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Lesson 3 Key elements
Objective Define the key elements of the process.

Key Elements of the Web Development Process

What else is involved in the process?

The six phases of the Web Development process look at the process from a sequential or chronological perspective. However, in working through the chronology of the process, you also need to address some important specifics. Who works on the editorial brief? What goes into a quality assurance plan? How do you set timelines and budgets?
For your team to create a high-quality Web site, you will need to organize your workflow throughout the entire process effectively. Yourprocedures will be made more orderly by introducing and assigning some additional categories. In the next few lessons, we will look at four key elements that are applied throughout the six-phase process.
These categories will help all individuals involved be clear about who is expected to complete given tasks, what goals are assigned to the various team members, and how to break down major tasks into more manageable steps. The four elements that you will be learning about are:
  1. Roles and job categories
  2. Objectives
  3. Deliverables
  4. Activities

Why reinvent the wheel?

Web site development is a relatively new industry. However, designers have learned, and continue to learn, by trial and error. They have developed excellent models for analysis and streamlined procedures for efficient production. Process models help you learn from their experience, and begin with time-tested ways of thinking about and carrying out Web site development.

Question: What is the purpose of thinking of your work in terms of roles, objectives, deliverables, and activities?
Answer: Using these categories will help your team to be organized, let each member know what his or her tasks are at every stage, and produce overall better output, resulting in a more satisfied client.
In the next lesson, you will learn about the categories of roles and jobs.