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.
Looking for insider intel on the latest and greatest tools, services and resources in the industry? Look no further, it’s the monthly resource roundup! Each month, we pull together top recommendations shared by the Bureau community. This edition, you’ll find project management books, invoicing tools, accessibility guides, productivity hacks and much, much more. Get in here, get up to speed and keep a good thing going by sharing favorites with your team and friends.
Need help convincing your boss to send you to the Digital PM Summit? We’ve got you covered with reasons why you need to be there, and sample verbiage to tailor to your own role, team and organization.
“As PMs, we are downplaying our soft skills and stifling our personalities. It’s time to take up space.” Jenna Trunzo, Globant project manager and a speaker at this year’s Digital PM Summit, shares her story of becoming a project manager by accident, embracing personality over process and protocol and five BIG tricks to get better at your job without feeling like you’re two different people in and out of work.
If you’re a fan of hands-on classroom-style training, you’re in luck. We’re hosting a series of workshops this year to help you improve how you run your operations, process, projects, team collaboration and more. Join us to uncover best practices and tried-and-true tactics. You’ll leave with new strategies and ideas to implement right away.
We’ve partnered with Promethean Research to put together the most complete salary survey for digital services that we’re aware of. Like all good things, it’s gonna take a little work, but the reward is gonna be worth it! With your help in providing this data, we hope to identify links between employee composition, pay rates, benefits, experience, etc. and revenue growth and profitability. Initially, the only way to get this data will be to participate in the survey, so please share it with others you think would benefit. The more shops participating the better.
Spring has sprung and things are busy, busy in the Bureau community. This past month, there were plenty of conversations focused on agency operations, new business development, pricing, negotiations and teams. We also saw a flurry of recommended tool and resource trading. Check out all the hand-picked favorites below and join us at an upcoming event or workshop.
As the “leadership” part of the design leadership equation grows, many are grappling with new roles, responsibilities and challenges. Design leaders are pressed to prove the business value of design, determine organizational structures, manage DesignOps and much more. Join us for our first-ever Design Leadership Days, an opportunity to connect with fellow design leaders to share, network and grow together.
After months of review and scouting game-changing speakers and content, we’re excited to release this year’s agenda. With workshops, keynotes, presentations, breakout discussions, interactive sessions, lightning talks, networking and more, this year’s summit offers inspiration, actionable tactics and hands-on learning to help DPMs working at both agencies and in-house teams. So what can you expect to gain by joining us in October? Let’s walk through six DPM truths and some can’t-miss sessions from the agenda.
Are you experiencing missed expectations, poor communication, missed deliveries or worse yet, unhappy clients? If that’s the case, you’re probably losing profit and team morale is running low. But worry not, you can fix that! Brett Harned will show you how, as he walks through project process from sales to delivery. Founder of the Digital PM Summit, Director of Education at TeamGantt and author of Project Management for Humans, Brett shares real-world advice gained from wrangling projects and working with many different organizations of all shapes and sizes.
On the heels of Design Leadership Camp Santa Fe and Biz Dev Camp at Viget, this month’s resource roundup is full of recommended resources for design, leadership, business development and sales. We also have a long list of articles and podcasts to work through as you find a few minutes here or there, or to while away your commute.
No matter the size of your organization—big, small…Huge—everyone encounters process problems. Robert Sfeir, Senior Director of Delivery for Huge, Inc., took the stage at this year’s Owner Summit to speak to common challenges, and share insights to help solve them. The big idea: How you deliver is the most important factor in the success of what you deliver. Tune into Robert’s session for tips and strategies to remove process waste, lower project costs and increase margins.
In digital project management, there’s no shortage of ways to go about organizing your teams, priorities and projects, and just as many tools to help you do it. Jira is becoming increasingly popular as DPMs discover its flexibility, usefulness and reporting capabilities. David Harned, Director, PMO at Monotype, is a leading Agile thinker who wrote the book on Jira—literally. Looking forward to his DPM Summit session, we caught up with David to learn more about his background and the content of his session, “Managing Internal Projects & Agile Teams using JIRA.”
What does the landscape look like for digital shops today, and what’s on the horizon? Each year, we survey digital shops in an effort to uncover trends and predict what’s next. In this year’s third edition of the Bureau State of the Industry Survey, we teamed up with Promethean Research to dig into the data and distill common themes.
If you’re a fan of the written word, you’re in luck, because this month’s resource roundup has enough books and articles to keep you busy for months—if not the entire year. Coming out of Design Leadership Camp Santa Fe, we have an impressive list of design leadership books. Plus a handful of business / business development reads recommended by Owner Summit alumni. And don’t forget tools and services. This month, we have recommendations for stress testing, user testing, team recognition and more.
Today, the Bureau community has more potential than ever before. We can work together to have greater visibility, share knowledge to improve how we run our teams and organizations and connect with trusted collaborators and peers. We’re constantly being asked how people can be more involved and support the Bureau. Membership is that chance. If the Bureau has positively impacted your career or team, membership is a way to give back, while enjoying some good perks in return.
If you’re heading to Austin for Owner Summit, enjoy this playlist of awesome people we’ve had on The Bureau Briefing who will be there.
As the new year kicks off, digital leaders and teams are getting a head start on building healthy projects, and organizations. We’ve seen a flurry of conversations focused on accessibility testing, project tracking, sprint planning and more, as well as app and service recommendations to make your work life a little easier. Read on for new tools, processes and strategies to help grow and evolve your role and organization.
Light switches, lever door handles, touch screens…many products that make our lives easier were created because of a disability need. Do these solutions work for everyone? Yes. As Yvette Pegues, Corporate Disability and Diversity Consultant and former IBM Networking/Cloud Engineer, points out, that’s the purpose of inclusion. Six years ago, Yvette’s brain fell into her spinal column, the result of a genetic condition. Yvette underwent brain surgery that resulted in the total loss of use of both legs. Tune in to Yvette’s Digital PM Summit session to learn how digital project managers determine the culture of a project, and how that culture impacts the entire project, client relationships and the end user experience.
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