DPMUK 2015 a conference by digital project managers, for digital project managers has just ended. It’s the first PM specific conference I have attended and I was not disappointed. Read on to see some of the highlights of that cold, snowy January day in Manchester.
I love the process of creation. I love when I can see something grow, to be able to form it and to be able to see the final result. I could be talking about children, houses or politics now, but I not. I’m talking about digital solutions.
The reason I got into project management was that I wanted to take a central part in the creation process and to be able to drive it forward. I come from a developer background and I absolutely loved the work, but I saw that a lot of the project management was sloppy and did not understand the development process. And I wanted to take a more central role in the creation. And my biggest strength have always been that I am a generalist and a little bit good at everything, but not really an expert at anything.
And I thought the Digital Project Manager job would be about technology and process. And it is. But it is much more about people. About relations, feelings, expectations, culture, about building a team and about the individuals. I am finding out this the hard way and am slowly understanding that these things are the most important pieces in order to deliver great solutions as a team.
And I was very glad that this years DPM had that topic high on the agenda.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, it’s the hopping the fence that’s the temporary thrill.” @AmyJoMartin
“Testing is a task, quality is an attitude.” @rob_smith
“If you repeatedly criticizes someone for liking something you don’t, they won’t stop liking it. They’ll stop liking you.” @perform
“Don’t rely on specs, know the project inside out” @suzehaworth
“Arnold does not have only one megagun, he relies on a backup” @suzehaworth
And of course Stephen Thomas on trying out the “Price per point” model. and with the great quote: “There are no old roads to new destinations”. I really liked the idea and the creativity behind it. More on the subject in the blog post.
Meghan and Nancy
Surely one of the best talks of the day and again focus on people and especially emotional intelligence. And they also defined the best project manager of all times: Sam. No, not Barnes (who also claimed to be a hobbit), but Samwise Gamgee:
But I must say, the best part of the conference were all the discussions with fellow DPMs and to share their ideas, problems and to hear how they work. The workshop by Brett Harned also facilitated this in a very good way. Also great work on organizing everything by Matt Thornhill. I highly recommend this conference and wish there were more events like it.
So thank you all for a good event and hope to see you again next year!