The Project Management Working Group proposes to found a project management guild (PM guild) within BanklessDAO. The PM guild will be the landing pad for new project managers in the DAO and the home base to all those project managers already working in the DAO. The guild will provide talent to projects and serve as an upskilling base for project management in Web3.
What is the value proposition of a PM guild?
Allocation mechanism for project managers and projects
New project managers that join the DAO looking for a landing pad will most likely use the projects intake list in Notion or the guidance of other members to identify projects where they can add value. On the other hand, projects in need of a project manager will need to use their network within the DAO or hope that requests in general channels surface talent. There is no allocation mechanism that will help both parties find each other.
In addition, the signal-to-noise ratio at this stage is quite low. How would a project know the hard and soft skill level of a project manager if that project manager doesn’t have a wide reputation in the DAO through previous projects or DAO-wide engagement?
The PM guild could help to solve this problem. Project managers would have a home base in the DAO that would be stable and independent of project assignments. Projects could liaise with the PM guild to find the skills and capacity that they need. The guild will also curate talent and hence help improve the signal to noise ratio. Moreover, finding ways to retain talent will be at the heart of the guild.
Retaining talent for the DAO
With a PM guild being the home base, project managers will have a stable environment that stays independent from the success of individual projects. Project managers may be more willing to join smaller or shorter, more experimental projects even if their success might seem more risky. In addition, having a team of like -minded DAO members may add to cohesion to the DAO as a whole.
Developing a common skill base
A PM guild will improve the skill base of project managers:
Easier skill sharing between project managers within a stable team set. Skills are known and every project manager knows where to go to get help.
Web3 natives with an interest in improving their knowledge about traditional project management tools meet experienced traditional project managers with interest in learning how Web3 changes the needs for project management. This will build an amalgamated skill set.
The PM guild creates a common knowledge base for new guild members to create a common skill level
A mentorship program will help new joiners to quilt learn their ropes.
Assuming there is appetite in the community to found a PM guild the following next steps would happen:
- Second forum proposal to outline how to operationalize the value proposition of the PM guild
- Setup in Discord
- Marketing in CC call, Newsletter
- Funding request