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Learning Enough About Something You Don’t Do

DPM Expert Galen Low chats with our members about how to find the right balance of savviness when it comes to the ancillary knowledge areas so that we can do our jobs better. We cover everything from learning about your team’s craft, understanding your client’s business, and calling BS when someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

Points of interest

  • 6:30 – introducing the theme
  • 8:00 – How can anyone keep up with all the new technology, trends in digital, business news, etc.?
  • 13:05 – How can I be knowledgeable in the disciplines I oversee like design, SEO, development, and testing?
  • 18:00 – Will knowing more about what my team does make me a better PM?
  • 20:11 – Flying solo to a client meeting versus bringing an expert – how do you make that call?
  • 22:39 – Have you ever strayed out of your lane and caused a project to go off the rails?
  • 25:38 – Have you ever strayed out of your lane and made a project better?
  • 28:42 – What level of technical knowledge or capability do employers expect DPMs to have these days?
  • 35:38 – Can you get some guests to talk about non-PM topics at member events?
  • 37:47 – Should my professional development program for PMs include things outside of project management?
  • 42:12 – How much do you try to learn about a client’s business as a PM? What’s a reasonable amount of time and energy to spend?
  • 45:08 – How do I call bullsh*t on something my team is telling me that I (secretly) know is false?
  • 47:40 – As a PM, should I care about business development?


Galen Low

Galen is a digital project manager with over 10 years of experience shaping and delivering human-centered digital transformation initiatives in government, healthcare, transit, and retail. He is a digital project management nerd, a cultivator of highly collaborative teams, and an impulsive sharer of knowledge. He's also the co-founder of The Digital Project Manager and host of The DPM Podcast.

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