Despite economic trends, small businesses are growing, and new web design agencies are appearing in every corner of the world. These are new international companies comprised of few employees, but who still require project managers and project management tools to keep them growing. As with any new company, there will be a learning curve for the web designers, web developers, and project managers, as this article points out:
Learning how to create a successful website will take some time, and as the project manager you will want to be aware of how to do this before you even begin the development stages with your team. You don’t want to begin developing your site and then find yourself doing things that will place your site at the bottom of the ranking pyramid the entire time it is open.
It’s not just the small creative web design and development agencies that need to address project management. Larger companies, such as Paylocity, had to learn this one the hard way. Steve Sarowitz spent $1 million building software that was critically flawed, something he would find out until “day that saw the transformation of his company from a mere supplier of payroll services to one that sells its own proprietary software.” Due to miscommunication and a lack of oversight and planning, disaster ensued:
As summer turned into fall, Sarowitz began to face the facts: He had made some bad calls by betting that programmers with limited Web experience could create an advanced Web-based program. He knew, too, that he had been wrong to assume he was skilled enough to oversee a full-scale software development project while running the rest of the business.
Regardless of whether you are a small web design agency putting your first foot forward or a large development company on the cusp of launching your own proprietary software, project management is crucial. All that project management encompasses &mash; collaboration, communication, accountability and workflow — are necessary components for ensuring the success and longevity of a company.