Larissa is a digital project manager who is happiest when working with her team to solve big problems with design. Her project management philosophy is anchored in cross-discipline collaboration, no silos, and complete transparency.
With a background in education, research, and art history, she understands the need for her team and clients to have all the context they need to do their best work. That’s why she works hard to help everyone involved stay informed on things like budget, milestones, and process.
In the past, Larissa has worked for niche UX studios, like Forty, to full-service agencies, like LaneTerralever. Now, she coordinates a great team of designers and developers at Phuse, an entirely remote design agency that services clients all over the world. Outside her home office, Larissa volunteers her time at events for AIGA Arizona and Phoenix Design Week. She’s also the founder of DPM Phoenix, a meetup for Digital Project Managers in the Phoenix area.
When she’s not researching UX trends, learning code, or trying to improve process, you’ll find her tasting a new scotch or treating her intense wanderlust with her husband and three rescue dogs: Charlie, Harley, and Dexter.
How to Respect Yourself in the Morning: Getting Comfortable Saying NO
October 13th | 1:30 PM
Let's face it, it's never a fun conversation when your client wants to make a change and you have to tell them no. As PMs, it's our job to balance our team's and client's needs to meet the goals of the project. It's our job to tell the team when they're going way off and need to bring it back, and we typically have no problem doing that. So why do we get freaked out and timid when it’s the client going off scope?
This workshop will create a clear path for success when it comes to having these conversations - specifically, a PM’s “first date” with the client. The first solo check-in. This conversation sets the tone of communication for the entirety of a project, and is one of the most important things we do (or should be doing) as PMs.
After a brief explanation of the science behind this, we'll work together to structure this conversation including how/when to schedule, who should be involved, suggestions of topics to cover, how to define the role of a DPM, and more.