Peggy Noe is in need of a website to promote the Bible study materials that she has written and to communicate with her current students in a timely professional and encouraging manner. Peggy’s classes average 30-40 students and run quarterly. As she is located in Southern California everyone of her students is online and a website is a wonderful means of communication with them. She will be able to post “homework” assignments and encourageing words as well as additional resources. This site will take her classes to a new level and promote her own materials as well.
1a. Rationale: What problem are you solving? Quantify the problem.
Peggy wrote a set of study materials over two years ago but with the illness and then passing of her mother she has not had the chance to promote the study. This site will solve two problems with one grain of seed. The first is to promote her study materials. The second is to communicate better with her current students. She will be saving paper and time by posting things online rather than printing them out each week.
Peggy’s students should see an immediate impact on their studies. With this new avenue of communication many of their answers will be solved without having to e-mail or call her. Her students will also be able to move more at their own pace with the materials online. For the study materials that Peggy wrote she is looking to see any volume of downloads and the end goal is that one day she will move beyond self publishing.
1c. Process: What techniques that you learned in this program will you employ?
I will use what I learned in Project Management to set clear goals and deadlines with Peggy. This should help prevent or manage on of our greatest risks, scope creep. We will set up a WBS and manage the project using “Planner” a linux project management tool. We will be doing usability testing to make sure that the site is easy to navigate and we will be incorporating various API’s into the WordPress based site to maximize use for Peggy and her students.
2a. Organization details
Peggy Noe has been teaching Bible Studies for over 25 years. In this time she has focused on encouraging women to study the Bible and to look to God for their support and as their helpmate. Over the years her classes have grown to average 30-40 students per class and they meet on a weekly basis. A few years ago Peggy saw a need for a study of the Bible book The Song of Songs, not finding what she was looking for she decided to write the study herself. The project was a success and one of the most loved by her students. She had plans at the time to promote the study but her mothers illness and death postponed that plan. Now with a renewed sense of energy and purpose she is ready to add value to her classes by including an online component and to promote her own work as well.
2b. Competitive landscape. What are the terms of competition?
The Christian Bible study market, especially for women, is huge with the big names like Joyce Meyer Kay Arthur, and Beth Moore leading the pack. These women and their ministries are multi-million dollar businesses. Peggy’s work is built on their books and teachings and will thus benefit from them. This being the case, Peggy is not in this for the money. She is only wishing to encourage people to follow Jesus and live a fulfilling live based on the teachings of the Bible. She does not see any of these ministries or similar websites as “competition” as they are all working towards the same goal.
2c. Stakeholder map.
Peggy Noe is my primary contact. She and her ministry do not have a budget. This is a grassroots operation. Additional stakeholders include Peggy’s students and Church.
3a. Roles and responsibilities:
Client: Peggy Noe
Web Developer and Designer: justin adkins
Advisors: Jen Kramer-McKibben and Scott Lawrence
3b. Communication plan:
Client: Peggy Noe – IM, Text Messaging, e-mail and weekly phone calls
Advisors: Jen Kramer-McKibben and Scott Lawrence primary e-mail and some IM with Scott
4. Risks and assumptions
Risk 1) Scope creep. As Peggy keeps dwelling and working on this site I see scope creep as our biggest risk. Laying out clear deliverables and tasks will be key to keep this in check.
Risk 2) Time. Time is short and there is a huge task in front of us. Keeping to a clear schedule will be key
Risk 3) Design conflict. There is a fine line between cute and cheesy. There is also a fine line between fo-foo and usable. Walking that line may be difficult. Communication is key here and laying out the goals of a usable site will be key in my communication with Peggy.
4b. Key assumptions:
I assume that Peggy will take care of content, inserting it and keeping it up. There will be a phone training on this and I will be available for tech support but this will primarily be her responsibility. It is also assumed that this project will be completed this summer ready in time for Peggy’s fall class starting in September. It is assumed that justin will be responsible for hosting and Peggy will be responsible for procuring a domain name. Justin will receive no funding, he is doing this as a volunteer. Peggy and justin will speak weekly about the site and Peggy will offer timely reviews of information and design. This project will be completed by August 1, 2008.