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Internship Recap: Summer 2022

Summer is starting to wind down, and it's almost time to say goodbye to Blend's summer 2022 interns. Before the two head back off to college, hear what they have to say about their time here at Blend!

July 28, 2022

A Quick Definition of Scrum

In project management, the process of Agile development is dependent on a pretty important element: the “scrum” — a quick meeting designed to level-set before work begins. Here's how Blend puts it to use.

April 26, 2022

The Value of Project Management

Every day, we encounter things in our life that require a plan — vacation, meals, kid’s school and after-school activities. If there’s not a plan, something will get missed. A ball will get dropped. And you’ll be left wondering, “What happened?” Enter project management.

March 9, 2022

Episode 4: Create a Project Plan (w/ Brett Harned) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about how project plans rarely stay intact upon first contact with real life.  Then, we chat with Brett Harned, author of Project Management for Humans, about his definition of a project plan, creating better retrospectives, and how to help clients and project teams keep on track. (Also, Brett tells us the best album in his record collection.)

February 15, 2022 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 3: Form Your Project Team (w/ Patrice Embry) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the roles missing from most new project teams — namely, the idea of a user and product advocate. Then, Patrice Embry joins the podcast to talk about forming a project team. And, of course, we talk about sports metaphors.

January 18, 2022 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 2: Set Your Expectations (w/ Karen McGrane) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the concept of having it "fast, cheap, and good: pick two." Then, we chat with Karen McGrane of Autogram about our role as corporate counselors, dealing with overpromises, and the best mockumentary.

December 15, 2021 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 1: Know the Scope of the Project (w/ Bill DeRouchey) Off-site link

Corey and Deane discuss the opening beats of a project. Then, we chat with Bill DeRouchey, former lead product designer for Zendesk, to discuss his history with vetting and researching a new project during the opening salvo, territorialism, and Mike Watt.

November 22, 2021 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Chapter 18: Select an Integration Partner Off-site link

In many projects, you will engage with a services firm to install, configure, and customize a CMS to deliver the website you need.

January 16, 2020 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 4: Create a Project Plan Off-site link

Determine the true time scope of your project. When does it start (hint: right now, perhaps) and how will you choose someone to help through to the very end?

June 16, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 3: Form Your Project Team Off-site link

Web projects are shaped by the people involved in decision-making. You can help prevent latestage rework by making sure the right people are in the room from the beginning.

June 15, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Beyond Blend.

Blend doesn’t just write here: we also write books, create videos, and dive deep into our individual disciplines. Check out some of our external sources of knowledge.

The Web Project Guide

A phase-by-phase look at the web design and development process, providing context to each step.

Coding with Bob

A YouTube series by our director of development, focusing on .NET coding and Optimizely development.

Eating Elephant

A blog about content strategy, information architecture, and understanding user needs.