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“I could never have gotten to where I am today without the knowledge and sharing that’s come out of the Bureau Community.”
Jen Maceyko | firefly partners
Owner Summit 2018 | feb 11-13
Owner Summit 2018 will take place at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, South Carolina. This is your opportunity to learn from some of the best digital agency owners in the business while connecting with your peers from all over the world. It’s designed for digital agency owners of small to medium-sized shops, but all are welcome!
Biz Dev Camp 001 | March 18-21
One of the most popular topics at Bureau events is business development. So we decided it needs its own event. Get ready to talk sales, marketing, scoping, estimating, metrics and all the other things that make up business development. This event is currently sold out, but please let us know if you are interested and we'll put you on the waiting list.
Design Leadership Camp 002 | April 16-19
Coming off an amazing inaugural event in 2017, Design Leadership Camp is where leaders of large creative teams get together to discuss everything from recruiting and retention, to design systems to organizational design. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list.
Owner Camp 016 | May 6-9
Our most popular event, Owner Camp is the one that started it all. An opportunity for digital agency owners with shops of 10 employees or more to connect, share and sympathize about the joys and struggles of being in charge. Requests to attend are coming in pretty quickly, so please join the interest list if you'd like to join us.
Operations Camp 007 | June 10-13
Operations Camp is where we take everything we know about running a digital agency, shake it up and put it back together with help from our peers. Topics often include resource planning, tools, pricing/billing models and team dynamics. It’s designed for those in the operations role at digital agencies with 10 or more employees. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list if you'd like to join us.
Bureau Online Summit - July 20
The first Summit in our online series will focus on team dynamics, financial literacy, process, project management and business development. It’s designed for all roles at a digital agency. You can either buy an individual ticket, or one for the entire agency. And while we're figuring out the details, we're offering a 50% discount for our early bird friends.
Product Camp 001 | August 5-7
Product Camp is designed for those whose livelihood is managing a digital product, or products, they own. Just like our other camps, this will be an opportunity to connect with others doing what you do. Topics will include: DevOps, product feature selection, paid customer acquisition, culture, remote teams and more that you help determine. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list.
Process Camp 001 | August 8-10
This is the event for anyone interested in improving the process of how they build digital products. Discussions will range from discoveries to process methodologies to team structures to quality assurance with a focus on actionable improvements that can be applied right away. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list if you'd like to join us.
Digital PM Summit 2018 | September 4-6
The next Digital PM Summit will take place at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN. It is two days of engaging presentations, breakout sessions, and lightning talks exploring how we manage digital projects. Attendees come from all over the world to connect and share their learnings from working in digital agencies, higher ed, in-house teams and as freelancers.
Owner Camp 017 | October 15-18
As our most popular event, we have two Owner Camps a year. And this one is gonna be all kinds of fun at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado. If you run a shop of 10 employees or more, join us as we learn together how to improve our digital agencies. You'll walk away with a community of peers always eager to help with the challenges you're facing.
Female Leadership Camp 001 | November 11-13
Our most requested new event, and the first event that is exclusively for women in leadership roles in the digital space. This will be an opportunity to connect with others who face the unique challenges you also face and find solutions to persistent problems. If you are interested in joining us, please let us know early. We have already received more requests to attend than we have spots available.
Digital PM Camp 003 | November 14-16
With a heavy focus on team dynamics, process and tools, Digital PM Camp takes those that are ready to take the next step from the Digital PM Summit. In-depth discussions, a strong community and a focus on real situations will give Digital PMs the focus they need to take their teams to the next level.
Creative Director Camp 004 | December 2-4
There are few bigger transitions than going from being a maker to being a manager. And Creative Directors face that challenge every day. Well, this is your event. An opportunity to discuss the challenges and find solutions with other creative directors at great digital agencies. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list and we'll keep you informed.
Operations Camp 008 | December 5-7
Our second Operations Camp of the year, join us to reconstruct the role operations plays in a digital agency environment using the collective knowledge and know-how of some of the best studio operators around. If you run operations at a digital agency with 10 or more employees, we'd love to have you take part. We're still working on the details, but feel free to sign up for the interest list if you'd like to join us.
Stuff We Get Asked A Bunch
What's the difference between a summit and a camp?
A Bureau Summit is one part traditional conference, one part facilitated conversations and 100% community building. We start the day with speakers and subject matter experts sharing great insights on stage to hundreds of attendees, and then break into smaller groups where you can connect based on criteria that matter to you.
Bureau Camps are smaller, 25-30 person gatherings where you have a voice in the agenda and the content. They take place in creative settings where you can forget the day-to-day and dive into the bigger issues that keep you from realizing your goals.
These videos do a good job of showing the difference.
What's the deal with Interest Lists?
A majority of Bureau Camps sell out more than a full month prior to the event, so this year we'll be using interest lists to help us make sure we’re being fair in allocating tickets and creating a more diverse experience. There is no obligation on your part to purchase when you sign up. But if you have your heart set on attending, you know what to do.
Why do camps cost more than summits?
The registration fee for a Bureau Camp includes your hotel accommodations which accounts for much of the difference. It's also a much smaller event, so every registration carries a higher percentage of the event cost.
the bureau briefing
You'll dig The Bureau Briefing, our very own podcast. Each episode, we talk to a member of the Bureau of Digital community doing awesome, inspiring things.
Honesty and Inclusion with Willie Jackson
In this episode of the Bureau Briefing, Willie Jackson shares his thoughts on why we need to get past the concept of diversity and move forward with a focus on inclusion.
Hacking Agile with Dave Prior
"They sat me down, and they stood in a circle, and one of them looked at me and said, 'Dude, you've gotta stop with this waterfall crap.'"
Business Development with Joe Rinaldi
In the early days of web design, there was more work than any one shop could handle. Everyone was super selective on the clients they took, and project focused.
Soft Skills with Peta Kennett-Wilson
Soft skills are rarely discussed in the process focused world of digital project management. But when you spend time understanding the team and the client as humans, an amazing thing can happen.
Back to the Basics with Sam Barnes
They call them "the basics". Little, innocuous things that don't seem to really matter. But they do. In fact, something as simple as sending an acknowledgment email to an important message can make all the difference
the bureau blog
State of the Industry Report, 6 Months Later
Every year there are digital agencies that are having their best year ever and holding on as their companies experience rapid growth. At the same time there are shops that are struggling and are convinced that the sky is falling.
Living with Ghosts: How to Deal with a Client Who Left You Hanging
"Ghosting, flaking, vanishing - whatever you want to call it, I think we can all agree that it is a pretty uncool thing to do."
Sound Advice for Digital Project Managers
“At the end of the day we are managing and working with people. Study and understand human nature and the way people work."
The Great Debate: Time & Materials Versus Value Pricing
"Agencies make their money in the margins and when making estimations using T&M, those margins tend to be razor thin. The slightest misestimation eats into those margins."
Top Challenges Digital PMs Face at Work
"While hard project skills are necessary to our jobs, they themselves are insufficient to deliver truly amazing projects.”
The Bureau Bulletin
A newsletter? How cliche! Of course ours has great content based on what digital professionals like yourself tell us matters. Also, it's the best way to stay up to speed with Bureau news and upcoming events. So sign up already!