Get Ready for DPM 2018 in Memphis, TN!
The Digital PM Summit is two days of engaging presentations, breakout sessions, and lightning talks exploring how we manage digital projects, from a variety of perspectives. No matter the methodology — Agile with a capital A, agile without a capital a, waterfall, or hybrid, we’ll share the secrets of keeping projects moving, keeping clients happy, keeping teams engaged, and keeping budgets intact. You will gain new perspectives, make new friends, and gain access to an unparalleled support system of peers.
We are thrilled to take the Digital PM Summit 2018 to a new location: The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN. This lovely, new facility is perfect for our group and our event, as it offers expansive conference and breakout space, 450 guest rooms, free airport shuttles, access to Memphis...and of course, the home of Elvis Presley. It'll be an event that will provide you with ideas, connections, and memories that will support you in your career.
What You'll Discuss and Learn
Over the course of two days we offer traditional keynotes and presentations, as well as interactive sessions, panels, breakout conversations, and lightning talks. There is also an optional half-day workshop offered on 9/4, which requires a separate ticket.
Whether you work for an agency or an in-house team, are seasoned or new to DPM, there will be content relevant for you. In fact, in 2018 we are making some format changes to accommodate our growing community.
Some of the topics we've covered over the course of the conference include:
- Project Communications
- Change Management
- Setting Expectations
- Empathy for DPMs
- How to Talk About Money
- The DPM Career Path
- Making Agile Work for Internal and Agency Teams
- Finding the Right Tools
We are currently working on our programming for the 2018 Digital PM Summit, and we will release a call for papers in early 2018. If you're looking for more information and want a sense for what the event is like, check out the 2017 Digital PM Summit Agenda. Or, check out our Digital PM Summit 2017 Round Up blog post, which links to speaker presentation slides, tweets, and more.
Each year, we recruit top DPM practitioners and speakers from the industry to cover a variety of digital project management-related topics. Past audiences have enjoyed sessions presented by the likes of Michael Lopp, Nancy Lyons, Sam Barnes, Meri Williams, Brett Harned, and many more.
We'll announce our 2018 speaker lineup starting in the Spring of 2018, and we'll launch a call for papers in early 2018. Until then, we will be launching videos of select presentations given at DPM 2017. The first, Level Up: Project Management as a Leadership Role by Meghan McInerny is below.
There’s an overall feeling of excitement about “finding your people” among the Digital PM community, and that is apparent at every Digital PM Summit. Most have explored many avenues when it comes to learning and networking, and likely have read the more traditional PM books and blogs. But DPMs are seeking something more—a genuine connection not only through DPM content and work experience, but through interests and expertise. And they’re honestly not that easy to find, so we're happy that The Digital PM Summit has become the "home" to those connections.
In 2017 we asked our community to answer a few questions on video, and we screened the video below at the Summit. Check it out to see just how passionate the community is, and you'll certainly get a sense for who you'll meet at the Summit, and what you'll talk about.
Earn PDUs and Have Fun!
If you've got your PMP or are working toward it, you should know that attending will help you earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). While we're not associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI), we do know that this event will earn you PDUs for every hour you're in a Digital PM Summit session. All you have to do is submit your ticket receipt along with the number of hours you spent in sessions to PMI. Several attendees have successfully done this in the past.
Attendee Photos from Past Digital PM Summits
September 4-6, 2018
Optional Workshop Day 9/4/18
The Guest House at Graceland
Tickets: $850 Super-early bird pricing
Travel Logistics and Scheduling
Plan to be in attendance from 10:00am to 4:00pm on 9/4, and join us at our welcome reception after the workshop. We have hotel rooms blocked for 9/3 if you'd like to arrive in advance of the workshop.
If you're not attending the optional workshop day on 9/4, arrive on 9/4 by 5pm to check in and attend our welcome reception.
Arrive after 7:30am on 9/5 to check in and grab breakfast before our first session kicks off (at 8:45am). Sessions will run from 8:45am until about 6:00pm on 9/5 and 9/6, and many attendees will hang around Memphis and leave the following day.
What Our Attendees are Saying
"I never knew how beneficial and inspiring it would be to be surrounded by such a strong community of DPMs until I attended the 2017 DPM Summit. I left feeling like I wasn't alone and maybe all my challenges weren't so unique, but most of all, I left feeling empowered to push myself to utilize the many learnings I took away from the conference to improve myself, others around me, and the way we work together."
-Rachel Woodburn, 90 Octane
"This was my third year attending the Digital PM Summit and the connections made each year are invaluable. It's refreshing to know that other in-house teams have the same challenges I face and the Summit provides a forum to exchange best practices and help provide solutions to each other."
-Bill Matz, Hershey
"Digital PM Summit 2017 totally surprised me! I was a first-time attendee and wasn't sure what to expect. I learned so much and met so many new friends that I can collaborate with at any time whether it be a Waterfall, Agile, or Scrum project. The networking alone was priceless! Yep, I'll be back next year!"
-Sonya Johnson, Duke University
"Project management is a lonely gig. The event reinforced that I'm not alone and there are so many resources to help me. All the DPMs I talked to are going through the same challenges I am. It was so nice to commiserate with others. I left the event feeling so much better about myself, my work and my career trajectory."
- Aleta Melton, Emerge Interactive
"The only conference I've attended that was 100% worth while investment of my time and money."
-Marc O'Brien, The Zane Ray Group
"Within the last month, I've made the transition from Sr. Account Manager to Sr. Project Manager within my agency. My mentor invited me to this event as a crash course and immersive experience in project management. This is, by far, the most valuable conference I have ever attended. All presentations were golden. Which is rare. By the end of the workshop on Wednesday, I was mentally exhausted just trying to soak in as much knowledge drops as possible."
- Bri Wolf, 90 Octane
"I finally found my tribe! I attended DPM Summit 2017 in hopes of gaining a better understanding of my roles/responsibilities as a DPM. I walked away with so much more!"
- Maya, Toolhouse