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Audio Transcription:
Ben Aston:
The DPM podcast is where we go beyond theory and offer expert advice on leading better digital projects. Thank you for listening. Ben Aston is the founder of Digital Project Manager. Scope creep is the single biggest problem that can derail almost any project. It’s bad. We all know this. We all know it’s bad and we want to avoid it. How can you identify it in all its forms? It is what causes it? It is your fault. How do you deal with it? Today’s podcast will reveal all about controlling creeps in project scope.
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Today, I am with Suze Hayworth. Suze Hayworth is a Senior Digital Project Manager and one of our DPM experts at Digital Project Manager. She lives in London, UK. She has more than 10 years of experience in agencies and has seen a lot scope creep. This makes her a great person for us to talk with today. Suze, welcome.
Suze Hayworth:
Hi, Ben.
Ben Aston:
We were just talking to Suze before we started recording. We would like to know a little bit more about the projects you are currently working on and the challenges you face.
Suze Hayworth:
Yes, I am currently freelancing at a London agency. I have two roles, one being a senior project manager and the other as a project director across two accounts. One of them is IKEA, a large eCommerce, retail company. We’re creating a prototype design system for them. Then I’m also working on …, another UK eCommerce retailer. There are many retail projects going on at the moment. Yes, challenges. It’s hard to talk about them when they’re still alive. Yes, I think so.
Ben Aston:
Is it the pesky client?
Suze Hayworth:
Yeah. No, actually. They are really, but I have to admit this anyway.
Ben Aston:
You can.
Suze Hayworth:
That’s true. It’s true. They are very good clients that I am currently working with. It’s, I mean, this is the sort and bad thing about project management. I believe that it’s just being able to work with people. It’s amazing. I love working with people. Sometimes, however, it can get frustrating trying to get things out of people who don’t want to do certain things. I have had some of that frustration recently.
Ben Aston:
Fun and games. Tell us about the project to create a design system. It’s interesting and we’re seeing more of it. People used to view every project as a unique snowflake. Creatives want to be creative. Let’s talk about what a design system is. How do you… What is the actual project you are working on? And how do you roll that out?
Suze Hayworth:
It’s exciting because, as you mentioned, des