Web Project Management Wrap-up

If you?’ve been following the podcast for the month of April then you?’re aware that the theme has been on the topic Web project management.

I choose to focus on Project Management (PM) for the month of April because previous podcast reflected that Web professionals with PM experience we?’re highly sought after and also highly compensated.  PM is also one of those topics that appear at least to be most often misunderstood and underutilized to its fullest potential.

As a result, many books have been written about the topic and their available online or at your local library.  In fact, if you we?’re inclined it?’s enough of a science that a career opportunity exists within itself.

Either way, it?’s important for Web profession and we need to learn as much as we can about this topic. That said, we also need to put this topic into perspective.

By that I mean that we need to keep in mind not all Web professionals have the luxury of working within the team environment meaning that PM will ultimately mean different things to different people depending on the size of the organizations that you represent.

For today?’s podcast, I would like to highlight a few of the common threads that emerged from the PM interviews as well as share my own experience on the topic.

For example, if you?’re luck enough to be practicing within the enterprise here?’s a few fast facts:

•The majority of IT projects fail for one reason or the other
•PM has much to do about process and to succeed you?’ll need strong organizational and communication skills
•PM is about planning, organizing and directing
•PM is about timelines, scope and resources
•PM is about goals, reporting and budgeting
•PM is also about understanding technology tools and resources

Those topics may seem straight forward enough but If you?’re the 80% of the population that works for small business, many of the before mentioned apply but perhaps in a different context.

By that, I mean to succeed you?’ll need to understand the fundamentals of the issues but considering the fact that you lack the time and resources to plan projects with that level of detail you?’ll need to tailor your own strategy. For example, I think its worth to consider implementing the following:

•Master your people skills and practice good communication with your customers, your peers and your suppliers as well. Truth is, mastering your relationship with others including the stakeholders will serve you well regardless of what you do in life and regardless of where you live.
•Learn or improve upon your time management skills. Simply out, time is money and you need to protect it.  Consider getting a time stamp and track each step of your day. You?’ll be amazed at the results and your customers will appreciate if you let them know the time you spent on their projects.  This will also help you on those change orders that I am sure you?’ve implemented in every project.
•Master setting and managing expectations. Truth is, Web professionals are people pleasers and as such we have a tendency to over commit. As professionals we need to be real about what we can and cannot do and be up front about it.

WOW CELEBRATES WEBMASTERS DAY-Designates April 29 as Webmaster?' Day

WOW CELEBRATES WEBMASTERS DAY
Designates April 29 as Webmasters?’ Day

WWW2008 Conference Beijing CH, (April 29, 2008) – The non-profit professional association World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) announces support for Webmasters Day in collaboration with business and industry.  

WOW is pleased to make the announcement while in Beijing participating in the 17th annual WWW Conference delivering WOW training and certification to the international Web community.

While making the announcement Bill Cullifer, WOW?’s Executive Director had the pleasure of interviewing two notable conference delegates attending the week long conference. Interviews in support of Webmasters Day included podcast with Professor Bebo White, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) retired and North Americas first technical Webmaster and Professor Martin Gaedke, Faculty of Computer Science, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Here?’s what they had to say.

I?’m delighted that someone has decided to have Webmasters day to celebrate many of those people who have helped turn the Web into to the phenomena that it is.  One of the most exciting things about coming to this conference is to see the new technologies that shaping the Web in the future. It?’s clear that the Webmasters and the people that are involved with web development have to be able to keep up with to their skills and there area alot of exciting opportunities for the Webmaster and for the Web of the future said Professor White. Check out the audio podcast at: www.webprominute.org 

Webmasters Day sounds to me like the first really big step towards opening up and showing what Webmasters and all of the things that they do in the sense of applying scientific knowledge, applying engineering knowledge and all of those other inter disciplinary stuff to running businesses, to developing applications, to make the connections between business models and technology or between business models of different companies connecting to other companies in many the  different senses available, said Professor Martin Gaedke. Check out the audio podcast at: www.webprominute.org

Giants of industry also agree. For example, GODaddy.com, (www.godaddy.com) the world’s largest domain name registrar  recently contacted the WOW with the idea seeking our support to make this announcement:

“The Internet wouldn?’t be where it is today without this underappreciated group who keep content on the ‘net fresh,” GoDaddy.com CEO and Founder Bob Parsons said. “I think a day to remind everyone of how vital Webmasters are is way overdue.”

“We think it?’s great that organizations such as GoDaddy.com are recognizing Webmasters for the true professionals that they are.” said Bill Cullifer, Executive Director, World Organization of Webmasters. (WOW) “Webmasters serve their customers with a broad range of skills including strong technical, design, business and project management skills and play a pivotal role in any organizations structure today.”

