In 2012, Zapier's ranks totaled three. Today, they are 170+ strong, with a workforce that spans 15+ countries and 13 different timezones. So how do you foster culture, communication and collaboration when there are no set core hours, no daily in-person cues, no physical compound? Mike Knoop, Co-founder and CPO at Zapier, joins us to talk about the top two remote challenges, four pillars of communication and how everything at Zapier—from hiring to onboarding, communication channels, retreats and more—is intentional by design.
How do you design for half a dozen brands, across multiple platforms, products and channels, without being paralyzed by the sheer scope of what you're trying to do? Bob Calvano, VP Design at A+E Networks, is in the thick of it right now. Bob is at the helm of a 15-person design team hashing out a design system that will be the core to consistent user experiences across the A+E Networks family of brands. Bob joins us to talk about his vision for unifying everything, the early stages and how small bites keep his team moving forward.
KPIs and systems. If those words make you cringe, you're not alone. Business intel is critical for decision-making and agency growth, yet many digital shops struggle with KPIs and implementing measurement systems to get a clear view into their businesses. Enter Parakeeto, a product hatched in a Boise tech company, from the frustration that there has to be an easier way. Marcel Petitpas, Co-Founder and CEO at Parakeeto, joins us to talk about his journey from Apple to startup, trial by fire and how mentors and community bring you closer to your dreams.
Digital transformation is the implementation of technology. Partly true. But organizations can’t get ready for better, smarter, different ways of working without putting time and effort into building a culture that's ready for digital transformation. To build the future, organizations need to put a shift in, and hold people accountable for change. Each of us has a personal responsibility to change the way we think and the way we act. Project leadership expert Colin D. Ellis joins us to talk digital transformation, emotional intelligence, mistakes companies make and his go-to karaoke song.
In many organizations, even flat ones, a puzzling phenomenon seems to take place. Some people rise time and time again, not because of superior intellect, expertise, technical skills, work ethic or value delivered, but because of something else. They often enjoy better opportunities, more leniency and a higher level of respect. Why? Because they excel at relationships and social politics. Crystal Richards, Principal and Owner of Mosaic Resource Group, joins us to talk about what social politics are, why they matter and how you can use them to your own advantage.
As digital shops, we're often operating in chaos. We triage the must-haves and the nice-to-haves, cobbling together different business ideas and approaches, and leaving vision, systems and accountability to define another day. As new projects and people come in, small cracks start to show. Then larger and larger ones, until there's no denying the need for a better way of doing things. So what's a business owner or team leader to do?
As a business owner, you may feel alone in the fear, procrastination, doubt and frustration of entrepreneurship, but you’re not. As Dr. Sherry Walling says, entrepreneurs all break in the same ways. The key is acknowledging when you’re not feeling right and finding ways to give your mind and body a rest. Take a moment, breathe and treat yourself to a well-deserved moment of founder zen.
In Blairtopia, time is a thief. Blair Enns, CEO of Win Without Pitching, and author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour, is out to create a more utopian state. One where firms win without pitching, get paid for the value they create and let time go. Tune in for Blair’s take on mastering the value conversation, three levels of financial success for creative and marketing firms and how agencies can leave time behind to change the very nature of their firms.
Race, gender, sexual orientation, diversity, inclusion…These terms can elicit different feelings in different people. Viewed through the lens "diversity is a design process," conversations become softer, more open and accessible. Design for Diversity™ is the brainchild of Boyuan Gao and Jahan Mantin, founders of the New York-based consultancy, Project Inkblot. As they describe it, tech and media are at the critical juncture of humanity right now. As an industry, we need to shake things up, and create human experiences that all people can see themselves in. Tune in to hear how Project Inkblot took shape and how you can solve for diversity with your own team, within your own resources and community assets.
In 2013, about 150 project managers came together in Philadelphia for the inaugural Digital PM Summit. That year, it was all about finding your people, running web projects and keeping clients happy. This year, the Summit agenda runs the full gamut of topics and speakers: Agile, IoT products, PM self-care, what’s next in our careers and more. Brett Harned, Founder of the Digital PM Summit, joins us to talk about the evolution and growth of the community as well as subsequent shifts in programming. Tune in to hear about the 2018 Digital PM Summit in Memphis, and how the community can lift itself up by doing better.