The Computer Course #4: Process, Roles and Responsibilities for a Website Project

For a brief introduction to this blog series, start here.


This past week my 11-year-old son got some hands-on experience in the real life work of a web development shop. First, I had him make some content updates on one of our favorite clients’ website. Later, he sat in with us and our design partner on a conference call with a new client.

In between, it was time for our weekly Computer Course lecture. This time it was all about process, roles and responsibilities on a website project.

The content for this lecture came directly from materials we have posted on our company website, so rather than repeating myself, you can read them here:

Roles and Responsibilities
Who does what on a website project, and how are their roles related? This essay answers those questions and (hopefully) more.

Process
Once you know who does what on the website project, how does everyone go about their tasks? This essay explores the various, overlapping steps in the process.

A new achievement in viral marketing

A former coworker just tipped me off to this. You may have seen trailers for Tropic Thunder, the new… ermph… war comedy starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. (as Kirk Lazarus).

Well… it’s clear that building up the online presence of this non-existent personality is one of the film’s more interesting marketing tactics. And it’s extended to creating websites for other films he’s acted in, which of course don’t exist. The one my friend brought to my attention is called Satan’s Alley. Although it doesn’t exist, a Google search reveals another connection: it’s the title of the Broadway show John Travolta’s character Tony Manero stars in in Staying Alive, the 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever.