How to Assemble a Web Design Team Based on the A-Team

| March 10th, 2008 | ,

How to Assemble a Web Design Team Based on the A-Team
To create a successful web designing company, creating and developing web sites, you are going to need a specialized and diverse team who share common goals of doing quality work. The A-Team, although stuck in the 80s, is a perfect example for building a web development team. Their skills complemented one another perfectly, and they knew how to get things done. Here are four personalities that any web team should have, based on the A-Team.

Col. John “Hannibal” Smith | Project Manager
Col. John “Hannibal” Smith | Project Manager
The A-Team would not have been without Hannibal and his tactical skills. You need a project manager to plan and plot a course for your team, sometimes in the heat of client frustration. You need a master of disguises who can interact with clients on different levels. You need a leader like Hannibal, someone who “loves it when a plan comes together.” The cigar is optional.

Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck | Designer
Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck | Designer
Face was smooth and suave, able to make himself and the A-Team look good on many fronts. A designer with the confidence of Face is essential to give your team credibility and success on a visual level. Designers, like the Face, tend to round out their skills with expensive clothes and hip accessories.

Sgt. Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus | Developer
Sgt. Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus | Developer
B.A. Baracus was a highly-skilled mechanic, able to fix or build anything with “a pair of pliers and a little time.” Developers tend to have quirks similar to B.A.; interesting taste in fashion, dedicated drink, and a desire to stay grounded. Web sites are becoming more complex. Your team needs a qualified developer, a strongman and mechanic, to fix all sorts of code-related issues, from AJAX cross-browser conundrums to server-side code errors.

Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock | Walking Encyclopedia
Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock | Walking Encyclopedia
Murdock is an expert pilot who can fly anything with rotors or wings. Although he appears to be insane, and interned in a psychiatric hospital, he is a thoroughly competent member of the team. It is a good idea, though not necessary, to have someone on your team like Murdock who knows a lot about everything. You will be thankful you have him when you need to write a complex regular expression or have a question about converting dollars to yen for an ecommerce site.

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14 Responses to “How to Assemble a Web Design Team Based on the A-Team”

  1. Ben says:

    Very Funny.

  2. Dustin Brewer says:

    Fantastic, crazy analogy but it actually works well. Don’t forget on the MR T developer business, you need a strongman to *coerce* IE6 to play ball.

  3. Jack says:

    Very true on a lot of levels, it’s very difficult to do all of these tasks at once too, you end up just as Howlin’ Mad!

  4. James G. Leventhal says:

    this is great! lessons for life, esp. as I study Strategy and Team Building for my MBA. Will have to bring this up. well done.

  5. Lukas says:

    People like Murdock are also useful because they often come up with solution nobody else would have thought of.

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