Sam Barnes

Sam Barnes

Although a little short for a Stormtrooper, Sam Barnes is currently a Senior Development Manager at Marks and Spencer and the co-founder of PathfinderDPM, a company formed with Brett Harned that provides digital project management training and consulting, focusing on the realities of managing digital projects versus just the theory.

After receiving his degree in Digital and Business Computing, Sam spent two years as a front-end developer before moving into digital project management and leading teams at both digital agencies and product companies. Over the following years Sam delivered digital projects of all sizes for clients including Nokia, Dell, Zebra, BBC and Oracle.

Sam is a Certified Scrum Product Owner, an international keynote speaker, has written for Smashing Magazine, Think Vitamin and has been published in several books including the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management. He can also be found posting articles at, a blog dedicated to the topic of digital project and team management.



It’s All About The Little Things

Monday, October 16 | 4:00-5:30
Milan Ballroom

Conference talks are often focused on big and innovative ideas that in many cases kick start brand new approaches to our people and work, which is a great thing that continually helps push our industry forward.

However, when managing projects or leading teams, being consistently good at getting the absolute basics right can be the difference between success and failure.

In this session, Sam will discuss some of these basics, how often they’re forgotten or overlooked, why they’re so important and how to get better at them in such a way that you really see positive changes in both what you’re helping to deliver and your working relationships with the people around you.