Check out the podcast interview of GODaddy.com Warren Adleman, President and COO at http://www.webprominute.org

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Web Project Management Interview with Dr. Yogesh Deshpande, University of Western Sydney

Web Project Management Interview with Dr. Yogesh Deshpande, University of Western Sydney

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere!  Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

I?’m in Beijing, China participating in the WWW International Web conference. It?’s been a fantastic week for the WOW organization.

WOW?’s one day tutorial on Best Practices with WOW certification option was scheduled as planned and in addition to the great networking opportunities with some of the Web best and the brightest, both Professor DuBois and I sat in on some very interesting sessions and workshops.

We will be bringing you additional podcast from Beijing as well as providing you with an executive summary of the entire goings in upcoming podcast.

For today?’s podcast, I remain on this month s topic of Web project management. I had the pleasure of spending some really quality time with an incredibly qualified industry professional by the name of Dr. Yogesh Deshpande, University of Western Sydney. Dr. Deshpande is a university professor of the highest caliber with decades of experience in computer science and IT project management.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Beijing and check out all of the great links at the http://www.webprominute.org website.

WWW2008 Event Conference-Photo?'s with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Google Keynote

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere!  Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

I?’m in Beijing, China all week participating in the annual WWW International Web conference.  I am also here with Professors Mark DuBois and Bebo White and together we?’re delivering WOW education and certification to the local and international Web professional community.
While here, I am making it a point to meet and interview a wide variety of Web professionals from the education and the scientific community with the goal of providing the listeners of this podcast an executive summary of the goings on.

Earlier today for example, I had the pleasure of bumping into Sir Tim Berners-Lee who as you know is credited for inventing the Web and heads up the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Sir Tim Berners-Lee was gracious enough to pose for the photo with Professor DuBois, WOW Director of Education complete with the with the WOW sign of acknowledgement. His presence at the WWW event is appreciated by all that attended.  I?’ll be reporting on his Keynote address later in the week.

This morning?’s keynote was delivered by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee Vice President of Engineering at Google and the President of Google Greater China.  Dr. Kai-Fu Lee?’s presentation was simple yet elegant and I walked away with an improved understanding of Google?’s commitment for an anywhere and anytime Web.  Dr. Kai-Fu Lee spoke in depth about the benefits of a fundamental shift from PC based applications to cloud based applications that “liberates the user from having to remember where the data is”, enabling the user to access information anywhere once created and accessible from not only a PC but also telephones, automobiles, televisions and appliances.

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee also spoke about Google?’s language translation efforts. If you?’re not familiar with their research in this area I highly recommend that you follow the links below to learn more. Google has committed a significant amount of research to conducting analysis of various languages that has one awards for translating Chinese websites to English with amazing results. If you?’ve been practicing in the Web space for a while then I needn?’t say more about what that means to our profession and to the customers we serve.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Beijing and check out all of the great links at the wowtechminute.com website.

Google Translation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Translate

Cloud Computing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

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Project Managment-Interview with Yue Philip, IVE Hong Kong

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere! Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

I m in Hong Kong today en route to Beijing to participate in the annual WWW International Web conference.  Along with Professors Mark DuBois and Bebo White, we?’ll be delivering WOW education and certification.

As you know, its WOW?’s mission to promote Web professional education worldwide and while here in Hong Kong I met with Leung Mitzi and Yue Philip two executives from IVE, a two year vocational college with 10 campuses in the greater Hong Kong area.

Yue Phillip, is a lecturer, at the Department of Business Services and Management at IVE and Philip has years of project management experience.  Prior to his teaching position at IVE, Philip was employed with Cathay Pacific airline where he participated in multi million dollar projects.  To assist us in better understanding this month?’s topic of project management from an international point of view, I interviewed Philip to learn his thoughts on the topic.

Good afternoon Philip and thanks for agreeing to this interview.  Philip can you share with the listeners of this podcast what project management means to you?

To listen to the four minute podcast visit http://www.webprominute.org
Today s Technology Minute is sponsored by the Adobe Corporation and its Creative License eSeminar Series for Web Professionals.

Join Adobe software experts to learn how to use the tightly integrated tools available in Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Web Premium. Web eSeminars are designed for web designers, web developers and anyone interested in enhancing their workflows, and learning new tips and tricks and take place April 23, 2008 – May 21, 2008

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Project Management-Interview with Mike Kaplan, IT Project Manager and Independent Consultant

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere! Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

Today s topic is a continuation on the topic of Project Management and to assist us in better understanding this topic from a  professional point of view, project manager I am on the phone with Mike Kaplan, IT Project Manager and Independent Consultant.

Good afternoon Mike and thanks for agreeing to this interview. 

Q:  Mike, you?’ve been a IT Project Manager for thirty plus years can you share with the listeners of this podcast what Web Project Management means to you.

