Introduction to Digital Project Management (DPM Stage 1)

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Are you an editor or publisher who has been tasked with mining your backlist, and turning existing or new titles into a digital platform or product? Or perhaps you are launching a new digital offering, and aren’t sure where to start? Do you need to understand and learn more about how producing an online interface differs from making a print or e-book? If so, Introduction to Digital Project Management is for you. It looks at all aspects of digital project management and will give you the understanding to take on and run projects of your own.

Digital project management is challenging. This course breaks down each stage of a digital project, from planning and scoping through to delivery to your end-user. It considers how you can adapt your existing skills to work successfully as part of a team delivering digital projects. It will also equip you with the terminology and confidence needed to put these skills into practice. You’ll learn how to become an efficient and effective team player, and gain advice on how to manage suppliers and staff, budgets and schedules.

Each of the course’s two sessions combines knowledge acquisition with how to apply this knowledge to achieve results. There will be opportunities for group discussion, with examples of best practice underpinning what you learn. The course will use real-life case studies of recent projects throughout, and will provide you with sample documentation and templates for future reference and use.

Who is it for?

  • Publishing staff who are new to digital project management
  • Editorial staff who are moving from print into digital projects
  • Junior project management staff new to publishing
  • Staff who want an overview of digital project management, but are not themselves DPMs

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the terminology of digital project management
  • Adapt your existing publishing skills
  • Set-up, run and deliver a digital project
  • Communicate well with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Manage budgets, suppliers, schedules and staff


Each half-day will comprise two sessions, looking in turn at key aspects of digital project management in a step-by-step approach. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion. 

Day 1

What makes an effective digital project manager?

Session 1 

An introduction to concepts and terminology

Session 2  

The stages in a digital project, from set-up to delivery and beyond 

Day 2

Working successfully as part of a team

Session 1

Getting stuck in: managing a project day-to-day

Session 2 

Managing teams

How the course is delivered

The course consists of four x 90-minute sessions, each a mixture of delivery and interaction using Zoom breakout rooms and other online tools. There will be 30-minute breaks between each session with the opportunity to do exercises and take a break. The course will run on the same day across two weeks, split into two half-day sessions in the morning from 9am to 12.30pm.

You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.

Any information to be completed beforehand will be sent via email.


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Delegate feedback

“I enjoyed the course a lot. The teacher was friendly and capable. I’ve gained confidence in project-management and people skills.” Class Professional Publishing delegate

“I learned about the requirements for a successful digital project.” Learn Africa delegate

"An excellent, informative course offering insightful knowledge about digital project management." C J Fallon delegate

“The course was delivered in an engaging manner. It demystified the digital aspect and I’ve gained core project-management skills.” Oriel Square delegate

"It was great to learn more about the field of digital publishing, especially how it works in large organisations. I liked Alysoun's frank and collaborative teaching style, and it was interesting to hear how she brought her many digital projects to life." Commissioning Editor, Schofield and Sims

“An engaging and helpful introduction to digital product management. Teaching style was perfect. It clarified my thinking; gave me more confidence and the necessary tools to implement a more coherent and planned out project.” Editorial Director, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

About the tutor

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Alysoun Owen is an experienced publisher and project manager of print and digital products. Through her consultancy company, she works with publishers at the forefront of digital innovation, including Bloomsbury, Class Publishing, Oxford University Press and Springer Nature. As Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, she speaks at conferences, literary events and on university courses.


Session 1: 17 September (mornings only)


Tuesday, 17 September 2024


Date information for future sessions

September 2024

  • Dates: 17 & 24 September 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.00am to 12.30pm 

Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9am to 12.30pm 
  • Four x 1.5 hour sessions plus breaks, comprising two half-day sessions on two days, one week apart 

A number of discounts are available

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What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer, tablet or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.


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