Web Project Template Files: Project Definition and Start Up Authors: Sonia Kay, Econsultancy and other expert contributors Title: Project Schedule - Waterfall
About this Guide
Before you agree to any contract of work it is critical to be able to understand and demonstrate that the scope or requirements of a project can be met within the time and budget available. This is achieved in part through the project plan.
The project plan is also integral to the contract - it is one of the schedules to the sample contract included in this pack (see previous section 3.1)
The Project Plan template is provided in 4 different *formats which illustrate the main phases and interdependent tasks for a medium to large project. Using the template you can estimate the time required to complete each phase, refining and adapting your plan as the work is done. The template will also help you understand the interdependencies between tasks both within and across each phase of delivery. For smaller, less complex projects it would be better to strip out much of the detailed tasks and estimate time in terms of more high-level task groups.
*The MS Project one is most complete as it shows all the interdependencies etc. However, if you don’t have MSProject then the PDF will show graphically how the tasks link together and the HTML and Excel files list out the actual tasks.
Notes accompanying these files:
The project file was created to go with Ashley Friedlein's book “Web Project Management: Delivering Successful Commercial Web Sites” so the stages are broken down as per the method outlined in the book.
The project is for a large web project: 7 months long, budget of circa £500,000, core team of 5 + others, circa 20 page templates, with 500+ pages, using a medium-sized Content Management System (CMS) and/or e-commerce engine + basic personalisation
Resourcing and budget details are not given - the template focuses on tasks, dependencies and indicative timings
The project contains over 200 tasks concentrating on the Pre-Production and Production phases. The Evaluation phase is not detailed and the Maintenance phase detailed is only a basic example
The macros in the file are harmless as far as we can be sure - disable them when opening the file if you wish