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Getting the best performance from your digital services supplier

Why do some digital service providers produce the goods while others fail to deliver on revenue and engagement expectations? What makes the difference between an average performer and a great one? A great agency provides innovation, market intelligence, benchmarking and strategy over and above the contracted digital marketing campaign or ecommerce, app or web build. A great agency moves from a short term focus on the transaction to a trusted advisor, contributing advice and lateral learnings gained from other industry sectors on improving workflows, fine-tuning processes and breaking down silos within an organisation. Setting up for success is key to getting the ...

Managing risk in agile projects – new workshop for digital project managers

Sydney: 5 November 2015. Back by popular demand, Digital Nation’s one-day course on the Agile Digital Project Manager will be held on November 24 in Sydney. Particularly with agile where cost overruns and timetable slippage due to constant change are a real risk, it’s critical to have proper processes in place. Most agencies and clients new to agile haven’t yet developed the cost controls and workflows required.   This one-day intensive covers how to make agency processes more efficient, what tools are needed to deliver profitable projects, and how to make the agile relationship work well between client and agency.   Commenting on the launch, ...

Managing Agile Waterfall Business for ROI

Full scale 'pure' agile is not for everyone. Most companies need to work within the boundaries of a fixed funding or annual operating program and processes. And if operating in a highly regulated or complex environment, introducing agile is difficult. This one-day seminar on 31 March investigates how to take the best from both worlds, manage agile in a waterfall environment and still deliver ROI. It also brings together the C-suite of product, business, program, finance and legal managers.

Project Management Tools for Digital Agencies

I haven’t met a project manager yet who has found the perfect project management tool. They’re generally working with two or three systems, as one size rarely fits all. So is there one tool out there that does the job for digital agencies? The answer is…it depends on the task. Do you need to create a project plan or track or as a collaboration/communications tool? What’s the size of your agency and how many people will use it? While you can’t beat trust old Excel for simplicity, here are some common tools rated highly by local agencies (note that license and set up ...

Client perspective: Interview with UTS’s Peter Moloney

What's your day job?  I'm a senior project manager based within the IT division of the University of Technology, Sydney. I work on projects in the university's IT capital management portfolio.   How did you get started in digital? My start was in information science. My first job was as a research assistant on a project mapping the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. We were using GPS technology to map sites and generate interactive maps.   What’s your current favourite book, website, blog or source of inspiration on project management? Don't really have one. I often refer to PM standard manuals at the university.   What ...

Client-side Point of View – Interview with Luke Revill, CPA Australia

What's your day job? Senior Project Manager at CPA Australia.   How did you get started in digital? As a student studying at Adelaide University, I developed and managed an online apparel retail business in the late 1990s into the early 2000s – The Sureshot Apparel. The business concept was unique for its time. I worked together with traditional retailers to merchandise and retail their surplus stock online and distribute to an international customer base.  The concept won the Premier’s Enterprise Scholarship and a place in Adelaide University’s business incubator program. I am highly appreciative of the opportunity and support I received from this ...

Agile Software Development for Managers – Point of View

by Tim Parsons, Director of Product Innovation at Mi9  In the Academy Award-winning 2010 caper Inception, a crew of technicians enter each other’s dreams in a dramatic quest to plant an entirely original idea in the mind of an industry scion, that they hope will change the world. Inception is an example of a group of people adapting in real-time to circumstances, each person bringing all their abilities, imagination and drive to the problem: no passengers. Inspiring, thrilling stuff. Now think of your development team: developers, data folks and designers. Do you see them operating like the crew in inception ? Or more ...

Digital Project Managers unite! Meet-ups booked for Sydney & Melbourne

Great discussion from the first Sydney Digital Project Managers meet-up so have just announced the next for Sydney on June 18, and Melbourne on May 30 (just after the Essential Digital Project Management workshop. Make sure you RSVP. Guest speakers to be announced shortly.  

Why acceptance certificates should be a crucial part of your agency’s processes

How many of you issue acceptance certificates? There was a momentary silence when Julie Bray from Ventiv raised this at the recent Advanced Digital Project Management workshop in Melbourne. There are many forms like the statement of work and contract where you’re chasing the client for sign-off, and it's daunting to think you need to chase them again for the acceptance certificates. However, acceptance certificates are just as important for your commercial success says Julie. The concept is borrowed from the building world where completion or occupancy certificates are mandated for safety, and as a payment milestone. As the agency, you issue ...

Interview with Tim O’Neill, Reactive

What's your day job? I’m Joint Managing Director at Reactive. We’re a digital agency and have been running for 15 years. My main focus is working with our major clients, and helping to welcome new ones (you could call it sales & marketing).   What type of projects does your company work on – how long do they run? A typical project is a large Web site that requires some sound thinking up front, a well-considered (and validated) user experience, some complex technical stuff and flawless delivery. We also help to build awareness through online campaigns, search marketing and the like.   How did you ...

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