Managing digital projects is quite different from more traditional software project management, yet there are currently very few forums where Digital Project Managers exclusively are able to get together, share ideas and learnings, and explore different ways of working.
Thanks to the Digital PM workshop held in London over the summer, and the first Digital PM Summit, a two-day conference in Philadelphia, the landscape for DPM's is changing for the better. They inspired me to organise some events here in Manchester to help mobilise the community further.
So, towards the end of last year, Code Computerlove hosted the first Northern Digital PM meet-up, entitled 'Is the Project Manager Dead?' (by the way, the answer is 'definitely not'...) . Over 40 PMs from across the North West came along to discuss the main challenges that we face day to day in our roles. We got some great feedback on the event, and the next meet up, 'Taking Responsibility', is set to take place at the Code office on Thursday 16th January.
But that's not all -- we're now taking things a step further and planning the first UK conference specifically for those involved in managing digital projects, DPM:UK, which will take place on Wednesday 29th January right here in Manchester.
Existing Agile and PMI conferences tend to cater to a particular audience and we consistently hear that these methodologies or frameworks often don't fit with what we're trying to achieve in the digital community. Therefore, the aim of DPM:UK is to provide a platform for those involved in digital management to have their voice heard and to bring everyone together to discuss and learn from one another.
We've partnered with Manchester Digital to organise the conference and, thanks to their expertise, we've been able to take DPM:UK from concept to delivery in little over three months -- pretty amazing...
We have a bunch of talented and experienced speakers lined up, including Paul Boag (co-founder of the digital agency Headscape), Sam Barnes (Development Team Manager for Global Personals), Rob Borley (Founder of digital agency Dootrix) and Brett Harned (Vice President of Project Management at Happy Cog).
Whether you're just starting out or have many projects under your belt, there's always opportunity to change or improve your process by listening to and learning from the experiences of others. So come along, mingle with your peers, make new connections and build your business network.
You can find out more about DPM:UK and buy tickets via the website.