Improving Chances For Web Design Project Success

Recently I did a post about the key reasons why projects fail.

Since then, I’ve had a lot of people asking me what they can do to improve their chances of success.

It starts with understanding what you want from your software, getting the right team who can bring your vision to life, and clearly defining your deadlines, outcomes and budgets.

Then throughout the project make sure to be constantly communicating with your development team and gain a good understanding of the project lifecycle.

Beyond this, both parties need to agree on having clear documentation for deploying changes and maintain version control of code to decrease the likelihood of bugs.

Over the years I’ve worked on a lot of projects as more of a “project rescue” role because developers haven’t done the right scoping from the start.

That’s why having a product discovery workshop is crucial to getting the overall brief and outcome right.

Being included in your development team’s project management tool and having weekly zoom catch-ups will also really help you keep up to date with progress.

So if you’re currently working with a development team, find out what they’re doing around their communications.

That way everyone can make sure they’re on the same page

Video Transcript:

Hey guys, James Little here in this video, I’m gonna be talking about how to increase the chances of project success on your web dev project. So what we found, there’s a series of things that if you follow these, you’re gonna have a much higher chance of your project being delivered on time and on budget. And so I’ll just jump straight in what we found. The first thing is really understanding what it is you want your software to be like at the end of the development cycle, whether that is a series of sprints, whether it’s a very fixed scope and clearly defined product, or if it’s simply an MVP initial build, if you have a clear understanding of what that’s supposed to be, the looking like, then you won’t be disappointed. You’ll have a clear ability to communicate it to the developers and they’ll have a much better chance of being able to deliver what you actually want.

The next thing really is having a team in place, obviously. So you need to have a team in place that is capable, that has experience and able to deliver on the vision that you have have in mind for your app. The next thing really is understanding what development cycle you’re going to be using, what sort of software development methodology you’ll be using. So it could be, if you have a very fixed and rigid project, you could use something like a waterfall approach where it’s, it’s a bit it, less flexible. But on the other hand, if you are working with something that is a bit more iterative where you’ll take feedback and understand a bit more about the market before committing to more development work, then something like agile would be more appropriate. The next thing really is once you’ve worked that out is to establish clear communications between the devs and the client. So if you can establish channels, whether it’s daily, standup calls or simply weekly presentations of the sprint. So you can see where things are at, see if you need a course, correct. Then those are really gonna increase the chances of success. So you can deliver things on time and on budget. So let me know down below what your thoughts are, if you’ve had any experience with this, and thank you for watching, I’ll see you on the next one. All.

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