Articles \\ Drupal Camp 2010 - Planning Drupal Projects

This post includes the video and slides of the presentation "How to plan and project manage a small to medium sized Drupal website" presented by Aidan Foster on October 15th 2010 at Drupal Camp Toronto. Please add any suggestions like other software you like, or good learning resources to the comments below. Links referred in the presentation are listed to the right.


The session outlines our experiences with what works from a production flow for implementing a drupal website - Not from the code perspective, but from how we manage our client's decisions and expectations along the road. There's lots of literature and methodologies out there but over time our shop has evolved a few checks and balances to help keep on course while implementing a project. The session is intended for freelancers and small teams who need to coordinate with clients and perhaps creative folk like ad agencies who would like to become more familiar with different Web Production Processes.


The session will cover a few topics:

  • Using project Management software to remain sane while managing the huge number of details and decisions involving a Drupal site.
  • Predicting hours & Costs (which is never going to be correct but it’s better then nothing)
  • Wireframes & Creative Concept Development.
  • Setting up some standards for the team to make it easier to coordinate.
  • Minimizing Feature Creep

Presentation Video - 1hr + 15min for questions

Presentation Slides


I am assuming the sessions are being recorded? Will do my best trying to find the materials by files search. I am looking forward to hearing about user experience and workflow. I am into planning as well. I have recently contributed the first five chapters of my planning book as an open source online resource. It's called Drupal Websites: A Planner's Guide.

The tips on managing the workflow of developing a drupal site were very helpful. I wondered if you suggested any type of data storage when developing a drupal website? Is there a better way to host a Drupal website than another? Thanks for your help!

Helped me a great deal and I've been the link with Wordpress buddies

Please post your suggestions for other resources like books, software, or websites related this this presentation

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