"You can yell at the cows, or you can pave the cow paths." — Zeldman
Last month I was lucky enough to attend the DPM summit in Philadelphia, PA.
"The inaugural Digital PM Summit was a big hit. Held in Philadelphia in the fall of 2013, the event was created to celebrate and foster a growing community of people who manage all things digital."
I took away so many important ideas/lessons/connections/notes/ and ah-ha moments that I'm sure will have an impact on the way we work here at Plank.
But in the meantime, here's one thing from each talk I saw that resonated with me from Day 1 (Day 2 coming up next week).
Jeffrey ZeldmanThe Ten Commandments of Web Design
Jeffrey talked about user experience and trying to reconcile the design vision for a website with what users want.
"You can yell at the cows, or you can pave the cow paths."
Jared PonchotDesigning on Purpose: Design Process & Deliverables in the Responsive Age
Jared talked about the idea of finding the best lightweight deliverables. How much documentation and planning is the right amount?
"Create lighter weight, living deliverables."
Brett HarnedBe a Better PM
Brett's talk on being a better project manager was so good I have to include two highlights:
"When setting up project postmortem's — make it a two-step process — one quick session to list out good and bad, then a bigger, moderated discussion."
Improve your core competencies — (in my case note taking skills). Continue improving! Set reminders and practice!
Adam EdgertonRetain Your PMs: Preventing Pitfalls
Adam outlined part of the workflow at MetalToad, where he's director of project management:
Think about moving from a maintenance/support model to a dedicated "support group” team.
Dave PriorScrum In The Waterfall
Dave ran down the benefits of an Agile/SCRUM methodology. Something we touch on at Plank every now and then. The one thing he did say which really struck me was:
"As a PM, I practice "Servant Leadership" — I do whatever you guys need me to do."
Whitney HessOutside In: Can Independents Be Managed?
Whitney moderated an excellent discussion on the topic of using contractors/freelancers and consultants.
"Never forget the 'contract' in contractor"
Meghan Wilker & Nancy LyonsEmbracing Chaos: An Interactive Project Management Survival Guide
"Project management is like air quality. If you can see it, it's probably killing you."