Putting Developers in Front of Clients (with Michael Luchen, Crema) – The digital Project Manager

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Audio Transcription:
Ben Aston
Your junior designer, who somehow managed to sneak into your meeting, starts talking to the client about changes to the design. Panic sets in and you feel the cold sweat running down your face. What will they say? They didn’t know what the scope, budget, and timeline were. They are going to ruin everything.
Ben Aston
But are they? If you’re anything like me, you’re nervous about putting a team in front a client. Listen to today’s podcast to learn how we can make it work for our clients and the benefits of having a group of people there.
Ben Aston
Thank you for tuning in. Ben Aston is the founder of Digital Project Manager. Welcome to the DPM podcast. We are on a mission help project managers succeed and help people manage projects better. We are here to help you elevate your project management skills. Check out thedigitalprojectmanager.com to learn about our training and resources we offer through Membership. Clarizen, a leader in enterprise project management and portfolio management software, brought this podcast to you. Clarizen.com is a great place to learn more.
Ben Aston
Today, Michael Luchen joins me. Michael is our resident DPM expert.
Ben Aston
He is a product coach at Crema. They are a digital product agency that creates web and mobile apps. He works at DC. He works remotely to help people collaborate, analyse, and solve complex problems. He also works with clients such as Tilla, CallawayGolf and a top global consultancy firm. Michael, it’s a pleasure to have you here today.
Michael Luchen
It’s so good to be here.
Ben Aston
Although I was talking to him just before we started recording, I did warn that I had been watching you on YouTube. If you haven’t yet stalked Michael on YouTube then go ahead. It’s fun. It did give an overlay that said Michael speaks Greek and geek, and is a skilled dancer. Tell us about these three things. I believe you are a geek. This is all I can manage. I believe. But, tell us about Greek. Is this true?
Michael Luchen
Yes. These three things are true. It’s possible to have two of these three things true, but it’s impossible. Yes, I am most. I am most definitely a geek. Although I can speak a little Greek, I am not a great dancer.
Ben Aston
Oh, no, that’s disappointing. I was hoping for a better feature, such as a dance. They’ll have a wait for another time. How did you learn Greek? It’s a family affair.
Michael Luchen
Yeah. My wife is Greek. Her entire family is Greek.
Michael Luchen
My wife says that my life is a lot like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Ben Aston
I don’t know why, but I am all I can remember. That’s it. Good luck. That’s it. Yes, it is. Tell us, other than Greek, where do your inspiration come from? But where do your ideas come from?
Michael Luchen
Yeah. I am a huge RSS junkie so I have a feed in account where I subscribed to various DPN blogs and websites as well as general tech news newsletters. Subtract is really taking hold right now. You can subscribe to several newsletters there. Then, on Twitter, I follow product leaders I can find. It’s just being there.

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