15 Minutes on Web Design: A Project Management Perspective Thy Nguyen Northwestern University [email_address] Dial in:  1-...
Introduction <ul><li>Components of a Web Design Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess project needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Introduction <ul><li>Project Phases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define your project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop structure...
Components of a Web Design Project <ul><li>Assess Project Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house project or outsource? </li>...
Components of a Web Design Project <ul><li>Establish Project Time-Line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan on a 6-9 month project f...
Project Phases <ul><li>Define your project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><u...
Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with content revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map Your Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create outl...
Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the process for updating and making edits to your ...
Project Phases <ul><li>Build and Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre and post testing with users is ideal </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Project Phases <ul><li>Launch and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The work has just begun! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An...
Questions & Discussion <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Thy Nguyen </li></ul><ul><li>E:mail:  [email_address] </li></ul>...
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  • This webinar will provide more of a project management focus. Not necessarily focused on design, or web architecture. We may touch upon these elements but it won’t necessarily be in-depth.
  • Assess Your Project Needs Is this an in-house project or do you plan to outsource your work? Who actually has the technical and knowledge expertise? Change Management Concept Midwest ACE used an outside consulting firm that specializes in work with non-profits. What is your budget? - Depending upon your needs, a project can be expensive. It’s not necessarily the colors and design that are expensive. Often, it’s the back-end of the site (i.e. Billing modules, membership directories that allow members to edit information, databases).
  • Establish Project Time-Line - A complete design can be a 6 – 9 month project.
  • - What do you want to accomplish? - More streamlined navigation, new look, new components. Often it’s easier to consider a phased launch. Focus on keeping things simple before making huge enhancements. We’re currently in phase 2 of the Midwest ACE site design. We’ve launched the new site with a new look and increased functionality on the back-end. In the next several months we’ll be adding content to the committee pages and also adding an acknowledgements section to the site. All in an effort to keep members more informed. For phase 1, we kept things as simple as possible.
  • Develop structure - starts with content revisions, click through and read your entire site, consider user testing with students on your old site – how many clicks does it take to get to a page. Identify redundant and outdated information. Enact changes – remove redundant changes and make additions if needed and possible.
  • 15 Minutes On Web Design

    1. 1. 15 Minutes on Web Design: A Project Management Perspective Thy Nguyen Northwestern University [email_address] Dial in: 1-218-936-4700 Participant Code: 677403
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Components of a Web Design Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess project needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish project time-line </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Project Phases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define your project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build and test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch and maintenance </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Components of a Web Design Project <ul><li>Assess Project Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house project or outsource? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be clear on what you want to accomplish </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change management principals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff buy-in </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine roles within your staff (project chair, content lead) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your budget constraints? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be realistic about what you can spend </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Components of a Web Design Project <ul><li>Establish Project Time-Line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan on a 6-9 month project for a complete design </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Project Phases <ul><li>Define your project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More streamlined navigation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New look or brand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips: Keep it simple, design with capacity to build out at a later point, stick to your master plan </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with content revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click through and read you entire site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider user testing with students on your old site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enact changes – remove redundancies and make additions if needed and possible. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map Your Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create outline that map’s site contents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decide where to place new additions </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Project Phases <ul><li>Develop Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the process for updating and making edits to your site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will be the administrator? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How and when will edits and changes be made? </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Project Phases <ul><li>Build and Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre and post testing with users is ideal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test before launching (build this into time-line) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Project Phases <ul><li>Launch and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The work has just begun! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipate some mistakes at launch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider a soft launch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance is key to keeping a site relevant </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Questions & Discussion <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Thy Nguyen </li></ul><ul><li>E:mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 847-491-2613 </li></ul><ul><li>References used for this presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>Web Communications, Northwestern University </li></ul>
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