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Despite the evidence of your own eyes, web projects do not have to be pure chaos. They can be tamed. Just don’t expect “classic” project management to do the job. Sure, some of those methods help -- but you’d better know what to do when they just aren’t fast or flexible enough. That’s where Real Web Project Management comes in. Drawing on the authors’ immense experience running big web projects, it brilliantly captures the balance between structure and improvisation that is essential to success. And its relentless case study focus keeps it firmly rooted in reality, not theory.
For example, you just know that changes are going to come fast and furious. Rather than denying reality, the authors give you specific tools for managing change. You’ll learn how to anticipate inevitable problems -- for instance, by establishing a clear escalation procedure up-front for getting the information you’ll need from elsewhere in your customer’s organization. You’ll even learn good instincts -- e.g., how to make sure a developer’s capable of implementing the features you need, before it’s too late.
There are chapters on making project team meetings productive, on managing the complex interface between designers and programmers, on using technical builds to improve efficiency and reduce risk, on QA and testing, and on going live. There’s also a CD-ROM containing complete project plan templates, checklists, consulting contracts, software vendor reviews -- truly invaluable resources for herding all the cats involved in your web project. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.