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Webucator's Free Managing Web Design Projects Tutorial

Lesson: Analysis

Welcome to our free Managing Web Design Projects tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Managing Web Design Projects course.

Project analysis is helpful for future projects so you may better estimate the completion dates. Activities that have been assigned to personnel may also be analyzed for efficiency.

Lesson Goals

  • To test a site.
  • To look back and analyze a project.
  • To document the activity for future use.

Post Project Tasks

Testing

Once a project has been completed, there are always opportunities to enhance the design and functionality. Tools are available that will make the process of testing various site changes easy and convenient.

Google Analytics: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1745210

Adobe Test & Target: http://www.adobe.com/products/testandtarget.html?promoid=JRSLZ

Optimizely (A/B Testing): https://www.optimizely.com/

Looking Back

Reports to View and Lessons to Learn

Looking back on a project will allow you to analyze the process, missed opportunities, and successes. Even if a few things did not go your way, by breaking down the process, you may set better expectations for the next project.Updated Project Plan

Updating the Project Plan with actual values helps to maintain a more realistic future plan.

Demo: Update a Project Plan

  1. Open the project plan analysis/Demos/LovelyLacePlanWphases.mpp.
  2. Select Task #6 Design Research.
  3. Using Task> Schedule > Mark on Track > Update Tasks, establish that the task took a bit longer that we had estimated.Update Tasks Section of Project Plan
  4. Update the form to show 100% complete, 5 day duration, and an actual start date of 4/26/2013 with a finish date of 5/2/2013. Click OK.Update Tasks Dialog Box
  5. Select the rest of the tasks and mark them complete as scheduled. Use the 100% icon ( Task> Schedule > 100% Complete).
  6. Save and close the project file.

Documentation

Keeping Good Records

Every project will need an update or a tweak in the future. One way to be prepared is to keep good records after the fact. When a client calls and asks for an update, you will then have everything you need when you need it.

Everyone will have a preference of how to keep records and there is truly no right or wrong way. I choose to keep a folder on a secure server that houses the original designs, project plans, and functionality files. Paper records are fine for some information; however, electronic versions of the records are searchable in most cases. Make sure to keep a backup of all files in case of a server failure.

Marking a Project Plan Complete and Storing the Original Files

Duration: 15 to 25 minutes.

In this exercise, you will mark the project plan complete and store copies of the original files that would be needed to update or alter the design and functionality.

  1. Open the project plan analysis/Exercises/ProjectPlan_ABC.mpp, mark all items as complete as planned with the exception of the task #6 which took 5 days.
  2. Make a folder in the analysis/Solutions/ folder to house all of your original .PSD art files as well as copies of the .CSS and .HTML files used to build the design..

Solution:

  1. Open the project plan analysis/Exercises/ProjectPlan_ABC.mpp.
  2. Select Task #6 Design Research.
  3. Using the Task> Schedule > Mark on Track > Update Tasks.Update Tasks Section
  4. Update the form to show 100% complete, 5 day duration, and an actual start date of 4/30/2013 with a finish date of 5/6/2013. Click OK.Update Tasks Dialog Box
  5. Select the rest of the tasks and mark them complete as scheduled. Use the 100% icon ( Task> Schedule > 100% Complete).Task Schedule 100 Percent Complete
  6. Save and close the project file.
  7. Make a folder in the analysis/Solutions/ to house all of your original .PSD art files as well as copies of the .CSS and .HTML files used to build the design.Folder Creation