A few weeks ago something called the Digital PM Summit took place in Philadelphia, the first conference for managers of digital projects. I read about it too late to physically be there, but I’ve followed all of the coverage leading up to the conference, during the conference, and now all of the great roundups being posted by PMs who participated in this event (in person or remotely!).
The goal of the Summit was to foster and celebrate a group of people who have been traditionally underserved in support of their profession. It seems like this was the push the PM community needed to form just that – a community. The #dpm2013 tag on Twitter seems to still be going strong and I’m really excited by everything I’m seeing posted and talked about. I’m excited to be a project manager during this time, and am even more excited for what the future holds in our profession.
I started this blog in large part because of the motivation I’ve gained from this awesome event, and in small part because I’ve been meaning to blog again but in a more professional arena. That being said, here are some of my favorite posts from DPM2013 that have recently inspired me to think more deeply about my career:
- Brett Harned’s summary and overview of his planning and thinking behind organizing this conference
- Sam Barnes’ roundup. Sam also gave a talk about Vice Versa Project Management – something I found especially relevant, as I’ve recently found myself on the in-house, client side of things
- Participate in Carson Pierce’s survey to help build the community and events centered around project management
- Jennifer Laker’s roundup on the Porter Novelli blog, with some great key takeaways and concepts from the summit
- Doug Reynolds talked about the leadership qualities needed in PMs from his own experience, and from the talks at the Digital PM Summit
- Carl Smith made a point in his talk that spoke to me: “If you don’t respect yourself as a project manager no one else will.”
- I loved Adam Edgerton’s lightning talk and his points about digital PM retention; something I’ve personally experienced. He also wrote a great summary of the summit in a blog post (linked above).
- The DPM Summit blog has a number of roundup posts and some great interviews and thoughts from digital project managers who participated in the conference
- A list of the DPM Speakers on Lanyrd. Be sure to check out these speakers’ blogs and Twitter accounts to get links to their slides, thoughts, and other meetups you can participate in locally!