The site builder's guide to project management

Timeslot: Saturday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

This session embraces over five years of experience successfully planning and executing Drupal websites. For four years I wore many Drupal hats (site builder, developer, themer) and primarily worked on projects by myself; now I am the technical lead of two project teams with 4 members each. Our development team has grown rapidly in the last three years, from 2 members to 10 members, and our project management team has not been expanded to handle the increased workload. This had led to the technical lead often fulfilling the responsibilities of a project manager, as is the case for me.

We will cover factors that contribute to mismanaged projects and share steps to avoid them. Expect to come away from this session with some good tips and tricks for managing your next project, including:

  • How to get to know your team, the stakeholders and the project

  • Keeping track of evolving project requirements

  • Documenting site building procedures and expectations

  • Organizing tasks by category and milestone

  • Follow up meetings with a summary and action items (it can be as simple as an email!)

  • Holding regularly-scheduled (or not) status meetings
Business and strategy
Session length: 
Full session (about 50 minutes)

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