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People are the most important part of any system of Web Governance. Hire good people and they will generally find clever and innovative ways to get maximum bang for your buck. ...

People are the most important part of any system of Web Governance. Hire good people and they will generally find clever and innovative ways to get maximum bang for your buck.

However, Roles and Responsibilities have not kept pace with changes in online activity. This has led to dangerous gaps in operations, as well as tension among staff due to competing claims over “who does what”.

In this presentation, we explore how to restore ‘industrial peace’ by delivering the clear job descriptions your people need.

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    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Roles & responsibilities on a web team In conjunction withA presentation by with Shane Diffily
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Shane Diffily www.diffily.com
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Shane Diffily @diffily
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance That’s easy, right!?
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Role = “Web Guy”
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Social Networks Strategy Planning ContentDesign Build Hosting Performance Review PublishingFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data & security mgt Change control Governance policies KPIs Architecture mgt Testing Approve activity Systems KPIs Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Performance monitoring Responsibilities = The whole caboodle!
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Volume of activity Complexityofactivity
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Volume of activity Complexityofactivity Peak Geek The last point at which 1 person can handle the totality of web management
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Volume of activity Complexityofactivity
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Good fences = good neighbors (Not stepping on each others’ toes)
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “I don’t know how to do that!” Clear roles & responsibilities highlight skills gaps. Skills planning “I’d love to but not enough hours in the day.” Accurate workloads expose staffing gaps. Manpower planning Accurate Roles & Responsibilities also help with…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Social Networks Strategy Planning ContentDesign Build Hosting Performance Review PublishingFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data & security mgt Change control Governance policies KPIs Architecture mgt Testing Approve activity Systems KPIs Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Performance monitoring
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Social Networks Strategy Planning ContentDesign Build Hosting Performance Review PublishingFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data & security mgt Change control Governance policies KPIs Architecture mgt Testing Approve activity Systems KPIs Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Performance monitoring New Framework of Web Governance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Activities of Governance Resources of Governance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Activities of Governance (composed of 22 subtasks) Resources of Governance (composed of 14 subelements)
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Social Networks ContentDesign Build Hosting Performance Review PublishingFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data & security mgt KPIs Testing Systems Teams Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Planning Change control Architecture mgt Set strategy & KPIs Set policy & standards Acquire resource & budget Police online activity The subtasks of Leadership Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Social Networks Hosting Performance PublishingFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data & security mgt KPIs Testing Systems Teams Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Architecture mgt Change control Planning Content Design Build Testing Hosting Review Publicity The subtasks of Development Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Hosting Technical monitoring Data & security mgt Testing Systems Teams Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Architecture mgt Publishing Quality assurance Engagement monitoring Performance monitoring Infrastructure monitoring Change control The subtasks of Maintenance Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Testing Systems Teams Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Skills Manpower Technology Architecture selection Architecture management Performance management Data & security management The subtasks of Infrastructure Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Promotion Testing Systems Budget Roles Tools Procedures Documentation Technology Manpower & skills Roles, responsibilities & teams Leadership & control The subelements of People
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Systems Budget Tools Technology Testing Roles Standards Procedures Policies Documentation The subelements of Processes Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Budget Testing Roles Technology Systems Software The subelements of Tools Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Salaries Software Other, e.g. contractors The subelements of Budget Formoredetail,gotodiffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Website Scale (composed of 3 elements)
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Website Scale (composed of 3 elements)
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
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    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
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    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance A Role is the key skill or activity for which a staff member is taken on.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Responsibilities are a description of the outcomes expected of that person.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance As Scale grows, a Role tends to stay broadly the same… Developer
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Testing Promotion Social Networks Strategy Planning ContentQA Security Hosting Performance Review DesignFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data mgt Change control Governance policies KPIs Architecture mgt Coding Approve activity Systems Content Procedures Documentation Manpower Technology Performance monitoring But, Responsibilities become more & more focussed. Developer
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Testing Promotion Social Networks Strategy ContentQA Security Performance Review DesignFeedback Technical monitoring QA Data mgt Change control Governance policies KPIs Architecture mgt Coding Approve activity Documentation Manpower Technology Performance monitoring But, Responsibilities become more & more focussed. Developer
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Testing Promotion Social Networks Strategy QA Security Performance Feedback Technical monitoring QA Change control Governance policies Coding Technology Performance monitoring But, Responsibilities become more & more focussed. Developer
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Testing Social Networks Security Coding But, Responsibilities become more & more focussed. Developer
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
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    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Roles become grouped into clusters...
