Why Loud­er Than Ten?

Our plan for cre­at­ing resilient dig­i­tal project lead­ers who shape the cre­ative orga­ni­za­tions and depart­ments of tomorrow

Orga­ni­za­tions who wield the tools of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, tech­nol­o­gy, and cre­ativ­i­ty, have the abil­i­ty to imag­ine and design a bet­ter future. But instead of paint­ing a pic­ture for the gen­er­a­tions ahead of us, we get shack­led by the pres­sures of finan­cial sus­tain­abil­i­ty, client influ­ence, risk, and an unsta­ble economy.

Much of this pres­sure has been cre­at­ed by our­selves and the dra­con­ic prac­tices we’ve devel­oped and allowed to take over after decades of indus­try stan­dards designed for anoth­er time and anoth­er econ­o­my. What could this indus­try look like if we were to tear it apart and trans­form it in a way that served our peo­ple and the plan­et in a health­i­er, more sus­tain­able way?

There are peo­ple in our orga­ni­za­tions that hold tremen­dous amounts of untapped pow­er. They sit at the heart of this transformation.

We’re here to train them.

Invent­ing the future

What would a healthy future look like for tech com­pa­nies, design depart­ments, and web studios?’

Would we still be charg­ing by the hour or track­ing butts in seats? Get­ting dis­tract­ed by dozens of projects at the same time? Our staff burnt out and over­worked? Our clients and cus­tomers frus­trat­ed and going dark on us? Our work look­ing like it got spit out of a dig­i­tal photocopier?

We don’t think so. To build a health­i­er indus­try, we have to imag­ine what that might look like:

I. You deliv­er what you say you’re going to deliv­er, on time, on bud­get, and you can do it sus­tain­ably. II. Clients and cus­tomers are hap­py, enjoy work­ing with you, and stay with you for a long time. III. You have a diverse work­force of peo­ple with a range of per­spec­tives, back­ground, and expe­ri­ence. IV. You cre­ate gen­uine­ly unique out­puts in nov­el ways that favour real-world appli­ca­tion over a shal­low case study or port­fo­lio piece. V. Every project incre­men­tal­ly inch­es your com­pa­ny clos­er towards your own utopia. VI. We fol­low a base­line, human­ist eth­i­cal stan­dard that pre­vents us from build­ing tech­nol­o­gy prod­ucts that go against the best inter­ests of the pub­lic. VII. You run a prof­itable, healthy com­pa­ny that can adapt to change under pres­sure. VIII. Staff leave work every night and every week­end and over­time is the excep­tion, not the rule. IX. Staff can afford to live where ever they want, free of eco­nom­ic anx­i­ety. X. Your teams feel respect­ed, tak­en care of, and pro­tect­ed. XI. Labour is dis­con­nect­ed from income, and low­er uti­liza­tion is reward­ed with­out reduc­ing rev­enue. XII. Staff have the time and funds avail­able to refine their craft, expe­ri­ence their envi­ron­ment, exper­i­ment, and inno­vate out­side of reg­u­lar projects.

Many will write this off as a pipe dream. That this is just the way the indus­try is and what it will be until we burn this globe into ash­es. But we bet a good num­ber of you believed it when you started.

If this is our future, how do we get there? What are the dials we need to turn to push us into the ide­al direction?

Project man­age­ment

Project man­age­ment opens a door to bet­ter process­es, har­mo­nious align­ment, more resilient human inter­ac­tions, and the side effect of bet­ter-run busi­ness­es. When we raise the tide of this tech­nol­o­gy indus­try through bet­ter PM, we sup­port orgs and project leads who are resilient, future-focused, and who wel­come change that makes a bet­ter world.

We’re refram­ing how dig­i­tal work gets done. Let’s take it up a notch.

Project Man­age­ment is the con­nec­tive tissue

We’re not talk­ing about run of the mill con­struc­tion plan­ning, PMP, doc­u­ment-heavy, task jock­ey project man­age­ment. Dig­i­tal is dif­fer­ent. Adapt­able project leads are nim­ble and intu­itive. They can assess pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive risk, can adept­ly move project goals and peo­ple toward align­ment, and they under­stand mod­ern dig­i­tal work­flows. Less paper, more col­lab­o­ra­tive planning.

Your lead­er­ship

Exec­u­tives, man­agers, and oth­er sup­port­ive lead­ers set the direc­tion and course cor­rect while being dialed into the needs of their staff, cus­tomers, and part­ners. They keep every­one aligned around the vision and empow­er their project leads to dri­ve that vision home.

Your clients and customers

Adapt­able leads design the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with your com­pa­ny. They set the bound­aries, keep every­one aligned, and can push back with smiles on their faces. Our project leads are the love­able hardass­es that keep cowork­ers and cus­tomers com­ing back for more.

Your project lead

Nobody has their ear to the ground like the world’s best project leads. It’s their job to sup­port a psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly safe team, to build strong capa­ble allies, and to knit the world of deliv­er­ables and high-lev­el com­pa­ny goals togeth­er to cre­ate a sus­tain­able direction.

Your projects

Healthy projects make healthy orga­ni­za­tions. Resilient project leads bal­ances the flow of each project with the pri­or­i­ties across all projects and can mon­i­tor and dri­ve the health of project bud­gets, time­lines, and deliv­er­ables. They nim­bly avoid red flags and focus on long-term val­ue. They write the book on project success.

Your team

Great project leads pro­tect your team so they can avoid mul­ti­ple project dis­trac­tions, carve out room for cre­ativ­i­ty, can­did feed­back and exper­i­men­ta­tion, and can go home at the end of the day with­out the anx­i­ety of missed dead­lines or overtime.

