Every project I’m part of is different – it’s just one of the things that makes my job so enjoyable. Yet for the most part, whether working with design agencies, fellow freelancers or marketing teams, my project management process, and how we’d work together, would tend to go a little like this…
You’ll tell me all about your visions, ideas and direction.
This part can be thought of as the napkin and pencil stage. At this stage I’ll want to dig in to your business goals, your requirements and how you hope to use WordPress on this project.
Time to check the diary – I’m a pretty busy guy but I’m also super organised, so when I provide you with a deadline date, it’ll be set in stone – a cast iron guarantee.
Time to break bread and chat either face to face in person or through Skype. Questions will be asked, ideas will be explored and your project will, by now, be well and truly on the way to being firmed up.
Following our meeting I may recommend a small roadmapping project. This has many benefits to you and your business. First and foremost, it’s a chance for me to dig in and work on your project. Past knowledge is great, but hands-on experience is better. This roadmapping project will help test the feasibility of the riskiest areas of your project, laying down a solid groundwork for further exploration or firming up the timescales and budget ahead of the final project kick-off. In addition, it’s also a great way to test the waters. It can be scary committing to a large project with multiple staged payments. A roadmapping project is a single, fixed payment and will give you a feel for what it’s like to work with me and how I deliver projects.
Once I’ve beavered away upon the requirements of the project we’ll then put our heads together and agree upon what needs to be done, by whom and when by. This is very much a partnership.
Now we’ve brainstormed, explored and laid out our plans, it’ll then be time to provide a budget.
With everything confirmed you’ll be booked in and we’ll almost be ready to go.
We’ll have already agreed the assets to be delivered before I can get coding – and be they PSD, content, sitemaps or competitor websites references, now will be the time to send them on over.
That’s the vital planning out of the way – now you can leave it to me as I get to work with bringing your designs to life.
At this stage I’ll share the development URL with you for you to review. Take a look around, explore the site and check out just how your baby is coming along really rather nicely.
Once you’re ready you’ll be in touch with any questions, snags or tweaks that will help the project to reach it’s goals.
I’ve listened to all that you’ve said and put into place the changes that to help make our project better. Once again you’ll review your site.
At this stage the website is all but complete and you’ll be in touch to provide any further tweaks and changes that may be required before finally unleashing our creation upon the world.
Now for the truly exciting part – your website is launched and live.
Here we go again… yet this will be the final iteration, and often there are few, if any, remaining questions we haven’t discussed and tweaks I haven’t completed.
It’s not quite over, yet – this last stage will ensure hat you, or your end client, receive the training and documentation that you need to make the most of your shiny new website.
Throughout a typical project, communication is done via Basecamp. This helps everyone keep track of what has been agreed and delivered, where we’re at and what’s left to do. You’ll receive invites to our Basecamp ahead of any work starting.
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~ Sophia Holland Thomas – Dorothy Perkins
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