Be a Better PM

C4de88ea47538e4594750e3861a341c8?s=47 Brett Harned
October 16, 2013

Be a Better PM

This was presented at the Digital PM Summit on October 14, 2013,

You are not a robot, you're a project manager. You are valuable to your team because you're damn good at what you do. Let's think about project management as a practice, and how we can all be better at what we do, and truly support our teams and projects to make amazing products...on time, under budget, and conflict-free. This talk will hit on how WE, as a community of digital project management professionals, can better our skills and elevate the profession through solid practice in communications, stakeholder management, and a little bit of cheerleading.

**This is published under design only because the categories are...not inclusive. :)

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Brett Harned

October 16, 2013
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  1. Be a DIGITAL PM SUMMIT Brett Harned | @brettharned Better

    Better PM
  2. ★ So lonely.

  3. ★ We have arrived!

  4. Thank you! (high ves all around)

  5. ★ You can thank @pmarsceill for this one on Twitter

  6. good You are a project manager

  7. better We can always be

  8. 1 1 Ask questions

  9. ★ PM of Steel

  10. 2 2 Learn from your mistakes

  11. Conduct a post mortem meeting: ˒ Quick session: Ask “What

    worked?” and “What didn’t work?” ˒ Compile your answers; draft a conversation guideline ˒ Conduct a 1-1.5 hour meeting ✦ Ground rules: no nger pointing ✦ Look for action items; ways to better process ✦ Accept all opinions, discuss them
  12. 3 3 patient Be

  13. 4 4 expectations Set

  14. ★ You’ll sort it out

  15. cope Understand your

  16. timeline Lock down your

  17. oles Establish

  18. ★ Who’s doing what? When?

  19. 5 5 cheerleader Be a

  20. ★ Go team!

  21. 6 6 Know your craft

  22. methodology Study your

  23. procedures Learn company

  24. tools Practice using the right

  25. skills people Hone your

  26. 7 7 difficult Don’t ignore conversations

  27. 8 8 calendar Own your

  28. 9 9 process Own your

  29. 10 10 Share everything

  30. Share (almost) everything

  31. 11 11 nacks Bring

  32. ★ Feed them

  33. 12 12 Vent (to the right people)

  34. 13 13 fun Have

  35. ★ A little bit of dancing can lighten the mood

  36. 14 14 “No” Practice saying

  37. ★ Practice makes perfect

  38. 15 15 oofread everything

  39. ` 16 16 concise Be

  40. 17 17 notes Take good

  41. ★ Make your notes clear and concise (happy robots edit)

  42. 18 18 feedback Facilitate useful

  43. 19 19 tatus Conduct

  44. ★ Team status meetings: helping get things done!

  45. ★ Client status calls make everyone happy

  46. Every status should include: What’s important? ˒ What was done

    last week ˒ What will be done this week/next week ˒ Action items ˒ Update on timeline ˒ Update on budget ˒ Risks & Issues
  47. 20 20 Follow-up!

  48. 21 21 Understand what it takes

  49. ★ Learn from your peers

  50. What’s it gonna take? Sample task: Create HTML Wireframes ˒

    Brainstorming Session/Sketching (1-2 hours) ˒ Follow-up session (1 hour) ˒ Set up environment to build HTML wireframes (1 hour) ˒ Code wireframes (24 hours) ˒ Internal team review (1 hour) ˒ Edit (4-6 hours) ˒ Make public, present wireframes to clients (2 hours)
  51. 22 22 jerk Be a (when you have to)

  52. 23 23 Keep calm

  53. time you need Take the

  54. personally Don’t take everything so

  55. mistakes It’s okay to

  56. mistakes It’s okay to make

  57. perspective Keep

  58. 24 24 informed Stay

  59. http://cog.gd/5ns All the links... (my blog: brettharned.com)

  60. 25 25 proud Be of your role

  61. ★ Let your PM ag y!

  62. After the Digital PM Summit, let’s... So what’s next? ˒

    Connect ˒ Learn ˒ Share
  63. Thanks! Brett Harned | @brettharned | brettharned.com dpm2013.com | ownercamp.com