How to Ensure Your Web Development Project is a Complete Failure
Session Type(s): Training
Starts: Friday, Jun. 8 10:30 AM
Ends: Friday, Jun. 8 11:45 AM
Set unrealistic deadlines! Don’t define your intended audience! Refuse to make decisions! Many of the ways you can mess up your new website or redesign are identical to the ways people fumble any endeavor. Other mistakes are unique responses to the age old demand—“Hey, overextended staffer! Create a cutting edge website for free, stat, with whatever the latest gizmo thingy I don’t understand is!” After years of working with a diverse range of organizations and campaigns we’re here to enthusiastically report on the classic mistakes even the best organizers and communicators make when overseeing major website development (or redevelopment). We’ll hold your sweaty, fearful hand as we walk you through the entire life cycle of website development, ensuring that the end result is as expensive and ineffective as possible.
Cheryl Contee, Co-Founder & Partner at Fission Strategy and Attentive.ly, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011. She is proud to serve as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Netroots Nation.
Aaron Welch is a partner and CEO of Advomatic, a full service web development firm that builds high performance websites for good causes using the Drupal content management system. Advomatic is a pioneer of open source technology development for non-profits, advocacy organizations and the progressive movement and has worked with a wide variety of awesome clients including the ACLU, GLAAD, Center for Media and Democracy, Rutgers University, Sony Music, The New York State Senate, the NRDC and the TckTckTck campaign. Prior to founding Advomatic, Aaron worked as web developer for Dean for America’s Iowa web team, and was an active contributor to Drupal itself. In his spare time he scuba dives and eats fire.