The Glue: How to Stick a Drupal Project - San Francisco Drupal Users group

How can you help your team or your client leverage Drupal’s baked-in strengths and avoid its weaknesses so that your project excels? How can you communicate technical Drupal concepts to non-technical clients while relating client needs to developers in more technical terms?

This presentation will explain the unique considerations that go into planning a Drupal website and discuss how a project manager can successfully guide a Drupal project from inception to launch. It will touch on important Drupal-centric concepts that should be emphasized during planning, design and development, as well as effective content-entry training and launch protocol.

 

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  • Steve C.

    Susan, I was wondering if you would have a sample workplan with Drupal development tasks outlined that you could share? I am very interested to see how you break up tasks in Definition and Development phases based on Development tasks (i.e. content types, taxonomy).

    February 12, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Here's an example of a project schedule that breaks out the different phases of development: http://www.chapterthr...­

      February 12, 2013

    • Steve C.

      Susan, thank you so much. This really helps.

      February 12, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Thanks to everyone who came out last night! I'll try to post some notes from my presentation here soon.

    February 12, 2013

    • Mary

      Thanks for the slides. The talk gave us good ideas to bring back and reinforced some of what has been working for us.

      February 12, 2013

    • Warren V.

      A goldmine in a slideshow, thanks, this would make an ideal Drupal module ;-). much like the Drupal SEO Module used to be.

      February 12, 2013

  • cary n.

    Good discussion. Hope you post your slides somewhere for reference! Thanks!

    February 12, 2013

  • Warren V.

    Would love to have someplace to find the resources shown on the screen, my note taking ability was seriously lacking.

    February 11, 2013

  • Ricki-Ellen B.

    Our client needs reassurance that the live site can be quickly and easily restored, in case of failure due to developer error -- can the procedure for doing a site restore be covered?

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep!

      February 11, 2013

    • Keith B.

      Another scheme we've used is launching the whole replacement site on a separate instance, then map the load balancer to the new instance(s). If there's a failure, we just remap it back to the working site. This assumes access to multiple instances or servers. In the case of a single server, I've set up a full duplicate of the production system, hacked it, tested it, etc... then just point the apache server to the new directory when all is working well. This can be a 1 second swap of two directory names:
      mv oldDrupal hold; mv newDrupal oldDrupal;

      February 12, 2013

  • Henry S.

    Would be interested in a discussion of software tools for PM as well.

    1 · February 8, 2013

    • Jayson J.

      Yes! And other people in my group would be too.

      February 11, 2013

    • Susan M.

      I'll offer some suggestions based on my own experience and then open this up to the group to share your thoughts. I know there are a lot of options out there, but I don't think there is one that stands out as vastly superior to the others.

      February 11, 2013

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