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Extremely sensitive documents, so best get them right…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance A 1 or 2 line description of the primary skill or activity for which it is intended. Clear role description Encompassing both strategic (long-term) and tactical (day-to-day) activities & tasks. List of responsibilities The primary expertize & specialisms expected of a person in this role. Catalogue of skills A good description should include…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Some examples of Role & Responsibilities may include…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The role of Content Editor is to ensure the planning, delivery & maintenance of high quality, accurate & up-to-date content.” Role • To develop an annual content strategy. • To co-ordinate Content Producers. • To expedite day-to-day editing/approval. Responsibilities “Expertize in the following disciplines: Content Strategy, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing, mobile…” Skills For example, Content Editor…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The role of Designer is to ensure the delivery & maintenance of usable, elegant & visually compelling online experience” Role • To define online design & usability standards. • To direct design activity in support of goals. • To expedite day-to-day editing/approval. Responsibilities “Expertize in the following disciplines: Visual & interaction design, usability heuristics, user experience testing, etc.” Skills For example, Designer…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The role of Developer is to deliver & maintain online code & markup in accordance with agreed standards.” Role • To define code & development standards. • To direct coding activity in support of goals. • To expedite day-to-day editing/approval. Responsibilities “Expertize in the following disciplines: Markup, serverside scripting, client side scripting, web architecture, web testing, etc” Skills For example, Developer…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Leadership Roles - often overlooked - need clear definition too…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The SMT directs/approves online strategy, monitors high-level adherence to business goals and provides resource.” Role • Promulgate online strategy & goals. • Ensure provision of necessary resources. • Monitor strategy & redirect as necessary. Responsibilities An awareness of how the web channel can usefully fulfil high level organisational goals. (Read my article at www.diffily.com/articles) Skills Senior Management Team…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The WSG expedites online strategy by co- ordinating development among all stakeholders & reports progress to SMT.” Role • Approve priorities & policies at high level. • Monitor activity via KPIs. • Act as Court of Last Resort for disputes. Responsibilities An awareness of how to use web to fulfil online goals, how to make most of limited web budget. Skills Web Steering Group…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The role of the Senior Executive to remove barriers to online goals by creating environment for stable web governance. Role • To represent web interests in organization. • Monitor web team performance & systems. • To lead & arbitrate decision making at WSG. Responsibilities “An awareness of web strategy & budgeting, arbitration of competing interests, etc.” Skills Senior Executive…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance “The role of Web Manager is to steer, supervise & control the activity of the web team in support of online goals. Role • To direct & control operational activity. • To monitor the needs of online audiences. • To report progress on delivery of priorities. Responsibilities “Expertize in the core activities of web governance, analytics, user engagement, people management, agile, budgeting, etc.” Skills Web Manager…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Digital?MarketingIT Who should “own” web?
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Older silo based operations centred on organizational units are coming under increasing pressure to change. Didier Bonnet, Cap Gemini
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Subsidiarity
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance UK Government GDS Team
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance What about Roles & Responsibilities NOT on your Web Team?