For the two minute audio response check out today s WOW Technology Minute at: http://www.webprominute.org

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Web Project Managment-Interview with Nasser Salomon, University of California at Riverside

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere! Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

Today s topic is a continuation on the topic of Project Management and to assist us in better understanding this topic from a university Web professional point of view, I am on the phone with Nasser Salomon, Manager of Application & Multimedia Development from the University of California at Riverside.

Good afternoon Nasser and thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Q: Nasser, you?’ve been a web professional for a number of years now managing a variety of projects and teams. Can you share with the listeners of this podcast what Web Project Management means to you and could you also share with us how you manage your projects.

For the six minute audio response check out today s WOW Technology Minute at: http://www.webprominute.org

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Google Introduces App Engine vs. Amazon Web Services

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere!
Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

It s Web News Monday and here s what s shaping our Web world this week.

Google launched its Apps Engine web hosting service putting it in direct competition with Amazon s web services. If you are considering taking advantage of the new Google App Engine service, listen up because we have a few great links to some serious bloggers that are covering the story.

What Is Google App Engine?

According to Google, the Google App Engine lets you run your web applications on Google’s infrastructure. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow. With App Engine, there are no servers to maintain: You just upload your application, and it’s ready to serve your users.

You can serve your app using a free domain name on the appspot.com domain, or use Google Apps to serve it from your own domain. You can share your application with the world, or limit access to members of your organization.

WOW, you gotta luv Google, the App Engine costs nothing to get started. Sign up for a free account, and you can develop and publish your application for the world to see, at no charge and with no obligation.

All of that said, you may want to follow the link to EWeek and to Znet.com we have listed on the WOWTechMinute website for the rest of the story. Both blogs cites analyst and software experts that contrast Google App Engine and Amazon Web Services, while one reader questions both companies’ support.

Check out all the links and other great stories at the WOWTechMinute.com website. Thanks for listening and watching the WOW Technology Minute.

Today s links:

http://www.webprominute.org

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=1002

For more info about the Google App check out:

http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/whatisgoogleappengine.html

Project Management Interview with Alan Gray, Webmaster and Founder of NewsBlaze.com

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere! Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

Today s topic is a continuation on the topic of Project Management and to assist us in better understanding this topic from a veteran Web professional point of view, I am on the phone with Alan Gray, Webmaster and founder of NewsBlaze.com an online news service. 

Good afternoon Alan and thanks for agreeing to this interview.  

Q:  Alan, you’ve been a web professional for a number of years now managing your online news service can you share with the listeners of this podcast what Web Project Management means to you and could you also share with us how you manage your projects. 

For the six minute audio response check out today s WOW Technology Minute at: http://www.webprominute.org

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Check out the FREE WEBINAR: Combating Spam! May 13, 2008 11:00am PST Where will be discussing “Perimeter Email Protection” as an email security solution that can protect your business from spam, viruses, directory harvesting,

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Cyber Crime-Facts and Figures

Greetings WOW Members and Web Professionals everywhere!
Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) and the WOW Technology Minute.

It s Web News Monday and here s what s shaping our Web world this week.

InformationWeek is reporting that Internet Fraud reached a whopping $239 Million for 2007 in the U.S.  The report is based on the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2007 Internet Crime report.

The IC3 serves to field complaints about online crime on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Here’s some fast facts:

* The IC3 received 206,884 complaints in 2007
* The IC3 referred 90,008 complaints to the appropriate law enforcement authorities for investigation, most of which alleged fraud and financial loss.
* The dollar loss for referred complaints totaled $239.09 million, with a median loss of $680 per complainant.
* According to the FBI’s cyberdivision, appears to believe that a significant number of people are not reporting Internet crimes.
* The report indicates that in complaints that could be linked to a perpetrator, more than 75% of cybercriminals were men and that half resided in California (15.8%), Florida (10.1%), New York (9.9%), Texas (7%), Illinois (3.6%), Pennsylvania (3.5%), or Georgia (3.1%).
* When perpetrators were measured per 100,000 people, the District of Columbia had the most, with 99.10 per 100,000, followed by Nevada (65.45), Delaware (41.98), and Florida (40.73).
* Counting by country, the United States had the most cybercriminals, with 63.2%, followed by the United Kingdom (15.3%) and Nigeria (5.7%).
Men reported larger losses than women, with their median losses coming to $765 and $552, respectively.

According to the report, the numbers do not reflect overall Internet crime activity in these countries.

E-mail was the most common means (73.6%) by which cybercriminals made contact with their victims, followed by Web pages (32.7%), phone contact (18%), and postal mail (10.1%). “The anonymous nature of an e-mail address or a Web site allows perpetrators to solicit a large number of victims with a keystroke,” the report explains.

 Check out the links and the facts at today s WOW Technology Minute at: http://www.webprominute.org

 http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreports.aspx 

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