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Have you ever tried to find a good “how to” article or a good strategy overview written for professional website managers?

I did. And I could find plenty of good stuff aimed at the “I love thinking about the Internet” set or the “I love cutting edge web technology” set. But very little at the “I am running a website group at a real company” set.

Although techie articles and pie-in-the-sky articles have their place, when you need real answers for real problems they just don’t give you what you need. You want actionable answers not down-in-the-dirt details or information about macro trends on the Internet.

So I set out to make a website that provides actionable answers to the questions that website managers ask on the topics that matter. Topics like:

  • Project Management finding big problems, coming up with solutions and mobilizing the teams to get the problem solved
  • Content Management slicing and dicing through requests for new web pages, getting the pieces together and getting it live without hiring a legion of web producers
  • Internet Marketing getting the folks to the site, getting them on the list, and then getting them through the funnel to sales or a shopping cart
  • Web Development developing the technology that makes it all possible

And while those are pretty big topics, they are the topics you deal with every day when you run a big-ish website. And if you hang with me, I am going to spill the good stuff I learned from doing this stuff myself.

The next question you are thinking is… who is this guy?

Website Project Selection Decision Matrix Organization Roll Out

Now that we have made our website project selection matrix, here are a couple of tips to rolling out your website project selection decision matrix into your organization a success:

Tailor your impact driver list – The example’s impact driver list isn’t the right impact list for your group, so you will want to tailor it. Some of types of impact drivers you might want to add are: financial performance (Internal rate of return, project payback), technical (complexity, reusability), resources (funding, staff, materials cost), strategic value (project strategic fit, strategic direction fit), risk (business, technical). I'd recommend at least 6 impact drivers but less than 12 with a good balance between technical and business drivers.

Set a minimum impact score – Make a minimum impact score that a project must score above to be implemented. This will weed out the projects that are simply not worth the money to implement and save a lot of needless discussion.

Set up a project selection group – Try to build a group of decision makers, not lackeys, from the business, marketing, and technical groups you do work for. Use this group to help guide the project selection process. I’d recommend meeting with this group at least quarterly.

Work through the decision matrix as a group – Working through the decision matrix as a group will help everyone understand each project’s issues and trade offs, and help draw consensus between the groups where it’s possible. Where consensus is not possible, I recommend that you, as the website honcho, break the tie.

Develop a high-level project roadmap - Project selection using this process is great but when can they generally expect these great projects to be complete? A high-level schedule of upcoming projects, also called a project roadmap, will help everyone understand when the good stuff is scheduled to appear.

It's pretty easy to see how using a project selection decision matrix can really transform the way your organization thinks about projects. It may be so transformational that you could see the folks sponsoring projects think about the value of a new project before they propose them. Give the decision matrix process a try in your organization and let me know how it goes.

Interested in learning more about a decision matrix?