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance A Service Level Agreement is suitable for external suppliers. SLA An Operational Level Agreement is suitable for internal suppliers. OLA For “suppliers” you can use contracts… • “You will provide 1 guaranteed man- day per week for design support.” • “Design requests will be accompanied by agreed use-case documentation.” • “We will agree a monthly roadmap with IT & not deviate from it without penalty.” • “IT will respond to requests within 4-6 hours, excluding urgent exceptions.”
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Exception management…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Many ordinary staff also support online – especially for content… Decentralized ModelCentralized Model
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Quality versus Volume.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance To change thinking quality content is of great importance, e.g. “Vote for me”. Undermine persuasion? To prompt an action often requires considerable content A/B testing. Undermine revenue? To create trust requires high quality, error free content over a long period. Undermine reputation? How much could bad content hurt you online…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Get everyone to agree to a minimum set of rules upfront – or no deal! Sign a charter A last-chance to fix things before the ‘Feds’ take over your content. Have a “sin bin” Cheerlead for the best – name & shame the worst – visits, shares, comments, errors, etc. Publish stats Some stick. Some carrot.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance We have the technology! Read more in my article “The New Analytics of Web Governance” at www.diffily.com
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Give people the chance to understand what you want of them & how to do it. Provide training Don’t hide away. Help them to help you get the quality you want. Provide time A website manual, a style guide, a QA checker, analytics & more. Provide tools Some stick. Some carrot.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance How many people for each role on your web team?
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance What does science say? “200-500 pages per-person-per-year” Content calculator & Gerry McGovern Math What does your spidey-sense say? “We process millions of complex financial transactions - but need little content … hmmm!” Magic Can be hard to predict… Download at www.diffily.com/downloads
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance • 2m+ visitors pm & heavy engagement. • Huge amounts of very varied content. • Highly transactional technology. Large scale = 15+ FTE • 0.5-1.5m+ visitors pm & mid engagement. • Lots of varied content. • Complex technology. Mid scale = 5-10 FTE • 0-0.5m+ visitors pm & low engagement. • Low volumes content. • Relatively simple set-up. Small scale = 1-2 FTE Manpower in (approximate!) Full Time Equivalents (FTE)…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance As you grow in scale, Roles & Responsibilities need to keep pace!
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Greater volumes & complexity needs more people & well defined roles. Change in scale New goals can shake-up the mix of staff needed & thus Roles & Responsibilities. Change in strategy Management may decide to reorganize how things are done – & this is happening a lot now. Change in leadership Key reasons for changing Roles & Responsibilities…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance We are in a period of heightened tension as the legacy of inattention is finally addressed
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance People. Approach with care.
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Greater demands means lower quality as there is not enough time to do everything. Overloading Lack of planning for holidays or sickness creates risk & puts more pressure on staff. Lack of redundancy If your ambition is to double engagement in 1 year, you need to plan for a team that can cope. Myopia & inflexibility 3 mistakes in assigning Roles & Responsibilities…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Rational Response: Some people may resist change simply because outcomes are not made clear. “Protect my job!” Political Response: Some people may resist change if it could undermine their influence or privileges. “Protect my status!” Emotional Response: Some people may resist change if it is done in a cavalier manner without appropriate framing. “Protect my dignity!” How staff may respond to Role changes…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance This works well if done continuously, but is rarely a point solution for urgent change. Retraining Loss may be compensated by an increase in localized authority, grade changes or pay. Incentivization Professional change management can help alleviate all but the most deeply felt grievances. Listening & empathy Change management options…
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Go placidly amid the noise & haste of your web team, And remember what peace there may be in keeping silent. As far as possible without surrender Be on good terms with your Designers & Developers. Speak your requirements quietly and clearly; And listen to others, Even dull Techies & Senior Managers; They too have their story. Desiderata … for Webmasters :) More at www.diffily.com/articles/desiderata.htm
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Thanks for watching!
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance Email me at shane@diffily.com Arrange your FREE webinar at www.diffily.com
    • @diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance@diffily | @siteimprove | #WebGovernance In conjunction withA presentation by