Managing the scope of Drupal project.
The real secret to controlling budget is actually controlling scope.
And it's one of the most important aspects of your Drupal web development project is to manage the scope.
What is scope?
The scope is just the piece that you carve out to do
Contrary to popular belief, the scope is not everything that you want on your project.
Scope actually can be project related, product related or timeline related. So scope creep happens when a lot of requests come through that are just on the edge of a project that already has a schedule and budget for web development stage.
One of the best ways to guard against scope creep is to be pretty clear on your goals at the very beginning of the project.
A good way to do that is to do some user testing, market research for stakeholders surveys to help keep the scope in check.
You'll want to have somebody on your team keeping an eye on the high-level goals so if stakeholders bring new items bring new items to the table.
That person would be able to manage the value versus the time needed to be added to the project
Another idea is to prototype pages where you're a little bit unsure of how the workflow is going to work.
Sometimes scope can be a never ending list
Just when you cross something off, something else goes on the list at the bottom A good way to manage a list like that is to keep the 80/20 rule in mind. A lot of the time eighty percent of your value comes from just twenty percent of the features. Sometimes it's important to not reinvent the wheel. Look at similar organizations.
See what they are doing. Look at sites with similar user interfaces. See what they look like.
Sometimes it's easier to think about a website project as a garden, not as a house. You're going to be going in every season and making changes pulling out that doesn't work and adding things that better new.
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