The Olympic closing ceremonies are upon us. I’m blogging while watching. It’s a celebration of personal and national triumphs that have kept sports enthusiasts glued to their viewing device each afternoon/evening since August 5. The cauldron is extinguished and ceremoniously given to the next summer host, Tokyo. So many interesting events have transpired. I’ve gained a newfound respect for the archery teams. Every. arrow. counts. And I hadn’t watched handball before but how cool is it when those women leap and arch in the air and whip that mini-soccer ball into the goal?
The nation teams get their last chance to proudly wave their flag and say ‘tchau’ and ‘obrigado’ to the host country, Rio. A celebration and then calm … and rest.
It’s time to celebrate the project launch! It’s a success! At times, the days before the launch get a bit intense … inevitably, the client is wondering if things are going to be wrapped up and ready as they promised their executives. The project dev team is busy tying up loose ends and catching last-minute bugs. It always comes together in the end.
While the client continues to celebrate the successful launch, the project team is busy with their post-mortem meeting. Questions are answered to ensure that any trials and tribulations are documented as a guide for the next Sitecore project. Here are some good starters:
- What did you learn from this project?
- How was the teamwork?
- Name some big wins that kept the team motivated?
- What was helpful to get the project to launch on-time?
- What hindered project progress and how can we avoid it in the future?
- Given a chance to start over, what would you do differently?
- Was the client involved enough in the process?
- What were the gotchas when going live?
The International Olympic Committee is putting Rio down in the books and starting on PyeongChang (winter). In the agency world, we can think of the next Olympics as the maintenance period of the project. If the client opted for a warranty and maintenance period, the agency can continue to maintain the server and the application for the near future. The agency baton is handed off from the project team to the maintenance team. Success.
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