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WordCamp Chicago 2014 Becky Davis @beckyddesign
Designer/Dev from Chicago
1st WordPress site in 2009
1st WordCamp – Chicago 2010
1st WordCamp site design – Chicago 2011
Number of WordPress custom themes built – 40+
Solopreneur, partner with a lot of great people
WHO IS THE PROJECT MANAGER?
Smaller project – the designer/developer
A designated person
Any team member
Needs to understand:
How sites go together
Who the players are
What they do and don’t understand
What it will take to get done
PROJECT MANAGER SKILLS
Let ideas flow first, problem solve second
If it wasn’t documented, did it really happen?
• =less aggravation
WHAT DOES A PROJECT MANAGER DO?
Outlines project and steps needed
Sets the timeline/deadlines
Creates the agenda for any meeting/call
Gets the right people involved in the
Coordinate people with different talents
Doesn’t need to be part of every
discussion, but does need to know the
Keeps things on track
POINT OF VIEW
Most people in the project
will not “get” what the
other person is doing
Everyone has their own
Individual discovery 1st
before group meeting
Editors(s) – Know the subject matter –
not the tech, actively involved. Will have
strong opinions, not necessarily understand
Owner(s) – Must have buy-in, final decision maker,
may or may not be actively involved. Must get them
involved EARLY at key points.
The office staff – Know the subject
matter – not the tech, not actively involved.
Actually have to use the site.
Designer – Hopefully know the tech,
IA/UX – Hopefully know the tech, actively
involved. Probably doesn’t know WordPress.
Developer – Listen to all above.
Make the magic happen.
KEEPING IT ALL ON TRACK
Would that it were all this simple…
Email folders, calendars – whatever
works for you and client
Keep the conversation and assets in on central place.
Take the time to train the client on proper usage and
It’s all politics baby
Analyze what went wrong