Managing Scope Creep and Chasing Perpetual Minutia

The drill is this: Client requests and update. I make changes. I report back that the changes are complete. Client then looks at the site again and sees some other minute detail they want changed, doesn’t like what they originally requested and wants it changed back, or changes their mind about everything. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Almost every web design client has a tendency towards this kind of thing, and his has led more than one web designer to drink…

The cure for this problem is getting a detailed written plan together for projects with a hard launch date, requiring that all content be turned over in final approved form before posting, and having a great project manager that can explain to the client why constant revision equals higher bills. For an Intranet site, there’s little monetary consequence for random changes, so most of the onus falls on the project manager to keep the client from getting everyone on the project wound up and spinning in little circles. Clients have a natural desire to see stuff up and running to get that instant gratification, but we all know that secretly they wish to navel-gaze, nit pick, and change everything at the last minute. Web designers need to resist this tendency at every turn by documenting the project requirements, sticking to the plan, and letting the client know that increases in project scope will definitely mean a higher price tag for the end product.

Prego Pizza

This is awesome – I love urban legends when they’re right in your own backyard: The Prego Pizza

The results were amazing. The woman left the restaurant after eating the “Prego” pizza and went into labor that same evening. So began the amazing history of the first ever, the original, “Prego” pizza.

Yingwen is dying to get this long ordeal of a pregnancy over with, and I had heard from many different coworkers to go and try one of these pizzas from Skipolini’s. So I thought, what the heck – it’s worth a try. Bring it on. I went and picked one up after work. She ate three slices. I think it’s working… We shall see…

By the way, the Prego Pizza is outstanding, no matter if you’re prego or not. We are talking about heaping amounts of what makes pizza beautiful: a generous serving of every slice of cured meat in the house, plenty of oregano and peppers, and gargantuan fistfuls of fresh garlic and onions. I think I may even go into labor after that meal…

In Case You Didn’t Notice…

With all the glitz and pomp of the DNC coverage and news blips of Courtney Love’s rehab, the latest PC worm outbreaks, and Bush falling off his mountain bike again, it might have been easy to miss the news of the most disastrous event in Iraq since the “handover”:Suicide car bombing, attacks kill 113 in Iraq / U.S. soldier dies, 3 others wounded in roadside blast

On a day that saw the worst violence since sovereignty was turned over to an interim Iraqi government last month, the death toll rose to 68 in a suicide bombing outside a police station, while heavy fighting elsewhere claimed 44 more lives. At least one American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad.

The attack in the tense city of Baquba, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, was the deadliest in Iraq since the June 28 transfer of political power from U.S. to Iraqi authorities. The carnage, exactly a month after the interim government assumed power, highlighted the lack of security that remains Iraqis’ greatest worry.

Would we be more secure with Bush in office? Hardly seems likely given the track record.

Obama

CNN.com – Obama: ‘The audacity of hope’ – Jul 27, 2004

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes,” Obama said.

Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America.

There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America,” Obama said.

And I think that speaks for itself.