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Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are

Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing.
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You always know you are in troulbe when your boss tells you that  missing an aribitrary deadline not based on task estimates but on politics is - "not an option."

 

I'm not against the Natonal Health Care System and I am against the Tea Party holding our country hostage because of it, but I am interested in the issues related to the Website and its launch. This article presents an interesting take on why the site is having such problems. I susepct the author is not in favor of the law, so I am viewing this with a bit of skeptism. Still, the information does offer a plausible explanation for some of the issues involved the site functionality problems.

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Get Analysing with Pinterest Web Analytics - Lets Nurture

Get Analysing with Pinterest Web Analytics - Lets Nurture | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Heard about Pinterest Web Analytics? No? Read here how you can find pinterest stats about your website right here.
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If you are using Pinterest as part of your online marketing strategy, you will be interested in Pinterest Web Analytics.

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6 Major Google Changes Reveal the Future of SEO

6 Major Google Changes Reveal the Future of SEO | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
PageRank and keyword obsession is fading away. Google is now pushing you to focus on understanding your target users, producing great content, establishing your authority and visibility, and providing a great experience for the users of your site.
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Nice article examining changes Google has made recently and the impact on SEO results and strategy.

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Tips for Project Management in Volunteer Organizations

Tips for Project Management in Volunteer Organizations | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough to motivate team members when you pay them. But project management for an all-volunteer organization has its own unique challenges.
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I believe in paying forward. If you do to then you will want to read this article on volunteering to project manage a volunteer Web team. My vote for most difficult team to manage is a church volunteer team.

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Making each project a success is before all a matter of organization - JulienRio.com

Making each project a success is before all a matter of organization - JulienRio.com | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Have you ever found yourself diving into a project even before having thought it through? Project management implies having a clear overview of the requirements and goals before starting any action.
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I know you just launched your own design firm and you can't wait to tackle your first project, but take a deep breath and read this article. Then sit down and do the planning, so you get to tackle a second project.

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SensiblePM 008 - What Project Management Means to Me | Sensible Project Manager

SensiblePM 008 - What Project Management Means to Me | Sensible Project Manager | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Three participants of the first #PMFlashBlog share their blog posts about “What Project Management Means to Me”.
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These #PMFlashBlogs are fascinating. You can't go through these in just a few minutes, but you can do one within a few minutes. They are unique and worth the read.

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Being an Agile Coach - Dealing with Conflict | Agile ScoutAgile Scout

Being an Agile Coach - Dealing with Conflict | Agile ScoutAgile Scout | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
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Whether you are an Scrum Master or Sequential Web Project Manager, dealing with conflict is the name of the game. The author is right - some of the most creative solutions have their roots in conflict that was channeled effectively. Want to learn more about how to do this? Read, "Conversational Capacity." This should be required of every member of an Agile team.

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PMstudy – Managing the change with technology enabled learning

(PRWEB) September 26, 2013 The change has been significant in the new edition.
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Information on the Live Vertual classes being offered by the PMI. Looks interesting. Looks expensive. If you are interested, this article provides good information.

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Rankings of Best Website Design Firms in South Africa Disclosed by south-africa.bestwebdesignagencies.com for September 2013

Rankings of Best Website Design Firms in South Africa Disclosed by south-africa.bestwebdesignagencies.com for September 2013 | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
(PRWEB) September 25, 2013 -- Ten Top Web Design Firms in South Africa Promoted by south-africa.bestwebdesignagencies.com for the Month of September 2013
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It has been interesting to watch the development of the Web design industry in South Africa. Congratulations to the firms that made this list.

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How to Work with PMs

How to Work with PMs | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Once, a long time ago, I was a product manager. Then, I was an engineer. For the past seven years, I’ve been in design. …
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I highly recommend this article both for designers who view Web PMs in a negative light and Web PMs who feel their designers don't respect them. Viewing the team as a collaborative team with the Web PM assigned the role of supporting the team with what they need to be successful. not the one who tells everyone what to do, is the key to this collaboration. There is a great book, "Conversational Capacity," that should be required reading for every Web team. Communication among members is key as is a desire to be partners in achieving the project goals.

