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Port80 2012: Web Project Management

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Taking a big web app from concept to user.

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  • Really interesting presentation. May have been a little broad in scope. But overall, winner.
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Port80 2012: Web Project Management

  1. 1. Web Project Management Taking a big web app from concept to user @Dan_Gates#p80N
  2. 2. A bit about me Lead Developer at Bite UK Web developing for over 5 years Worked with Sony, Nokia, Logica, Groupon and MicrosoftFrameworks of choice are CodeIgniter or Ruby on Rails #p80N http://nokia.ly/HJFOHy
  3. 3. In the beginning Who is it for? What is the purpose of your app? What will it do? What will it say? What information will it collect? How will it do it?#p80N http://bit.ly/Hih0IQ
  4. 4. Who is it for? Existing customers? Prospects? Dads? Theoretical physicists?#p80N
  5. 5. What is the app’s purpose? To make money To get marketing information To make people laugh#p80N http://bit.ly/Iizo4U
  6. 6. What will it do? Create a photo album from Facebook photos Let people throw sheep at their friends. Make Goofy attack London#p80N http://www.giantsteps20.com/
  7. 7. What will it say? Consideration needs to be given to what your app will say, and how Don’t overlook success, error and other informational messages#p80N http://mailchimp.com/404/
  8. 8. What information will it collect? What information does the app need to function What additional information does it (or more specifically, the owner) want?#p80N
  9. 9. How will it do it?Programming languages, frameworks and Databases Third-party libraries APIs Hosting#p80N http://www.rubyonrails.com
  10. 10. Costing it up Break the build into bite sized chunks How long will each chunk take to complete? Give yourself a buffer#p80N http://bit.ly/K7GcT8
  11. 11. Making it pop Hosting infrastructure Database Interface#p80N http://www.heroku.com/
  12. 12. Hosting infrastructure Client requirements Technology requirements Think about load#p80N
  13. 13. Database Scalability (where’s my buzzword bingo?!) Availability Simplicity#p80N http://bit.ly/LAh8nG
  14. 14. Interface Do you need an admin interface? Don’t start with design Guide, don’t lead Be obvious#p80N https://www.wunderkit.com/
  15. 15. Organisation Project management Bug/issue tracking Don’t over organise#p80N http://basecamp.com/
  16. 16. Project management Use deadlines, if there aren’t any make them up Build with milestones Have a project lead, don’t step on their toes#p80N http://wrike.com/
  17. 17. Bug tracking Have a central area to store bugs Post detailed information, not just summaries Assign bugs#p80N http://bit.ly/JORzxj
  18. 18. Don’t over organise Over organising leeches enthusiasm It wastes time It’s boring Never under-estimate a cup of tea and a quick chat#p80N
  19. 19. The build set-up Local/Staging/Production FTP Version Control DEPLOY!#p80N http://bit.ly/LAjRNX
  20. 20. Servers Local server for development Staging server for testing Production server for the users#p80N http://www.apache.org/
  21. 21. FTP Quick and easy Makes working with a team tricky No change history No way to rollback bad changes#p80N http://bit.ly/M6Qi9B
  22. 22. Version Control More complicated than FTP Working as a team easier Easy to rollback to last working version#p80N http://bit.ly/J7CyVO
  23. 23. DEPLOY! Deploy through the shell Write scripts Use tools to make it easier#p80N http://deployhq.com
  24. 24. Re-use, recycle Dynamic CSS & grids Javascript frameworks Coding frameworks#p80N http://bit.ly/KxPU1H
  25. 25. Dynamic CSS & grids Save time, reduce repeat code Easier to update styles, built-in responsiveness Show clients results, fast Grids suffer from divitis#p80N http://lesscss.org/
  26. 26. Javascript frameworksWrite complicated Javascript quickly Use pre-made animation code Can you do without it?#p80N http://jquery.com
  27. 27. Coding frameworks MVC FTW Less wheel re-invention Quicker to build with, easier to maintain #p80N http://codeigniter.com
  28. 28. Testing the code Be aggressive Use your knowledge of the app Don’t rely on automated tests#p80N http://bit.ly/JXqJUr
  29. 29. Server watching $ tail -f /path/to/error_log $ top Automated checks Social media#p80N http://bit.ly/JPFEPI
  30. 30. Debrief What went right? What went wrong? What will you do different next time?#p80N http://bit.ly/KMvGPV
  31. 31. The End Twitter: @Dan_Gates Web: designed-by-robots.com Web: bitecommunications.com#p80N http://bit.ly/LuyGFG

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