I’ve had “start a meetup for digital project managers in Portland” on my to-do list for a while. But I have to thank Brett Harned and the crew that put on the first ever Digital PM Summit in Philadelphia last month for the inspiration. Getting together with a group of 150 like-minded professionals proved to be a huge boost in motivation, not to mention a fun time! During a lunchtime meetup on holding meetups, we ended up discussing details of getting a meetup started. My event planning background gave me most of the details I needed, but that conversation helped light the fire under me to get around to my plans.
The PM Summit also provided plenty of great ideas regarding content for a meetup. With speakers ranging from Jeffrey Zeldman to Sam Barnes, knowledge was flowing fast and furious! I also had the opportunity to present a lightning talk on project manager retention, which was seemingly well-received.
There were lots of great moments at the Digital PM Summit, but for some highlights, check out my “Sound Bytes” blog post. If the PDX Digital PM meetup provides even a fraction of the inspiration and knowledge sharing that the Summit did, I can’t wait for what’s in store!