Backend web development is a complex process. A lot of effort and time goes into making sure a website looks great and performs well, and the amount of tasks that need to be completed throughout the duration of a project can be a bit overwhelming. Most importantly, you want to have a clear idea of the overall website costs and stay on budget.
The key to getting everything done is to know how to set your priorities correctly.
Our software engineer, MC, works on the backend for one of our websites.
Here are a few tips that I find useful when my team and I face a complicated project and need to reassess our priorities.
Never Think It’s Going to be Easy
The best websites are the easiest to use, but are often the hardest to make. The free tools and resources currently available do make it easier for anyone to create their own website, but a high-performance and fully customized site requires much more than that. Conceptualizing, developing, and building a website requires a deeper knowledge of its technical aspects, such as servers, databases, code, and internet infrastructure.
Knowing just how complex a single web development task can be allows you to figure out how much time and effort it’s going to take before you decide to take it on.
Always Find Ways to Simplify
As you continue to work on web development projects, you’ll discover ways to simplify complicated processes through proper delegation or automation. Why should you go through the same 10-hour process every time if you can automate portions of it and reduce it to a 2-hour process? Identifying the easier aspects of a repetitive task and delegating it to junior members of your team can also free up your senior members’ time.
Learn How to Say No
When you say “yes” to something, something else is going to get pushed down. Saying “no” to something is always a tough decision, but saying “yes” to everything could cause delays and unnecessary stress. Before agreeing to add another task to your team’s plate, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the consequence or cost of not doing this task?
- Where does the task go in your existing list of priorities?
- Who will benefit from the output of this task?
- How can we simplify and automate this task?
- Will the results be worth the additional effort?
These three steps may seem basic, but they really help us out when the tasks are starting to pile up. Talk to us to learn more about our web development services.