What’s the commitment? Who’s it for? What will I learn? Buckle up, answers ahead.

Practice + support = prepared

Running projects is tough: it’s as much about managing expectations and the nuance around profitability and project workflows as moving tasks and setting schedules. Most producers pick up bad habits they’ve learned while in the trenches and often work alone without support. Our program ensures your new or mid-level producers cultivate good habits by allowing them to build their skills in a supportive practice environment first. Then, they share that learning with the whole team and can apply it to real projects immediately.

First 8 months

Theory & practice

We teach the solid theory of digital project management from project setup to close and embed practical soft and hard skills so your project leads can put them to work within the first few sessions. Our apprentices learn to forecast, plan, and scope accurately.

The entire year

Coaching & support

PM apprentices pick up more complex projects at your organization and hone their skills. Trainers provide them ongoing coaching and support through regular check-ins, evaluation, and scheduled support for real project problems.

The learning commitment

For your apprentice

For the first half of the apprenticeship, apprentices meet virtually with their trainer and up to five other students for 5 hours per week:

3 hour classes for the first 8 months to learn new principles

2 hour labs for the entire year for exercise, application, and support


The rest of the week apprentices apply new skills to improve real projects and processes while they work.

For your team

You’ll be (or choose) a teammate to sponsor your apprentice by committing to maintain a healthy learning environment. You’ll also do regular check-ins with your apprentice to plan the best ways they can improve current processes and project paths. We’ll do three formal check-ins with you both during the year.

What apprentices learn

Here’s a breakdown of what we cover.



Sales and intake


How to smooth out the project intake to management workflow and create alignment with business development and executive stakeholders


The role of lean documentation and how to do more with less of it



Setup and process improvement


How to close gaps between project phases during handovers


How to manage and prioritize decision makers’ expectations


How to set rates and project budgets that support profitable projects and the optimal health of the company



Planning, management, and delivery


An agnostic approach to methodologies and approaches that promotes critical thinking over orthodoxy


How to get buy-in from the team during scoping and estimating—and fun processes that actually welcome positive risk


How positive and negative risk impact projects and how to share it, offload it, or mitigate it with the least impact


How to prioritize and communicate about features that create strong business value


How to triage and respond to requests and manage change effectively


Some hacks that create a healthier and more productive team capacity


The metrics that actually matter on your projects and in your professional development and how to track them



Essential skills


How to resist emotional wear and tear caused by challenging situations


How to deal with complexity and uncertainty


How to be comfortable with discomfort while working through difficult conversations


How to assess and build your emotional intelligence


How to champion and support happier teams


Where the future of project work is headed and how to set up continuous improvement processes that keep your team and organization ready

What graduates get

When you’re done the program, you’ll walk away a Louder Than Ten Certified Project Lead

Successful completion is based on:

  • Completed program exercises
  • Regular attendance during weekly lab sessions
  • 3 employer/trainer evaluations
  • Project plan presentation
  • Final reflective essay completion

Who’s taking our apprenticeship?

Our apprentices hold a diverse range of responsibilities and job titles, including:

Digital Project Managers

Digital Producers

Account Managers

Agency Owners

Office Managers

Strategists

Lead Developers

Lead Designers

Writers

The program that fits you

Wherever you come from, if you are responsible for the success of your organization’s projects and work directly with clients or executive stakeholders this program was made for you.

Skills that pay the bills

The skills apprentices learn in the program support them in their career path to become strong, confident, and ethical leaders:

Project and people managers

Producers

Directors

Executives

Business owners

Operations managers

Design leads

Technical leads

Hire a new apprentice

Louder Than Ten apprentices get up and running in a similar timeframe as it takes a new senior to adopt your processes, clients, and culture… without the baggage of a career’s worth of bad habits.

Plus there’s a good chance you’ll be helping someone who likely comes from an under-represented group flip over this industry monoculture. Be the example of inclusivity and diversity we need.


Find out who’s on our prospective apprentice waitlist

Meet your trainers

Rachel Gertz's pretty face.

Co-founder, Digital PM Trainer

Rachel Gertz

Digital PM Trainer, BA B.Ed
Rachel Gertz is Co-founder and Digital PM Trainer at Louder Than Ten. She trains apprentices in digital project management so they can work full time while learning to keep their companies happy, healthy, and ready for the future. Rachel works on raising tides that float all boats to elevate the technology industry.

Abby Fretz's pretty face.

PM Trainer

Abby Fretz

Abby is a trainer at Louder Than Ten and is passionate about connecting people interested in DPM to access to the right set of tools and resources. She has taught Digital Project Management classes for Girl Develop It, guest lectured at University of the Arts’ continuing education program, co-chairs DPM Philly, and mentors people interested in entering or honing their craft in the field of digital project management.

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