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Great design-project comments.

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Project management : visualize your timeline with XMind fishbone

Project management : visualize your timeline with XMind fishbone | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
How to visualize the different stages of your project?  How to draw a clear and efficient timeline? Answer: with XMind ! And by using a very peculiar structure : the fishbone, also known as "Ishika...
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Interesting illustration of using XMind to create a project timeline. Might give you some ideas for your next project plan.

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Five Key Considerations for Successful Project Management – Operational Excellence

Five Key Considerations for Successful Project Management – Operational Excellence | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
At the outset, I would like to thank Suchitra for providing me an opportunity to write in her popular blog! Who is a Project Manager?  A simple answer would be: Any person who has a team and is exp...
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Good article, especially #4 and #5. These two points will go a long way in keeping the new Web Project Manager out of trouble.

 

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25 Popular Website Concept Redesigns | UI Deploy

25 Popular Website Concept Redesigns. Please read the article 25 Popular Website Concept Redesigns for more on UI Deploy
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Need inspiration? Want to decompress? Take a break this weekend and look at this redesign list.

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The Obamacare Website Didn't Have to Fail. How to Do Better Next Time

The Obamacare Website Didn't Have to Fail. How to Do Better Next Time | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Open development for all taxpayer-funded software projects would help prevent the kinds of problems plaguing the Obamacare website
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I'm doing research for a webinar I'm giving for HigherEd Experts so expect a number of articles on the launch issues connected to the Affordable Care Act website today.

 

This article explains how Healthcare.gov works.

 

And suggests why it doesn't work well.

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4 old black hat SEO tricks to avoid

4 old black hat SEO tricks to avoid | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Black hat SEO refers to all those dodgy tactics you can employ to get better search rankings. As Google's algorithm gets more and more sophisticated, it's becoming harder to game the system. Here are 4 old tricks that are best avoided these days.
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For those who have been at this for a while, these tricks are all well known, but if you are a new freelancer, make sure you don't make these blunders and hurt your clients, to say nothing of your own reputation.

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xkcd: Is It Worth the Time?

xkcd: Is It Worth the Time? | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
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Great image offered up as part of #pmchat today. Don't know #pmchat? It is a great resource for Web PMs that occurs every Friday at noon EST although people attend from around the Web. I highly recommend it.

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Create The Best Website Design By Using These Tips

Create The Best Website Design By Using These Tips | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Many people desire to get really good at website creation, or even dream of doing it as a career. However, most do not take the appropriate time to learn the
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New to web design and web project management? Just started your own firm? This is the article for you. Been at it a while? You can skip this one.

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Digital revolution: Six trends for the media industry

The digital revolution has shaken the publishing industry. Six trends, however, highlight new opportunities as well. The explosion in devices, apps, social medi
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This slide show, while originally posted in April, provides an interesting look at Internet media usage verses traditional channels such as television. There are also some interesting stats from reports that might not be affordable for a small company, but would be useful in one of your presentations!

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Ten Benefits of Project Management

Ten Benefits of Project Management | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Project Management has many benefits for individuals, organisations and customers. In this list we focus on just ten of these.
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I just returned from the Digital Project Management Summit in Philadelphia and was asked by several attendees, "how can I get my organization to understand the benefit of having a Web Project Manager." This article lists 10 important benefits that are as equally relevant to Web PMs as to any PM.

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Most Popular Personal Project Management Tool: Evernote

Most Popular Personal Project Management Tool: Evernote | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Managing a pet project or a job with multiple moving parts requires more than a checklist. Earlier in the week, we asked you for the best tools for the job, then we highlighted the five best personal project management tools in our Hive Five.
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Great little article on Project Management Tool. I've long been a fan of Evernote (although I use Scrivener much more frequently now. Evernote still wins for info that must be synched across devices.) 

