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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

Meet team member, Brian Manning

As the IT Operations Manager Brian loves connecting business needs with the right technologies. An extrovert at heart, he enjoys collaborating with Mediacurrents clients to understand their goals to ideate, design and launch the best solutions to help them innovate, grow and expand their reach. When it comes to emerging technology, Brian works directly with clients to help them evaluate and understand how technologies can bring value to their organization.

He has 20 plus years of leveraging technologies – existing and emerging – to help customers gain a competitive edge. Brian’s diverse management roles in Information Technology and Project Management have allowed him to work with companies such as Microsoft, Sony, UTV Entertainment, LifeWay—and everything in between.

Brian thrives on partnership and collaboration, allowing him to leverage technology to achieve the desired outcomes. He is also deeply passionate to help others succeed through mentorship and communication to create a powerful vision for their future and career growth.

When he’s not working, Brian can be found trying new restaurants or going to Disney with his wife, Kate and their three kids. He also enjoys breweries, woodworking, or fishing outdoors whenever possible.


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