Here’s some of the web projects and digital accounts I’ve managed over the years…
Being passionate about what I do, proud of the web projects I launch and digital accounts I manage, I thought I’d keep a record of some I’ve personally managed or been a code monkey on.
Hey, why should it only be designers that have a portfolio right?
Recently rated 80/100 by New Media Age in their Site Inspection section, this was my first public sector outing as a Web Project Manager. It was one of those projects that just went well from the beginning, was a pleasure to work on, the results blew the client away and made everyone at Rawnet proud little soldiers: Visit the HHIC website »
This project required not only the production of a media catalogue website and CMS, but a complete back-end business solution that would allow the client to create white-label microsites for global brands.
At the time this was one of the largest web projects I’d managed and involved heavy planning and functional specification work due to the complex business rules needed to replace the large legacy systems in place. Visit the DNA website »
As the designated ‘Key User’, representing Nokia UK and Ireland in the EMEA sphere, I liaised with Nokia and their digital agencies all over the world and performed a range of tasks including day-to-day account management, new initiative web project management and a little XHTML and CSS from time to time.
With Dell being one of Volume’s biggest clients I’ve worked on various initiatives for them. Most recently I managed the production of the ‘Enterprise Efficiency’ and ‘Mobility with Latitude’ campaign microsites that included multi-lingual capabilities, full referral and on-site campaign tracking that allows Dell to identify not only which website a user came from, but which section of that website, which advert and even what version of the advert
This tracking was also combined with user registration so a complete journey could be associated with specific users. With the valuable reporting data the first campaign was a success and led to more being commissioned.
Working with a great client that has paid good money to develop a lovely new brand is always a pleasure. As the Web Project Manager I delivered an on-brand website that reflected the personality of the company, with a relatively low budget and short timescales. After producing the sitemap and functional specification, I briefed the design and development team, and together with support from the Rawnet management team, this funky website was born – I can honestly say I really enjoyed this one. Visit the Chemistry Group website »
As part of my role at Volume I’m assigned too many Oracle web projects and digital accounts. My responsibilities include managing day-to-day client requests on existing websites and web applications, and managing the production of new digital solutions that range from simple campaign microsites, large information-based websites, mobile websites, right up to business management web applications that are so hardcore they really blur the boundaries between web development and old skool software development.
At Volume I work on many Zebra initiatives that really span all of the current possibilities in digital delivery. I manage the production of websites and web applications that utilise mobile, web standards, 3D and Flash technologies – these include management of day-to-day digital requests and brand new builds.
Although not on the Rawnet team that designed and delivered this fantastic website (recently rated 74/100 by New Media Age), I’m currently now in charge of the account. This on-going responsibility involves liaising regularly with key stakeholders at Go Ape in the UK and US in order to constantly refine the website and its conversion rates.
Go Ape Intranet
This was one of the largest web application projects I’ve managed. Commissioned by Go Ape UK, the job was to develop a company Intranet that would replace the e-mail and MS Excel processes being used at the time.
All departments in the company would use the Intranet on a daily basis, from filling in daily reports at Go Ape sites around the UK, ordering new stock with warehouse inventory management to creating and maintaining the company’s document repository.
Completed in January 2010, the Intranet has proved to be a big success and a project I’m very proud of.
My first full web project at Volume was to manage the delivery of revamped website and business web application for the International Advertising Agency using Silverlight.
This was a huge web project that required a fully managed CMS, that also allowed easy generation of country and language specific and custom content websites, plus migration of all current IAA members and the facility to managed this global organisation’s user registration system.
This was an extremely challenging first web project and involved a lot of hours talking to multiple stakeholders and understanding the complex organisational rules, but the result was delivered under tight deadline pressures and the organisation is now operational using the new platform.
This project had it all; design, front-end development, back-end development, animated elevator presentation, SEO, copywriting and print marketing material design! This project took real tenacity to complete and tested my web project management skills to the limit, but when launched the client was over the moon as it really blew the competition away. Visit the Neocol website »
As the Web Project Manager I was responsible for the re-development and delivery of Wagtech’s new website that included a product catalogue system, client login area, real-time search and microsite, all powered from the same content management system.
