WEB105 » Defining the Project 2
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Defining the project is a step that most young web designers don’t realize they need to do. If you do not clearly define your project, you are doomed to fail.
A) Discovery (cont’d)
Discovery is the sub-phase where you begin to understanding the client, the project and needs of the users.
The Maintenance Survey
Once a site is built it will still need to be updated as new information and content becomes available:
The Maintenance Survey will cover issues such as:
- What areas of the redesigned site will be updated—news, products, etc.
- Who is the maintenance team and what are their individual responsibilities
- How often will new sections or areas be added to the site
The Technical Specifications
You will need to address what technological requirements will be involved. However, It is not uncommon for the Client to want all of the bells and whistles without understanding the cost:
The Technical Specifications will help clarify issues such as:
- What “latest and greatest” will your project require—CMS, Flash, etc.
- Analyzing both front and back-end technology
Because the client may often have unrealistic expectations, it is the project manager’s responsibility to make sure the client understands how each choice and decision affects the overall scope and cost of the project.