Web Design/Group Activities/Scoping a Small Project
This activity is best suited to small groups of 3-4 people.
Time required: 30 minutes in groups, then 20mins+ discussion, reflection.
Scenario[edit | edit source]
Bluetech is a small factory automation company with three employees, situated in your local area. The owner of the company, Jillian, is a friend of your Uncle's. Jillian has mentioned to your Uncle a number of times over the past 8 months that she's wanting to contact you to talk about "putting a site together" for Bluetech.
After a phonecall, you finally meet up with Jillian for an initial discussion about his website. The meeting is only 15mins long (due to Jillian's busy schedule) and is interrupted a number of times by one of Jillian's employees. You come away from this initial meeting with the following details:
- Jillian just wants a small website (3-5 pages)
- The purpose of this website is to expand Bluetech's customer base.
- The specific goals are:
- Demonstrate Bluetech's professional work through an online portfolio of recent work.
- Enable users to find out more about the company (history, mission statement, etc.)
- Encourage users to contact Bluetech for a quote
- Entice users to re-visit the page every so often.
- Jillian would also like the site to include a bio of her own education, experience and background.
Other points you've noticed:
- Jillian doesn't understand a lot about web design, but is keen to understand your needs.
- The company is quite busy.
You leave the meeting a little dazed and with more questions than when you first entered.
Your group's task[edit | edit source]
- Create a list of tasks for this project.
- Create an initial quote based on one person working on this project (cost and deadline).
- Design a very brief prototype (storyboard or wireframe, no images/designs required just your ideas for structuring the information).
- If you have time, create a list of further information that you need from Jillian.
Reflection[edit | edit source]
As each group presents their project outline, you might find it helpful to discuss how you came to your decisions in each area. Remember, there's no 'right' answer - our aim here is more to discover the problems!