Project Management & Art of Improvisation: Insight Gained From DMP Connect’s Panel

By Caroline Dau • August 8, 2013

I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Digital Project Management Connect event last night hosted by Barrel. Last night’s panel discussion topic was “Project Management and the Art of Improvisation.” Panel members, Kristin Ellington from Funny Garbage, Mark Krawczak, a freelance producer, Mea Cole Tefka from Huge, and Michael Romanowicz from Mr. UX, all discussed the importance of improv as it relates to managing projects. The different insights and experiences shared made for a very interesting and informative panel.

Kristin Ellington kicked off the evening with her keys to successful project management. These included:

  • Like people
  • Deep listening
  • Utilizing “yes, and”
  • How about we
  • Be honest

Other great points included Mark’s comments on the importance of going back to best practices even in the midst of chaos, and Mea’s relating improv comedy to project management.

One of my favorite comments of the night came form Michael: “Producers are the most important member of the team!” Well I will admit, perhaps I am a bit biased.

The evening was a great opportunity to meet other digital project managers and share stories. Looking forward to many DPM Connect events to come. If you are a project manager or producer looking to connect with others in the industry I highly recommend checking out DMP Connect’s website and signing up for email updates on upcoming events.

Caroline Dau

Senior Producer at Verbal+Visual. I love long walks on the beach (literally) and to-do lists.

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