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!
What does it take to get the work you want, and charge what it’s worth? Dan Mall, Founder of SuperFriendly, Co-founder / CEO of SuperBooked and author of Pricing Design, believes success lies in positioning and pricing. To get the work you want, it’s important to narrow your focus to attract the right clients, price yourself appropriately and speak confidently about the value you deliver. Like anything worth doing, the process isn’t easy. It takes real work and commitment to see results. Curious how to get started?
It’s a common story: You start a shop because you love the work. Design, development, strategy, PR, copywriting or what have you. As more clients come in, you hire a person…and then another. Suddenly, you’re running a business: handling sales, client services, recruiting, operations and other tasks. You’re earning your MBA by fire. Your agency is growing, but at a price. So how do you take control of your agency before it takes control of you?
In the digital world, tech, tools and techniques change so rapidly, it can be hard to keep up. Which makes any attempt to predict the future somewhat futile. But, looking back in a year or so, perhaps we’ll find we got it right. We asked industry DPM pros and Digital PM Summit speakers to weigh in on the future of digital project management. Here’s what they had to say.
Digital projects are unique, and take a special sort of someone to see them through. When you’re orchestrating sites, apps, interactive experiences and such, you have your hands in all the pots: strategy, content, UX, design, tech, QA, et al. DPMs are natural leaders…but they’re not always seen as such. What gives? Meghan McInerny, Chief Operating Officer at Clockwork, has a theory. Tune in to discover the eight features of a leader, and how to lead with influence, rather than your title.
It's the perfect time to crack open a new book, commit to the five-hour rule or block out some dedicated time for a Think Week/end/day. Thanks to Bureau alumni, we have a great list of resources to share, with an assortment of books, podcasts and tools…
Some people are born to do a job. Others are meant to define it, then spill the secrets on how you can master it. Enter, Rachel Gertz. All the clues are there: a background in education, time served as a DPM, strategist and writer. A quick wit, contagious laughter and no-holds-barred commitment to make project management—and the digital world—a better place. Looking forward to the Digital PM Summit, we caught up with Rachel for some Q&A on how she got started, where she sees digital project management headed and what advice and resources she’d lend to DPMs.
If you’re experiencing pain in your business—feeling stuck, frustrated or out of sync with your team, it could be a signal that your business operating system needs a reboot. But how do you know what’s working and what’s not—and what to do about it? It can be hard to define your strengths, weaknesses and next steps, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Luckily, peers, experts and business frameworks such as EOS® can help show you the way. We caught up with Tom Barrett, a Bureau of Digital subject matter expert and Professional EOS Implementer™, for an inside look at the Entrepreneurial Operating System®.