When you’re managing a digital project, you need a framework that’s so nimble, even Agile might not provide sufficient flexibility. As technology advances at an unrelenting clip, project managers working in the realm of digital products – websites, apps, etc. – are facing a new range of challenges. In this episode of PM Point of View, host Kendall Lott sits down with four Digital PMs to discuss which PM principles and tools work, and which don’t; what to watch out for, and tools for coping in this rapidly evolving arena.
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Patrice Embry is a 20+ year veteran project manager. She’s worked with both agencies and in-house corporate PMO organizations, large and small. Starting out in the then-burgeoning world of eCommerce, she’s taken on jobs and clients in a wide range of verticals, from pharmaceutical marketing to non-profits, and quite a lot in between. She is currently a freelance digital project manager, focusing on both managing projects as well as consulting with agencies to help them include or enhance project management in their own ranks. Patrice also writes extensively about project management, and is a mentor to many. Patrice lives outside of Philadelphia with various loved ones and pets. See more about her at patrice-embry.com.
Abby Fretz is a trainer for a Louder Than Ten (www.louderthanten.com), an online, one-year training program that creates strategic project leads who run healthy projects, strengthen happy teams, and support nimble digital agencies, departments, and product studios.. Abby is also Director of Projects at Eastern Standard (www.easternstandard.com), a branding and web agency based in Philadelphia, PA. Abby has over 10 years of experience as a digital project lead.
Justin Handler is Head of Accounts at O3 World, a Digital Product Agency in Philadelphia. Justin has over 10 years of experience in digital project management, managing enterprise web and digital products.
Brett Harned brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications and project management—along with a passion for teaching and community-building—to his role as the Director of Education at TeamGantt. In 2012, he founded the Digital PM Summit, the first annual conference for digital project managers. Brett is an international speaker, the author of Project Management for Humans, and the host of the Sprints and Milestones and Time Limit podcasts.