Dear DPM…

Tell us what ails you and we’ll make it better.

Think of this as a Dear Abby made just for digital project managers. There have been countless times I wished I had someone to sound off on, even if it was just to hear “you’re not crazy”. Let me be the cushion to your question, the soothsayer to appropriate action. The Dear Sugar to our profession. I’m your cheerleader, your sister, your confidante – but never your mother.

Need help? Tell us what ails – we’re here to make it better.

We’re Here To Help

So… how’s work? Tell me everything! Seriously. I know something’s nagging at you.

  • Have you started a new job and realized you’ve made a huge mistake?
  • Do you work with a creative diva that drives you up the wall?
  • Do you get panic attacks from the ping of Slack notifications?

What Ails You?

Tell us and we’ll make it better. I mean we’re all in this together, right?

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The DPM Squad

Robyn Reynolds -project manager

Robyn Reynolds

I'm Robyn - a Portland, OR based digital project manager. I've been in the industry for the past 7 years and produced a wide swath of digital efforts including websites, digital campaign activiations, social, product UX & UI, and even a national broadcast spot. I enjoy beer, emojis, list making, and puppies.
I'm doing this because I’ve been there. I’ve held my own in shouting matches between Creatives, Developers and Account Managers. I’ve had to call clients 3 times in a single day to break increasingly bad news. I’ve had to chase Creative Directors across time zones to get them to call into a meeting on time. This is a safe space to ask your questions anonymously. I've got your back.
I’ll do my best to help on every question but when I can’t I’ll call upon my trusted sources. I’ve got a wide swath of guest stars who can come and advise and prescribe based upon the situation.
ben aston digital project manager

Ben Aston

I’m Ben Aston, a digital project manager and VP of Client Services at FCV, a full service digital agency in Vancouver, Canada. I've been in the industry for more than 10 years working in the UK at London’s top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. I’ve delivered everything from video virals to CMS’, flash games to banner ads and eCRM to eCommerce sites. I’ve been fortunate enough to work across a wide range of great clients; automotive brands including Land Rover, Volkswagen and Honda; Utility brands including BT, British Gas and Exxon, FMCG brands such as Unilever, and consumer electronics brands including Sony.
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Video: How To Manage Multiple Projects?

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It’s common for project managers to wonder, “How many projects should I manage?” How many projects is too many? To paint some of the picture, here’s how many projects some of the PMs in our DPM community are managing: 5 projects (each lasts 12 months and are in different stages of development) 15 projects (website builds, redesigns, and maintenance) + a few year-long projects 15 projects (most are site builds, redesigns, and maintenance). Maintenance is...
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Video: Issue Management – How to Manage Project Delays

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Your deadline has gone whooshing by, and now you’re facing something far more deadly: a stressed out team. A lot of issue management revolves around focusing on having the proper issue and risk logs in place. But what about the human side of the equation? The reality is that a big delay or setback on a project is demotivating to the people working on it, and it can cause tensions on your team to run...
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Video: I’m A Project Manager, And I’m Not Being Treated With Respect…

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Are you being treated with respect for your role as a project manager? Or are you being treated more like an administrative assistant who gets very little say in the actual management of your projects? Unfortunately, this issue seems to come up pretty frequently among our PM peers. In fact, a member of our DPM Expert team, Patrice Embry, dedicated an article to clarifying how and why PM and Admin Assistant roles are different. We...
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