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  1. 1. 10 war stories you (probably) won’t see on Slideshare Eric Reiss Smashing Conference June 14, 2017 New York, USA
  2. 2. 1 slot 10 stories 20 slides 30 suggestions 40 minutes
  3. 3. Caveat Tweet and blog with discretion Highlight the the generic lessons, not the gory details Don’t betray my confidence (I have the memory of an elephant)
  4. 4. What to do when the client doesn’t care (a story from the public sector) “What shade of lipstick can you put on our pig?”
  5. 5. Nota bene Do something quick and easy that makes your client look good (show that positive change is not impossible) Seek a true champion within the organization If you’re going to be a whore, make sure the money is really, really good
  6. 6. How to get screwed in one easy lesson (a story from the airline industry) “Would you consider a no cure, no pay agreement?”
  7. 7. Nota bene Don’t let your enthusiasm get the better of you Always maintain control of the “cure” (and make sure the “cure” is well-defined) Ensure you establish your rights to the “cure” if the client gives your work to someone else for execution (and be prepared to sue)
  8. 8. How to avoid meetings from hell (a story from the financial sector) “Who called this stupid meeting?” “Who are you guys?” “Why am I here?”
  9. 9. Nota bene Write out a clear agenda and make sure everyone gets it prior to the meeting (hold the client-side organizer hostage) List your expected outcomes / decisions Provide short background documents if necessary
  10. 10. The truth behind social-media marketing (a story about B2B) “But social media is free…”
  11. 11. Nota bene Don’t be greedy and accept a project unless proper internal resources have been allocated Understand that social media are not marketing tools, they are communications devices Focus on communications goals, not projects (and don’t be seduced by false metrics)
  12. 12. What to do when the key decision-maker leaves the team a week before the contract is signed (a story from the private sector) “BTW, I’m no longer in charge of this project…”
  13. 13. Nota bene Make sure the new person knows that you know they are calling the shots (Don’t threaten, be supportive) Find out what the new person has in terms of personal goals and hidden agendas (and find out why the other guy left/got fired) Avoid talking about legacy decisions (even when the new leader is clearly looking for a scapegoat)
  14. 14. What to watch out for when dealing with bureaucrats (a story about charities and NGOs) “Oh, the contract is just a formality…”
  15. 15. Nota bene A contract is always a contract Cover Your Ass. Get something in writing from the client (an e- mail, for example) that shows they understand the true backstory and are gaming their system Be wary of contracts that appear after you’ve started the work
  16. 16. How to give clues to clueless clients (a story about B2B) “We want the best damned site in our industry. Can we have it Thursday?”
  17. 17. Nota bene Try and put the project into a familiar perspective (e.g. print: compare preparation needs and budgets with those for their annual report) Show how a proper development process works (e.g. www.fatdux.com/how/our-process) See if there is a link to an internal process (e.g. LEAN – muda, muri, mura) muda = elimination of fluctuation (e.g. quality) muri = eliminating unreasonable work (planning) mura = reactive elimination of causes
  18. 18. How to avoid “deliverables creep” (a story from the private sector) “You didn’t deliver what you promised…”
  19. 19. Nota bene Don’t be vague just to get the contract. Vague proposal language will return to bite you in the ass. Make sure you specify your deliverables – and that the client understands exactly what you mean (not everyone has the same definition of stuff, e.g. wireframes) Always be prepared to give more than you planned on giving.
  20. 20. What to do when the CEO pulls rank (a story from the industrial sector) “My wife says links should be blue…”
  21. 21. Nota bene Pick your fights with care. Don’t waste time discussing the home page if you can win on stuff like better forms design. In a battle with the CEO’s spouse, statistics will lose Get the CEO to choose between their personal business success and their spouse (“You might become more profitable if you…”)
  22. 22. How to read between blurry lines (a story from the private sector) “But your proposal doesn’t contain all the stuff we want but didn’t ask for.”
  23. 23. Nota bene Find out how you got on the short list (probably because you are qualified) Don’t spend too much time proving your qualifications. Instead, show that you can think outside whatever box you’ve been given. Show folks success, not just process (People don’t want a drill, they want a hole.)
  24. 24. You can (usually) find Eric at: The FatDUX Group ApS Strandøre 15 DK-2100 Copenhagen Denmark www.fatdux.com Office: (+45) 39 29 07 07 Mobil: (+45) 20 12 88 44 er@fatdux.com skype: ericreiss twitter: @elreiss