Great article about project management. I particularly liked the bit about striking a balance between the science (what you should do) and art (what you need to do) of project management. Meri Williams nails very concisely and eloquently a lot of the things I’ve never manged to express.
Another favourite bit:
If you’ve ever tried to just send a site live and then held out your hand for the check, you’ll have experienced what I term the “undead stakeholder” phenomenon: people who had a stake in the project returning again and again with more requests or improvements or even just support queries.
I’ve used the term ‘Zombie Projects’ to describe the same thing.
Essential reading for anyone who manages web projects in any way shape or form.
350 smart blogger types in a room watching some of the best (and most random) presentations I’ve ever seen. Whatever I say or show, someone else is going to do it better. Best places to look for more would be: Russell’s Interesting Category and The Interesting2007 Wiki.
Too many highlights to mention. A really great day out that must be repeated. Although not too often or my brain will fill up and start leaking goo. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.
Only downside was that I didn’t get to chat to everyone I wanted to. There were so many people I said ‘I’ll catch up with you later’ and didn’t. Or waved to and didn’t get a chance to properly talk to. I felt we couldn’t go for drinks later, but the train home to Brighton was calling…
Inside the brain of a rail company…
Right, there’s this massive cycle ride from London to Brighton, we’ve known about it for ages, it happens every year. What should we do about it?
Hmmm… Loads of cyclists are going to ride a long way from one place to another. When they get there they’ll be really tired and won’t really want to cycle back. Shall we put a special trains to support them in their charitable cause? Perhaps we could try and create some goodwill from cycllists, who by their very nature have made a lifestyle choice that shows they’re not alpha-motorists.
We could still charge them for it so we wouldn’t lose money.
Nah, sod it. Let’s not bother. Let’s just ban them all from the rail network. That’ll make our lives easier. They can get someone to come and pick them up in the car.
Trains should be so good. But they’re just not.
http://www.danieleatock.com/project/alarm-dance-3/ is my favourite, but make sure you watch them all.
And you ought to read the description here that made me giggle too.
In fact look at everything on Daniel Eatock’s site, it’s ruddy great.
He doesn’t sound very angry at all. And he had a problem with Quicktime, so I guess he can say that. I had a problem with Virgin Media and I think I sounded angry too then.
I guess my point is that when you’ve got a nice thing, with a nice tone of voice and character, a bit of angry sticks out like a sore thumb. But Jacko says their redesigning the page right now, so things might just change.
Anyway I’ve made up my mind that I love Vimeo now. The fact that Jacko stopped by and said hi. The fact that they’re redsigning the site all the time and making it better all the time. All those things are acts of a company I like. Nice one.