Rob Harr

Rob is a developer and software consultant who found his way into running a web business. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Sparkbox, a web design and development studio in Dayton, OH that focuses on long-term partnerships with clients and creating a better Web through education. Before Sparkbox, Rob always enjoyed the people side of technology problems while he worked and consulted for enterprise software companies. This allowed him to run projects and communicate effectively with stakeholders from early on in his career—and with great success. In his current role as Vice President, Rob is responsible for Sparkbox’s operations and financials. This has led him to speak frequently about pricing, operations, and other business topics. His personal commitment to brutal honesty and plain speaking about what he has learned and the struggles of growing a business have struck a chord with audiences. Also, while at Sparkbox, Rob led the design of the apprenticeship program which allows the company to develop web talent in Dayton.

Over the years Rob has worked with clients big and small—always finding a way to add value to their businesses. Rob loves the idea that relationships (with clients, partners, and employees) should be mutually edifying. He is passionate about growing the business of Sparkbox and helping others in their quest to do the same for their businesses.

 

Managing a Project from the “Last Responsible Moment”

October 12th | 10:00 AM

We have begun to describe our projects with words like “Responsive,” “Flexible,” “Fluid,” “Agile,” and “User Centered,” but we continue to manage our projects the same way we always have. How can we deliver on new grand promises without completely changing our thinking about the work—including project management?

It is more important than ever to embrace the learning that occurs during a project; and in turn, we should wait to make decisions until the best information is available. Learn to be conformable with the unknown, and avoid making decisions that can be better made tomorrow. Only then will we truly start to think in an agile way.

During our time together, we will walk through a list of guidelines by which successful project decisions can be made. These guidelines come from a wide range of projects—large enterprise environments to small websites. At the core of these guidelines is a desire to change the project management process to allow for better decision making.