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Who Does the Design?

Design can be considered from various perspectives or roles such as content designer, information architecture, interaction designer, and visual designer. This does not mean there are four people working design (although it could mean that). One person can perform each role.

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Requirement Benefits

There are many ways to benefit from the requirements process. Bottom line, requirements set expectations. Without expectations, you cannot manage a web development project efficiently and productively.

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Requirements Reality

Most the time the requirements process isn’t about identifying, and then assessing, and then documenting, and then validating. In reality, most of these tasks are being performed simultaneously. Another reality is the requirements process is quite often skipped or short changed. Because a site is a visual representation of the content you want to provide to your audience, it is easy to assume that you can jump straight to the design phase.

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What is a CMS - Do you need one?

I am not going to reinvent the wheel by trying to create my own definition of CMS and my own list of reasons why you might want to use one. So many have already done this.

Below are several links that provide great insight into what a CMS is why you might want to use one.

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PM Tools

what tools are available tools need to manage: labor, code, expectations, schedules, costs labor management issue tracking

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Project and Operational Roles Table

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Labor Costs: direct and indirect

hours that you can bill to the project hours you don't bill - what is the cost and benefit indirect
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Types of Contracts

impact of planning on contracts fixed price hourly hourly+NTE pros and cons
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Is a site all you need?

Answering the question "What is needed?" can reveal that you need more than a website. For example, you might need printed materials such as a brochure or business cards. You might need promotional efforts such as ads on other sites, in mailings, or even television. Remember, just because you build, that doesn't mean they will come.
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Bring Me a Rock

"Bring me a rock, please."

Ever get the feeling that you are being asked to deliver a product or work that has not been completely defined? You assume you know what a rock looks like based on basic information provided. You find it and paint it, only to find the client wanted a small round rock painted red, not the large square rock stained blue you assumed was needed.

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