Rob Harr


Rob Harr is a developer and software consultant who found his way into running a web business. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Sparkbox, a web design and development studio in Dayton, OH that focuses on long-term partnerships with clients and creating a better Web through education.

Before Sparkbox, Rob always enjoyed the people side of technology problems while he worked and consulted for enterprise software companies. This allowed him to run projects and communicate effectively with stakeholders from early on in his career—and with great success. In his current role as Vice President, Rob is responsible for Sparkbox’s operations and financials. This has led him to speak frequently about pricingoperations and other business topics. His personal commitment to brutal honesty and plain speaking about what he has learned and the struggles of growing a business have struck a chord with audiences. Also, while at Sparkbox, Rob led the design of the apprenticeship program which allows the company to develop web talent in Dayton.

Over the years, Rob has worked with clients big and small—always finding a way to add value to their businesses. Rob loves the idea that relationships (with clients, partners and employees) should be mutually edifying. He is passionate about growing the business of Sparkbox and helping others in their quest to do the same for their businesses.


Twitter: @robertHarr


Operations Thinking for Better Projects

1:30 PM, Sunday, October 20
HORIZONS 9, 10, 11

So you have been managing projects for a few years, and it still feels like operations is working against you. You know what is best for your project, but sometimes the seemingly right decision is passed over by the higher-ups. This feeling can be incredibly frustrating. What the heck is going on?

The goal of project management is to deliver successful results for the project, while the goal of operations is to deliver successful results for your company across a portfolio of projects. The ability to view projects from an operations perspective will allow you to better position your projects to keep the whole business portfolio on track.

During this workshop we will cover how to take all of those amazing project management skills you have worked hard to acquire and start to adapt that perspective to include thinking about operations.

During this workshop, Rob will cover:

  • What is operations?

  • How to have a better relationship with operations

  • How to harness operations thinking to deliver successful projects

  • Staffing and forecasting improvements for predictable scheduling

  • Repeatable cadence for happy operations and happy customers

  • Managing budgets with operations in mind

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