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Thank you for making our first Digital PM Workshop a success. You left your laptops at home and truly engaged with the brilliant minds in the room. Whether you’re new to Digital PM or a pro, there were lessons, tips, and discussions to learn and share. It was awesome and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

The workshop wouldn’t be worthwhile with a little bit of follow-up, so like any good PMs, we’re posting some “notes” and next steps. Check them out below and don’t forget to check on with us on TwitterFacebookLanyrd, and of course, our own website.

Austin Digital PM Workshop Notes

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1-5pm
Happy Cog, Austin, TX
Presented by Brett Harned and Matt Riopelle

70 attendees representing over 50 companies from Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Not bad for a lil’ old event in Austin, TX!

Project Planning Exercise & Presentations
PM Discussion
Happy Hour


  • A detailed account of the event, including each team’s project plan sketch, photos, and attendee observations can be found by searching #dpm2014 on Twitter, or by reviewing the Storify story we created.
  • We’ve also posted our photos on Flickr
  • Brett and Matt’s Keynote slides are online as well (they’re fairly minimal, but a few of you did ask for them!)
Project Planning Exercise Takeaways:
We worked alone to create plans for two types of projects: a crazy (maybe unrealistic?) 3 week project, and a larger, 3 month redesign project. If you need a refresher on the scenarios, take another look at them. Some takeaways from the exercise were:
  • As PMs, we’re all doing things a bit differently
  • Maybe there is no perfect process, but we’re making processes that work for us
  • There are various ways to represent (or sketch) a plan.
  • There are ways to incorporate different methodologies into a single digital project
  • Project planning collaboratively can actually be fun
PM Discussion and Q&A:
Matt and Brett presented on 4 topics and discussed them with the room. PM Tools, Process, Estimating Projects, and Managing Expectations. High level notes can be found in the presentation slides.

We were thrilled by the level of enthusiasm in the room. As we’ve suspected, you folks are excited to discuss all things DPM. We’d love to keep the conversation going on twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #dpm2014.

Brett pulled together a couple of documents that were referenced in the PM Discussion. Feel free to download his Sample Client Status Report Template and a list of Sample Scoping Questions.

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Again, thanks so much for joining us. We hope to see you again in October. Keep following us for updates on the event!

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