A Practical 'Systems' Approach to Launching A Global Platform and Networks

A first-hand account on how my project team at National Geographic built an ecosystem of platforms, processes, and workflows - from the ground up - in order to launch several local language sites (and counting) in international markets. The goal is for attendees to away understanding 1) the major steps we took to get the project airborne quickly and maintain flow; 2) enterprise problems we faced and how we solved them; 3) boundaries we put in place to protect the system; and 4 ) the playbook we developed to standardize and repeat our process in order to extend our system to other markets in the near future.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Intro + Project Background
  • Project Objectives
  • Immediate Challenges Faced
  • Participating Teams and Structures
  • Planning - Proactively Designing How Everyone Will Work Together
  • Cross-Team Planning and Execution - Work Allocation, Scheduling, and Tracking Dependencies & Risks
  • Various Agile Methods Used
  • Team Dynamics - Empowerment, Brain-trust, and Co-location
  • Successful Outcomes: Establishing, Maintaining and Extending Global Systems
  • Q & A

Learning Outcome

  • The benefits of "System Thinking" and how it helped us launch a global solution
  • Nature of our enterprise-level problems and solutions
  • Recommendations for kicking off big, complex projects from the 'ground zero' and getting airborne quickly.

Target Audience

Enterprise Project and Program Managers who are (or will be) managing the development of scalable platform(s), repeatable processes, and standardized workflows


Familiarity with and interest in learning a practical approach to “System Thinking”

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi, Tracey,

    This would be a more powerful submission if you add some sub-bullets to your outline. As it stands, there's very little detail to understand your session.

    Also, I can't guarantee a network connection. Can you make this presentation without a network connection?