DEEP DIVE: You’re a Museum Project Manager: Now What?
Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Venue: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Room: Marseilles
What does it mean to be a museum project manager? This year, the Project Management Institute ( achieves 50 years of creating workflows, standards, certifications, and more to make project management definable, measurable, and learnable. However, in museum technology, project management is often a catch-all term meaning anything from “being organized” to ideating and delivering product outcomes, and assuming all manner of practices. This creates a culture clash in which the project manager can find themselves at an unpleasant intersection of institutional expectations and often-scarce time, resources, or knowledge of project management best practices. This interactive Deep Dive will present personal experiences and project management tools and engage attendees in group brainstorming and individual reflection. We will analyze just what project management is and is not, how this impacts different museum technology workplaces, where museums could do better, and what true project management can bring to the project manager—and the institution. Whether you’re an experienced digital project manager or new to the discipline, this session will energize your project practice.

Session Type
Deep Dive
Chatham House Rule
Session Leader : Ellice Engdahl, Digital Collections & Content Manager, The Henry Ford
Co-Presenter : Susan Edwards, Associate Director, Digital Content, Hammer Museum