Real Web Project Management: Case Studies and Best Practices from the Trenches / Edition 1

Real Web Project Management: Case Studies and Best Practices from the Trenches / Edition 1

by Thomas J. Shelford
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0321112555

ISBN-13: 2900321112551

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

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

Overview

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 manager—definitions and responsibilities
  • The project team—assembling and tips for effective collaborative communication
  • The project—defining and planning, plus managing change in any type of environment
  • The Workflow—processes and analysis
  • The design and build phases—managing 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.



Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900321112551
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
About the Authors.
1. The Project Manager—Who You Are and What You Do.
Who You Are.
What You Do.

2. Assembling the Team.
Common Web Team Roles.
Common Team Problems.
Case Study: Start-up Breakdown.

3. Communication Cues.
Communication: What It Is.
Communication: What It Isn't.
Communication Best Practices.
Communicating Change.
Interview: The Voice of Experience - Tracy Brown.
Case Study: Sex Sells.

4. Defining the Project.
The Creative Brief.
Project Documents.

5. Managing Change.
A New Perspective on Scope.
Classic Scope Control.
The Project Web Site.
Managing Scope Change.
Common Scope Headaches.
Interview: Extreme Programming - Alex Cone.

6. The Art of Planning.
Planning Software Infatuation.
Planning by the Numbers.
Planning Pitfalls.
Approvals and Revisions.
QA Testing.
Prelaunch Review.
Case Study: Planning Software Overload.

7. Learning to Love Meetings.
Why Are We Here?
An Agenda Is Your Roadmap.
Meeting Pitfalls.
CommonProject Meetings.
Case Study: The Exploding Meeting.

8. Workflow.
Workflow for the Web.
Benefits of Workflow Planning.
Creating Workflow Standards.
Documenting and Analyzing Current Workflow.
Workflow Recommendations.
Content Production Workflow.

9. Managing the Design Phase.
Is Information Architecture a Function of the Designer?
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.
Model-View-Controller.
A Generic Technical Build.
Code Review Guidelines.
Production Challenges.
Case Study: The iVillage Recipe Finder.

11. Surviving Quality Assurance.
A Common Scenario.
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.
Final QA Phase.
Going Live.
Case Study: The Most Expensive Launch that Never Happened.

13. Leading Organizational Change.
Common Organizational Structures.
The Project Management Role.
The Project Management Office.
Case Study: Establishing Project Management from a Technical Perspective.

Appendix A: Project Quick-Start Guide.
Brochureware.
Business-to-Business Portals (“Vortals” ).
E-Commerce Web Sites.
E-Marketing Projects.
International Web Sites.
Intranets.

Appendix B: Technology for the Web Project Manager.
What You Really Need to Know-Frameworks.
Object-Oriented Design.
Web Services with XML.
Content Management Systems.
Digital Rights Management.

Appendix C: Useful Web Sites.
Recommended Readings.
Index.

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