Hello, I’m Sam Barnes, a digital project management consultant and technical team manager. I’m currently working in London as a Senior Development Manager at Marks and Spencer. I’m also the co-founder of PathfinderDPM, a digital project management training company with a twist.
Since launching the blog in 2009 I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a whole load of lovely people and this has led to the following work:
- Speaker at Happy Cog’s Digital Project Management Summit, Philadelphia 2015
- Panellist at The Big Do with ScrumMasters from King and GDS, Oxford 2015
- Speaker at Happy Cog’s Digital Project Management Summit, Austin 2014
- Speaker at The Lead Developer, London 2015
- Published in the Smashing Magazine eBook, Clients: Friends You Never Had
- Speaker and panellist at DPM:UK, Manchester 2014 and 2015
- Speaker at Happy Cog’s Digital Project Management Summit, Philadelphia 2013
- Speaker at the Digital Project Management Workshop, London, 2013
- Writing several articles for Smashing Magazine
- Published in the Smashing Magazine eBook, Successful Freelancing
- Chapter published in the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management
- Published contributions in the PMI PM Network magazine
- Writing for Think Vitamin
- Interviewed by New Media Age magazine
- Part of a SXSW panel submission with Senior PMs from Happy Cog and Headscape
- Featured several times on the Boagworld Podcast
Previously I spent almost five years at Venntro as a Development Team Manager and Digital Project Manager, plus many other years deep down in the trenches of digital agencies, such as Volume, Rawnet and 3seven9, as a front-end developer, managing digital accounts for the likes of Nokia and managing the delivery of web projects and applications for clients such as BBC, Dell and Oracle.
Whether managing small to medium size websites, mobile apps and websites or large web applications – I’m pretty sure any digital project management causes your hair to fall out.
Having managed so many digital projects and expressed my opinions, perhaps a little too passionately at times, I thought it was time to start writing them down and publishing them online to see what others thought of my ramblings – to my pleasant surprise, some people actually seemed remotely interested and thesambarnes.com was officially born.
The original aim of the blog is the same as it is now, to write about digital project management from a ‘real world’ perspective, to talk about what it’s really like on the front-lines of a digital agency and to crowbar in as many Star Wars references as possible into all posts.
As well as a being a digital project management freak, I am also a self-confessed web junkie and when my Internet connection goes down I can often be found adopting the foetal position, whimpering in the corner of the room, a truly broken man, and unable to answer any questions without Google.
Want the full life story? If so, go make a nice cup of tea and then read the long version.
Or take a look at some of the digital projects I’ve worked on.