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There are dozens of methods and approaches to the process of creating a great website, print project, or other deliverable. They range from traditional analog (pen and paper) for a simple one-page flyer or brochure to sophisticated project management applications for complex, multi-level websites.
Our style: Know every tool and resource available, and use the optimum combination for the work at hand.
To illustrate briefly, we'll use the example of a basic 10-page website. Once input / discovery has taken place and the project is kicked off, the typical workflow for this would be:
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• Google Docs
• PM Tool (dapulse, Asana, Trello)
• Email & Telephone
Optimizing workflow: Keep it simple
An optimized process and workflow are the difference between average results and stellar outcomes. At Still River Creative we keep coming back to a few basic truths:
1. Use the right tool for the job. Most of the time project management by email is not efficient or effective project management.
2. Use the fewest number of tools necessary.
3. Use the simplest, easiest, most intuitive tools possible. Every tool should facilitate; no part of the workflow should get in the way.
Over many years and many projects we've had first-hand experience with dozens of digital tools designed to enhance workflow and team collaboration. We know what works and what doesn't for any type of project. But the work, the solutions, are what are important. Tools serve the process. People use the tools. Ultimately it all boils down to...
Effective collaboration = Communication
"Just pick up the phone, okay?" It's easy to get lost in email, text messages, or your favorite PM tool. None are substitutes for old-fashioned, one-on-one interaction.
Just do it. Communicate. Your project will move forward more quickly, more efficiently, and more painlessly.
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These comments are the tip of the iceberg; there's a lot more that goes into managing projects. Internal SRC documents such as Creating a Culture of Success cover topics that include: Planning: The key to shorter build times and effective future-proofing • Expect the unexpected • Iterate often • Deadlines are good • Don't make me think • Have fun!