 

Of the personal project management tools listed, Evernote would get my vote over Asana and Trello, though they are fine for Web projects.

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Book Review: Improving Your Project Management Skills by Larry Richman: Enriching Project Management Skills - Quality Assurance and Project Management

Book Review: Improving Your Project Management Skills by Larry Richman: Enriching Project Management Skills - Quality Assurance and Project Management | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Improving Your Project Management Skills by Larry Richman is a really enriching book for all aspirant and established project managers hungry for getting mastered in enhancement of their skill for managing projects.
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Web PMs get so few books devoted to their profession we have to look for ideas in general PM books and that isn't a bad thing. If you want to be the best Web PM you can be you want to always be looking for ideas. PM books are a great source of solutions you haven't thought about before. Why reinvent the wheel? Learn from those who have gone before.

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Measure twice, cut once

Measure twice, cut once | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
When Blogger turned ten years old in 2009, only seven websites in the world received more traffic. Its combination of fr…
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Good article on how to recognize when your site needs to go in a new direction and how to determine the best way to implement the change. Shutting down ftp for blogger users wasn't popular, but it was the right decision.

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Teambox - 7 Top Project Management Books and Resources

Teambox - 7 Top Project Management Books and Resources | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Teambox - your project management partner. Check out some of the top project management books and resources for your team.
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Web Project Managers can learn a lot from Project Management books, even though books specifically for managing Web projects tend to be more attuned to the Web PMs needs. Still, if you are always looking for ideas, then there is a broader PM literature than there is for the Web PM. A decent list and it never hurts to be aware of what books are out there.

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10 Tips for Project Managers to Work With Non-Native Speakers

10 Tips for Project Managers to Work With Non-Native Speakers | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
Is That Language is Your Problem at Office? Having worked in various project management roles from last 7 years, I have done a great deal of time working on
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Working with non-native speakers, especially in a geographically dispersed team is very challenging. The tips offered here are worth reviewing.

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Yes, Project Management Skills Trump Tech Skills - Dice News

Yes, Project Management Skills Trump Tech Skills - Dice News | Web Project Management | Scoop.it
How do we get across the message that PM skills are more important than technical skills? We're glad you asked.
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I highly recommend this article for anyone thinking of hiring a Web Project Manager. Most Web Project Managers start out as technical people: designers or programmers, user interface designers or content writer. This article discusses firms that want the Web PM to act as a backup if someone is sick, I've been in interviews where companies design the position to be part-time Web Project Manager/part-time Content Writer or programmer in a misguided effort at saving money. This approach is doomed to failure because projects will inevitable run into miscommunictions, cost overruns and miss deadlines. This hurts the organization's reputation and gravely damages trust between stakeholders and the Web team.

 

Why is this dual approach so ill conceived?

The primary job of the Web Project Manager is to ensure communications between team members, stakeholders and upper management. Any of the technical positions require concentrated work periods. You cannot succeed in a creative position if you are continually interrupted. A Web Project Manager's job by definition is one in which you are seeking information and relaying information. Think of all the audiences the Web PM deals with: vendors, finance, people throughout the company, meetings with VPs or Directors, Marketing staff, Sales staff and the list goes on and on.

 

Small firms have no choice, but fulltime Web PMs is smart business for others

If you are in a very small firm with five or less people or if you are a solo design company you can play both roles, but if you are in a situation where the team must handle more than one project at a time, the Web team will fail if their Web Project Manager is trying to code instead of doing their full-time and then some job.

 

Solution?

Don't agree to be a failure. Instead, hire team members who can back each other up. Content writers learn UX design. Many graphic designers know some programming. Hire at least one person who has had multiple roles over the years. Propose this as a solution in your interview and you'll get the job and lead your team to success.

 

 

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