Review WordCamp and Let's Talk Project Management

WordCamp Raleigh

We will discuss the upcoming WordCamp Raleigh on November 23/24 at the College Of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

We'll have a special guest, Steve Mortiboy of Semper Fi Web Design, who are the organizers of WordCamp Raleigh. Steve will be on hand to talk about WordCamp.

There is a $10 off coupon code for Wordpress Chapel Hill Members, WPMEETUP when you register online to attend.

Here is the website for registration.

The organizers of WordCamp Raleigh also operate Semper Fi Web Design in Durham and run the WordPress Raleigh Meetup. They are the creators of the All In One SEO Pack Plugin, which is the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress.

WordCamp's are super-WordPress Meetups that are 2-day workshops organized by the community. There are usually Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced tracks, which you can attend. Generally speaking, most WordCamp's are videotaped, so that if you can't attend, you can watch some of the sessions you might have missed on WordPress TV. However, not all sessions make it to the site.

In the past, I have presented at various WordCamp's in New York City and Raleigh. This year, I'll be doing a session on WordPress for Music Sites.

Project Management

While many of us love using WordPress for our sites and blogs, we often don't talk about project management. As the founder of Digital Strategy Works and someone who has worked in Product Development and Project Management since founding my first start-up, Netmix, in 1995, I have learned a lot about how to run a web development project.

There's the old way, which is known as "waterfall." What that means is that you spend months gathering every single requirement that you want to have for your website or blog, then launch a ship, which can sometimes be bloated with features that really weren't all the necessary. But, because everyone in the business had an idea, all those ideas were then funneled in a huge document. The site took a year or two to build. And, once you launched it, most of the features you spent years building were obsolete by the time you finished the project.

Today, we have a new method galled "agile," which focuses on a MVP or "minimum (minimal) viable product). This is where you build the bare bones of what you need for launch. Then, you advance your project over time using "scrum" or "kanban," which are two philosophies of how to identify the priorities and build just what you need now, then prioritize your new features and enhancements over time.

Some uneducated Business Owners hate on the agile process, because it doesn't give them everything they want NOW. But, that is shortsighted on the business owner's part, because not only does it take time to build everything, but you also have to support what you've built. Meaning that you have to provide tools for customer support to change user information or take care of other issues.

We'll talk about why it's important to manage your project with patience and perseverance, instead of responding out of fear that you don't have every feature or function you think you need to build your business or someone else's.

Steve Mortiboy, who head up Project Management for Semper Fi Web Design, will be on hand to talk shop about Project Management tools and techniques he uses when managing WordPress projects.

We're asking other WP Chapel Hill members if they want to present as well for this Meetup and expect to make more announcements soon.


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  • Carson S.

    This meetup lead me to attend wordcamp raleigh 2013. Thanks!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Thomas - The Danish D.

    Hello peoples, I'm installing wordPress on a server on my smart tv, using this

    November 17, 2013

  • Marianne Howell W.

    Thanks for a very informative meeting! There are so many things that only experience will teach us and I really appreciate your sharing your insights. Business is business and what you taught applies to my real estate business as well as the tech side of things. I hope I can go to word camp, depends on clients.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Anthony Z.

      Thanks, Marianne. We should do a WordPress for Real Estate Meetup! I have a friend in Raleigh who is doing stuff with Real Estate and WordPress. Would be a good topic.

      November 19, 2013

  • Anthony Z.

    Of course I'm going to rank myself with 5 stars, LOL. Thanks for coming out last night. Great meetup! Great group of people. I'm glad everyone got something out of it.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Thomas - The Danish D.

    The meeting was entertaining, lets see how it will be with Anthony in Equador, who will do the presentation?

    November 19, 2013

  • Carson S.

    This meetup led me to signing up for this weekends wordcamp so just for that it was very helpful.

    2 · November 19, 2013

  • Brian Patrick K.

    Starting a blog and want to learn more about WordPress.

    1 · November 4, 2013

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