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.
By adding all the colors into the Bureau shield, it reminds us every day that the Bureau is made up of wonderfully different and passionate people working to help one another.
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.