The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success. From estimating and scoping, to assigning resource, defining requirements, briefing in your team, the all important first meeting with the client—there’s a minefield of tasks out there which can shape how your project develops. You have to set the tone for success.
The thing is launched! The developers have dispersed, the designers have high-fived, all of the items on your launch checklist have been dutifully checked off. Maybe there’s still confetti floating down from the ceiling. Your project is done!
Or is it?
Everything you need to know about Sprint Retrospectives; Learn what a sprint retrospective is, the difference between sprint retrospectives and sprint reviews, plus discover 5 quick sprint retrospective ideas that will transform your next sprint retrospective meeting!
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a Project Manager is being thrown into a project that’s already underway. So how do you start it right? Find out 10 basic project management questions that every PM must ask when thrown into a new project.
I work for an agency that produces client marketing sites. There is heavy involvement from DPMs during the design, architecture and content phases – but as projects move into the development phase their involvement starts to decrease. When the site is done being developed, it goes through an internal review and QA process where the DPMs are hands-off and expect other team members to manage the backlog and prioritization.
Big picture I think they are loosing insight into trends: what mistakes are we making every project, how many client issues are getting logged, etc. Am I wrong? I’m looking to get an understanding of the expectations of the DPM. Can you all help?
Everything you need to know about project budget and cost estimation: the pros and cons of each technique, step-by-step guide + free estimate template.
There has been much written on the topic of things that a project manager “should” and “must” do: run reports, keep stakeholders involved, look for red flags, keep a budget, create projections, keep detailed client status notes, check in on tasks, meet about a meeting about a meeting…. It can get very overwhelming, especially if you’re managing several projects at a time.
Ben Aston and Robyn Reynolds introduce an anonymous advice column for digital PM’s to ask awkward questions and share their own stories of managing tricky situations in the life as a digital project manager.