What to expect when starting a new web or mobile project with MQ. From blueprinting, project management, design, development, cutover, training and maintenance.
Large projects which span more than a couple of weeks and require contribution from multiple team members require structure, a designated plan and good communication to unite the needs and expectations of all stakeholders involved. Without that, projects may suffer from scope creep or worse, they never have a clear destination in mind to begin with, resulting in tied-up assets and lost revenue, and no effective outcome for the business.
At MQ, “efficiency realized” is our motto and we have developed a system which helps our team work with yours to effectively complete projects while providing the necessary clarity, unity, and direction. We also offer explicit explanations of what your key challenges are, and what the plan to go forward is. MQ will help you understand how the proposed solution can resolve your team’s given set of unique challenges. In this project management process, we benchmark nine client-dependent checkpoints as we transition through the five phases which are:
- requirements gathering,
- design & blueprinting,
- quality assurance testing, and finally
- production deployment.
Clients who require or desire ongoing support after a project is complete can opt-in to a maintenance agreement at their discretion and based on their budget.
5 Phases of Project Success
You can expect every project will include a proposed timeline which meets your vital date targets, a total cost estimate, proposed designs and strategies, caveats and considerations, deliverables required by both parties, and a final signoff or approval at key stages.
Project Management Value Checklist
Bottom line: we offer skills and expertise to help you, your business, and your team achieve the wins you need. This project management process has helped us successfully roll out over 500 projects for both large and small organizations over the past 10 years. We’ve refined it with each project to meet every team’s specific needs—be that expediency, budgetary constraints, or a more hands-off process. We’re not here to just build you a website, our goal is to design and deploy digital solutions that improve and help your sales, marketing, administrative, and management teams to be more successful. We’re looking forward to working with you and your team.
Working with MQ – Planning for Success
Example Project Plan for Corporate Website
Introductions, onboarding & project brief
CLIENT: Discovery Document sent to client for exploratory Q&As
High-Level Estimation based on time, effort, cost, and options based on limitations these variables may place on the project.
Deep dive one-on-one, requirements gathering, data targets & business goals
Statement of Work (SOW), Work Plan & Team Assignments
Blueprint Creation (Based on design budget; often includes but not limited to: UX/UI designs, site architecture, content strategy, content plan or client-assigned obligations, branding, marketing, technicalities like hosting, technical tools, third party integrations, and also post-launch maintenance options)
Blueprint Review & Finalization:
Go/No-Go - After the blueprint is delivered as a final work product; either MQ continues with the project execution based on findings, or client has the option to take the blueprint and associated findings and either bring the project to their in-house team or work with another consultant.
CLIENT Obligations Due (if applicable: content, images, account accesses); examples may include:
Website Scaffolding, Tool Installation & Project Setup - Example for WordPress:
Website Design Elements: Styles, Colors, Fonts, General Object Theming
Dev PM: Task List Created for Project Management; logs:
CLIENT Access given to in-progress staging site, Project Management log & check status for outstanding deliverables
Website Content Insertion & Navigation: Building out the bones of the site and adding bottom-line content and images so that deficiencies and missing items become apparent.
Template Layouts Completed - example:
CLIENT Status update sent & final call for outstanding deliverables
Design refinements: Site-wide, per-page scrub adjusting layouts and design elements
Mobile refinements: Site-wide, per-page mobile responsive checks
CLIENT Status update sent and drive toward setting cut-over date
SEO Audit & Refinements
Quality Assurance (QA) Testing
CLIENT Final site review with client, sign-off, cutover date set
CLIENT Handover document (Passwords, account access, any additional instructions, training [if applicable], etc)
CLIENT Payment due
Have a website or application you’d like to get started on? Contact the team at Mobility Quotient and let’s talk about your goals and desired project outcomes.
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