Digital PM Summit 2018


If you manage digital projects, this is your event.

The Digital PM Summit is two days of engaging presentations, breakout sessions and lightning talks exploring how we manage digital projects. No matter your methodology, we’ll share the secrets to keep your projects moving, clients happy, teams engaged and budgets intact. Whether you work for a digital shop or in-house team, discover new ideas, make connections and gain access to an unparalleled community to support you in your career.


Get Ready for DPM 2018

  The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN

The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN

September 4-6, 2018
Optional Workshop Day September 4
The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

What is the DPM Summit?

Curious what a Digital PM Summit is like? Take a look back at the 2016 Summit or dive into our Digital PM Summit 2017 recap featuring speaker presentation slides, social shout-outs and more.


What's Included?

Choose to attend the Summit only, or add the workshop day for $250:

  • $1,099 Summit Only: includes two full days of Summit keynotes and presentations, interactive sessions, panels, breakout conversations and lightning talks.

  • $1,349 Summit + Workshop Combo: includes two-day Summit items above, plus two 3.5-hour workshops presented by Peta Kennett-Wilson and Rob Harr. Please note, this ticket is required to attend the workshops.

What We’ll Discuss

Some of the topics we'll cover over the course of the Summit include:

  • Building teams
  • The DPM career path
  • Gathering project requirements
  • Educating clients and stakeholders
  • Process: Agile and Hybrid methods
  • The DPM's role in sales
  • Gaining team and stakeholder alignment
  • Planning and estimating
  • Dealing with social politics
  • Writing contracts
  • Retrospectives
  • View the full Summit agenda

2018 Digital PM Summit Speakers

The 2018 lineup offers great topics from expert speakers and facilitators who work on digital projects. You'll learn about a variety of topics from the folks who are on the front lines of digital projects. View the full agenda for more information, or browse our speaker pages to learn more about who will facilitate sessions, as well as their topics.


The Agenda

Get ready for two full days of engaging keynote presentations, thought-provoking interactive sessions, rapid-fire lightning talks on focused topics and tons of networking opportunities. Make that three days if you sign up for the optional workshops!

The Digital PM Summit agenda is crafted in a way that lets you choose your own adventure by taking in the sessions that will help you to be a better DPM and advance your career. 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Tuesday, September 4

  • 9:30 AM–5:30 PM : Optional workshop day (requires "Summit + Workshop" ticket)
  • 4:00-5:30 PM : Registration Open
  • 6:00-7:30 PM : Welcome Reception: open to all attendees—join us!

Wednesday, September 5

  • 7:00 AM : Registration Opens
  • 7:30-8:30 AM : Coffee and Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM–5:45 PM : Summit Sessions
  • 7:30-9:30 PM : Social Event

Thursday, September 6

  • 7:30-8:30 AM : Coffee and Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM–6:00 PM : Summit Sessions

Friday, September 7

  • Anytime : Head home when you're ready, or stay a few extra days!

TRAVEL LOGISTICS

  • Summit + Workshop: Hotel rooms are blocked for 9/3, so you can arrive Monday 9/3 or Tuesday 9/4 before the workshop begins at 9:30 AM.
  • Summit Only: If you're only attending the Summit, plan to arrive on 9/4 by 5:00 PM and join us for our Welcome Reception.

Earn PDUs and Have Fun!

If you've got your PMP or are working toward it, attending will help you earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). While we’re not associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI), we do know that this event will earn you PDUs for every hour you're in a Digital PM Summit session. Just submit your ticket receipt along with the number of hours you spent in sessions to PMI. Several attendees have successfully done this in the past.

Find Your Tribe

Who attends the Summit and what do we talk about? Hear from DPMs who joined us in 2017.

There’s an overall feeling of excitement about “finding your people” at every Digital PM Summit. Most DPMs have explored many avenues when it comes to learning and networking, and have read the PM books and blogs. But DPMs are seeking something more: a genuine connection gained not only through DPM content and shared work experiences, but also through interests and expertise. It’s something that’s not that easy to find, so we're happy that The Digital PM Summit has become the "home" for those connections.


Who Has Already Signed Up?

Here are just a few of the companies that are attending…


Speaker Sessions from DPM Summits Past

The Bureau Digital PM Summit brings together a mix of industry inspiration and tactics from a variety of leaders.

Meghan McInerny: Level Up: Project Management as a Leadership Role
The basics of project management are pretty clear: creating timelines, managing budgets, communicating with clients and colleagues. But...then what? What does excellence in project management really look like once we master the essential skills of the role?

Sam Barnes: It's All About the Little Things
When managing projects or leading teams, being consistently good at getting the absolute basics right can be the difference between success and failure.

Sharon Steed: Herding Cats
In this powerful talk from Digital PM Summit 2017, Sharon Steed elevates empathy from a buzzword to a verb. She breaks down the chaos of everyday communication and discusses how communicating with empathy fosters environments ripe for collaboration.

Brett Harned: State of the DPM Community
In this short introduction to the 2017 Digital PM Summit, Brett recaps research on trends in the DPM Community.

Amanda Costello: How Silos Learn
Taking up the cry against organizational silos can bring both empathy and cringing. Of course, silos are awful and keep us from doing our best work, but when you're in the middle of a silo—and maybe that silo is inside ANOTHER silo—well, what's a PM to do?

Panel: The PM Career Path
A panel of former and current DPMs share their unique career paths in a panel discussion moderated by Meghan McInerny.

Greg Ryder: 2-Minute Principle
In this lighting talk, Greg presents principles that help get important project info out of our heads and into an organized, digestible system that can be reviewed easily and quickly on a regular basis.

Abby Fretz: Learning Efficient, Democratic Decision-Making From Social Insect Groups
In this lighting talk, Abby explores how can we learn from bees and—as emotional, complex and flawed human teams in the digital space—consistently and efficiently make difficult decisions as a group.

Rob Harr: Putting People Back In Projects
The number of people involved in our projects continues to grow. There are our customers, our stakeholders (some more visible than others), our teams and, of course, our users. The iron triangle of project management has always been scope, budget and timeline.

Martijn van Tilburg: A 10,000-ft View of Getting Things Done
Project Managers have the unique role of understanding project requirements and then defining and communicating the constraints with the team. The process can unravel when people from different disciplines miss out on key information, which is all too often the reality and places the bulk of the burden on the PM.


What DPM Alumni Are Saying

I never knew how beneficial and inspiring it would be to be surrounded by such a strong community of DPMs until I attended the 2017 DPM Summit. I left feeling like I wasn’t alone and maybe all my challenges weren’t so unique, but most of all, I left feeling empowered to push myself to utilize the many learnings I took away from the conference to improve myself, others around me and the way we work together.
— Rachel Woodburn, 90octane
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This was my third year attending the Digital PM Summit and the connections made each year are invaluable. It’s refreshing to know that other in-house teams have the same challenges I face and the Summit provides a forum to exchange best practices and help provide solutions to each other.
— Bill Matz, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
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Digital PM Summit 2017 totally surprised me! I was a first-time attendee and wasn’t sure what to expect. I learned so much and met so many new friends that I can collaborate with at any time whether it be a Waterfall, Agile or Scrum project. The networking alone was priceless! Yep, I’ll be back next year!
— Sonya Johnson, Duke University
The only conference I’ve attended that was a 100% worthwhile investment of my time and money.
— Marc O'Brien, The ZaneRay Group

DPM Summit Alumni Photos


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