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  • Web Project Management
    • Strategies for chaotic web projects in Higher ed.
    • A Project is… “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result”
    • – PMBOK Guide (2004)
  • A Web Project is...
    • Building a few web pages for a department.
    • Developing a simple web application that collects student information.
    • Extensive Content Management System.
    • A Project is… ongoing, with many false starts and chronic scope creep. Governed by committee, success is not often tangible.
    • – Higher Ed.
  • The Chaos
    • Developer comes in sometime after noon.
    • Designer that doesn’t answer email.
    • Department wants to see the “pedagogy” on something aimed at parents.
    • Committees.
    • Never ending change requests.
  • Learn a little from Software Engineering
    • Pick a dev strategy: understand clearly what you are doing
    • Version control
    • Issue tracking
  • Triple Constraint
    • Scope
    • Time
    • Cost
  • Triple Constraint
    • What am I building?
    • How long will it take?
    • How much will it cost to develop?
  • Manage Resources
    • What are skills and people available to this project
    • How much time do they have?
    • Is there a line of communication between you and your resources even when not working together in the same place?
  • Dealing with the “what”
    • Project sponsor asks for something that needs to be built
    • Meet with committee and develop a clear scope along with timeline
    • Sketch out application
    • Call in resources you need
    • Develop application, get feedback, tweak, done.
  • What really happens
    • “I would like a web site that looks like (insert newsworthy site of the week)”
    • “Next week would be perfect”
    • “Oh and can we have video?”
    • “And a live chat?”
    • “We want social media”
  • Identify risks
    • What could cause this project to be delayed or fail?
    • What will you do about them?
    • How much will it cost (time/money)?
  • Break Project down
  • Two week chunks
  • Critical path
    • # S: (adj) agile, nimble, quick, spry ( moving quickly and lightly ) "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"
    • - http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=agile
  • Agile process
  • Agile process
  • Get involved
    • Use Basecamp or excel or a word document
    • Break down the project for the sponsor (and you)
    • Provide time estimates for each phase
    • Follow-up with daily/weekly updates on progress
    • Share information.
    • Learn how to use version control software.
    • Track the project.
  • Issue tracking
    • Document milestones
    • Track conversations, changes, rationale
    • Generate reports (if you want)
    • Control your scope.
  • Bugz
    • Use a process that works for you.
  • About me.
    • Jesse Rodgers
    • Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo
    • Blog: http://whoyoucallingajesse.com
    • Twitter: http://twitter.com/jrodgers
    • Email: [email_address]