Tips to Align Teams & Scale Delivery

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Tips to Align Teams & Scale Delivery

As companies grow, scaling teams and delivery becomes a little—or a lot—more difficult. In the Bureau community, the general consensus is that systems thinking can help set people up for success. Looking back on Design Leadership Days, we gleaned operations insights from a wide range of different viewpoints. Some of the many highlights focused on org and design maturity, scaling delivery and aligning teams around OKRs.

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No More Meetings: The Improv Effect

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No More Meetings: The Improv Effect

Meetings. Is there a way around them? Or a way to consistently get out of them? Sometimes we leave meetings feeling unproductive or unclear, yet we continue to hold them in the same format, location and so on. For better business results and creativity, it may be time to unlearn meetings, and foster a workplace where meetings don’t exist. Jessie Shternshus, Owner of The Improv Effect, joins us to share some fun ways to boost collaboration and communication.

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September Resource Roundup

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September Resource Roundup

How do you foster a culture of mindful leadership and ownership? Or manage projects effectively? Or outfit your office or company on a budget? These are just a few of the conversations swirling around the community. And there are plenty more. We’ve rounded up all the recommended reads, resources and tools to help you get in on the knowledge sharing.

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Year-End Events Update

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Year-End Events Update

2020 is just around the corner and the year will be gone before we know it. Whatever your goals, it’s easier to get ahead of them by blocking out some dedicated focus time now and tapping into a community of support. Take a look at our upcoming opportunities and make plans to join us.

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The Bureau Effect

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The Bureau Effect

A few years ago, someone used the term “Bureau effect” to describe how those within the community get better by collaborating, sharing and lifting one another up. We’re constantly amazed to hear about the impact the community makes—from sharing a simple process change to offering support during really tough times. If you have a story of how the Bureau impacted your work or your life, we want to hear it. More than that, we want to celebrate it.

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Advice That Will Change the Trajectory of Your DPM Career

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Advice That Will Change the Trajectory of Your DPM Career

Solid advice is something that can help you no matter where you are in your career. At the Digital PM Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to fellow attendees and speakers, gaining real-world advice to change the way you approach your work and career. See what words of wisdom our speakers have to offer, and share your own advice as well.

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August Resource Roundup

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August Resource Roundup

Sure, you can search the web for tools and services, but that time is likely better spent elsewhere. Each month, we round up the community’s favorite resources, to help you hone in on solutions and keep current with industry tools and insights. Read on for recommendations on applicant tracking systems, podcasting tools, articles and more. And if there’s something you’re really digging this month, add it to the list.

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Let’s Have Some Fun in Orlando!

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Let’s Have Some Fun in Orlando!

Summer is winding down here in the U.S., but we’re not getting too blue just yet. Know why? The Digital PM Summit 2019 is coming up soon, and we’ll be heading to sunny Orlando, Florida! There is so much fun to be had while learning and networking at the Summit. Here are just a few things to be stoked about…

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Lynsey Thornton on Growth & Design Leadership at Shopify

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Lynsey Thornton on Growth & Design Leadership at Shopify

Since 2006, Shopify has grown from a five-person startup to a team of over 4,000 working in five offices. One of the secrets to their success is a growth mindset, and bringing on talented people who “thrive on change,” one of Shopify’s core values. Lynsey Thornton, Shopify’s VP of UX / GM of Core Product, shares thoughts on grabbing change by the horns and growing as a design leader.

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July Resource Roundup

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July Resource Roundup

As the summer slowly ends, everybody seems really excited about the rest of the year. We’re seeing some great conversations in the Bureau channels, and we’re having some great discussions during our Role Calls with Digital PM Summit attendees, design leaders and Bureau members. Read on for community recommendations for tools, services and resources.

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Mergers & Acquisitions for Digital Agencies

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Mergers & Acquisitions for Digital Agencies

Running your own shop is great, but no one does it forever. As an owner, you may have thought about selling your company. Perhaps you’re actively exploring the idea now. So how do you best prepare your business for sale, and what should you expect in the process? Gabe Levine and Josh Barrett, Principals and Attorneys at Matchstick, join us to offer insights on mergers and acquisitions for digital agencies.

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Tips for Project Managing a Native App Build

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Tips for Project Managing a Native App Build

As a digital project manager at Viget, Ryan Schaefer has led a variety of projects including custom CMS builds, conversion analytics sprints, iterative design systems and native app design and development. In this guest post, he shares tips for successfully managing a native app build. Read on for insights, and catch his session at the 2019 Digital PM Summit in Orlando, this October 21–22, for a better understanding of best practices, responsibilities and core duties.

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5 Ways to Invest in Your Project Managers

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5 Ways to Invest in Your Project Managers

Project management is probably one of the more difficult roles in this industry to define. Which can make it equally tough to determine a career development plan or support strategy for the DPMs in your organization. Lina Calin, Project Manager at Sparkbox and a Digital PM Summit speaker/alum, has some ideas to help. In this guest post, she shares five ways to invest in your DPMs to boost your team, organization and bottom line.

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June Resource Roundup

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June Resource Roundup

Summer is here and many within the Bureau community are taking the time to pick up a new book, plug into a fresh podcast or tidy up tools and operations. This month, we have recommendations on services, tools and reads to help improve the way you work and offer inspiration.

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Bureau of Digital 2019 Digital Services Salary Report

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Bureau of Digital 2019 Digital Services Salary Report

How do digital services firms compensate their employees and owners, and how does that compensation relate to overall profitability and revenue growth? To establish usable data and surface insights, we partnered with Promethean Research to survey digital shops across North America and beyond. Crunching through the numbers, we found common themes across firm size, firm age, specialization, location and turnover rate. Read on for key findings.

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The Most Important Design Skill

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The Most Important Design Skill

What is the most important design skill? The answer may surprise you. Aarron Walter, VP of Design Education at InVision, shares what the research tells us, as well as six tips to make the greatest impact possible.

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10 Little Things Effective Leaders Get Right

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10 Little Things Effective Leaders Get Right

The little things seem so basic, yet they’re vital to the success of our projects, teams and organizations. Looking forward to this year’s Digital PM Summit, we were reminded of a thought-provoking session delivered by Sam Barnes, Senior Development Manager at Marks and Spence. As Sam illustrated, the little things make all the difference. Here are 10 basics that every effective leader gets right.

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Design Leadership's Biggest Challenge?

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Design Leadership's Biggest Challenge?

Are there challenges for design leadership? Absolutely. Is it about qualified talent and experience and proper education in both business and design? Yes. But the biggest challenge to design leadership may be realizing that the fight for acceptance is over. Now it’s time to shift our mindsets to one of integrating design in with the other established business disciplines while maintaining a touch of disruption.

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