Project Management

Murky Waters: Navigating Projects with Multiple Stakeholders or Vendors

Speaker
Kelly Dassing

A new project comes in, you’re excited to hit the ground running, the kickoff meeting is here, and then—you discover you’re facing two (or more!) stakeholders with diametrically opposed priorities.

You start supporting a new client, the development team gets their local environments set up, and progress is being made. Just when you think you’re in the clear, you find out there’s another vendor “behind the scenes” whose work sometimes conflicts with yours.

DevSecOps: Diving In to Drupal Security

Speaker
Will Chatham

This session will cover key Drupal security concepts, from administering a website to developing modules, to how security matters in your hosting environment. Based on the OWASP Top 10 and other best-practices in security, we will look at the major risks and threats everyone should be aware of in order to stay secure and prevent disaster from striking your carefully crafted project(s).

We will dive into the processes and tools you have at your disposal to help harden your website against attackers, and how to build with security from the ground up.

The Content Development Bottleneck: Don’t Let Content Slow Down Your Development Projects

Speaker
Justin Belleme

Website development companies have long struggled with the challenge of getting website content from clients in a timely manner. This causes a variety of problems for web development and programming companies including mismatched expectations, extended project timelines, excessive client communication, delayed project payment timelines, and in some cases unhappy clients. In some cases this can also lead to websites that are ineffective because although the design is functional, the content fails to compel the site visitor to take.

Agile Design

Speaker
Kelly Albrecht

For teams familiar with traditional project phases, a common question when considering using an agile methodology is: Where does the creative team and its phases fit into an agile process?

When "you never get a second chance to make a first impression," how do you design iteratively and "fail fast"?

Designers instinctively understand the importance of the initial encounter, uniquely rife with potential, between their work and the affected viewer.

Everyday Agile

Speaker
Justin Rhodes

This session is for beginners jumping into Agile Project Management or small businesses who are looking to make the switch towards Agile practices within their agencies.

Using real-life situations, I will demonstrate how Agile is currently a part of every day life that we witness as well as how I apply Agile methods and concepts to optimize my personal life.

I will be discussing and comparing Agile Project Management in regards to:

Idiot-proofing Drupal

Speaker
Luke Withrow

UNC Asheville recently completed a 2-year project to design, develop, and implement 2 new Drupal themes for our 100+ websites. One theme was externally facing, the other an administrative theme.

This talk will discuss the challenges of having hundreds of users (of various skill levels) editing your site. How do you ensure consistency? Good content? Proper formatting? Accessible content? How do you train everyone? Where do you find the balance between giving editors a flexible toolset, while preventing them from going off the rails?