Daniel Frommelt (@Frommelt), University World Wide Web Coordinator from the University of Wisconsin, gave a sobering statistic in his presentation of Web Development Projects: people only retain 50% of what people say only an hour after a meeting. Two weeks later, they only remember 25%.
And he’s right, I don’t remember half of what he said. Rule Number One: DOCUMENT.
The biggest nugget I took from his presentation: always identify the following at the beginning of a project, and make sure there is agreement between all the parties involved.
- Stakeholders: Who is involved in the project and have input in the process?
- Requirements: What is the project intended to accomplish?
- Resources: What do we have to accomplish the project?
- Deliverables: What is the project team going to deliver?
- Schedule: What is the project timeline? What are the milestones?
- Risk: What are the consequences of not doing this project, what are the consequences of doing this project?