A day in the life of a Project Manager

As a PM, you really feel the impact that Venture Spirit can have on a company: we boost intrapreneurship, we help people flourish, and contribute bottom-up to the execution of the strategic programmes of several multinational companies.

As a project manager, I am responsible for several projects at the same time. As the different gamified projects evolve, my responsibilities change accordingly. Take it from me that a day at Venture Spirit is very diversified.

Every day, I’m in touch with our client counterparts, the different game participants, and (R&D) colleagues. At the start of a project, we prepare for the busiest days. Each project kicks off with a client meeting. We present our way of working and go over the different action items, so we can fully adapt them to the client’s context. The entire project is closely monitored: What will be the challenge? Who will participate? What communication campaign will we set up? Who will we be reporting to? Synchronizing with our clients is primordial. During the preparatory phase of the project, we consult them so we can set up the platform tailored to their needs, we develop a diverse set of communication materials, we give several info sessions, and we make sure everything is set and ready for the start of game.

Most meetings are teleconferences, but for key meetings or steerco presentations we jump in a car or a plane to go see our client face-to-face. In my experience, it’s always enriching to connect with your counterpart in real-life!

Once a game starts, my focus will shift towards the actual game. Every day, the game needs to be monitored on activity and content, and I’m reporting to my clients through daily e-mails and weekly calls. Together with my consultant colleague, I examine the game content and discuss the necessary actions to steer our participants towards the highest quality possible!

Some projects are coronated with a Final Event. We organize this moment where the top participants of the game pitch their proposal to their executive board, battling for a chance to turn their idea into reality within the company. At such an Event, you really feel the impact that Venture Spirit can have on a company: we boost intrapreneurship, we help people flourish, and contribute bottom-up to the execution of the strategic programmes of several multinational companies. Every game ends with a steerco presentation and a Lessons Learned wrap-up with our client. And of course, we have a drink or dinner together to close yet another successful project!

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