Session: Successful Projects Start with Great RFPs

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Sep 16, 2020

When you think of user-centered design, you might think of website and software design that largely focuses on the needs of your end user. As an institution of higher learning, you might be thinking specifically about your potential students and their parents, your current students, staff, and faculty.

This is the correct approach to building a product. But, when you think about organizing the project itself, the users you need to respond are internal — not external. You need to design a process that will gather input and feedback from your copywriters and editors, subject matter experts, stakeholders, and sponsors.

I’m a former project manager and recovering developer, and now that I read and respond to RFPs for a living, I have a pretty good sense of what your partners are looking for and what you need to know from them in order to help you select a great fit for your project. We will take a look at the overall project timeline from finding the best partners to managing your stakeholders as well as share organizational principles for your digital projects. How to engage stakeholders at key moments: prior to the engagement, at the outset, and throughout the lifecycle of the project.

Hi! I'm Karim Boudjema, the developer and site-builder of this site. I'm currently working as a freelance Drupal developer.

I was wondering how could I giving back to the Drupal community all what it gave to me during the last 10 years, that's how the idea of this site came to me ... (read more)

Hi! I’m Santiago Rico, the web designer and themer of this site.

When Karim proposed me to design and theme this site for the Drupal community, I accepted immediately because the community is the main reason why I love Drupal so much.