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Making Projects Easy

Brett Harned
October 09, 2013

Making Projects Easy

This talk was presented at the Future of Web Design 2013 in NYC.

Making “cool stuff" for the people of the Internet is fun, but not always easy. Your clients hire you for your ability to make amazing experiences on the web and in apps, but they also want to be sure that you can keep your projects on the rails. That's where it can get tricky. Relationships between teams and clients can be difficult to navigate, even if the "big idea" comes easily. But that's okay! There are ways to build common goals and processes between client and design teams to lighten project stress and foster a shared creative language. Whether you're a designer, developer, or project manager, you'll find value in improving your communication and collaboration skills.

Brett Harned

October 09, 2013

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  1. Make projects easier by: ˒ Communicating e ectively ˒ Playing

    nicely with others ˒ Setting expectations ˒ Managing time e ectively
  2. Every status should include: What’s important? ˒ What was done

    last week ˒ What will be done this week/next week ˒ Action Items ˒ Update on Timeline ˒ Update on Budget ˒ Blockers & Risks
  3. No.

  4. Some common practices How do you collaborate? ˒ Face-to-face communication/events

    ✦ Sharing ideas: brainstorming, sketching, impromptu meetings ˒ Shared to-do lists ˒ Real-time communication ˒ Being “open”
  5. Set Task Priorities ˒ Highest Priority: Must be done today

    ˒ Medium Priority: You’d like to get it done today, but it can wait until tomorrow ˒ Low Priority: It can be done tomorrow or even the next day