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New Project: Website Structure


While external website design is very subjective
   ⇒ most internal data gathering and reporting of most projects are very similar

They can typically be broken down into five sections (i.e. the internal menu structure)


Daily, monthly, quarterly or annual projections

  • this is optional, but critical - as it is used for goal setting and benchmarking
  • from experience, this one is always difficult as it involves upper management to do some input ;-)


Forms for end user to add information

  • includes 'web-forms' to input information
  • reports to review those entries / make changes or corrections
  • archives to view (but not change) past entries


Reports and mechanisms to insure accuracy:

  • this critical step is done by office staff, the purpose is to find errors by end users
  • office staff would also be responsible for maintaining secondary databases (see below)


Final reports of work completed

  • daily, weekly, quarterly, annually or custom search
  • used by middle and upper management


History of work completed

  • also known as annual or seasonal totals
  • used by office staff, operations, middle / upper management


Several other key parts will be necessary

  • Secondary Databases: many will be typically be needed, i.e. users, clients, contractors, machines, equipment, facility locations, job descriptions, etc.
    • they feed into the main database (this is where all those 'drop-down' menus get information from)
  • Groups and permission structures: for determining who has rights to view / edit / delete / etc.
  • Languages: multiple languages may need be established so each end user can work in the language they are most comfortable with
  • Training: help pages, documentation and user guides