This was my last web project at Rawnet and I must say I really enjoyed it. I was working with my favourite web designer, had a great front and back-end development team and the client was awesome too – this type of web project management job does not come around often!
The web project involved the creation of a website, CMS, business management application, online payment integration and social media integration. The solution it would allow professionals in any industry to ‘set up shop’ as a consultant who users could hire, communicate with through virtual workspaces and then pay and rate, all using the website and web application.
I didn’t quite get to finish the web project off but did see it up until about 75% completion and was responsible for all of the planning, scoping, design and development phases. The new web project manager did a fantastic job wrapping up the web project and the owner won the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for Europe!
Rather than managing the whole web project, I was responsible for delivering the design, user experience, front-end development and SEO strategy for Folens. So far so good – the designs and UX have received positive feedback and Folens are currently ranking above their main competitors for targeted keywords – nice!
The brief was to re-design and develop the existing website that sold products and delivered information to the legal sector e.g. solicitors and judges. The website had to integrate with several legacy back-office systems such as subscription services, payment, the primary product and database server – this all achieved through API integration.
After a brutal assault on the senses, typical when working for a large corporate, the end result was absolutely loved by the client. The time required to manage the website content and products has been reduced dramatically, the board of directors are happy and there is already talk of Phase 2.
From a personal perspective this web project was a success. I used certain estimating, design briefing, specification writing and workflow process techniques that I believe are required for this size of project, and thus far they have served to maintain control of the project over the months and allowed delivery within acceptable budget ranges.
Visit the Jordan Publishing website »
Nokia UK Shop
Working as a Web Project Manager at TBS, I was tasked to go Nokia’s Headquarters in Finland and receive training on how to manage the enterprise e-commerce platform, with the goal being to developing new processes and provide in-house training that would allow TBS to completely take over management of the online shop.
Although a very steep learning curve, over a period of several months I managed to train key personnel to the point where the Nokia Online Shop Manager at the time stepped aside and TBS continued the management.
One of my first web project management jobs after joining Rawnet. Working for a client providing HR consulting I starting the project by creating a sitemap and set of wireframes. I then moved on to created the functional specification document that web developers could use a guide, while briefing and supervising the web designers.
Despite the company undergoing a re-brand three weeks before launch (yes three weeks!) and the whole look and feel having to change, the project was launched and the client left a happy bunny. Visit the 3gHR website »
I was bought in at a late stage to get involved with this Volume web project on account of my experience in managing start-up websites and clients. I had to get up to speed quickly by mastering the CMS to find neat solutions to the client’s requirements that could be achieved using the system as opposed to the costly route of customising it.
Using workarounds (the years being knee deep in enterprise-level CMS’ paid off!) and open-source software I was able to provide solutions to all requirements and give the client the flexibility needed – and even through in some SEO and Twitter marketing consultation as a bonus #winning.
The website’s aim was to provide a web presence for the South Kilburn Partnership that would enable them to provide useful information for the residents in the local area. As a Web project Manager working with a limited budget there was quite a bit negotiation as to what functionality could be implemented, but the result was a nice looking site that the SKP team could manage alone and of course a very happy client.
Although not the biggest web project in the world, this one was full of pressure and tested the whole team in terms of tenacity and flexibility. The brief was to create a small microsite in a very short space of time with changing requirements everyday due to the nature of the web project.
The result was an on time delivery of a browser and mobile multi-view microsite that the client was very happy with, so much so they asked us to revamp their own website straight away.
This was a really fun web project to manage because the client wanted to target a very specific target audience of “40 – 50 year old male Finance Directors in large corporate companies, with the site having an air of sophistication and a twist of wit” – not your everyday brief!
This brief was answered by making sure the designs were clean and crisp, yet relatively simple to build XHTML and CSS templates from in order to keep the solution as cost effective as possible, and for the target audience, it was decided to focus on using imagery that would spark some nostalgia, reminding them what equipment they used to use in the 1970′s – I absolutely loved searching for retro office equipment on iStock, good times!
