It can be tempting to throw out process when your client’s timeline is in the past tense, your employer doesn’t prioritize work properly, or the project is otherwise crunched. Always remember though that your process will save you time, keep your customers happy, and result in a higher-quality website (not to mention happier visitors). Instead of skipping vital phases of your process, look for shortcuts that can save time or money without sacrificing quality.
Planning: Scope, Discover, Define
The planning phase is particularly important, and the most tempting to let slide. While you may not be able to do in-depth interviewing of users or extensive surveying, you can and should still pay close attention to the goals and intent of the project, as well as the website’s audience.
Designing: Site Maps, Wireframes, Content, and Visual Elements
The design phase can be shortened in similar ways to the earlier phases.
Testing and Launching
These last phases are not the place to take shortcuts. Thoroughly test the functional, technical and aesthetic elements of your site no matter how off track or limited your project plan. The same goes for launching the site. If no one knows about the site, or it crashes the first day, it’s effectively useless to visitors and stakeholders alike. Luckily maintenance will likely fall under a different project or contract, so you don’t need to worry about that phase as much, but it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind how the site will be supported, expanded, and updated in earlier phases.Add paragraph text here.
Next time you are presented with a completely unrealistic timeline, instead of getting frustrated, get creative. Look for ways to save yourself from pulling your hair out without sacrificing the quality of your work.
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