Project Fear

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B201

Excerpt

Project fear, not dissimilar to imposter syndrome, tends to affect all project leaders at some point (or many points) in their career. This session will tackle project fear by fully defining it, investigating its roots, noting its symptoms, and ultimately discussing a number of successful coping mechanisms.

Description

Project fear, not dissimilar to imposter syndrome, tends to affect all project leaders at some point (or many points) in their career. It’s an unnerving feeling that comes with managing and fulfilling projects in the real world where things are always messy and you never have complete control. For some, lack of experience and unknowns brings on the fear. For others, having been in the project trenches and seen it all creates fear with each new project. Either way, these fears tend to compound throughout the course of a project, creating a pressure cooker of stress as launch time nears.

This session will tackle project fear by fully defining it, investigating its roots, noting its symptoms, and ultimately discussing a number of successful coping mechanisms. We’ll cover how to avoid falling into the traps of paralyzing inaction or frantic, reactionary plans. We’ll take a look at the components of stress and how to find control in situations where you feel powerless. Most importantly, we’ll aim to reduce your project fear simply by acknowledging its universal existence. In turn, that will help us all deliver more successful projects with healthier and happier teams.

Tags

project management, emotional intelligence

Speaking experience

I've previously spoken at:
1) 2014 Digital PM Summit (Breakout Session)
2) Drupalcon Austin 2014 (https://austin2014.drupal.org/session/oh-look-were-growing-pm-approach-scaling-teams-people-process-and-tools.html)
3) Portland Digital PM Workshop 2014 (http://dpm2013.com/upcoming-events/event-detail/digital-pm-workshop-portland)
4) 2013 Digital PM Summit (Lightening Talk)
5) Drupalcon Portland 2013 (Day stage presentation)
6) PDX Digital PM Meetups (Multiple presentations, panel moderation, etc. as founder - http://pdxdigitalpm.com/community/)

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