Don’t Do Anything Without A Statement of Work

Your Statement of Work should contain a line-by-line itemization of all tasks that are outside the native functionality of WordPress, without using plugins. By thoroughly documenting the features and functionality of your site up front and getting this signed off by the client, expectations will be set at a level that will bring easy success to the project and avoid simple miscommunications. When defining this before you start working, you are helping to facilitate an open and pleasant working relationship with your client while avoiding possible scope creep, and outlining who is responsible for what and by when. This session will walk you through the steps you should take when starting a new project to protect yourself using good documentation practices, while meeting the requirements set by your client.

Below are the slides for my WordCamp Boston presentation, “Don’t Do Anything Without A Statement Of Work”.


 

Don’t Do Anything Without a Statement of Work

Your Statement of Work should contain a line-by-line itemization of all tasks that are outside the native functionality of WordPress, without using plugins. By thoroughly documenting the features and functionality of your site up front and getting this signed off by the client, expectations will be set at a level that will bring easy success to the project and avoid simple miscommunications. When defining this before you start working, you are helping to facilitate an open and pleasant working relationship with your client while avoiding possible scope creep, and outlining who is responsible for what and by when. This session will walk you through the steps you should take when starting a new project to protect yourself using good documentation practices, while meeting the requirements set by your client.


 

Designing for WordPress Workshop

When designing for WordPress, it is important to keep the needs of your target audience in mind with predetermined goals that are specific and measurable. In this session, I will talk about the principles of good web design for the broadest audience possible. I will show you how to use general composition, positive and negative space, scale, proportion and the use of color to convey a feeling, as well as resources for finding media that complies with licensing terms. I will also go over several sites and point out good and “can be improved upon” designs.


 

Designing For WordPress Workshop

When designing for WordPress, it is important to keep the needs of your target audience in mind with predetermined goals that are specific and measurable. In this session, I will talk about the principles of good web design for the broadest audience possible. I will show you how to use general composition, scale, proportion and the use of color and fonts to convey a feeling, as well as resources for finding media that complies with licensing terms.

The slides for my “Designing for WordPress” Workshop that I am giving today at Boston WordCamp may be found below: