Creative Project Management

1969-12-31 7:00 PM

The term “project management” can be intimidating to anyone, and invoke bad dreams about trying to learn and use the dreaded Microsoft Project or other complex tools. And for many people, project management for the creative process may seem the ultimate oxymoron. However, “getting things done effectively,” regardless of the size, scope, complexity or duration is really what project management is all about. The principles of effective project management are as useful to the creative process as to multi-million dollar corporate initiatives. In this session we will explore the basic components of good project management, along with some examples, tools and suggestions for how to get things done and effectively manage creative projects for yourself and your clients.

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Mark Smith is a Partner at Cobalt Group www.cobaltgroupinc.com, a private consulting practice that helps leaders of all types to make sustainable change. He has 30 years of leadership and project management experience in both entrepreneurial start-ups and large high growth corporations. Mark has served for over 4 years as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for JumpStart, a venture development organization whose mission is to accelerate the growth of early stage companies in Northeast Ohio. He previously served on the executive management teams of start-up endeavors DriveLogic in Chicago, which provided Internet based supply chain management, and insurance software provider ClaimIQ in San Francisco. Mark co-founded LINGG, a Cleveland-based arts promotion and event production company, and founded SpectrumSpace, a photography and visual arts studio in Cleveland. Prior to his entrepreneurial life, Mark also served for 18 years in executive management roles for prominent Cleveland companies Progressive Insurance and Invacare Corporation.

Mark is also a photographer who has partially transitioned to the digital space, but still prefers medium and large format black and white film for his creative work. He has also produced two short films directed by Bruce Checefsky, which have both received international acclaim.

Mark serves as board member and Vice President of Marketing for the Cleveland International Film Festival, and has served on the technology advisory board for Red Cross Blood Services of Northern Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from Michigan State University.

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    Everyone loves a good story, and so for the Thursday, April 24th CDPUG meeting, local expert Phil Stella, owner of Effective Training & Communication will present "Effective Storytelling with Style and Ease.” The purpose of this program is to help presenters at the 14th Annual CDPUG 5-Minute Showcase on Thursday, May 31st prepare presentations that dynamically tells their artistic and personal stories. Phil will show us best practices when expressing yourself visually in a presentation, and also teach us how manage presentation anxiety and other useful public speaking skills. Presenters at the May Showcase and even those that are not presenting will all benefit from learning how to confidently deliver a winning presentation.

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    [caption id="attachment_5768" align="alignright" width="150"] Phil Stella[/caption]

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    Join us at our very special Showcase featuring our members—and a few select non-members—portfolios presented in a Five-Minute Portfolio format. Share your best work, what you enjoy, or who you are — using 20 slides that will auto-advance every 15 seconds — for a total of five high-

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    Reception: 6:00 p.m.
    Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.
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    Speakers: CDPUG Members & Special Volunteers
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    To submit your entry or get more information, contact Spike Radway at programming@cdpug.org

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    For more information or to sign up, please e-mail:
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    Please help with an RSVP

    While an RSVP is not required for our members and guests to attend, it is strongly encouraged! We order our catered food, based on the number of RSVPs we receive. So, to make sure that we order enough food for all who attend, please RSVP at the following link: Click here to submit an RSVP. Thank you for your help!