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Project Management for Drupal - AB Drupal Camp

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Building amazing Drupal sites takes takes planning and skillful project management, not just savvy design and good programing. With Drupal's modular nature and with so much being possible, it is …

Building amazing Drupal sites takes takes planning and skillful project management, not just savvy design and good programing. With Drupal's modular nature and with so much being possible, it is important the team and project stays focused on what is important. Join Anne Stefanyk, a solution architect at northStudio, to discuss general project management methodologies and tools. The specifics around client expectations, project management roles, scope creep and best practices makes the biggest different in successful projects. Anne will share her experience in project management to help you scope, architect, and deliver beautifully built sites that make the most of Drupal.

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  • 1. Project Management for DRUPAL!
  • 2. Today’s Agenda
    • Do we really need project managers?
    • Managing client expectations
    • The BIG 3
    • Resources
    • Scope creepers
    • Contracts
    • Open Forum
  • 3. Are PMs needed?
    • Imagine…
      • a ship without a captain
      • an orchestra without a conductor
      • an army without a general
  • 4. Dev Hat vs PM Hat
    • Switching roles
    • Stay focused yet give great service
    • The gentle no
  • 5. What do those PM’s do anyways?
    • Stay ahead of the client
    • Sit in the firing line and answer the tough ones
    • Scope management
    • Translator – we speak client
    • Focus on development
  • 6. Create Value
    • “ [value is] the relationship between the consumer’s perceived benefits in relation to the perceived costs of receiving those benefits.” – wikipedia
  • 7. Why People Don’t Buy Again*
    • 22% dissatisfaction with the product
    • 78% dissatisfaction with the process
    • * Naomi Karten
  • 8. Managing Client Expectations
    • Expectations – set the precedent
    • Talk the talk AND walk the walk
    • Build trust early
    • Be the conductor and lead your symphony!
    • Clarity & simplicity
    • Document everything
  • 9. Contracts
    • Legal mumbo jumbo, but most important…
    • Terms & Conditions of your web dev process
    • 2 way street
    • Value Creation: CEM – Client Expectation Management
  • 10. CEM Examples
  • 11. Remember…
    • You are the translator/conductor
    • They trust you
    • NO crap-tasking
    • Clarity and simplicity
    • Are we having fun?
  • 12. The BIG 3
    • Timelines
    • Budget
    • Features
  • 13. Resources
    • The human kind
        • Your team
        • The community
        • Find a mentor
  • 14. Resources
    • The technical kind
        • Google docs, basecamp, harvest, DoneDone, 5pm, online tools, etc.
        • Specification Documents, Feature sets, IA, Site map, Progress reports
  • 15. Scope Creepers
    • The sneaky kind
    • Feature expansion/explosion
    • ‘ But we talked about it?’
    • What to do:
        • Change orders
        • Early documentation
        • Yes and here is the implication (Budget, Timelines, Features)
  • 16. Open Forum…
  • 17. Thank You! [email_address] [email_address]

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