video lessons, join in the Slack discussion and dip into panel discussions for a total commitment of 1-2 hours per week. This option lets you watch videos and panel discussions whenever you like each week, with no assignments and no certification. For 1:1 coaching, apply for the Extended course.
Have 4-5 hours per week? Take the Standard or Extended course, and opt into doing the assignments. Watch the video lessons and panel discussions earlier in the week so you have time to do assignments and benefit from the group discussion on Slack. You’ll also evaluate others’ assignments, and have the chance to join the weekly office hour, for a total commitment of 4-5 hours a week. This option includes assignments and certification. Opt into 1:1 coaching through the Extended course.
If you spend more time, you’re going to get more out of it.
Remember, all participants get access to the course for a full year. While it’s released over 7 weeks, you can revisit any of the content on your own time.
DPM School certification gives you the chance to share your achievement in completing the Mastering Digital Project Management course with your network. Our certification is provided by Accredible, allowing you to add your certification to your LinkedIn profile.
The certification is available for those who take the Standard or Extended course, successfully completing all assignments and achieving a 60% or greater overall score. We’ll issue a certificate upon successful completion of all the course assignments. You’re able to resubmit assignments if required.
For those interested in using this course for PDU’s, please note we’ve not yet completed our registration as a PMI R.E.P. so while you can claim 15 category-4 PDU’s for taking the course yourself, at this stage, you won’t be able to use the course to claim category-3 PDU’s.
We understand there are reasons why you might need to withdraw from the course. Remember, you get access to the course for 1 year after the course starts. However, if you’re trying to follow the 7-week structure of the course you can join another course at a later date within a year of applying.
We’re confident you’re going to love the course. But if you don’t, just tell us and we’ll issue a full refund—we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
Do you have any question or feedback you’d like to give on the course? Please send us a message: