Web development is a tricky process. Sure, you can create a “simple” website, but that term is actually quite arbitrary in this sense. Simple could refer to navigation with only a limited number of graphical elements. However, it could also mean that you have a beautiful website with amazing functionality as well.
Let’s put it this way: you run a very good web development agency and you cater to a number of clients on a consistent basis. There is one client that wants you to create a website for them, here is what you can expect:
- Client goes in to talk to you about creating a website for them. They’ve given you some specifications and for you to come up with the website that meets their demands, you will need 6 months to complete everything.
- Client went ahead to sign the contract that they’ve made, but the catch is that you have to complete the website within 2 months!
- Okay, you breathe slowly but heavily and you think that you can deliver the product. You assemble a team of your best web developers but there is a slight problem: your senior developer is on leave and is not expected to come home for at least 15 days.
- To compound the previous problem, your junior developer decides to leave because he has found “greener” pastures, i.e. a more high-paying job.
- So, you set the ball rolling. Both of the teams were tasked to do different assignments. The developers are now awaiting the mockups from the design team.
- The mockup is still not available
- Still not here
- Finally, you have acquired the design mockups. You can now start the backend processes!
- During the same day, one of your developers spot some features on the design that were not supposed to be there, as per the client’s specifications.
- Spent the majority of the day continuing the coding process only to find out that it really doesn’t work, so you relay the mockup back to the design team for them to revise.
- Designers were successfully changed to a much better one but your team is still contemplating as to which framework to use for the completion of the project.
- You’ve come up with the framework to use, only to find that it doesn’t support all features. So you start over again with another framework, but this time, you’ve already wasted a lot of time.
- Given the unexpected circumstances, your sales team was assigned to confer with the client and ask them for an extension. However, the sales team came back with news that the client was willing to give more money just for the website to be completed within the original timeframe.
- Okay, you decided to go with it and you’ve assigned everyone to go all hands on deck!
- You’ve finally come up with a solid website, but with many bug fixes along the way since you did not have the time to test it thoroughly
- The project is finished.
As you can tell, web development is not something that is easy. The client might have clear expectations, but there are some unforeseen circumstances that might put a damper on the actual creation of the website.
So, if you’re planning to have a team of great developers and you want to cater to as many clients as you can, make it a point that you can account for any changes along the way.