I was interviewed about managing WordPress projects for the WP Round Table podcast on March 16, 2015. We talked about scoping projects, qualifying prospects, managing a remote team, and more. I had met host Kyle Maurer at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014, and I was honored to be a guest on the podcast.
Below are video and audio.
I had to laugh when Kyle said (at 37:54),
You’ve been described … as incredibly and even disturbingly reliable. It’s a good compliment. You’re a very disciplined person for sure, and someone that people can really count on.
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The hosts asked me these questions (paraphrased), in order:
- What’s your background? How did you get to where you are, and the types of projects you’re doing?
- What’s your process for defining project scope?
- How did your scoping process evolve? What lessons have you learn about your onboarding process?
- What negative signals or red flags do you look for when qualifying prospects?
- What website mistakes to small businesses make? How do you point them out to clients?
- How do you help clients with their business workflow?
- How has your team changed over time? How is it structured now?
- What’s the future of OptimWise?
- Do you have a physical office, or is the team remote?
- Do you think you’ll create products in the future?
- How does someone work for OptimWise?
- Is chamber of commerce membership worthwhile?
- How are you so disciplined and reliable?
- What tools do you use to stay reliable?
- Tell us about the WordPress Grand Rapids meetup. What’s the size? What topics do you cover?
- How long has WordCamp Grand Rapids been around? Is there another coming up?
- What’s a favorite WordCamp memory?
- What’s your process for training clients in WordPress? What documentation do you give clients?
- What’s next for you and OptimWise?
- What events do you plan to attend in 2015?
What did you find interesting or helpful about this episode? Leave a comment!