On October 4, 2014, Southern Web President Drew Barton spoke to a packed house at WordCamp Tampa.
The subject of his talk was on the 30 things that should be included with every site launch.
Here are the slides from the inaugural event:
Ask anyone in the Southern Web office and they’ll confirm, I’m not a morning person – especially not a Monday morning person. As the project manager here, however, I have a certain responsibility to be positive, encouraging and collaborative, as a colleague and as one of the most client-facing employees in our organization.
Every month or so our entire company comes together to voice concerns, brainstorm areas of improvement and work on teambuilding. In our most recent session we reviewed the results of our DISC assessments to better understand our communication skills, personality types and how they affect our interoffice relationships.
We once discussed the importance of play in the workplace and how it helps keep a positive culture among employees. It’s something we do at Southern Web, and it helps us all stay focused and connected; but when you work in a collaborative environment, more is needed to ensure the office and employees are happy.
Clients, their projects and their end goals range as widely as the Web design firms they consider hiring. When the service provider-client relationship begins, there are certain expectations put in place, one of these being that as the expert in your industry, you are obligated to provide advice and guidance as to best design and development practices.
As a boss, a client, an employee or a company providing products and services, the opportunities for miscommunication are endless. Between countless phone calls and emails, it’s inevitable that some small detail will get lost in translation, and often that small detail that will spark a tantrum, a fit of temper.
This past weekend, I traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the two-day WordCamp conference. I wanted to share some of the lessons learned — those “ah-ha moments” — that I gained from the conference.
There are few things more frustrating and avoidable than reaching the end of the design and development process only to see a partially-populated site sit in limbo for an extended period of time. There are many culprits contributing to project lag and the delayed launch of a site. One of the most common culprits is missing content.
One of the cornerstones of a successful small business is the cultivation of clear, open lines of communication. Oftentimes, job responsibilities will overlap; projects will range in size and scope; and employees will be required to collaborate in order to achieve the desired end goal. As small businesses grow, expand and shift focus, communication becomes more important than ever.
While each company and its clientele varies, there are a few key components to maintaining open communication in the workplace that businesses of any size can benefit from implementing.