Once the design work is finished ...

1 Sep 2007 - 8:17am
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Astley Le Jasper
2007

It's all finished. The personas, the card sorting, several itterations
of testing, the content is rewritten and it sits humming away on a
lovely new CMS.

You hand over the sparkling documentation positively bursting with fab
Visio wireframes and sitemaps. And as you walk off into the sunset,
the client wonders ... what now? Where is the site going to be in
twelve months time?

How do you make sure that all the good work doesn't get undone? Of
course you'd probably have a style guide and bolt down the interface
itself, but with a distributed authoring model, how do you manage
content so the site doesn't spiral out of control again?

My questions:

- Are they any additional 'rules' and guidance that could accompany
the site maps to keep contributors 'in line' and support self
regulation?
- Is there any guidance out there on developing editorial models and
policies?
- Does anyone have any advice or pointers for the management and
maintenance of a site design and structure once it's been implemented?
Anecdotes and pitfalls?

Thanks

Comments

2 Sep 2007 - 6:17am
Donna Maurer
2003

Astley Le Jasper wrote:
> - Does anyone have any advice or pointers for the management and
> maintenance of a site design and structure once it's been implemented?
> Anecdotes and pitfalls?
>
Don't deliver. Mentor instead. Make sure there is someone who has worked
through the whole thing, has ownership and is ready to continue the work ;)

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Donna Maurer
Maadmob Interaction Design
e: donna at maadmob.net
web: http://maadmob.net/maadmob_id/
book: http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/cardsorting/

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