Smashing Spotlight: Matt Murphy, Engagement Manager
Wonder what makes Smashing Ideas so smashing? Our people! We sat down with Matt Murphy, Engagement Manager, to talk shop, why his preferred meeting venues are on a scooter or running through Seattle’s s Sculpture Park, and how technology will soon turn kids into superheroes.
Engagement Manager isn’t a title you hear everyday. Assuming you don’t plan a couple’s pending proposal, how would you describe your role?
First off, let me say I could plan one awesome wedding. With that said, as an Engagement Manager my role is to make sure our partner’s products and business objectives are being met, and help guide decisions to the appropriate course of action. Where producers focus on sprint planning, daily tasks and resourcing, it is the Engagement Team’s responsibility to champion the goals of our partners and work with the production team to make sure the work being done towards those goals is aligned. The best products grow out of a great partnership and it is my job to make sure our relationship is as strong as possible.
You’ve been known to conduct meetings with colleagues while buzzing around the office on scooters. What is it about Smashing’s scooter culture that helps with creativity and productivity?
Scooters, walking through the market, even conducting a few running meetings through Sculptor Park – it’s all about moving for me. Creative thinking and problem solving, for that matter, often do not happen staring into a screen or sitting around some meeting room table. Smashing understands and embraces this by empowering people to do what they need to do to get inspired. I’ve found that moving around, getting people out of their comfort zone and even getting the heart pumping clears the mind and allows for enhanced creativity and productivity.
The running meetings have been my favorite, hands down.
In 5 words or less, how would you describe what we do at Smashing Ideas?
Awesome digital products and experiences.
The most rewarding part of working so closely with Smashing’s clients is…?
There is nothing like the feeling of working with a great partner, guiding a product from idea to market, seeing the vision come to life, and reaching the objectives that were set out from the beginning. Working so closely with our partners allows our entire team to feel true ownership and investment in each product.
What is one thing not currently in market that you’d love to see come out in the next 5 years?
I’m watching 3D printing, and how it will soon integrate itself into our daily lives, pretty closely. With a new market, truly in its infancy, there is so much to tackle and the opportunities are limitless. You know that soon enough we’ll all be playing IT professionals to older generations as they have questions about getting their 3D printer to work.
When you see the impact technology and innovation can have on our lives in such a real and positive way, it’s very inspiring and something exciting to be a part of. Check out the article that inspired me to the core – 3D printed arms for kids turns them into superheroes. https://www.psfk.com/2014/09/charity-3d-print-prosthetic-kids-superheroes.html
What was your last truly smashing idea?
That is a great question. The first thing that comes to mind is the iPhone diet I went on a couple of months ago. I purged all social networking applications from my phone, turning it back into the communication style of the early 2000s…you know, text and old school communication by phone calls.
I’ve never been a big Facebook user (I was more of a Twitter addict), so by pulling it all off my phone I’ve noticed the habit of checking my phone every 5 minutes (or really every 2 minutes) totally disappear. It is amazing what life looks like when you are completely engaged in every moment you are physically in. It has been a couple months and I have no plans to go back. Life can be pretty busy for me between work, my two amazing little dudes, and tri-training, so it is nice to get a little peace from any needless, self-imposed distractions.
I am, hands down, one of the best _________________ that I know:
Writer of songs about, and for, my sons.
Last but not least, the holidays are fast approaching. If you were to be a character in a classic holiday movie, who would you be and why?
I’d be Buddy the Elf wearing Cousin Eddie’s clothes. Buddy has a relentlessly positive outlook and can create an entire winter wonderland scene in one night, while Cousin Eddy has a classic leisure suit style that can’t be beat.