Tag Archive: project management


time to shoot some photos

We’re working full-force on our eBay site – bringing a fair trade store online is no easy task.  PDail has picked out which products we should feature first.  I’m using an iterative project management technique – we will put our first 25 products up.  By going through this cycle once, we can learn from what we are doing before putting up too many things.  This is a good process I learned in a software development class last semester – it lets people working on the project have more flexibility in what they do.  I’m amazed by all of the features eBay has – when we make product listings for jewelry, it asks us for different details than it would for, say, our scarves.

We’ve had to make lots of business decisions – what will our free shipping offer be?  What kinds of shipping will we offer?  Which products should we list?  The list goes on…

Some of our interns might model our products for the photoshoot, which would give us nice personal photos to put on the Beleza site.

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i gantt keep track of it all!

A couple of years ago I learned some project management skills in a business class.  Although I have given the interns near complete autonomy, I suggested (but did not require) that they use Gantt charts to keep track of their projects.  Since there will be many interns working on each project, they will be able to access a google doc that will serve as a log for tasks completed for each project.  A Gantt chart is a graphical way to show all of the tasks that need to be completed for a project and when each task should be started and finished.  It’s a neat tool for us visual people; plus it automatically updates whenever you change dates or add tasks.  You can even zoom in and out to view time by hours, days, weeks, months and years.

Gantt Chart

Gantt Chart for making an informational pamphlet about the store