Tuesday 25 July 2006
John Allsopp chimes in today with his powerful voice on Web professionalism and best practices. In his article
“ . . . it’s long past the time we should be addressing issues like “what does it mean to be a professional web designer or developer?” and “what does constitute best practice in web design and development?”
I couldn’t agree more. But, as with all grass roots ideas, these things take time, and more importantly: leadership and collaboration. We’ve had the best practices discussion at WaSP a thousand times, here and elsewhere and something solid has yet to emerge.
Prioritization is often lacking, as are truly effective project managers to address these issues – much as we find in our real workaday worlds.
Another recent example is when Meri Williams launched a wiki for discussion about a Code of Ethics for our industry. Thanks to her we have a tool, but the leadership on driving the discussion has yet to emerge.
Or maybe we’re not in the action phase yet. We all know we work with technologies that are in constant motion and change. It’s difficult to commit to philosophies when the practicalities of the job are demanding the majority of our time.
One thing is certain; this is a conversation that is continuing. What’s even better, we’re creating building blocks, as Tantek Çelik so eloquently encourages.