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12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: Wrap UP

We have shown you a variety of ways in which you can screw up your portal project.  Glenn Kline and I had fun documenting them.  Of course, we had less fun living through them or consoling clients who were living through them but time heals all wounds and now we can laugh about it.  We’d like to end with a riff on David Lettermen’s top 10 list.

Late Night with Portal

You will probably be working instead of watching David Lettermen’s top 10 list on Late Night if……..

10. We have really smart people, I’m sure they can figure out this portal thing without any help at all.

9. The project team decides to use Agile and the PMO wraps their ‘gating’ process around it.

8. The integration team says, “We’ve almost decided on a Services layer.” It’s three months into the project.

7. The project manager has yet to notify anyone of a two month project delay and the business thinks the project will launch next week.

6. It’s month three of a 5 month project and you finally received sign off on requirements.

5. WCM isn’t absolutely perfect for us, let’s develop our own content solution.

4. The security team doesn’t need to be involved in the decision, I’m sure they will be on board.

3. You do a technical review and you hear the phrase, “I wasn’t here when they made this decision.” At least 5 times.

2. We don’t need to install the environments until the week before we really need them.

1. We are only 2 weeks from production and performance seems a bit slow.  Maybe we should run a performance test.


So have fun and good luck on your projects.

Previous Installments

  1. Where’s My Homepage?!?
  2. The Business Asked for It
  3. Methodology for Methodology’s Sake
  4. The Never Ending Strategy
  5. I Built It But Now I Can’t Support It
  6. We Can Get Big ROI From a Portal
  7. Is Best of Breed Always Best?
  8. When Developers Can’t Develop
  9. When Not to Use a Portal
  10. When Web 2.0 is 2.Much
  11. Infinite Loops on the Homepage
  12. Building My Own MVC


Join us this month on Wed, June 29th for our Perficient Perspectives webinar in which we explore the 12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project in depth.  More Info / Register

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Michael Porter

Mike Porter leads the Strategic Advisors team for Perficient. He has more than 21 years of experience helping organizations with technology and digital transformation, specifically around solving business problems related to CRM and data.

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