Web development is a long, complicated process with a lot of steps and details to think about. Balancing expectations from the client with creating a practical site, with a pressure of a deadlines, these all require good sense of project management. Even web developers who aren’t the actual project managers of the organization have some basic grasp of the fundamentals of project management; it’s just that integral to it all.
With that in mind, here are some tips to help keep everyone on track for that deadline.
- Start it right. Of course, the very first step of any good project can have a lasting impact on what happens during the whole process. The right start can make or break how a web development project goes. Start it off right; clearly outline and define the steps during the whole development process, make sure people know what to do, and when to do it.
- It really goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway; communication is important. It isn’t just one of the fundamentals of project management, it’s one of the fundamentals of life. How your project goes literally hinges on how everyone communicates throughout the entirety of the development project. Not just the developers to each other, but to the client as well. Keep everyone updated, giving honest results and actual progress, and pre-emptively speaking about any problem or as soon as it pops up, never putting it on hold.
- Adjust realistically. Sometimes, contracts allow the clients to suggest changes to the project. Before anything gets approved, run it through with everyone else to ensure that these changes are actually possible or practical to do. As with the above point, let the client know what their proposed changes would entail to the development project as a whole.
- Standardize. And by this, we don’t mean be a generic copy of something else, but rather, find a workflow or system, or method, or whatever it is that works, and develop them, turning them into a repeatable methodology that allows your agency to work at maximum efficiency. Whenever a project is completed, it never hurts to evaluate the process; finding out what works, what needs improvement. Constructively pointing out mistakes will allow for productive improvements in the future.