Information Archetecture Tutorial Lesson 1 By: Webmonkey Staff
It sounds simple enough, but there are a lot of bad sites on the web. A bad site begins with bad ideas, and poorly conceived goals. If you don ’ t know what you ’ re trying to achieve, why bother building a site? For your site.
When Setting Goals Group Consensus is Paramount
You want everyone to agree on the contents and purpose of the site that you are going to build.
You want the most important people involved with setting goals.
Remember, group consensus can make or break the project!!!
But you don't want to hear from...
SO, HOW DO YOU START? First, determine who are the most important people then let them run their mouth. Make sure there is healthy communication between the people involved. You want them to feel like they are contributing to the site.
FORMAL DEFINITION vs. INFORMAL DEFINITION Once you determine you the most important people are you have to decide whether you want to do go through a formal or informal process of defining goals. What are the differences between the two?
A formal definition process involves calling meetings with key players, setting agendas and preparing questions. It is time sensitive and requires keen sharp project management skills. Though just as effective, and informal definition process involves talking to people one-at-a-time, taking notes and following up when necessary. Scale and time should determine which to use.
-What is the mission or purpose of the organization? -What are the short/long term goals of the site? -Who is the intended audience? -Why will people come to your site? Asking Questions Asking Questions
Help the world to become a better place To help the less fortunate become more To become well known throughout the world What is the mission or purpose of the organization? What is the mission or purpose of the organization?
What are the short/long term goals of the site? Short Term Goal Short Term Goal Short Term Goal What are the short/long term goals of the site? Long Term Goal
Who is the intended audience? Why will people come to your site? Children? Teens? Adults? Only the best service! The best products We have the best prices!