Rawnet were commissioned to implement the front-end development, to already approved designs, and content management system. As the Web Project Manager I had to not only liaise with the client but also provide web consulting to their branding agency in order to bring the designs to a ‘web ready state’.
My experience from working with Nokia and their agencies as the central manager served me well on this one, and launching the site on time and on budget makes Sam a very happy boy indeed! Visit the BaxterStorey website »
After the tragic death of Ben Kinsella I was presented with an opportunity to make a contribution to the ‘Stamp Out Knife Crime’ campaign started in his honour by acting as the front-end web developer for the official site. Obviously working for no charge, I spent a week or two of evenings after work creating the templates in XHTML Strict 1.0 and CSS.
This was a web project where I watched my junior Web Project Manager at TBS really come of age. The project was to develop an online shop that enabled the client to sell CDs and DVDs, with a twist… there were three online shops that were separate sites but had to be powered by the same content management system.
Being a PHP house, we settled on using ZenCart (Magento was still in a BETA phase awww) as the platform and delivered exactly what the client wanted.
Nokia Ireland Portal
The Nokia Ireland Portal was an interesting idea to promote brand loyalty. It aimed to create a online space where all staff at the various mobile phone retail shops in Ireland could visit to find out the latest information about Nokia products and talk to Nokia and each other.
As TBS’s Web Project Manager I produced the proposal document that was accepted and assisted the Account Manager in managing the technical implementation of the project.
Awww the first web project I launched after joining Rawnet. The brief was simple, manage the delivery of a re-designed and re-developed website, with animated elevator pitch and HTML e-mail template, that the client could use to communicate with customers, generate quality leads and compliment their sales process. The client remains a Rawnet client to this day, that’ll do nicely.
N-Gage UK and Ireland
As a newcomer to the web industry, one of my first roles was to completely manage the content on Nokia’s UK and Ireland N-Gage sites. Believe it or not this was a state of the art handheld games system back then!
I would liaise with Nokia’s European local vendors on a daily basis, creating banners and teasers in Photoshop and adding content after localising it.
My first real outing as a lone Web Project Manager at TBS, in fact lone everything! At the time Pipex Wireless were a start-up company looking to establish itself in the WiMax arena before anyone else.
After writing my first proposal and presenting for the first time to the CEO (also the Director of Strategic Investments at Intel Capital! Yes I was shaking with fear), I then went about project managing a web designer and web developer, while doubling as the web project’s front-developer.
The project was delivered on time, on budget and to the highest coding standards possible. The client stayed with TBS and I remained the Account Manager of happily received repeat business for over a year that included e-mail marketing campaigns and Google Map mash-ups no less.
After teaching myself XHTML and CSS and being able to demonstrate it to my managers at TBS, I was my first 100% front-end development role on the PGA Broadband website. Aimed at providing golf fans in the UK with their own golf oriented ISP, it was on this web project I first realised the hell that is coding under commercial pressure and being asked “How long will the whole front-end development job take?”.
With my brother in the role of web designer, I adopted a Production Manager role on this web project that had one aim, to re-design and re-develop the web agency’s site and drag it out of the 1990′s – mission accomplished.
To claw my way out of the entry-level content entry responsibilities at TBS I decided to take on some freelance work in order to teach myself Photoshop, XHTML and CSS.
Developed for a friend of the family, this website was built using PHP and I believe was the first Web 2.0 site (it had logo reflection qualification) that promoted a villa for rent in Portugal. As payment I was offered one weeks free stay at the villa or cash, I took the cash.
Mitchell Reels, specifically antique ones, was this client’s passion. He was known globally as the authority on the subject and wanted to share his knowledge and collection with fellow enthusiasts. Developed in Joomla, I acted as Web Project Manager and front-end developer on this rather unique project.
One of my very first freelance websites that I spent a long time on as I taught myself all about XHTML Strict, CSS, browser compatibility, search engine optimisation and web accessibility. Developed for a friend in Hawaii (who I met while shooting people in online games hooah!), the site still enjoys top rankings in Google for competitive phrases like “home security hawaii” and ended up above the corporate competition, good times for one and all! Visit the Home Security and Sound website »