How to plan a web project and write an RFP

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Whether you are looking to develop a new organization's initial website or upgrade an existing one, managing a website development project can be a daunting task, especially if your organization lacks internal website design and development expertise. Finding an appropriate approach to fit your organization's needs and budget often involves navigating the benefits and costs of different providers, approaches, and technologies.

DesignHammer's Managing Partner David Minton will guide you through the important questions to ask yourself before you start sketching the user interface, or the first line of code is written. David will also discuss how proper planning, and evaluation of resources can lay the foundation for a successful project. Topics covered will include:

1. Conducting a needs assessment
2. Creating a project specification
3. Addressing Free Open Source Software (FOSS) vs. Proprietary services
4. Comparing pre-made Templates to Custom Design
5. The pros and cons of utilizing volunteers, staff, interns, freelancers,
and commercial firms

David Minton is a founding partner of DesignHammer, a full-service boutique web design and development agency based in Durham, North Carolina. He has served as Managing Partner since the company's founding in 2001, primarily leading the firm's business development. With over 15 years of experience in the Web development industry, he shares his expertise in the local tech community as a frequent contributor and speaker at industry events.

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Pizza (sponsored by NTEN & PINInc/RTPNet) and discussion starting at 6:30, program at 7:00.

We look forward to seeing you there!