Speakers: Beth Livingston

  • Beth Livingston: Elevate and Preserve Your Project ROI with a Content-First Approach

    Beth Livingston: Elevate and Preserve Your Project ROI with a Content-First Approach

    WordCamp Asheville 2019Speaker: Beth Livingston

    August 5, 2019 — There is a lot of talk today in the WordPress world about using a content-first approach to design. And, while that is one reason to use a content-first approach, it is not really the most compelling reason. In this session I will share how to implement a content-first website development approach that prevents project delays, increases project productivity, and thereby increases your overall project return on investment.

    Takeaways:

    How to structure a project to prevent the client from holding it hostage over content.
    The 5 Steps of Content Collection
    6 Content-First Best Practices

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  • Beth Livingston: How to Control Scope Creep by Embracing Change

    Beth Livingston: How to Control Scope Creep by Embracing Change

    WordCamp Atlanta 2019Speaker: Beth Livingston

    June 25, 2019 — It is well known in the software and website development world that scope creep is the primary cause of projects running over time and budget. At the very least, uncontrolled scope creep will impact your project profit margin as you try and accommodate both legitimate and impractical client requests for change.

    In this presentation, we will discuss how to minimize scope creep by acknowledging and planning for change instead of penalizing the client for it. We will cover the elements of a good change control plan and how acknowledging change up front can actually set you ahead of your competition and get you more clients.

    Attendees will learn how to craft a good change control plan, how to educate the client regarding change, and how to use the change control plan as a selling feature. Attendees will leave with a sample written change control plan they can take and modify to meet their specific needs.

  • Beth Livingston: How to Leverage your Project Management Methodology to Set Yourself Apart from Your Competition

    Beth Livingston: How to Leverage your Project Management Methodology to Set Yourself Apart from Your Competition

    WordCamp Raleigh 2019Speaker: Beth Livingston

    May 21, 2019 — Let’s face it, the technical solution from one WordPress provider is probably going to look a lot like the next one. There will be a theme, plugins, maybe some custom css or a little coding – but generally, the proposed solutions will be similar. So how do you set yourself above your competition when your technical skills and solution are fairly equal?

    What if you were able to tell your client that:
    – you have a way of estimating the project so that there are NO surprises along the way
    – you have a way to plan for and manage change that does not include an arbitrary “pad” amount added to the estimate
    – you have a way of defining the website and gathering the content that reduces the chance for scope creep
    – you have a way to ensure that the project gets completed on time and within budget

    In this presentation, I will show attendees how to craft these sections of of their project management methodology and use it as a unique value proposition when presenting to a client.

  • Beth Livingston: How to Stop Scope Creep Once and For All

    Beth Livingston: How to Stop Scope Creep Once and For All

    WordCamp Asheville 2018Speaker: Beth Livingston

    January 10, 2019 — This session will provide actionable steps for implementing some proven (and easy) project management techniques to stop the dreaded “scope creep” that so many WordPress practitioners struggle with when providing services for others.

    Takeaways:

    The 6 Principles of Productivity Management You Knew and Then Forgot
    What to Put in the Contract so You Get Paid for Change
    How to Effectively Manage Change

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