This is How to Start Your Web Project the Right Way

Tips to make your web project successful

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You have been looking forward to this project and you can’t wait to start writing the code. You know the project is going to be amazing, you have lots of ideas about how you can make it great.

You start working on it and suddenly new great ideas come to your mind how you can make it a lot better. You cannot resist and you start adding these new ideas to your project scope and to your to-do list.

What is the result? The project starts to take longer than you have planned. Over time you start losing motivation to work on the project, you even start hating the project, want to move your attention to something more interesting (maybe a new project?) the project is released with a significant delay or is not released at all!

We all know this story all too well. And if you don’t know a story like this, you are probably not working in the industry long enough.

There is, however, a solution to this problem that will help you to avoid this problem and will increase the chances that you will finish your project on time and within budget.

Here are a few points that should help you to prevent this issue from happening.

  1. Limit the scope.
    Make a list of 10–15 features of the project that must be built and the project cannot exist without them (this is often called MVP — Minimum Viable Product).
  2. Keep new ideas on a separate list.
    As you start working on the project, new ideas will come to your mind. Of course, write them down, they can be great to implement after your original main scope is finished.
  3. Never add more items to the main scope.
    If you want to add new functionality to the main scope, remove one of the features existing in the main scope.
  4. Simplify where you can.
    If you start working on the project and you realise that some of the features you were planning to implement are not necessary or don’t bring that much value, remove them from the scope. The rule is to simplify wherever you can.
  5. Release your MVP.
    Once you have finished building your main group of features, your MVP, release the project to users.
  6. Start improving the project by adding new features.
    Once your MVP is out there you can start adding new features that will make it better. What you will also have (hopefully) is data and feedback from users already using the MVP project that should help you to decide what features you should add to your product next.

This is a simple framework that if implemented will give you a lot of success with your projects. Your projects will be completed in time and within budget and what is probably the most important, they will be actually finished.

Most delays on projects are caused by feature creep (extending the scope of the project beyond the original scope). A project team cannot resist adding new features because the project will be “significantly better” with this particular feature and people are going to love it only because of that! (Yes, sure ;).

Projects like Google search engine, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Amazon, you name it, would have never been released in the first place if their creators were waiting until they are perfect. But they were released with minimum viable functionality (MVP) and since then new functionalities are being added almost on a daily basis while the users can use the product and the creators are getting valuable feedback from users and from data analytics what features to add and which direction the project should go. This process can last for years and it does for all the products mentioned above. This is how great products are created nowadays.

Therefore, if you want to make your project more successful

  1. Limit the scope.
  2. Stick to the original scope and keep new ideas on a separate list.
  3. Never add more items to the main scope.
  4. Simplify where you can.
  5. Release your MVP.
  6. Start improving the project by adding new features.

Good luck with your digital projects!

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