A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects by Breandán Knowlton

By Breandán Knowlton

Those who make web pages occasionally say that their consumers are unreasonable. those who pay for web pages occasionally say that the pros they lease don't comprehend enterprise and can't follow time cut-off dates. A venture supervisor is correct within the heart - and a clever venture supervisor can resolve misconceptions in either instructions whereas inspiring every person concerned to interact creatively.

Veteran undertaking supervisor Breandán Knowlton has been engaged on the net on the grounds that its starting, and has visible striking successes and disastrous disasters alongside the way in which. In coping with internet tasks he offers recommendation, checklists and guidance for every section of your paintings on a customary net venture, even if you may have a proper heritage in venture administration. From preliminary inception via to ultimate assessment, this publication is full of useful rules that can assist you make your subsequent internet undertaking a good event for everyone.

WHO may still learn THIS BOOK?

Those who proportion accountability for initiatives aren't consistently referred to as venture managers. If you're an internet specialist, company vital, or symbolize an organization commissioning an internet site, this booklet provides you with the aspect you want to maintain issues on target on your quarter, expect hazards and create delicate relationships between stakeholders.

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PART 1: starting A PROJECT

So you’re going to do an internet venture? It’s time to think about your targets, your venture administration strategy and to cartoon out the trajectory of the project’s levels. during this part, I'll study tested undertaking administration methodologies, the simplest methods of operating conferences and the tips to promoting net paintings and featuring bids. growing powerful briefs and recommendations, and estimating the dimensions of a possible undertaking also are the following. as soon as the bid is received and your group is equipped, this part also will offer you guidance for making plans an efficient kick-off, workshops and venture communications.


At this degree, you’ve obtained the fairway gentle and are able to cross ahead with the venture! consumer and marketplace learn, content material governance and value checking out all lie sooner than you and your crew. during this part, I’ll discuss undertaking interviews, developing personas, providing learn, doing content material inventories and designing for usability. making plans the mixing technique and estimating key values on your undertaking also are serious talents during this part of venture management.


The wireframing part brings up plenty of questions of constancy, organization, and presentation. during this part, I overview taxonomies, paper prototyping, layouts and layout constraints. I’ll additionally talk about many of the many aspects of visible language and photograph layout, as they relate on your venture administration method, together with the tricky comps query, consumer trip sketches and selecting the ideal instruments. With lots of sketches and annotations to symbolize your team’s paintings, you’ll be capable to go through the visible layout section with confidence.

PART four: development AND TESTING

Content administration platforms and integration current venture managers with an array of advanced judgements. during this part, I talk about your CMS techniques and discover the maze of integrating with firm databases and purchaser dating structures. As you progress throughout the construct and deployment levels, I'll assist you specialize in swap and threat administration. I’ll additionally speak about a number of the checking out and Agile improvement options that would support your group during the project.


With the venture nearing of entirety, you will see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. yet there are a number of extra issues to handle ahead of the location is going stay. during this part, I talk about checklists, catastrophe making plans, social business plan, handover, ambitions, metrics, analytics, and changing your entire initiatives into gleaming case experiences. i'm going to additionally overview a number of instruments and methods for making plans for the long run after wrap-up is done, together with aid contracts and crew improvement.

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Itʼs also the easiest part of the project lifecycle to do badly. A bad kick-off meeting looks like an awkward roomful equally divided between client-side and agency brains, with each of those equally divided into boredom, anxiety, and well-meaning bravado. From my experience, some of the uncomfortable situations you may face look like: • Going into a first meeting at a big investment bank, only to find that very few of the people around the room knew the purpose of the meeting. The senior vice-president hosting the meeting thought that the discussion was something about colour choices for their new stationery.

Donʼt be afraid to look at published and academic research to justify the value of good usability. Be sure to make some numerical projections about site traffic, conversion rates and expected revenue from sales or donations. Talk about how the project will affect perception in the industry, and in the public at large. Donʼt be afraid to claim those big and difficult performance indicators – thatʼs what youʼre being asked to do. Certain things might go slower than usual During the project, youʼre going to have to abandon your snappy design approval and requirements sign-off cycles.

Transparency and communication, along with constant setting of expectations, are not just measures of how well you do your job. They are also the way you keep the client motivated. With everyone motivated, you have a chance for a great project. 22 Tools from this chapter • Project initiation document • Meeting agenda • Meeting minutes Further reading Thereʼs lots of documentation about the PRINCE2 project management process. If you go for one of the certification courses, youʼll certainly find that the reference materials you buy for the course will serve well as a reference.

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