Good project lead­ers ver­sus great ones

Great project leads under­stand the eco­nom­ics of the work­flow and the urgency of a burn rate. They know how dead­lines affect cash flow. How to design the ulti­mate teams and how to cre­ate val­ue for clients and cus­tomers. They nav­i­gate dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with deci­sion mak­ers effort­less­ly. They know how to man­age their own boss­es. They under­stand and sup­port the sales and intake process. They tal­ly red flags and turn risk into rev­enue oppor­tu­ni­ties. It’s a lot to ask for and not all project leads can do this. 

But our appren­tices can.

Project leads?

  • Project man­agers
  • Pro­duc­ers
  • Account man­agers
  • Prod­uct owners

The titles change, but their respon­si­bil­i­ties mul­ti­ply on every new job ad. These are the mag­i­cal beings that coor­di­nate a team to build a prod­uct that is valu­able for clients, cus­tomers, and humans all over the world. And they do it invisibly.

Good project leadsGreat project leads

Keep projects on time and on budget.

Guide healthy projects and processes that positively impact the financial health of the organization.

Keep decision makers happy.

Drive the experience of working with your organization and push back on requests that take decision makers further from their goals.

Have a solid understanding of their organization's PM methodologies.

Methodology agnostic. They eat methodologies for breakfast and apply the best approach by understanding the needs of the goals, people, and outcomes of each project.

See the big picture of their projects.

Shape and align the bigger picture of their organizations. Get them ready for the future.

A new kind of appren­tice­ship

If you want a true leader of projects, you’re going to need more than a few videos or a soul-crush­ing boot camp.

Deep learn­ing requires a mix of real-world expe­ri­ence and sup­port with a steady flow of deep the­o­ry, prac­tice, com­pre­hen­sive appli­ca­tion and reg­u­lar prac­tice over a peri­od of months, not weeks or days. 

We’re pair­ing new learn­ers with expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als in real work environments.

We’re pri­or­i­tiz­ing cus­tom expe­ri­ences over theory.

We’re mak­ing this acces­si­ble for work­ing moms and dads as well as peo­ple just join­ing the workforce. 

Appren­tice­ship was the mod­el of the past, and we’ve adapt­ed it be the mod­el of the future.

In an indus­try dri­ven by change, the [tech] skills gap is widen­ing and we are fac­ing a dig­i­tal skills cri­sis. With ever-increas­ing pres­sure from con­sumers, the demand is grow­ing all the time for new ser­vices and tech­nolo­gies — but with­out the trained pro­fes­sion­als to deliv­er. We believe that appren­tice­ships are key to this issue; help­ing busi­ness­es to build, train and devel­op a work­force from scratch. […] Because appren­tices are train­ing as they work, it’s a mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ship. We often hear sto­ries of appren­tices teach­ing the more sea­soned employ­ees about the lat­est trends and reverse mentoring.

Tai­lor your lead­ers to your org

This appren­tice­ship isn’t gener­ic. It’s for tech. Your appren­tice learns or tight­ens the project man­age­ment ropes direct­ly with­in your ecosys­tem. In months you have a learn­er who is tai­lored to your own orga­ni­za­tion’s process­es and workflows.

Make a smarter investment

Hir­ing and pay­ing learn­ing fees for your appren­tice will cost you less than hir­ing and pay­ing some­one in a mid to senior lev­el role. And it will cost you less than hir­ing the wrong per­son or los­ing a senior one to bore­dom. Invest in project leads itch­ing to learn the ropes.

Keep your peo­ple. Happy.

You’re invest­ing in your apprentice’s learn­ing. A love of learn­ing is a com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ous self-improve­ment and a com­mit­ment to your orga­ni­za­tion. Learn­ers stay longer and cre­ate evolv­ing process­es which means you retain a hap­pi­er, health­i­er team.

Build the tal­ent pool

There are lim­it­ed senior project leads avail­able and it’s dif­fi­cult for juniors to get their foot in the door. When you train some­one with com­ple­men­tary skills and a dif­fer­ent kind of work expe­ri­ence, you end up with the best tal­ent and you make the pool bigger.

Close the skills gap

There is a short­age of great PMs and our indus­try is expect­ed to grow. When you com­mit to an appren­tice­ship you com­mit to clos­ing the skills gap (the way IBM, Apple, and Huge are doing).

Make diver­si­ty happen

Diver­si­ty isn’t a check­mark. It’s a com­mit­ment and it starts with action. Diverse teams are more pro­duc­tive and more adapt­able. It’s a fact. Be a leader in the indus­try and don’t just talk about diver­si­ty. Make it happen.

Appren­tice­ships have a 90% reten­tion rate for employ­ment and 81% of con­sumers pre­fer to buy from busi­ness­es that pub­li­cize their Appren­tice­ship programme.

We need you

As tech work­ers and com­pa­ny own­ers, we don’t have a lot of time left to get things right. We are respon­si­ble for shap­ing how the dig­i­tal world looks, acts, reacts, and shapes our future. Invest­ing in our future and the peo­ple cre­at­ing is our one shot to get it right.

Let’s rebuild the trust of our people.

Let’s show the world that com­modi­tized labour and cheap out­put isn’t the only option. 

Let’s set an exam­ple of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, diver­si­ty, inclu­sion, equal­i­ty, and mutu­al respect.

Join us in build­ing a bet­ter indus­try and a damn bet­ter world.

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