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.
Putting People Back Into Projects
The number of people involved in our projects continues to grow. There are our customers, our stakeholders (some more visible than others), our teams, and of course our users. The iron triangle of project management has always been scope, budget, and timeline. Focusing on these three areas makes a lot of sense from a project manager’s viewpoint, but it’s easy to forget that behind each of these three key ideas is a group of people. That “iron triangle” isn’t much help if we don’t consider the humans involved.
While we can’t turn our backs on the scope, budget, and timeline, we can start to shift our perspective of each to consider the people involved. When we do this, we’ll see the long-term sustainability of our work increase and the happiness of our teams grow.
During this session, we will have an open discussion on how we can keep pulse on the important areas of our projects—including the people—so that both the people and the projects thrive. Come prepared to share with each other how you are supporting your humans and the challenges you are facing as you try to put the people back into your projects.
- Understanding that the people are the largest indicator for success
- How to facilitate effective collaboration
- Discussion of unique people-centered project metrics
- How your business model impacts your humans