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WordCamp DFW 2014 - Scoping Projects

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Whether your project is large or small, on web or mobile, the same principles of scoping apply. It's a challenging task and something that improves with experience, however, even the best of us make mistakes. It's good to keep these tips top of mind so that your next project can kick off with better expectations and defined requirements or goals.

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WordCamp DFW 2014 - Scoping Projects

  1. 1. Behind the Scenes of Project Scoping Questions? Tweet @sgillihan Sheryle Gillihan
  2. 2. 01 Share the burden.
  3. 3. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” ! - Thomas Edison
  4. 4. Buffer your best guesstimate. 01
  5. 5. Account for every role. Design Dev QA PM Total Hours Meetings & Mgmt 36 36 Navigation 12 4 1 17 Homepage 26 12 4 42 Contact Page 2 4 1 7 Gallery Page 8 4 1 13 Events Page 12 6 3 21 Total 136 Don’t forget to add time for QA Testing & Project Management.
  6. 6. Date Assess the risks.
  7. 7. 01 Prepare for scope creep.
  8. 8. Sample Maintenance Scope Request Dev QA Notes Hours Make the site easier to find on search engines 0.75 0.5 XML Sitemap Plugin. Time includes the custom robots.txt 1.25 We want to add videos in our Media Center 0.25 0.25 Youtube Plugin with a featured image slider. 0.5 We want to display our Google Forms on the site. 0.25 1 Google Forms Plugin setup is quick , but there will be style issues to resolve. 1.25 Total Hours 3
  9. 9. 01 40 hours ≠ 1 week
  10. 10. Plan realistic delivery dates. Design Design Design Dev Dev Dev Role Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Hours Project Mgr 6 6 6 6 6 6 36 Designer 10 10 10 10 10 10 60 Developer - - - 10 10 10 30 QA Tester - - - - 8 2 10 Total 136
  11. 11. Scoping is like spinning plates. 01
  12. 12. 01 Ship it, you must.
  13. 13. 01 Nothing’s Impossible.
  14. 14. 01 Share the burden. Learn as you go. Be realistic. Ship it.

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