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Pivoting in a Project: Strategies for Adjusting to Scope Changes

by Brian Manning
July 25, 2018

headshots of presenters Kelly Dassing and Brian Manning

As a Project Manager, Strategist, Developer, Designer, or Stakeholder, we are all part of the puzzle—and it's crucial to keep sight of the big picture—even when we’re required to pivot from the original plan. Pivots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be a minor change that’s quickly integrated into scope or a major departure that alters the entire course of the project. When you encounter these shifts, it’s vital you strategize, communicate, and continue to capture the vision of the client so the final product is a solid foundation for your client’s goals and KPIs—not a point of resentment.

Each pivot adds a new element that you have to take into account. If you keep some key points in mind, you will be able to deliver your project on time, within budget, and create a lasting relationship with your client. In this session from Drupalcamp Asheville 2018, we’ll review the following concepts for managing projects in danger of derailment:

  • Kicking off the project with an organized team and plan of attack

  • Capturing the client's vision

  • Asking the right questions early

  • Communicating with your whole team

    • Strategy

    • Development

    • Design

    • QA

    • Stakeholders (yes, they are part of your team, too!)

  • Avoiding the dreaded “overcommitment”

  • Identifying the Goal and Plan on how to accomplish it

  • Being ready to PIVOT

  • Keeping your team grounded in the delivery

    • Managing team morale and motivation

    • Avoiding burnout and frustration

    • Don’t get caught up in too many meetings

  • Continue CLEARLY communicating with your stakeholders

  • Getting ready to deliver with success!

  • Conducting a retrospective and additional planning—not a postmortem

Brian Manning - Project Manager

Meet team member, Brian Manning

Brian brings a passion for technology, leadership, and customer relations to his role as a Project Manager at Mediacurrent. From his 18 year background in the Information Technology field, Brian has a wealth of project lead experience to deliver great solutions and ideas for his clients.

Previous to his role at Mediacurrent, he has been involved in many projects that have given him the opportunity to share his knowledge and teach others. Brian is committed to the success of his team and ensuring that everyone has the tools and knowledge to be the best they can be. Brian’s diverse management roles in Information Technology and Project Management have allowed him to work with companies such as Microsoft, Sony, UTV Entertainment, and LifeWay.

When he’s not living in the digital world, Brian likes spending time hiking, traveling, or finding new adventures in the great outdoors. 

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