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Old 08-06-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Planning a Website

Hi All

I just thought I'd try and get a discussion going about how you all plan out your projects, and what tools you use to acheive a decent plan (and to what extent you plan beforehand)

The main reason I'm here I guess is because as I do more and more work I realise I need to get more organised, at the moment I just kind of make it up as I go along, jot some notes down in a word doc somewhere, do some real rough layout ideas (what go's where, what nav items I need)) in corel draw, then start throwing some visual type stuff together in ps.

This has worked ok up til now because the projects ahve been small but it wont take long for me to get in a right mess.

So... how do you all do it? and how anal do you get about details before you start actually building the site?
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:52 PM   #2
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You can use a project plan method.

Get a full project brief/plan which both parties agree on, you then within the project brief set stage boundaries which the client has to sign off.

For example

Stage 1 - Define and agree project brief and plan.
Stage 1.1 - Risk log
Stage 2 - Create concept design
Stage 3 - Amendments to concept
Stage 4 - Build prototype
Stage 5 - Amendments to prototype
Stage 6 - User Acceptance test
Stage 7 - Go Live
Stage 8 - Feedback lessons learnt.

Obviously not every client will like this approach but you can work to this method if you have a set structure behind the scenes you should not get in a mess.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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thank you.

ok, so stage 1 then, how would you go about presenting that to the client? what form would it take and what applications would you use to create it? Would you do some sort of presentation or...?
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