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Pay No Attention to the Project Manager Behind the Curtain: A Magento 2 Tell-All


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Take an honest, no-holds-barred look at the reality of
launching a Magento 2 site in 2016 with the executive of one of the
first Magento 1 merchants and the founder of one of the first Magento
agencies. In this talk, we'll walk you through the good, bad and the
ugly of managing a successful Magento 2 project from setting
expectations to managing your managers and the surprises you'll
encounter as you move to Magento 2.

Presented at Meet Magento New York 2016 by David Deppner and Joshua Warren.

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Pay No Attention to the Project Manager Behind the Curtain: A Magento 2 Tell-All

  1. 1. Pay No Attention to the Project Manager Behind the Curtain A Magento 2 Tell-All Presented by David Deppner and Joshua Warren Meet Magento New York 2016 #MM16NY
  2. 2. An honest, no-holds-barred look at the reality of launching a Magento 2 site in 2016.
  3. 3. Introductions
  4. 4. David Deppner VP of Ecommerce, ClearBags Magento Merchant since 2008 Initiated Magento 2 Build at MMNY 2015 President, Psyberware @DavidDeppner
  5. 5. Joshua Warren Founder & CEO, Creatuity Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner Magento developer since 2008 Magento Master 2016 @JoshuaSWarren
  6. 6. Relationships
  7. 7. Importance of Strong Internal Relationships ● Project managers and developers ● Stakeholders, decision makers and project managers
  8. 8. Importance of Strong Agency/Merchant Relationships ● Ecommerce projects are hard - there will be friction ● Build mutual trust and respect
  9. 9. How We Built The Creatuity/ClearBags Relationship How Creatuity nurtures open relationships with clients How ClearBags selected a partner and built a positive relationship
  10. 10. Project Scope & Costs
  11. 11. Waterfall
  12. 12. Controlling Costs in Waterfall I give you a bunch of Requirements You give me a Fixed Price to do the work
  13. 13. Sprint 1 Sprint 2 Sprint 3 Sprint 4 ... Agile
  14. 14. Controlling Costs in Agile If Net Present Value in Each Sprint < Expense… KILL IT Constantly redirect dev teams to most important work
  15. 15. Fixed Price Projects Create Adversaries, Not Partners
  16. 16. Project Scheduling Realities
  17. 17. Uncertainty & Risk in M2 Projects ● Magento 2 Platform ● Extensions ● Customizations ● Data Migration ● Integrations
  18. 18. Avoid Drags on Your Project Answer all Questions from Developers Quickly Keep the Money Flowing
  19. 19. The Velocity of an M2 Project
  20. 20. Agencies: Don’t Plan M2 Projects Like M1 Projects ● M2 projects may have a long tail ● Third-party dependencies on extensions and Magento patches may mean stopping and restarting the project ● Make smart use of the downtime
  21. 21. Is Magento 2 Ready?
  22. 22. Yes, but...
  23. 23. Magento 2 Is Ready Be smart about it Build a strong relationship with your agency Be smart about project scope & costs Be realistic about your project schedule
  24. 24. Other Perspectives A large site with complex custom integrations that we built from scratch - going live next month A multi-brand, multi-store fashion site with standard ecommerce functionality going live next week
  25. 25. Other Perspectives New sites (not migrations) go faster Integrations & extensions are a critical factor - are they complex? Do they already exist?
  26. 26. Is Magento 2 Ready for Your Project? Ask us in the Q&A!
  27. 27. Questions? David Deppner - @DavidDeppner Joshua Warren - @JoshuaSWarren