Real Web Project Management: Case Studies and Best Practices from the Trenches / Edition 1by Thomas J. Shelford
Pub. Date: 10/28/2002
The process of designing and building today's dynamic Web applications comes with a host of challenges not typically solved by traditional project management methodologies. A wealth of practical resources, Real Web Project Management: Case Studies and Best Practices from the Trenches is a book of solutions for designing, managing, and delivering virtually any type of Web-based project under even the most challenging of conditions.
Based on solutions implemented from actual, real-world scenarios, this practical book offers a complete roadmap for navigating every facet of a contemporary Web project. Filled with tips and techniques, it provides practices to implement and pitfalls to avoid to ensure success. Beginning by outlining the responsibilities of the project manager, this hands-on guide then covers team assembly and communication, project definition, change management, planning strategies, and workflow before moving on to the design, build, and delivery stages. Although complete and comprehensive, the book's accessible format also provides immediate solutions for project managers seeking a quick answer to a particular problem.
Issues covered include:
- The Web project managerdefinitions and responsibilities
- The project teamassembling and tips for effective collaborative communication
- The projectdefining and planning, plus managing change in any type of environment
- The Workflowprocesses and analysis
- The design and build phasesmanaging and quality control
- The delivery of a completed project
The book is packaged with a value-added CD-ROM, which includes complete project plan templates,model Web sites, project checklists, consulting contracts, software vendor reviews, and more. Additional resources and templates are available on the book's accompanying Web site.
All of this makes Real Web Project Management an essential reference for the working project manager, or for those new to the field. It is the most comprehensive resource available for planning, managing, and executing successful Web-based applications.
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Table of Contents(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)
About the Authors.
1. The Project Manager—Who You Are and What You Do.
What You Do.
2. Assembling the Team.
Common Team Problems.
Case Study: Start-up Breakdown.
3. Communication Cues.
Communication: What It Isn't.
Communication Best Practices.
Interview: The Voice of Experience - Tracy Brown.
Case Study: Sex Sells.
4. Defining the Project.
5. Managing Change.
Classic Scope Control.
The Project Web Site.
Managing Scope Change.
Common Scope Headaches.
Interview: Extreme Programming - Alex Cone.
6. The Art of Planning.
Planning by the Numbers.
Approvals and Revisions.
Case Study: Planning Software Overload.
7. Learning to Love Meetings.
An Agenda Is Your Roadmap.
Case Study: The Exploding Meeting.
Benefits of Workflow Planning.
Creating Workflow Standards.
Documenting and Analyzing Current Workflow.
Content Production Workflow.
9. Managing the Design Phase.
Design Production and Its Phases.
Interview: Design Details - Fabrice Hebert, Oven Digital.
Internal versus External Design Groups.
Interview: Inside Information - Paul Schrynemakers, iVillage.com.
Interview: How We Manage Design - David Young, Triplecode.
10. The Technical Build.
A Generic Technical Build.
Code Review Guidelines.
Case Study: The iVillage Recipe Finder.
11. Surviving Quality Assurance.
Quality Assurance for the Web.
What Does QA Test For?
How Does QA Test Websites?
QA Testing Phases.
The Politics of QA.
Interview: How QA Works Here - Susan Elliot, iVillage.com.
12. Getting It Out the Door.
Case Study: The Most Expensive Launch that Never Happened.
13. Leading Organizational Change.
The Project Management Role.
The Project Management Office.
Case Study: Establishing Project Management from a Technical Perspective.
Appendix A: Project Quick-Start Guide.
Business-to-Business Portals (“Vortals” ).
E-Commerce Web Sites.
International Web Sites.
Appendix B: Technology for the Web Project Manager.
Web Services with XML.
Content Management Systems.
Digital Rights Management.
Appendix C: Useful Web Sites.
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