A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects by Breandán Knowlton

By Breandán Knowlton

Those who make web content occasionally say that their consumers are unreasonable. those that pay for web pages occasionally say that the pros they rent don't comprehend company and can't follow closing dates. A undertaking supervisor is true within the heart - and a intelligent undertaking supervisor can resolve misconceptions in either instructions whereas inspiring every body concerned to interact creatively.

Veteran venture supervisor Breandán Knowlton has been engaged on the net seeing that its starting, and has obvious marvelous successes and disastrous mess ups alongside the way in which. In handling net tasks he offers suggestion, checklists and directions for every part of your paintings on a regular net undertaking, even if you might have a proper historical past in undertaking administration. From preliminary inception via to ultimate evaluate, this publication is stuffed with functional principles that can assist you make your subsequent net venture a good adventure for everyone.

WHO should still learn THIS BOOK?

Those who percentage accountability for tasks aren't continually referred to as undertaking managers. If you're an online expert, enterprise important, or symbolize an employer commissioning an internet site, this ebook provides you with the element you want to preserve issues on the right track on your zone, expect dangers and create delicate relationships between stakeholders.

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PART 1: starting A PROJECT

So you’re going to do an online undertaking? It’s time to think about your ambitions, your venture administration method and to comic strip out the trajectory of the project’s levels. during this part, I'll learn validated venture administration methodologies, the simplest methods of operating conferences and the tips to promoting net paintings and providing bids. developing powerful briefs and suggestions, and estimating the size of a possible undertaking also are right here. as soon as the bid is gained and your crew is organized, this part also will offer you information for making plans a good kick-off, workshops and venture communications.


At this level, you’ve bought the fairway mild and are able to cross ahead with the undertaking! consumer and marketplace examine, content material governance and usefulness trying out all lie prior to you and your staff. during this part, I’ll speak about accomplishing interviews, growing personas, proposing examine, doing content material inventories and designing for usability. making plans the combination procedure and estimating key values on your venture also are severe abilities during this section of venture management.


The wireframing section brings up plenty of questions of constancy, agency, and presentation. during this part, I evaluate taxonomies, paper prototyping, layouts and layout constraints. I’ll additionally speak about a number of the many features of visible language and image layout, as they relate on your undertaking administration technique, together with the tricky comps query, consumer trip sketches and selecting the appropriate instruments. With lots of sketches and annotations to symbolize your team’s paintings, you’ll have the ability to go through the visible layout part with confidence.

PART four: development AND TESTING

Content administration structures and integration current undertaking managers with an array of complex judgements. during this part, I speak about your CMS techniques and discover the maze of integrating with company databases and client courting platforms. As you progress during the construct and deployment levels, I'll assist you concentrate on swap and possibility administration. I’ll additionally talk about many of the trying out and Agile improvement strategies that might support your staff during the project.


With the venture nearing finishing touch, you'll discover the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. yet there are a number of extra issues to handle ahead of the positioning is going reside. during this part, I talk about checklists, catastrophe making plans, social business plan, handover, objectives, metrics, analytics, and changing your complete initiatives into glowing case reviews. i'll additionally overview a number of instruments and methods for making plans for the longer term after wrap-up is done, together with help contracts and group improvement.

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No more will you set a deadline for a quick approval of a visual design comp. Instead, youʼll be asked to come in for a presentation in front of some important-looking people who will hem and haw and come back to question the fundamental design principles underlying the page. 25 A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects Why do it While this may sound gloomy and difficult, you might also get a lot out of working with a large-scale organisation. Big organisations have large customer bases, and the work you do will quickly be seen by a lot of people.

Having actual photos will help with the sense that the client people are part of the team, and makes it easier for designers and developers to associate messages with people and roles. After a short break, people reassemble and you start to sort the objectives. For this exercise, youʼll need to bring out index cards with the stakeholder objectives you got from the interviews. Speak briefly about each one, introducing everyone there to the list of objectives in the customer, financial, team or process categories.

You can also promise that a few hours of time now will pay off later on. The first exercise is designed to get people thinking about the real objectives for the project, and also to get them thinking creatively. Pass around some sheets with the outlines of a newspaper article from the future; tell everyone to imagine that the site youʼre going to build together is a great success. Ask them to write a headline and some copy for a newspaper or magazine article describing the new site. Get everyone to write down: • what publication the article is from • the headline • the first paragraph of the story • who is quoted in the story and what they say 51 A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects By addressing these subjects, everyone gets a sense of how the project might create great things – and looking at these future articles will tell the design team a lot about audience, tone and style for the new site.

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