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The Art of the “One Person Band”

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Being a small web team or a web team of one has unique challenges and benefits. Particularly with budget pressures looming, we need strategies to help us to do more with less. Drawing on over 15 years of experience as a single-person web team, Eric will present techniques to help you maximize your impact as a small team.

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The Art of the “One Person Band”

  1. 1. The Art of the ‘One- Person Band’ Surviving as a small web team or a “team of one.” @ericepps #hewebmi #MI2
  2. 2. About Me Web Developer at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL Started developing for the web 1998, in higher education since 2006 SVCC is small (about 4000), rural, located in northwestern Illinois
  3. 3. 1. Stop the Redesign Cycle
  4. 4. “Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign” - Cameron Moll alistapart.com/article/redesignrealign
  5. 5. Why Incremental Changes? 1. Easier to implement 2. Easier to keep focus on solving problems 3. Easier for end users to adjust
  6. 6. 2. Fire your Web Committee / Start a Web Committee
  7. 7. Effective Web Committees High ranking members Able to effect change Allows you to hear vision directly (and vice versa) Small, but diverse Get Marketing and IT on the same page “We’ll bring in others as needed”
  8. 8. 3. Train Smarter, Not Harder
  9. 9. Training Ideas Don’t just show someone how to do something, do a screen capture video! Develop an online, self-service refresher course. Consider whether it’s worth training (and retraining) someone who updates infrequently. “Open-lab” group training to cut down on support calls.
  10. 10. 4. Automate and Integrate
  11. 11. Finding Areas to Automate/Integrate Does it need to be done regularly (every day/week/month)? Is it a multi-step process that’s always the same? Does it need to happen when something else finishes? Whenever X changes, Y needs to change Whenever X is added, Y needs to be created Does the same data exist in two systems?
  12. 12. 5. Make Use of APIs
  13. 13. What & Why APIs? What? API - Application Programming Interface Remember a bubble bath - SOAP & REST Why? Someone else does your work for you! Richer information for website visitors
  14. 14. Some APIs of Interest www.careeronestop.org Career profile, salary information, match skills to careers, and more from the Dept. of Labor www.data.gov US government’s open data initiative data.illinois.gov, data.michigan.gov State open data initiatives www.govtrack.us/developers

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