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You’re fired!

We’ve all had that client. The one that gives you a knot in your stomach and keeps you up at night thinking you ate a hand grenade. Every time his …

Grow up!

Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.<p>We are project managers. We are the unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes who are (finally) getting our time in …

Mentorship? You’d be great at it

I’m brand new to digital project management (DPM)—only three months of experience to date—and a ton more to learn. Almost a year before I started my …

Project governance or governess?

I don’t need a babysitter.<p>That’s okay. I’m not a babysitter.<p>The B-word. Okay, no one likes to be treated like a child, and I hope that’s the crux of …

Apprenticeship an internship replacement

Quick, think back—how did you arrive at your job? Are you a designer? A project manager? Content strategist? Whatever your title, is that where you …

Design machines

Donald trawls Google Fonts for ten minutes. There are a few candidates, but Don’s not so confident in his font evaluation skills. He lands on Open …

Take this job and do it

When I started my career, I was ambitious. As a young copywriter, I put in long hours, and went above and beyond whenever possible. I kept up on …

Winging it

Every year, on the last Sunday in May, a portion of Calgary’s 4th Street closes to traffic for the annual Lilac Festival. It’s a 100,000 person event …

The world outside your windshield

This is something that’s been bugging me for a while: you are no better than any other PM because of your title, process, or culture.<p>A framework …

Podio Build your custom workspace

It doesn’t exist. I’ve been searching for it for years. I’ve signed up for the trials, I’ve read other project manager’s blogs, I’ve listened in at …

Lively leadfoots

This one’s a blast: We’ve got Tera Caldwell Simon, Natalie Semczuk, Larissa Scordato-Solomon, and your host, Rachel Gertz in the house. We’re …

A career of frustrations

Bear with me. I’m in the middle of something else. That’s right. I’m writing this thing for you here, but I just got a call from a client. I also …

get naked

<i>“When was the last time someone made you feel special?”</i><p>There was a long pause. “Rhonda” and “James” looked surprised. Confused, even.<p>Rhonda broke out …

This gorgeous catastrophe

I lost a third pregnancy. It happened on Friday, during our first rehearsal back for <i>Canadians Are Mean</i>. One of my collaborators took me home in a cab …

The BugHerd remedy

You’ve just deployed your shiny new website to a staging server and let your client know it’s up and ready for review. Everyone is excited. You and …

Feelings on the outside

Bittersweet<p>When I desire you<br>a part of me<br>is gone.<p>Why did I choose to teach in a prison? What did I want out of it?<p>Did part of me go? What part?<p>Did I …

The Director’s conscript

ACT 1, Scene 1<p>The curtain rises<p>It’s mid-November, and a surprisingly windy and crisp Sunday evening in Philadelphia. Ten minutes to the 8:00 pm …

Overcoming the relationshits

First, I would like to get two things straight:<p><i>I’m a grown ass man</i>• <i><br>I don’t know shit about project management</i><p>Okay, let me get one more thing across …

The art of falling down

In the martial art, Aikido, one of the first things you learn is how to fall down. Ukemi is a warm up practice that trains you how to fall and not …

Tomorrow’s technical project managers

In the summer of 2013, I landed my dream project management job with the CBC’s Digital Operations department. It was an opportunity to work with the …

A bellow to our fellow blood

We want to shout this to the cosmos, but nobody likes a yeller. So we’ll tell you calmly and passionately why we’re here, what this whole thing’s …