It’s a Visual World. How Should You Communicate?
Many times, website clients prefer scheduling in-person meetings to discuss images and layouts for their project. Why? Because face-to-face communication provides the opportunity to read body language, which helps guide conversations and prevents inter-personal road blocks. In-person meetings, without question, has it’s place for certain kinds of discussions when deeper conversation is necessary. Sales meetings, business strategy planning and conflict-resolution conversations are all best suited for ‘under-the-same-roof’ discussions. Unfortunately, conducting one-on-one’s isn’t the most effective practice when development team members are waist-deep in a website project and undertake their work in disparate locations.
Why are Website Deadlines Pushed? Here’s Why…
During the production of a website project, face-to-face meetings can be challenging and time-wasting. Important points are usually truncated in hand-written notes; and those abbreviated points can lead to misinterpretation.
“Please move that image to the right and place the written copy in two different sections on this web page, ”
…a website client will request via email.
But what exactly is the client requesting? A designer could easily spend 5 to 6 hours on a time-consuming high-production web page thinking the client wants this one type of contraption, when they actually wanted that other thingamabob. That’s almost a full business day’s worth of work on a web page that’ll require a ‘Start-over’. And then, the client could pass through a bout of ‘deadline myopia‘. This is always undesired.
Communicate with Skitch
Essential points may arise in conversation weeks before being addressed. Therefore, project details need to be documented with precision and managed in a paperless way. There are hundreds of tasks, and sub-tasks design teams track and complete on a single website project. Even the best Website ideas and concepts will be over-looked if they’re not properly communicated and cataloged for future reference. There is an app that can help…
And, you’ll be delighted to know… this app free! I recommend Skitch to all of my clients and team partners. Although the application integrates with Evernote, it can be used as a stand-alone application. If you’re not using Evernote yet, I strongly recommend that app as well for improving work-flow.