As we begin 2019, what are digital shops facing, and what will tomorrow bring? Here are the challenges, trends and innovations that industry leaders are seeing as design, UX and dev take a seat at the table in client organizations. Share your take with us, and add your thoughts to the mix.
Every year, there are digital shops that are having their best year ever. And some that are struggling and convinced the sky is falling. So what’s really going on? Share your take on the state of the industry, and hear what others are saying too.
Can Agile help you to become a better leader, spouse, parent and overall human? Dave Prior, Certified Scrum Trainer at LeadingAgile, and Mika Trottier, Partner Acceleration Lead at Shopify, say yes. Catch their first-hand account of running Agile experiments on themselves to better their work and home lives, and learn how you can do the same.
It takes cash to make your company run and grow, and to safeguard against surprises or setbacks. So how do you keep your cash flow strong? Jody Grunden, CEO and Co-founder of Summit CPA Group, shares tools and strategies to avoid five common cash flow mistakes. Learn how to stretch every dollar so you have access to your money when you need it.
December was short and sweet as many in the community broke away to enjoy the holidays and spend some well-deserved time with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolutions include getting a handle on resource management, creating a company wiki, reaching Inbox Zero or calming your monkey-mind with meditation, there are lots of great recommendations. To: you. From: The Community. Thanks to everyone who contributed with suggestions and insights. Happy New Year everyone!
At work, we often enjoy one another’s friendship, but not a lot of attention is paid to the art of becoming a great team or a great leader. Traci Barrett, Co-Founder of Navigate the Journey, has some recommendations to remedy that. Working as a leadership and strategic consultant, she has helped leaders and teams to improve, and has proven recommendations to help others who would like to do the same.
This past month was all about the turkey talk, as the community traded ideas, solutions and recommendations. From our first-ever Women’s Leadership Camp, we’ve got an extra helping of business, leadership and culture reads, as well as podcasts and resources to spur diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in your workplace. Dig into this month’s resource roundup, a satisfying potluck of industry resources.
If you’re an alumni from years past, or just got back from your first Bureau event, you make this community possible. It’s an inspiration to see how you help one another every day. From suggesting a new approach to sharing a lead, your generosity is the energy that keeps us going. And if you haven’t attended a Bureau event yet, well, keep reading. Because you just found your people.
October was all treats, no tricks, as the community traded resources and tools online and in-person at Owner Camp Colorado. Much of the conversation focused on finding the right people and building successful teams, as well as tools and resources to make organizations run more smoothly and profitably.
The Bureau has always been about bringing people together, making the industry better and helping people excel in their roles and organizations. We love seeing people connecting and helping each other every day. And for everything we see, there is so much more we don’t. That’s why we’d like a few minutes of your time to help us make the Bureau the best it can be for you in 2019 and beyond.
This past month, Bureau alums were sharing tips and strategies covering everything from sales tools to speeding up proposals, increasing employee engagement and more. If you’ve been thinking of starting up an apprentice program or beefing up your in-house training, there are several resources to help, plus some good reads on storytelling.
Many agencies struggle to get a grip on what the future holds. Without knowing what tomorrow will bring, it’s easy to make poor decisions or suffer course corrects. What if you could predict the future using data you already have or can begin gathering? With forecasting, you can. Once mastered, forecasting unlocks a wide range of business insights. It’s something of a skeleton key that can help you gain control of nearly every aspect of your business. Looking forward to our first-ever Forecasting Workshop, we caught up with Rob Harr, Vice President of Sparkbox and the workshop facilitator, for a quick intro on what forecasting is, why it’s a worthwhile investment and the basic steps to get started.
Fall is here, and it’s the perfect season to revisit goals and renew commitments to finish the year out strong. A few opportunities remain to connect with fellow digital professionals in 2018. Save on our first-ever Forecasting Workshop when you register by September 30, and save on Owner Summit before October 1.
We took care of business and crammed a lot into a few days, and that made for a great Digital PM Summit 2018. Huge thanks are in order for the speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees who helped make this year’s event uniquely awesome. Read on to discover what made it so awesome and get a taste of what’s to come for the Digital PM Summit 2019 (which, yes, we’re already planning).
What are the biggest challenges facing digital project managers today? We asked this year's Digital PM Summit speakers to weigh in, and offer advice on how to overcome them. Share your top obstacles with us, or give your recommendations on how you’ve navigated challenges or beat the odds.
As summer slips away, digital shops and in-house teams are ramping up to make the most of the remaining months of the year. We're hearing great conversations on topics ranging from process to teams, business growth, finance and more. Here are the top tool and resource picks, recommended by the community. Have something to add? Get your must-haves/reads in the mix.
When your team is small, and your shop is growing, it seems there’s never enough time or people to do it all. As an owner, you may take on the lion’s share of admin tasks, managing everything from invoicing to payroll, HR and more. How do you know when it’s time to start handing things off? When it comes to things like payroll, HR and benefits, many shops turn to a PEO (Professional Employer Organization). Learn more about what a PEO is, and how it could help your business.
A lot of digital shops devote a good amount of time to R&D. Working on new code, new products or new processes not directly related to billable client work. Crafting solutions that don’t yet exist…trying, failing and trying some more…promoting a culture of learning and innovation along the lines of Google’s “20 percent time.” If this sounds like your business, Uncle Sam may have something extra for you come tax time.
In three short weeks, digital project managers from across the U.S. and beyond will converge in Memphis, TN for the sixth annual Digital PM Summit. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. But don't wait too long! September 4 will be here before we know it.
Finding the right tools and resources can be tough. Luckily, we have the Bureau community to help us surface the latest and greatest, and remind us of industry classics. Here are recommendations shared in July. Let's go!